Friends4Good (in partnership with Positively AFRICA) is looking for volunteers to join us on a trip to Kenya, where we’ll help develop a school for children in a poverty-stricken community. This is a life-changing opportunity for those who want to leave a legacy and make a tangible, positive difference in the lives of those who need it most.
Making a Sustainable School a Reality
Kibera is the largest slum in Kenya (and second largest in sub-Saharan Africa), where the average income of families is less than $2 a day. It’s such a poor area that the government has closed all its community schools. This creates an opportunity to provide much-needed hope for Kibera’s citizens and develop a path to a better future.
Friends4Good has been partnering with locals to create and establish the Soweto Junior Education Centre. It provides a learning environment for 150 students, aged from 3 to 12 years old, many of whom have HIV. There aren’t any other facilities that will take them in, but we think they deserve a future too. At this school they’ll receive an education, learning reading, writing, math, and several other fundamental skills.
As of October 2019, the school consists of four completed classrooms, and electricity, water, and sewage utilities. The next planned steps include four more classrooms, a library, literacy center, staff room, and an administrative office. A kitchen will round out the first phase, to ensure that the young students have reliable access to nutrition.
Looking to the Future
It’s not enough just to expand the building. To continue providing quality education for students and help the community that relies on it, the facility must become self-sufficient. By borrowing from Enterprise4Good’s strong entrepreneurial background, the second phase will include an income-generating housing unit. This will help fund the next round of improvements, which will include a teacher’s dormitory that consists of six apartments, each with two rooms and a kitchen.
The strategy is to create a stable learning environment for students, construct adequate facilities to house and retain teachers, and secure a channel of income to pay for the facility to keep operating. This will allow the Soweto Junior Education Centre to educate locals, create jobs, and establish itself as a self-sufficient organization that will help Kibera grow and flourish.
Volunteer to Make a Lasting Difference
Friends4Good is organizing groups of 10-15 volunteers to travel to Kibera for two weeks and lend a hand. No construction experience is needed, and any medically fit individuals are welcome to join us. There’ll be a one and a half day break from construction, when you can either join the group to visit a game reserve or make your own plans to explore Nairobi.
For a tax deductible cost of $3500-$4000 (depending on airfare), Friends4Good will make all arrangements and provide you with flights, a hotel, and meals. Volunteers will still be responsible for any required vaccines, a visa, costs of recreational plans, and any other incidentals.
Our first trip is being planned for Spring 2020, with dates depending on volunteer availability. For further information or to answer your questions, please call Adrian Bohach of Enterprise4Good (at 403-605-2924 or [email protected]) or Sabine Laubental of Positively AFRICA (250-598-0708 or [email protected]).
A Vision of Human Connection
Working alongside the Maasai people in Makuyuni, Tanzania, Africa is one of the projects we are extremely proud of. The friendships built between the locals and volunteers can stand alone in uniqueness because of this idea of 'human interaction'. When a volunteer comes on board to help build a vision, they're no longer merely a volunteer. They become a part of the Friends4Good family. Our family comes from many countries, cultures, genders and religions. We all come together during builds and celebrate what we all have in common; humanity.
Our goal with any of our projects excerise the development of sustainability. These visions one day will support their own, no longer needing help from the outside world.
Our project (of finished structures updated since the last trip in 2018) consists of a school with two classrooms (pre-K and Kindergarden mix and grade 1), a teacher's office which hold the books for a library, a cookhouse to make an in-school meal (generally the only meal some children receive in a day), an eight-stall latrine and two 1000L rain barrels for water.
We are in the process of building a classroom sized dormitory for children who have to walk many kilometres a day to get to school. Our hope in two years time, we will have enough fundraised money to build a full sided dormitory that can house 64 boys and girls comfortably. This dormitory would have working showers, toilets and proper beds for the children who attend Nashipay Maasai School.
One of the greatest parts of this project is the returning idea of sustainability. Educating the next generation doesn't just change their life; it changes the life of everyone around them.
This is a photo of the second classroom built at Nashipay School.
“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”