2018 was our biggest and busiest year yet. Our work with the community of Gituamba, Kenya, continued to provide opportunities for children who would otherwise be unable to afford an education and we spent some time looking ahead to future projects. You can find out about some of this through our #CoffeeFreeFriday campaign.
In Cotton Tree, Liberia, much of our work moved from the planning and financing stages through to the operational elements. We saw a lot of change and have been amazed by the tenacity of the community.
Some of our highlights are below.
Sanitary packs distributed
We worked with a partner to produce and distribute hundreds of reusable sanitary packs. The lack of sanitary products will prevent girls from completing their education for no longer.
people have access to clean water
We built two fresh water pumps in the Cotton Tree community. Previously, people were having to use precious funds on packaged water. The pump has already encourage local business and freed up cash, better invested in food or education.
We worked with a Liberian literacy programme to provided an entire library of books, literacy resources and teacher training. This will mean that many hundreds of children will receive the very best literacy education.
And loads more
We worked with our partners in Kenya to provided work experience and careers advice for young people leaving high school. For any young person leaving school, deciding what is next and accessing the best options is both confusing and challenging. We worked to level the playing field.
Our awesome supporters have funded scholarships for secondary students. Their support has met the costs of school fees, food (for many students it is the first time they have enjoyed three meals a day), school uniforms, and accommodation for boarding students.
We supported young people through vocational training courses and straight into employment. Many of the young people our partners work with missed out on going to school, but that should not mark the end of their development.
We provided hygiene awareness and training to students in both Kenya and Liberia who were able to share their new knowledge with over 200 homes and families.