. DANDORA .
. FROM DUMPSITE TO SCHOOL .
COMPASSION FOR 289 CHILDREN
When compassion leads to courage and committment poverty and injustice can be overcome and good things begin to happen. Diana Jomo, herself a Kindergarden teacher from Western Kenya, came to Nairobi in January 2006 and later joined Donna Hills college for a Diploma in Early Childhood Education and development (E.C.D.) a two year course. While doing her research project Diana came face to face with the suffering children from Dandora searching for food on the biggest dumpside in Africa. Where toxic fumes from industrial, medicinal and houshold waste are a permanent hazard to the dump pickers and the environment Diana was exposed to unworthy and outright dangereous living condition. "Who cares, if not me?" went through her mind and with great courage and the little she had she made plans to care for the most vulnerables at the dump site. Diana decided to create a safe haven away from the dangerous sites by providing love, care, food, life skills and an education to meet the most pressing needs of the suffering kids. To follow her passion she founded the St. Benedict Community Center a community based organisation registred with the Kenya Government.
EDUCATION AGAINST POVERTY
The provision of regular education has been a logical step in rehabilitating the kids. In January 2021 Diana approached wiLearn 4 Life and asked for support to create a quality learning environment with digital education resources. wiLearn has the expertise to establish a digital education library for children and community of all ages to access quality edcuation media. The self - paced mobile learning with Smart Phones is ideal to catch up with classes that children have missed in survival mode.
Thanks to the compassionate and committed support of Fernfachhochschule Schweiz (FFHS) the project could be started on 31. March 2021!
St. Benedict Community Center who cares for the wellbing of children from the Dandora Dumpsite currently provides school meals to assure health ans survival for the kids. Their full growth and learning potential can only be reached with sufficient food! Any support helps!
SMART LEARNING PROJECT
All children and adults at St.Benedict Community Center are able to read, understand and master basic writing and mathematics. They will gain 21st Centruy learning skills and digital media competence through regular practice and use of the education library. The free access shall enable, empower and enhance the self-oriented learning skills of teachers, learners and the community at large.
THE CHALLENGE UNDER COVID
The key effect of school closures goes far beyond the lack of academic and learning gaps but it affects the primary health of the children. School meals are no longer provided for the children of poor housholds. They go hungry and scavenge for food at the dangerous dumpsite of Dandora. This are some of the detrimental longterm side effects of Government lockdown measures hitting the youngest children the hardest! Their growth potential is diminishing and so is their learning capacity.
Kenya National School Meals and Nutrition Strategy 2017-2022 outlines the importance of supplement food to assure Child health.
Only properly nourished children are able to learn and develop their full potential. This critical element is often overlooked during the pandemic and creates great harm among the impoverished children. Their growth is primarily hindered by the lack of sufficient and noutrishous food!
We urgently call for your support of the Dandora education program that includes the basic school meals. Under Lockdown and beyond St. Benedicts Community Center needs to buy food for daily school meals to over 280 children attending classes.
With 200.00 USD / month you can sustain 100 children who entirely depend on the school meals.
100% of your donation marked "School Meals" will be transferred to Kenya to buy food for the school meals programs.
CHILD SUPPORT REQUIRED
To establish the learning platform we need the following minimal equipment and support:
- Critical Need - School Meals Support for 100 children during COVID Lockdown | 200 CHF
- 100% of your "School Meals" donation will be tranferred to St. Benedicts food program!
- 48 Android tablets for learners | 180 CHF each
- 3 mobile Charging cases with 16 tablets | 900 CHF each
- 1 Laptop for teachers and library admin | 600 CHF
- 1 Workshop to familiarize teachers / facilitators with technology | 3200 CHF