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    September  2012    

GIRAFFE  EDUCATION  CENTRE,  KENYA    

 


G IRAFFE   E DUCATION   C ENTRE   P ROJECT      

W e  a r e  lo o k in g  fo r  p a r tn e r s  to  w o r k  w ith  u s  o n  a  p r o je c t  th a t  w ill  tr a n sfo r m   th e  liv e s  a n d  p r o sp e c ts  o f  a t  le a st  7 0  y o u n g  p e o p le  e v e r y  y e a r .      

In   the   slums   of   Nairobi   tens   of   thousands   of   teenagers   do   not   go   to   school.   We   aim   to   give  them  both  an  academic  education  and  training  in  a  marketable  skill.        

 

 

WE  ARE  LOOKING  FOR  PARTNERS  TO   PROVIDE   FINANCIAL   SUPPORT   AND   TO   GIVE   SKILLS   AND   EXPERTISE   TO   THE  P ROJECT .           The  Giraffe  Project  is  building  an  education  centre   that   will   ultimately   have   the   capacity   for   500   students  to  discover  their  strengths,  develop  their   skills,   grow   in   confidence   and   character,   and   achieve  their  potential.       The   land   and   buildings   have   been   purchased,   and  now  need  to  be  expanded  and  renovated.    

        Donors   are   warmly   invited   to   visit   the   sites   in   Kenya   as   part   of   CSR   and   team   building   programmes  –   and   (being   teachers!)   we   are   delighted   to   involve   the   families   of   donor  companies  too.  

   

If  y o u  o r  y o u r  c o m p a n y  w o u ld  b e  in te r e ste d ,  o r  if  y o u  h a v e  a n y  q u e stio n s,   p le a se  c o n ta c t  D e n ise @ g ir a ffe p ro je c t.o rg .  

   


A N  ORDINARY  DREAM    

K e n y a n  sc h o o ls  a r e  to u g h  fo r  a n y o n e ,  le t  a lo n e  fo r  k id s  w h e r e  c h ild h o o d  is   sim p ly  a  fig h t  to  su r v iv e .        

‘The  sign  outside  my  school  says,  “Suffer  now,  enjoy  tomorrow”’    

 

   

“The   sign   outside   my   school   says,   “Suffer   now,   enjoy   tomorrow.”   School   is   hard   work,  but  I  am  used  to  it.    If  I  study  a  lot  I   will   make   it   to   university.   I   want   to   become  a  journalist  so  I  can  tell  the  world   about  Kenya”.     These   children   pass   through   one   of   the   most  demanding  education  systems  in  the   world,   and   they   dream   that   it   will   carry   them   to   university   and   a   life   beyond   the   slums.        

EVERYONE  DREAMS   –  BUT  ONLY   3%   MAKE   IT   TO   UNIVERSITY   –   AND  E VEN  F EWER  G IRLS .     Jobs   are   scarce   –   unemployment   is   running   at   about   50%,   but   some   studies   estimate  that  only  about  1  in  10  people  in   the  slums  have  continuous  employment.      

‘If  I  don’t  go  to  university  I’ll  go  back  and  find  a  job.    If  not,  I’ll  start  a  business  –  a  shop   or  a  bakery.’     In  reality,  most  students  must  prepare  to  make  their   living   through   practical   skills   or   small   business   ventures,  if  they  can.     They   might   manage   to   start   a   business   –   many   Kenyans   do   –   but   without   capital,   skills   or   training,   what  chance  do  they  have  of  succeeding?    

IT’S  NOT  IMPOSSIBLE.   WITH   THE   VISION   TO   SEE   WHAT   NEEDS   TO   BE   DONE ,   THE   SKILLS   TO   DO   IT   AND   THE   RESOURCES   TO   MAKE   IT   HAPPEN   –   WE  C AN  C HANGE  A  L IFE  N OW .    

 


M ORE  DREAMS  AND  STORIES     W e ’d  lik e  y o u  to  m e e t   so m e  o f  o u r  stu d e n ts  a n d  r e a d  th e ir  sto r ie s.       W e  th in k  th e y ’r e  in sp ir a tio n a l.    

These   children   are   extraordinary,   but   all   their   achievements   could   disappear   overnight   without  a  qualification  or  a  trade  to  support  themselves.      

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A   N EW   A PPROACH     O u r  v isio n  is  to  p r e p a r e  o u r  stu d e n ts  fo r  life  a n d  w o r k ,  b r e a k in g  th e  c y c le  o f   p o v e r ty  a n d  e q u ip p in g  th e m  to  b e  p r o d u c tiv e  c itiz e n s  in  th e ir  c o m m u n ity .    

Although   vocational   training   exists   in   colleges,   there   is   almost   none   in   secondary   schools.        

THE   GIRAFFE   EDUCATION   CENTRE   WILL   OFFER   BOTH   PRACTICAL   SKILLS   AND   AN   ACADEMIC   CURRICULUM   FOR   STUDENTS   AT  S ECONDARY  S CHOOL  L EVEL .     Our  vision  is  to  help  students  like  Mary,  Winnie,   Julius  and  the  others,  break  free  of  poverty  and   all  that  goes  with  it  

The  school  will  have  workshops  teaching  skills  such   as  catering,  horticulture,  including  the  exciting  new   technology   of   aquaponics,*   tailoring   and   others,   alongside  a  standard  academic  curriculum.   The   businesses   will   themselves   be   run   as   micro-­‐ businesses  giving  the  students  first-­‐hand  experience   of  running  an  enterprise.   The   teachers   are   committed   to   teaching   youngsters   from  the  slum,  and  they  value  and  respect  each  child.  

 

The   school   is   outside   the   slums,   in   a   quiet   and   safe   environment   not   far   from   Nairobi.     The   students   will   board  together  in  a  boarding  house  next  to  the  school.  

 

 

 

  O U R   O B J E C T I V E S   F O R   T H E   G I R A F F E   E D U C A T I O N   C E N T R E   To  offer  a  full  programme  of  studies  over  4  or  5  years,   leading   to   the   Kenyan   Certificate   of   Secondary   Education  qualification.   To   provide   a   second   education   stream   leading   to   qualifications  in  practical  and  business  skills   Students   will   be   able   to   cross   over   between   the   two   streams,  and  to  combine  the  two.   We   will   show   our   students   how   to   combine   effective   study   and   learning   with   appropriate   rest   and   relaxation.   We  will  teach  our  students  study  skills   We   will   provide   remedial   opportunities   where   students   can   revisit   basic   skills   in   mathematics,  

 

English  and  Kiswahili,  and  drop  non-­‐essential  subjects   early  in  order  to  work  on  weak  areas.   We   will   guide   students   towards   the   academic   and/or   vocational   studies   that   suit   them   best.     This   will   enable   them   build   confidence   and   courage   to   tackle   new   and   difficult  opportunities.   We  will  encourage  our  students  to  learn  and  practice  their   rights   and   responsibilities,   and   to   form   and   express   balanced  and  fact-­‐based  opinions.   Career  guidance  will  be  an  important  element  from  Form   1  (year  9)  to  Form  4  (year  12).   We  will  teach  and  model,  with  the  school  seeking  to   develop  small  businesses  in  which  the  students  can   participate.

 

  *  aquaponics  –  a  highly-­‐resource  efficient  combination  of  plant  production  in  water  (hydroponics)  and  fish  farming  (aquaculture)  in  a   symbiotic  ecosystem  

 


W HERE  ARE  WE  NOW ?     W ith  la n d  p r ic e s  in  K e n y a  r isin g  a str o n o m ic a lly ,  th e  c h a n c e  c a m e  to  b u y  a   d isu se d  sc h o o l  n ea r  N a ir o b i  -­‐  a n d  w e  to o k  a  g ia n t  le a p  o f  fa ith !    

The  school  site  has  been  bought  and  the  boarding  house  rented.      

 

 

  Buildings  

 

We   have   acquired   a   school   building   about   three   miles   from   Nairobi,   in   a   green   environment,   very   different   from   the   smoke   and  dust  of  the  slums.  

   

We   have   also   rented   a   boarding   house   about   80   metres   from   the   school,   and   we   have   an   option   to   buy   the   house   once   the     school  has  become  established.     Now  we  are  renovating  the  classrooms  and  toilets,  and  building     a  place  for  the  boarding  master  to  live  on  site.    

   

  Staff  

THE  NEW  SITE  FOR  THE  GIRAFFE   EDUCATION  CENTRE  

Our   teachers   have   found   accommodation   close   to   the   school,   and  are  preparing  for  the  start  of  lessons  in  January.   We  are  now  hiring  security  and  maintenance  staff  to  keep  the   site  safe  and  running  effectively.  

  THE  BOARDING  HOUSE  AND  GARDENS  -­‐  A   WORLD  A WAY  F ROM  T HE  S LUMS          

  Students   We  have  60  students  ready  to  start.     They   are   currently   occupying   the   top   floor   of   a   primary  school  in  one  of  the  slums  in  Nairobi.   Moving   the   students   into   the   new   site   will   free   up   valuable   space   for   the   primary   school   and   allow   the   secondary  students  to  start  their  new  curriculum.   When  the  school  is  at  full  capacity,  we  will  have  500   students,   250   from   the   slums   and   250   fee-­‐paying   to   ensure  the  long-­‐term  sustainability  of  the  project.  

   

  T h e r e ’s  p le n ty  le ft  to  d o .    F in d  o u t   h o w  y o u  c a n  b e c o m e  a  p a r t  o f   th is   a m a z in g  p r o je c t.  

       

 

 

 

 

     


W HERE  ARE  WE  GOING ?     O n c e  th e  sc h o o l  is  r u n n in g ,  th e  n e x t  c h a lle n g e  is  to  d e v e lo p  th e   v o c a tio n a l   w o r k sh o p s  a n d  e n la r g e  th e  site  to  a c c o m m o d a te  o u r  ta r g e t  o f  5 0 0  stu d e n ts.    

Now  we  need  to  renovate  the  school  and  prepare  for  lessons  to  start  in  January  2013.    Time   is  short!   In  the  table  below  we  have  set  out  the  milestones  that  we  aim  to  achieve  in  the  next  5  years.          

                 

 

                  M AKING  IT  HAPPEN   –  ARE  YOU  INTERESTED ?  


A BOUT   U S :   T HE   G IRAFFE   P ROJECT   C HILDREN ’ S   C HARITY   G ir a ffe  P r o je c t  is  a  U K -­‐r e g iste r e d  c h a r ity ,  w ith  a n  o p e r a tin g  b a se  in  B e lg iu m   a n d  a  b r a n c h  in  K e n y a .  T o d a y  th e  p r o je c t  sp o n so r s  o v e r  5 0 0  c h ild r e n  a g e d   fo u r  to  a d u lt  in  tw o  p r im a r y  sc h o o ls,  se v e r a l  se c o n d a r y  sc h o o ls  a n d  v a r io u s   c o lle g e  p r o g r a m m e s.           Through   the   generosity   of   an   amazing   network   of   compassionate   individuals   and   families,   we   are   able   to  sponsor  several  hundred  children  through  primary   school,  which  is  8  years  in  Kenya.      

The   students   we   serve   are   from   extremely   poor   backgrounds.     Without   sponsorship,   they   would   not   be   in   school,   and   some   of   them   would   not   even  be  fed.    

When   they   reach   year   8   (about   14   years   of   age)   we   continue   to   sponsor   the   children   in   government   and   private  secondary  boarding  schools  outside  the  slums.      

In   fact,   one   of   the   first   things   we   did   was   to   organise  regular  meals  for  the  children.    

 

Without   this   basic   support   these   children   just   could   not  get  through  the  school  day.   Many  have  just  one  parent  or  no  parents  at  all.  Some   have  dropped  out  of  school  and  are  desperate  to  get   back  into  education.  

     

Others   have   been   ill   treated   by   relatives   or   guardians.     A  few  have  been  living  on  the  streets  or  working  and   begging  to  support  younger  siblings.    

   

Founders,   Richard   and   Denise   Baines,   have   over   20   years  experience  teaching  and  examining  in  different   European  and  International  schools  and  universities.    

   

The   Giraffe   Project   Board   of   Trustees   oversees   the   entire   project   and   its   funds.     The   charity   reports   annually   to   the   Charities   Commission   of   England   and   Wales.  

     

 

 

     

 


M AKING  IT  HAPPEN   -­‐  ARE  YOU  INTERESTED  TO  HELP ?     M e e tin g  th e  fin a n c ia l  c o sts  o f  th e  sc h o o l  is  o u r  m a jo r  p r io r ity .    W ith o u t  h e lp   fr o m  d o n o r s  th e  p r o je c t  w ill  n o t  b e  a b le  to  c o n tin u e .    

The  project  represents  a  fantastic  opportunity  for  organisations  and  individuals  to  be   involved  at  different  levels.

  Meeting  the  costs     Meeting  the  costs  of  the  project  is  one  important  way   in   which   you   and   your   company   can   be   involved   in   this  amazing  project.  

THE  PROJECT  NEEDS  TO  RAISE   €150,000  FOR  THE  FIRST  PHASE.         The  money  will  help:   • • • • • • • •

Pay  for  the  site   Equip  the  boarding  houses   Equip  the  kitchen     Build  accommodation  for  the  boarding   master   Renovate  toilets  and  classrooms   Secure  the  school  with  fencing   Provide   a   school   bus   to   transport   students   from  their  homes  to  the  school   And  more    

Donors     Donors   provide   financial   support   either   as   a   one   off   payment   or,   over   a   period   of   time,   based   on   achieving  agreed  milestones.     Tax  optimisation  is  possible  in  many  countries.     Donors  can  receive  regular  reports  on  the  progress  of   the   project;   both   financial   reporting  and   reporting   on   the  milestones  of  the  project  itself.   Suggested  sponsorship  amounts  are:  

 

LEVEL  1  SPONSORS:  €5,000     LEVEL  2  SPONSORS:  €10,000     LEVEL  3  SPONSORS:  €15,000  OR   ABOVE      

                                     

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REASONS   OF   THEIR   OWN   TO   SUPPORT   CHARITIES ,   WE   WANT   TO   RECOGNISE   AND   THANK   THOSE   THAT   HAVE   HELPED   SO  G ENEROUSLY .     Acknowledgements   We   acknowledge   our   donors,   on   our   website   in   the   media  and  wherever  we  can.     Visits   We   encourage   our   donors   to   visit   and   work   on   site,   for   example   as   part   of   a   corporate   team   building   or   CSR   programme.     Giving   is   one   thing   –   but   there’s   nothing   like   seeing   first-­‐hand   how   your   support   is   making  a  difference.   And  don’t  forget  the  kids!   We  have  been  taking  parties  of  teenagers  for  working   visits   on   an   annual   basis   for   the   last   five   years,   and   we  love  to  take  the  older  teenage  children  of  donors   on  our  trips.       It’s  a  life-­‐changing  experience  for  the  youngsters  as   they  work  hard  alongside  our  Kenyan  partners  –  but   we  also  throw  in  some  fun,  like  a  brilliant  lakeside   safari  in  Kenya’s  incomparable  Great  Rift  Valley.  

   


G ETTING  IN  TOUCH   I f   you  w an t  to   hel p  th e  pr o jec t,   i t’s  e as y  to   get  i n   tou ch  

I F   Y O U ’ R E   A   W R I TE R   –   W RI T E   TO   U S   –   W E ’ D   L O V E   TO   H E A R   F R O M   YO U  

O R   E M A I L   U S   AT …  

Our  registered  address  is:   The  Giraffe  Project     2nd  Floor  Suite     Turkey  Court,     Turkey  Mill     Ashford  Road     Maidstone  ,  Kent,     ME14  5PP   United  Kingdom  

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ON  BEHALF  OF  THE  WONDERFUL  KIDS  FROM  THE  SLUMS  OF  NAIROBI,   THANK  YOU  FOR  ANYTHING  YOU  C AN  DO !    


September  2012    

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

GIRAFFE  E   DUCATION  CENTRE,  KENYA    

 


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