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24.06.2022

Next step is done!

That was not so easy! In order to be able to send funds to the Kenyan association, the constitution of the Kenyan organization had to be adapted to German standards and a sponsorship contract had to be drawn up. For outsiders, this may sound like a very small step, but for us it means a lot. With this basis, we can now finally buy a plot of land for our school and move forward with the construction of the school. We will now be able to look around more concretely and make offers. We are very excited!

02.05.2022

This is how our school is supposed to look like.

A lot has happened !!

 

As we have mentioned before, despite the still missing 100% total amount of donations, the work in the school construction project does not stand still. Every day we deal with many topics around the school construction, be it searching for land, finding partners, collecting ideas and of course researching how the school should be run and look like.

 

Property search

This month Bonface has been on the important search for a suitable plot of land for us. It is important to understand that in Kenya there is no website with all the plots of land and the information about them. Together with Rio, another volunteer from ULT, Bonface is therefore faced with the arduous task of going on reconnaissance tours to identify vacant plots of land that are for sale and usually inquiring about the owner through neighbors or the like. However, in order to be able to buy a plot of land without risk, it still requires legal research per plot of land, such as the possibility for a deed of sale or the “destination” of the land. Not every plot of land may be built on with a school; some are designated for residential buildings only, for example. But this is not the only thing that makes it difficult for us to find a plot of land. The prices for land around the slum are currently increasing enormously and for us this means that we have to act quickly without running the risk of taking unnecessary risks.
To avoid this, Bonface is busy every day to find a plot of land and our members in Germany try to help through contacts and research. Two weeks ago we finally had an important appointment with an architect who wants to support us in the further planning and realization of the school. We presented him a selection of plots of land and with his advice we decided on a “direction” of size and shape of the school. With the new circumstances it was quickly clear to us that the school will not look as planned so far, but it will look even much better.

 

Planning of the school
At the moment it looks like we will have to settle for a smaller site. Prices have increased enormously and we have to consider all circumstances. Of course, we may still get a larger lot, but with the new school planning, nothing has to change in the look of the school. We anticipate a slightly sloping lot since all the lots are on a slope. The school will be built across the slope, as you can see on the drawing, so that even during heavy rainfall the water can run down the slope without any problems. Thus, there is no danger of a landslide at any point. Since the property is small, we are planning two floors with four rooms each. Since we want to teach the two preschool classes in one room, seven classrooms and an office or teachers’ lounge are planned. The rooms on the second floor can be accessed via two spiral staircases to the respective entrances of the rooms. In order to be able to increase the size of the classroom when the weather is nice, one wall per room will consist almost entirely of sliding doors. Tables and chairs can be moved farther out, and one raised bed per classroom will help the children learn about sustainable agriculture. The sliding doors are not only convenient for making the room larger, but they also allow the room temperature to be well controlled. In the upper floor, the roof will also be equipped with a ventilation device so that the temperature in the room remains stable.

 

Planning of the schoolyard
In the lower left corner of the schoolyard the toilets will be located and the rest of the yard will be used to entertain the children but also as a retreat to learn and read outside. At the entrance to the school there will be a small house for a security guard and the “Thank you sign” for all our sponsors.

22.03.2022

The money arrived safely!

After four month, the money is finally in our bank account. The court date was on the 14th of march and after this JustGiving had to give out the funds immediately. They charged us around 2.400 € but we are just happy and relieved that the money is here. We can now finally search for a land and work on this project like we have planned.

11.03.2022

Fundraising

On 14 October 2021, we launched the fundraising for the school construction and spread it on all channels. I (Lea) was currently in Kenya myself and spent my days planning both the fundraising and the actual project. I was able to see once again the need for this project and started the fundraising with that drive. A sponsor of ours from the UK was so enthusiastic about our idea that he even started his own fundraising campaign in his community. For this purpose, he opened a donation page on JustGiving (an international donation service provider) where the donations are collected. Within a very short time, an unbelievable amount of money was collected and I can tell you that I almost fell off my chair when the contributions added up. There were small amounts as well as large donations from the cryptocurrency community, in which our school sponsor himself is very active. By Christmas, the target of £64,300 was reached and I couldn’t have imagined a better Christmas present.
Unfortunately, JustGiving has since been uncooperative and does not want to transfer the sum to our sponsor’s account. Here’s why: Because the cryptocurrency community places a very high value on its anonymity and therefore does not want to release contact details (which we understand 100%) JustGiving cannot fully match the donations. Unfortunately, they also only respond to our emails every few weeks and have not yet come up with a solution on how we can best resolve this situation for everyone. For reasons of transparency, we have already included the total of donations from this campaign in our own count.
As many weeks have now passed, our school sponsor has decided to involve the police, who are now looking into the case. We as an association will be kept informed of every step and will be put in CC with every mail. The resolution route will now probably be to transfer the donations back to the donors (only from this explicit fundraising in the UK) and then have to donate again. This case went viral in the cryptocurrency community on Twitter and we have been experiencing great support ever since.
It looks like there is finally a way forward and hopefully we can start our work soon. We keep you updated.

 

Our work begins

Of course, we as an association do not sit around while the problem is solved with JustGiving. The project is already in full progress for us and we are in the process of gathering information and experience reports from associations that have already built in Kenya. We are currently looking for a building partner in Kenya, ideally a donation-based non-profit organisation just like us. This will allow us to benefit from a partner who already has experience in building schools and of course it will also mean a great cost saving.

It is incredibly important for us to approach the project with the best possible knowledge to match your donation and support. We are very much looking forward to the time ahead and will keep you updated via the following page.

 

Further donations are needed

The donation contingent has still not been fully reached and we have once again listed the link to donate here for you. Maybe you are interested in supporting us again with this project and share it with your friends and family.

With your help we will build a wonderful school and give the children the education they deserve.

25.02.2022 + 26.02.2022

WeBuilding – Workshop “Building in the Global South”

On 25 and 26 February, we (Annika and Lea) participated in an online workshop organised by WeBuilding.

In the 2-day workshop – WeBuilding gave the participants space for individual advice on current or planned building projects. We were able to present our own project and gain a lot of new knowledge.

For us, it is very important to approach the building project with the best possible knowledge and to work with experts who accompany us throughout the process.

WeBuilding

We-Building is a non-profit association of experienced architects who provide financial and technical support to local non-profit organisations in Latin America and Africa to build sustainable schools and other public buildings in disadvantaged areas.

14.10.2021

Start of our fundraising campaign

On 14 October 2021, we launched our fundraising campaign to build our own school in Nairobi. Very quickly, we were pleased to receive positive feedback and support.

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    Blackboard77,00 €

    What should we write here? A classroom without a blackboard is not a classroom.

     

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    Lamp10,00 €

    To create a perfect study enviroment we plan to install around 6 to 8 lamps per classroom.

     

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    Desk25,00 €

    We calculate around 11 tables per classroom.

     

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    School bus20.000,00 €

    In order to bring our school children safely from home to school and back, we need a school bus.

     

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    Solar panel1.150,00 €

    To provide our school with enough electricity we would like to install six solar panels on the roof.

     

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    Slide385,00 €

    To keep our kids entertained during the break we would like to install a slide in our courtyard.

     

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    Swing385,00 €

    To keep our kids entertained during the break we would like to install a swing in our courtyard.

     

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    High bed50,00 €

    We would like to teach our kids to grow their own vegetables and therefore we would like to have five high beds in our courtyard.

     

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    Chair20,00 €

    We calculate around 20 chairs per classroom.

     

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    ShelfBig shelf: 47,00 € 

    Schoolbook: 5,00 € per book

    Little shelf: 3,00 € per child

    Pencils: 1,60 € for 10 pencils

     

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    Blackboard77,00 €

    What should we write here? A classroom without a blackboard is not a classroom.

     

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    School clock100,00 €

    To always know the time (and knowing when you're to late for class) we would like to install a school clock.

     

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    Bricks15,50 € for 10 bricks

    To build our school we sure need bricks. For 155,00 € we can buy 350 bricks in Kenya.

     

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    Sign160,00 €

    We would like to say thank you to all the sponsors and place a sign in front of the school to appreciate the donations properly.

     

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    Window120,00 €

    To install a window in the school, we need about 65.00 €. Give the children a view.

     

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    Iron sheets13,00 €

    For the roof of the school, we would like to install iron sheets, with an individual value of 13.00 €. Further costs arise during the assembly.

     

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    Sign50,00 €

    To identify the school, we would like to put a large nameplate above the front door. Production and assembly together cost € 50.00.

    Roof3.000,00 €

    For the roof of the school we need about 6,000 bricks, with an individual value of 3.00 €. Further costs arise during the assembly.

    Window65,00 €

    To install a window in the school, we need about 65.00 €. Give the children a view.

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