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UNDER Lea's TRUST has already changed the future for 216 children.

Lea Sophie Kabitzsch

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History of origin

Hi, my name is Lea Sophie Kabitzsch and I am 25 years old. After completing my bachelor’s degree, I was tired of just sitting at my desk or in the office and doing tasks that were not fulfilling for me and were of little importance to the environment. I wanted to get out, clear the ocean of plastic, teach children to read in the slums and take people with me on my journey. My target: The Lion King`s magical film set AFRICA. I traveled with a friend and took friends and acquaintances with me to the slums of Nairobi, the vastness of the Serengeti, the picturesque Okavango Delta and many other fascinating places through the vivid reproduction of my experiences on social media.

On my way we collected plastic from the beaches, talked to the residents and got closer to the different countries culturally. The months that I lived and worked in the slums of Nairobi were the most significant of my life. Living in barracks with no running water, no daylight and still being surrounded by the happiest and most hopeful people turned my world upside down. I worked in an organization called the Soweto Youth Initiative and was surrounded by around 150 children every day, around 100 of whom went to school and didn’t join us until the afternoon. In the morning I tried to teach arithmetic, writing and English to the 50 remaining children. I quickly reached my limits, because who would have thought, I’m not a trained teacher and the children only speak Kiswahili. Nonetheless, the children were busy in the safe organization during the day and happily played the educational games.

The organization can rarely afford lunch for the children and so it happens that most of the days the children go to bed hungry in the evenings. I spent a lot of time with the kids and quickly became a family member of the organization. Spurred on by the still hopeful faces around me, I started my first fundraising campaign and raised around € 2,000. With the money it was now possible for me to offer the children in the organization a daily warm lunch and to ensure that this regularity is maintained even in my absence. A warm lunch is a good first step, but was it really the solution? Or was it more the solution to an episode? Shouldn’t the children go to school like everyone else, be taught by a real teacher and get something to eat in the school canteen for lunch?

I asked the organization about the annual school fees and was amazed. It would cost me € 50.00 a year to send a child to school for a full year (without school uniform, material and so on)
WOW. € 50.00. For me, this is roughly equivalent to ordering a book from Amazon, shopping at ASOS or two grocery purchases in a one-person household, and I’ve usually already spent more on all of that. I talked to the children, found out about their dreams of becoming a pilot, police officer, or monster truck driver, and wrote down my conversations. First of all, I developed the profiles of around 20 children. It wouldn’t be that hard to find sponsors for her, would it? An hour and 20 phone calls later, I had more sponsors than profiles. I worked through the nights, chatting with children and families, writing down their stories and dreams, and looking for suitable sponsors.

Just a few days later, I was allowed to bring the first child (Moses, 6 years old, sponsored by me) to school. I was overwhelmed, to be honest, with pee in my eyes all the time. Moses, actually a very shy child, was thrilled and could barely sit still in the school office. Allowing him to chase after his dreams were and is the most beautiful moment in my life so far.
I want to share this feeling with you. Since the beginning of my project in January, the number of children has risen and the number is increasing.
Because sending a secondary child to school is way more expensive, we calculated that we need 108,00 € per year for each child, to guarantee the education from beginning to end.

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EDUCATION IS THE KEY

Education leads to power. Every child from every part of the world can change the world. The key is the knowledge how to. This knowledge will be given to every child in School.

A far spreaded knowledge about a sustainable lifestyle can connect us with our home planet earth like a close friend. Children learn about nature and a sustainable way of life in school.

With a higher education the community is getting stronger and every voice wins in power. Children learn that a change is not coming by lonely fighters than by a strong community.

A educated world can face every problem. The fight agains hunger or the climate change needs everyone. Children learn about all these problems and get sensitized in school.

DOING THE RIGHT THING, AT THE RIGHT TIME

216

CHILDREN SPONSORED

12

SEARCHING

145

SPONSORS

8

COUNTRIES

BONFACE KANGONGA

CO-FOUNDER &

HEAD OF UNDER LEAS INTERNATIONAL

Bonface Kangonga

UNDER LEAS INTERNATIONAL

I’m Bonface. I was born in the in the Soweto Slums in Nairobi, Kenya. I got raised by my mom and received a certificate on community development from the Kenya College of Accountancy (KCA) in 2015. I started to work as a sales person at farmers choice Ltd in 2016 and at the same time I was volunteering at the Soweto Youth Initiative in Kahawa Soweto Slum, where I got mentored when I was a young boy.  My vision is to give back to the community and to help and to support the kids. Because of that I resigned later in November 2019 at farmers choice Ltd and started to volunteer full time at the Initiative. I am the one in charge of all the projects at the Initiative. My goal is too make sure that every child at the organization enjoys their childhood and gets a good life and a successful future.

I’m the right hand for Lea. My work is it to connect her with the children and later on bring them to school and support the families here in the Slum.

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Blackboard77,00 €

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

 

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Blackboard77,00 €

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

 

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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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Chair20,00 €

We calculate around 20 chairs per classroom.

 

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Desk25,00 €

We calculate around 11 tables per classroom.

 

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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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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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Lamp10,00 €

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

 

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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.

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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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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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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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.

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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Slide385,00 €

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

 

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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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Swing385,00 €

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

 

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Window65,00 €

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

Window120,00 €

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

 

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