What we have achieved this year
Sponsorship for Children at Boarding and Day Schools
Watoto Trust continues to provide scholarships for secondary education at boarding and day schools for orphans and impoverished children who could not otherwise afford a secondary education. We funded 45 boys and girls through school last year and two girls through university at a total cost of £19,000.
Some extracts from some of the letters we have received this year
BETA Day Nursery
BETA Day nursery is a small nursery school in the slums of Dagoretti near Nairobi. There are 30 children between 6 months and 6 years. Hannah Njoroge who set up the nursery is amazingly innovative, educating these children to a high standard with minimal resources. Watoto Trust has provided funds to give the children a porridge breakfast and a hot lunch each day of the term. Hannah has also bought a rain-water collection tank with funds from Watoto. She is thrilled because this year she has enough fresh water to last her school through the dry season. Cooking used to be done on a wood fire, Hannah used to carry in the wood before lessons in the morning and light a smokey fire to cook on. She has just bought a new electric cooker with Watoto Funds!
Orkonyil is a small project helping the Masai in a very remote part of Kenya on the edge of the Rift Valley. They are protectors of the sacred Forest of the Lost Child. Outside pressures of illegal logging, poaching, influx of outsiders to the area and erosion of their traditional values is putting unsustainable pressures on the community. This project aims to give them a voice and a platform to come together and manage these pressures. It aims to give them alternative forms of income to supplement their traditional pastoralist way of life and to help with education of the children. Watoto Trust has bought Orkonyil a Kio kit. This is a rugged box containing 40 computer tablets which can be used in rural areas of Africa without electricity or internet. The box acts as a server and a battery. The entire Kenyan curriculum is on the server so the school has access to all the resources they need. This is a huge advantage in rural Kenya where books are hard to come by.