Strawberry Hill Overseas and Community Concern (SHOCC)

St Kevin's School, Tuyapei, Marigat, Kenya

To raise £15,000 to construct two more classrooms at a new infant school for refugee children near Marigat in Kenya's Rift Valley. We propose developing the school over the next five years and see this as our target for the coming 12 months.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 29 November 2016 to 12:01 PM, 6 December 2016

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1120787)

Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£1,000

Donations

0

    Category

  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Poverty Alleviation/ReliefPoverty Alleviation/Relief
  • OtherOther

    Helping

Location

  • "Children lack basic education for a variety of reasons. Parents want the daughter to get married at a tender age so that they can get the dowry. FGM is rising leading to early school drop outs. Some parents engage themselves in alcohol. A school is urgently needed her to bring about change."

    — Rev Fr Stephen Oyaya

  • "I fell in love with the semi-nomadic Pokot people in the 1980s when one of my first graduates worked there with Action Aid developing schools. I now visit at least once a year and my aim is to construct a school from scratch in one of the poorest parts of Kenya. Please help me achieve my dream."

    — Dr Kevin Cook

  • "Children lack basic education for a variety of reasons. Parents want the daughter to get married at a tender age so that they can get the dowry. FGM is rising leading to early school drop outs. Some parents engage themselves in alcohol. A school is urgently needed her to bring about change."

    — Rev Fr Stephen Oyaya

  • "I fell in love with the semi-nomadic Pokot people in the 1980s when one of my first graduates worked there with Action Aid developing schools. I now visit at least once a year and my aim is to construct a school from scratch in one of the poorest parts of Kenya. Please help me achieve my dream."

    — Dr Kevin Cook

Situation

Families forced out of Sudan have settled near a government irrigation project just outside Marigat, Kenya. There is no school within 10 miles for their children and most work as child labour alongside their parents on the irrigation project. The life chances for girls are particularly desperate and most get married at aound the age of 12. Parents have asked for a school, land has been donated by the irrigation project and the local Chief and Education Department are supporting the project.

Solution

The construction of a primary school will meet the needs of children from the ages of 3 to 14 and will considerably enhance their life chances. The provision of dormitories will enable girls to extend their education beyond the age of marriage and will also reduce the likelihood of childhood pregnancies, which are high in the area. The project will help to develop the local community and may bring about cultural changes such as a reduction in the excessive drinking of locally brewed beers.