BUNK BEDS - A place of safety
In conversation with the Head at one of our partner primary schools we discovered that the drop off rate for pupils in the final year of primary remains high especially for girls. Not completing primary education reduces the access to education and secondary and beyond. The reasons for the drop off are complex but what struck a chord with us most were the extreme distances the children have to travel across often dangerous bush lands just to get to school and, the plight of some of the girls who despite changing attitudes are still being kept at home to do chores or married off at a young age.
With kind UK supporters, we have been able to provide 21 bunk beds which have been installed into a spare room at the school. The year eight students were the first to benefit allowing them to stay in school during the week and revise for their final exams and maximise study time at what is a crucial point in their education
The dormitory is exclusively for girls and the school provides a matron to supervise and mentor them during this crucial phase of their lives. Over the last couple of years, the teachers have noticed the drop off rates fell dramatically, and the exam results have climbed steadily. The final year results continue to be good and are amongst the top in the area. The teachers acknowledged that the bunk bed facility is making a huge difference to girl’s results and long-term health and wellbeing
Attendance automatically improved
Extra tuition is available
The risk of arranged marriage and FGM is reduced
It is providing a haven for girls subjected to abuse at home
The bunk beds are in place, but mattresses and mosquito nets still need regular replacement.
Just £45 provides a child with a new mattress, blanket and mosquito net so they can sleep sound and wake up refreshed and ready to learn.
HOW WE HELP
The Covid crisis means future fundraising plans have reduced significantly. However, our source of strength, and underpinning our stability, are several regular monthly donations. Without the generosity and passion of our past and present supporters MaaChild would not be the success it is today. Our success depends on the support from yourselves, community groups, businesses and likeminded people who champion our mission.
Going forward, donation stability is our utmost priority, building a monthly online giving programme will help the MaaChild community to thrive.
Can you help to maintain this stability, as we continue to work to support these children and projects through these challenging times?
By simply setting up a standing order for either a sustainable 4-year sponsorship (for just under £8 a week or £30/ month) or to help maintain the nursery water source and general repairs (£5 a week or £20/month). No amount is too small. £10 per month would provide enough solar lanterns to help 12 girls study at home or equip a whole year group with pens, pencils and school equipment. £5 a month provides soap and hygiene supplies for teenagers at a crucial stage in their physical development. Every little helps
Should you feel able to offer your support during this crisis and going forward simply click on DONATE to set up a monthly donation of your choice.
If you are a UK Taxpayer be sure to tick the Gift Aid box which means that your donation is increased by 25% through the Government Gift Aid scheme.
Whatever you can afford will mean you are making a huge difference and the future for our MaaChild children at least, will be brighter.