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EDUCATION IS THE KEY to making change in poverty-stricken areas but opportunities are often lacking. In collaboration with Enterprise4Good, positively AFRICA is embarking on a fundraising campaign to raise $50,000 to support the building of a new school and an income-generating project for Soweto Junior primary school in Kenya.
Watch Principal Jeff and the youngsters at Soweto Junior Education Centre
LOCATED IN KIBERA, a large slum area on the outskirts of Nairobi, most of the residents live in extreme poverty. Many live on less than $1 a day and unemployment rates are high. HIV/AIDS is also prevalent in the community. There are few schools in Kibera and many parents can't afford to educate their children.
The most precious gift we can give our children is education Nelson Mandela
positively AFRICA has had a long-standing relationship with Soweto Junior, mostly by providing food for the 150 youngsters attending the school. Although only Grades 1 and 2 are taught there, the students range in age from 3 to 12 years. The school supports vulnerable children and often takes in students who would otherwise spend their days on the street. The school's mission is to provide quality education and to equip the future generation with the skills needed to make changes in their community and to break the cycle of poverty. Along with their subjects of English, reading, writing and math, students enjoy sports like soccer and skipping rope as well as drama, poetry and art.
The school is currently located in a small, rented outbuilding with a dirt floor and no running water. They have been asked to vacate their premises. A much-needed new school is required to provide the education the children deserve.
The school has been given a plot of land on which to build a new school. Our friends at Enterprise4Good will provide volunteers to construct the building. Soweto Junior's plan for sustaining the running of the school is to build a small apartment building that will provide the funds for salaries, food and other ongoing costs.
Please help Soweto Junior make change in their community. Win a gourmet dinner for 8, bid on online auction items and stay tuned for other special events. Please visit our Events page or donate now. 100% of funds raised go toward this deserving project.
With huge thanks for your generous support, the positively AFRICA team!