Servants Without Borders (SWB), a non-profit organization based in Washington, DC, was founded in 2009 to share the love of Christ through service. Members and volunteers live all across the globe and work together to create impact that bring relief to impoverished communities. More information about our Mission and Vision included below. First, see details about #ShowerKiberaKids.
What is #ShowerKiberaKids?
#ShowerKiberaKids is one of our many initiatives. It is a social giving/action campaign that addresses access to education for children living in the Kibera slums in Nairobi, Kenya. We are excited to partner with Cheery Children Education Centre, to provide scholarships to 32 students currently in Grade 7 for the 2020 school year. On March 7, 2019, members of SWB awarded our first scholarship to a student in Grade 7. Students wrote an essay about themselves and their “big dream.” The student with the best essay was awarded a $300.00 scholarship which covers tuition and meals for the 2020 school year for Grade 8. We were so inspired by the students’ essays that we returned home with a goal to award scholarships for the remaining 31 students.
For the children of Kibera, the only way out is through education. Cheery Children Education Centre is dedicated to helping the children of Kibera receive quality education. The Centre was founded in 2009 by Jarius Makambi and it’s situated in the heart of the Kibera slums. The Centre currently serves 520 students. To learn more about Cheery: http://cheerycentre.org/
Cheery Children Education Centre's Grade 7 Class
What’s happening in Kibera?
· Kibera is the largest slum in Nairobi and the largest urban slum in Africa. · Most of Kibera slum residents live in extreme poverty, earning less than $1.00 per day. · There are no public schools in Kibera and over 100,000 orphaned children. · There are few schools located in Kibera, and most residents cannot afford education for their children. · 9 in 10 children from poor households will fail to complete Grade 8. · Unemployment rates are high. · Persons living with HIV and AIDS in the slum are many. · Disease caused by poor hygiene are prevalent. · A great majority living in the slum lack access to basic services, including electricity, running water, and medical care.
TAKE A LOOK AT THESE NEWS REPORTS TO GET FIRST-HAND ACCOUNTS OF THE CONDITIONS IN KIBERA.
How have the conditions impacted the children of Kibera?
Profound poverty, competition for scarce resources, disease, conflict, addictions and lack of educational opportunities put the children of Kibera at extreme risk for illiteracy, illness, hopelessness, abuse and the meager resources accessible is the common definition of the urban poor child living in the Kenyan slums. Few opportunities exist for the children of Kibera and surrounding slums that allow them to learn and grow to their highest potential. Although the Kenyan government has announced free education for all children at the primary school level, the children are still expected to pay tuition fees, buy their own uniforms (without a uniform they cannot attend school), provide their own food and in some cases there are not enough school desks and resources with children having class sizes of over 50 in a tiny room. This lack of opportunity results in a perpetuation of the poverty cycle allowing them to neither contribute to their full capacity to the community nor be able to take advantage of all that their society and the world has to offer.
Why is ten thousand dollars our goal?
Because EVERY CHILD deserves access to a quality education and we would like to help Grade 7 defy the odds. With your support, we believe that we can provide scholarships for the remaining 31 students.
As a citizen of the United States, imagine what it would be like if your children or a child you know had no access to a public education in their neighborhood and limited means to pay school fees. By making a donation, you will help Servants Without Borders lift the financial burden for these 31 children and their families. Every $300.00 you donate will give one child in Grade 7 access to a quality education and a chance of defying the odds.
After you donate, please show your support by sharing the news about #ShowerKiberaKids on Facebook and Twitter. This campaign isn’t just about scholarships; it’s about shedding light on what is happening Kibera and showering Kibera children with love, support and a fair opportunity to realize their “big dream.”
First Scholarship Awarded on March 7, 2019
Beyond scholarships, SWB plans to continue to support projects that will help Cheery Children Education Centre to become self-sustainable. Some of Cheery's present monthly needs includes the following:
• $ 10=buys 5 pairs of new navy blue uniform socks • $30=provides 1 new uniform including a navy blue sweater, checked navy blue shirt and a dress for the girls or khaki slacks for the boys • $25=sponsors 1 child for one month of school tuition and meal • $100=buys 5 pairs of good black leather uniform shoes • $300=sponsors 1 child for tuition and meals for a whole year • $1200=pays for the salary of 1 teacher for a full year • $30,000=secures the schools future by securing a land for the school • $2,200=Salaries and remuneration (22 staff members) per month • $480=provides rice 480kg for 520 students for 1 month • $160=provides maize flour 480kg for 520 students for 1 month • $78=provides Greengrams 60kg for 520 students for 1 month • $160=provides vegetables for 520 students for 1 month • $42=provides salad 28 liters for 520 students for 1 month • $154=pays for charcoal and firewood for 1 month • $ 80=pays for water for 1 month for the school • $40=pays for internet for 1 month • $30=supplies electricity for 1 month for the centre • $21=buys chalk for 1 month
More about Servants Without Borders
We are determined to bring relief to communities that are suffering from the ravishes of natural disasters, poverty, and social injustice. We address the needs of underprivileged citizens in these communities by taking intensive grassroots action that directly impacts their daily living conditions.
Through our efforts, we seek to improve the economic, educational, environmental, and health conditions of disadvantaged communities. As our programs and initiatives are implemented, we will transform impoverished communities into safe and healthy environments in which residents can thrive and enjoy the quality of life that every citizen is entitled to possess.