This is the Gatwekera Preschool Project. We're raising money for the Gatwekera Preschool located in the Kibera slums in Nairobi Kenya.
I'm Natalie Martinson, and I volunteered at the school for 9 months.
Kibera is the 4th largest urbanized slum in the world.
The students who attend Gatwekera preschool live in this extreme poverty every day. Many of them come from single parent families and some of them are orphaned or even HIV+.
The teachers and staff at Gatwekera do the best they can to accommodate all the families and children within the community even though the families often can't afford to pay any school fees.
Gatwekera has currently been opperating on less than a 5th of what they need to make the school run. They've managed this by prioritizing food for the children and sacrificing livable teacher's salaries and materials.
But now, the costs of living have increased due to a drought in East Africa. To complicate this even further, the number of children in need is ever-growing.
Gatwekera has helped transform the community and provides a safe and loving environment for children to obtain a quality education. They are making a positive impact and a huge difference. Everyone deserves education- and Gatwekera deserves to have their story told!
We've set our goal at 17,000 dollars because that's what it takes to support Gatwekera for an entire school year. We want to ensure that the students will be fed everyday, that the teachers will get paid a fair/livable salary, and that the children will have materials to read and write with.
$.50 per meal
$34 to feed the whole school for a day
$6,065 for the entire school year
There are currently three staff members who cook, clean, do maintenance, and administrative work for the school as well as three full-time teachers.
$136 average monthly salary per person
$9822 for 6 annual salaries
$580 per year for supplies
including reading/writing materials, chairs, tables,
nap-time matresses, cleaning supplies, and toys.
$190 per year for maintenance and repairs
Watch our video and share this campaign so we can spread awareness and give these amazing teachers and students what they deserve. All donations go directly to feeding the children, paying the teachers, and supporting their opportunities for education.
“When I made the decision to go to Kenya to film this documentary, I had no idea what I was getting into. It was one of those decisions that you just say yes to- and two weeks later I was on a flight to Nairobi. This journey completely moved me. There were many moments that were challenging and uncomfortable- and these are the moments when you feel truly alive and inspired. This is the beauty of life. When you put yourself out there with an intention of finding the magic in every person you encounter, every place you travel to, and every moment you experience, you will find nothing other than the magic revealing itself within the folds of every experience. Filming and editing this documentary was one of those moments. I went to Kenya with the intention of helping these people in need, only to realize that they gave more to me during my stay then I could have ever given them. I was deeply impacted by the teachers of this school, the children of Kibera, and the story of the Gatwekera Preschool. Donate and share this project with those around you. Do not underestimate the power that you individually have to truly make an impact in someone's life- they all completely changed mine."
If you or anyone you know has campaign ideas, wants to get involved, or have any questions- message us on Facebook on the Gatwekera Preschool Project page.
- Natalie Martinson
- Dasha Zhurin
Organizer and beneficiary
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