ChallengeAid Africa

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Schools of Hope

ChallengeAid creates Schools of Hope (SoH) in some of East Africa’s largest and worst hit slums especially in Nairobi. A SoH caters for aspirational young children who strive to escape from the poverty in which they are trapped, and is a cross between a homework club, a library, and a youth club, but facilitates learning as its’ focus. We are currently facilitating 45 SoH’s catering for 4,500 aspirational young students with each SoH encouraged to achieve self-sustainability. One such example at the moment is the making of soap, which the SoH then sells into their communities at a profit. Self-sustainability is always our ultimate goal. Currently the cost per pupil to attend a SoH for a year is £8 per child which works out at just over 0.02p per day!
ChallengeAid helps to provide skills and confidence for young students who need to escape poverty, with a thorough life-skills programme and an emphasis on self-empowerment for girls. We also engage students with Music, Art, Drama & Dance, Sports, Debating & Chess.

Sanitary Pad Programme

Our complimentary sanitary pads programme has now been running successfully for over 12 years and our student population is 55%/45% in favour of girls, partly as a consequence of the programme which undoubtedly enables & facilitates education for girls & contributes to the empowerment of girls!

Sanitation Programme

Creating a conducive environment for learning has been a great priority for ChallengeAid. We have renovated many of the SoH latrines and sanitation in our SoH communities through Welsh Government funding, which has allowed us to upgrade water points and provide at least two toilets in each of ten of our SoHs. We are currently adding another twenty to that list including a shower block – any child willing to take a bath will do so at no cost. (Most sanitation facilities in slums cost as households do not have own toilets or bathrooms).
During the 2020 pandemic lockdown we developed and delivered online lessons, using expert secondary science teachers here in the UK who have familiarised themselves with the Kenyan 8-4-4 syllabus. Over the last year these Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Maths lessons have been delivered every day to thousands of pupils. We are currently awaiting the secondary school exam results and our primary school results are already looking to be the best ever.

Online Science & Maths KCSE (A Level) lessons

We plan to enlarge the e-learning/zoom lessons (programme) and with that in mind I approached the University of Wales Education Department at Trinity St. David’s (UWTSt.D). It appears they are keen to include a module in their teacher training programme which would put further teaching teams together. These would provide online education to those SoHs in the informal slum settlements that have good electric connection and can receive WiFi. Additionally they are looking to create a library of delivered lessons at KCSE standard that can be accessed offline both by SoH pupils and supervisors, and teachers in the Informal Community Schools.