They need your helpChallengeAid promotes health and fitness throughout the UK by motivating schools, universities, corporate groups and individuals to raise money through sponsored exercise. Everyone needs to exercise more, to improve both physical and mental health. With the money raised, we create Schools of Hope in East Africa, which provide extra opportunity for aspirational young slum dwellers.
We believe that we are one of the very few charities able to respond to some of Africa’s ongoing issues without creating a culture of dependency or bringing knee-jerk reactions to the latest crises. The Schools of Hope are a unique, long-term, sustainable solution for the provision of educational opportunity.
Our Schools of Hope operate in the evenings, weekends, and holidays. Individuals have access to a supervised, safe and conducive learning environment, which provides up-to-date textbooks, caring supervision, desks, chairs, lighting, peer support and careers advice. In addition, pupils can engage in many extra-curricular activities, which include music, drama, sports and life-skills sessions. All of our activities provide aspirational young people with the opportunity to succeed and escape a lifetime of poverty by improving their job prospects and increasing their self-esteem. Our life-skills sessions have had a profound impact in educating students about issues such as alcohol, drugs and unprotected sex.
Our pledge is that none of the money raised from sponsored physical activity is used for administrative purposes.
What we have achievedThere are now 43 Schools of Hope in Kenya and Tanzania, and our mission is to open another eight in Nairobi’s slum settlements of Mathare, the Aberdares, Mombasa and in Arusha in Tanzania by the end of 2019.
- We educate 3,000 young people from the ages of 9-18.
- In 2018, 96% of our pupils transitioned from primary to secondary school.
- In 2018, over 92% of leavers from the Schools of Hope succeeded in accessing university or finding employment.
- In 2018 , 98% of our pupls transitioned to secondary school, 100% in some schools.
- In 2018, 51 students achieved the standard to take up a place at University.
- Our mission is to have another 7 by the end of 2020
We continue to achieve
Thanks to your contributions, you help us make a real impact on many lives of people who are living in these poor slum conditions. Our Schools of Hope help keep children safe and give them the opportunity to achieve their dreams.
Jane sat for her Primary School National exam in November 2015 and acquired 404 marks out of a possible 500 marks, Jane was the best student from a public school from her district. She received admission to her dream school – Pangani Girls High School.
“I love being involved in Sponsor a Child. It’s so wonderful to receive drawings from the young girl that I sponsor and to see the progression that she is making in her life”
“I have gained so much experience from the Schools of Hope, and I have met people from many walks of life who have strengthened my character, opened my eyes to the real world, and become my friends.”