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Sister Freda’s Orphanage

WHAT WE NEED

  • Orphanage for 20-30 children* (designed and ready for execution)
  • Elementary School** (designed and ready for execution)
  • Rainwater catchment system
  • Playground
  • Tables, chairs, and cubbies (locally sourced and crafted)
  • Toys
  • Books

*The orphanage is small and dark and the children have outgrown the space. The orphanage needs to have room for at least 20 to 30 children and will work in conjunction with the elementary school in preparing them for their high school education, ensuring them a future they might’ve otherwise never imagined.

**Sister Freda’s plot of land houses a small hospital, nursing school, a girls school, and a very small old orphanage. The elementary school is needed to bridge the gap from the early years child care center (children aged 1 to 6) to the girls high school. There is available land and the design is completed and approved by contractors, the teachers, and Sister Freda herself making it a completely community-based effort.

All projects will harness the naturally available resources to minimize cost and increase environment sustainability to make it a 100% green school.

HOW WE'LL DO IT

American donor and architect Kurt Beckman and his Kenyan counterpart Mr. Gitonga have wasted no time is designing the future for these orphaned and vulnerable children. The orphanage and elementary school will be state-of-the-art and a huge boon to the area, ensuring the children’s’ futures.

THE DESIGN

One of the three Elementary School classrooms will be a model classroom that will be set up in a similar way to a childrens’ arts and play-based program. It is bright and open, floors are tiled, and there will be sky lights and electrical outlets on each wall. Reed ceilings instead of the standard aluminum will ensure the space remains cool in the harsh summers and dry in the winter, and white boards will be installed instead of the typical chalk black boards. Bright-colored furniture in yellow, green, blue, and candy apple red will be situated in round and horseshoe shapes to keep every student engaged, and lastly, art easels, cubbies, weaved  mats, and small chairs will all made locally from sustainable, natural resources providing an income to local artisans, as well.

THE CURRICULUM

The curriculum will be interactive, child-centerd, thematic based program, which will be a radical departure from what is happening anywhere else in the district now. Teachers will be trained in service to this teaching approach from the first nursury classroom up through K1 and K2 and so on. Resources from donors are already beginning to pour in in support of their curriculum. In addition to Kurt Beckman’s donoation of time and energy, Singapore’s Schoolhouse by the Bay has already provided over 250 donated school uniforms for the center. In addition, Kenyan educational officials have given Sister Freda their approval of this teaching method – all that’s needed is the space in which to implement it.

HOW TO DONATE

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SPONSOR A CHILD

We are happy to facilitate a youth education sponsorship program for both Allan and his family’s youth group and Sister Freda’s orphanage. For just $1.20/day ($450/year) you can sponsor an entire year of a child’s education. This includes school fees, supplies, and books – and a chance to succeed! Go to our GET INVOLVED page to learn more and submit an inquiry.

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