All it Takes is an Additional $40 for Every Student
The Government of Kenya recently issued extensive guidelines to ensure safe learning environments for students. The requirements are challenging and costly, but with your help now, we can make the required renovations.
Learn more about our plan and why your help is crucial.
Going Back to School Begins with Your Help Now
To contain the spread of the virus, schools were officially closed by the government in March 2020. To keep our students learning during this time, MOHI teachers relied on technology to upload classwork. Others left revision materials at the school entrance with the security guard to allow for review and pick up at a later time.
A phased reopening of schools, starting with grades 4, 8, and 12, began in mid-October and with it came a number of new governmental guidelines that MOHI will need to accommodate to provide a safe, physically-distanced learning environment for students and staff.
To meet new requirements, MOHI must:
- Build/rent new classrooms to accommodate government required physical distancing between students
- Purchase additional desks, blackboards, books, and supplies for the new classrooms
- Hire additional teachers
- Provide hygiene stations, PPE, and digital thermometers
- Provide masks and hand sanitizer for more than 20,000 students
- Install additional toilets
- Expand dormitories to meet physical distancing requirements
- Purchase additional mattresses and beds
- And much more
Fundraising Goal: $40 Per Student
We estimate it will cost MOHI an additional $40 per student to upgrade all of our schools to meet the government’s requirements. We have faith that GOD will provide as He has before.
All it takes is a one-time donation of $40 per student, in addition to monthly sponsorships, to cover the upgrades and changes needed.
We’re always grateful for donations above and beyond the minimum amount, as they will help cover costs for the thousands of students who are not currently sponsored, in addition to new needs as they arise. We ask that you please prayerfully consider what donation God is calling you to give.
Help us make the required renovations
What This Means for Your Sponsored Child
Although the Government of Kenya originally established January 2021 as the date to re-open schools, a revised plan, issued by the Ministry of Education on October 6, mandated that students in grades 4, 8, and 12 return to school on October 12. These grades were specifically chosen because they are required to take yearly exit exams. A starting point has not been set for the other grade levels yet.
Monthly child sponsorship funds continue to support critical food distributions, health programs, distance learning, in-class learning, and staff who coordinate remote check-ins and in-person visitations with students and their families.
Encourage Your Sponsored Child with an Email!
Due to the pandemic, the US Postal Service temporarily suspended mail service to Kenya. Unfortunately, this meant a number of sponsor letters were returned. We know how important communication is to both our sponsors and our children, but we don’t recommend sending letters or gifts at this time.
Instead, to help bridge the communication gap, we created a temporary email address so sponsors can remain connected. You can send an email to your sponsored student and it will be delivered by our team on the ground. They will also email you back with the child’s response.
To send a message to your child via email:
- Send your message to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Please put your sponsored child’s full name and ID# in the subject line
- Please only send one email per sponsored child
- Please send your email by November 1st