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Lchokuti Foundation: Help improve lives for illiterate pastoralist community and their children

13:12 Jul 17 2016 Merille, Kenya

Lchokuti Foundation: Help improve lives for illiterate pastoralist community and their children Lchokuti Foundation: Help improve lives for illiterate pastoralist community and their children Lchokuti Foundation: Help improve lives for illiterate pastoralist community and their children Lchokuti Foundation: Help improve lives for illiterate pastoralist community and their children Lchokuti Foundation: Help improve lives for illiterate pastoralist community and their children Lchokuti Foundation: Help improve lives for illiterate pastoralist community and their children Lchokuti Foundation: Help improve lives for illiterate pastoralist community and their children Lchokuti Foundation: Help improve lives for illiterate pastoralist community and their children Lchokuti Foundation: Help improve lives for illiterate pastoralist community and their children Lchokuti Foundation: Help improve lives for illiterate pastoralist community and their children Lchokuti Foundation: Help improve lives for illiterate pastoralist community and their children Lchokuti Foundation: Help improve lives for illiterate pastoralist community and their children Lchokuti Foundation: Help improve lives for illiterate pastoralist community and their children Lchokuti Foundation: Help improve lives for illiterate pastoralist community and their children Lchokuti Foundation: Help improve lives for illiterate pastoralist community and their children Lchokuti Foundation: Help improve lives for illiterate pastoralist community and their children Lchokuti Foundation: Help improve lives for illiterate pastoralist community and their children Lchokuti Foundation: Help improve lives for illiterate pastoralist community and their children Lchokuti Foundation: Help improve lives for illiterate pastoralist community and their children Lchokuti Foundation: Help improve lives for illiterate pastoralist community and their children Lchokuti Foundation: Help improve lives for illiterate pastoralist community and their children Lchokuti Foundation: Help improve lives for illiterate pastoralist community and their children Lchokuti Foundation: Help improve lives for illiterate pastoralist community and their children Lchokuti Foundation: Help improve lives for illiterate pastoralist community and their children
Description
We are a community based organization based in Northern Kenya. In this area most people are illiterate and by far not all children are privileged to attend school. We have various programmes consisting of an “Informal Education/Advisory Programme”, a “School Programme”, a “Business Programme” and a “Community Building Projects Programme”. The first involves health, life skills, literacy etc. advise for the community including bush children, women, morans and aims to facilitate their everyday lives as well develop new perspectives. The latter is based at New Dawn Primary School which has a huge lack of teachers (2 for 5 classes plus nursery, classrooms and teaching/learning resources. It also addresses issues like parents’ ignorance and tries to bring those who are in the bush looking after goats back to school.
We work in a sustainable and culture-preserving way.
Additional Data
Status of Initiative: Active
Organisation Name: Lchokuti Foundation
Website: http://lchokuti-foundation.my-free.website
Contact Information for Organisation or Initiative: lchokuti@yahoo.com
Start date of Initiative: 2016
Location(s) of Initiative: Merille, Marsabit County, Kenya
Overall Goal of Initiative: Improving quality of life of Rendille community in and around Merille through education and other sustainable assistance
Initiative Keywords (for search): education, children, school, community, illiteracy, Kenya, Africa, disadvantaged, pastoralists, FGM, child marriage, fundraising, drought, water,
Donors (if applicable): Currently we have not secured any donors yet.
How does the initiative Measure Success?: We constantly assess our approaches and adjust if necessary. We look at parameters like new enrollments in both the primary school and our informal programme, at improvement in pupils' currently extremely low standards and bad attendance, at new building projects initiated (e.g. wells, classrooms, social hall, girls' FGM rescue centre etc.), at literacy rates of the illiterate community amongst other factors.
Beneficiaries Served: 1.)pupils of a local resource poor primary school 2.)bush children (those denied school made to wear characteristic beadwork instead, morans, women, elders (illiterate community)
Reasons for Success or Failure: Success depends on both manpower and funds. Funds are used to initiate new building projects as mentioned above, buy learning/teaching resources (including direct goods donations), pay local teachers and other support staff. Manpower (locals as well as international volunteers) help implement our goals, supplementing the deficit in paid staff, in regard to teaching, organizing activities, provision of extra one-one tuition, construction and other support work.
Main risks of Initiative: There is no risk involved. The more manpower, funds or other donations the more progress can be achieved, however every little helps.
Lessons Learned: We are still in the early stages of our initiative, but so far we have learned that you cannot make an impact within the community without making them realize you are on their side looking to improve their lives first, rather than force new different outside views on them that go against their much valued traditional practices, even if harmful like FGM or early child marriage. We have also learned that even small money can achieve small differences and that it is good to make the best of what you have.
Invariable aspects (essential for success): Funds. Everything else contributes significantly to success, and the more, the bigger the success will be, however without funds it is impossible to achieve a real big difference.
Variable aspects (not essential for success): Goods donations and volunteers. These aspects are very important in contributing to and increasing success, however not essential as sufficient funds will be able to pay for the goods plus employ paid staff.
Advice for others starting similar Initiatives: Even if you have small funds which are by far not enough to reach your goals, keep trying to make the best out of what little you have as every little helps, don't give up in your search for funding as one day someone will come along and notice your initiative if you keep searching. At first try to think of issues that can be worked on with little or no resources, e.g. do thorough background assessment, work on attitude or attendance issues, socialize with locals to get accepted in the community. MAKE THE BEST OF WHAT YOU HAVE, DREAM BIG AND DON'T GIVE UP.
Scaling-up Strategies: Our strategies for scaling up mostly depend on funds as mentioned above. Even though little or no funds can make small differences, however in order to achieve a true lasting impact funds are invariable. In order to obtain funds we are looking for both donors and child sponsors online, offer affordable small safaris in Game Parks to our international volunteers, apply for grants, and search for any interested fundraising related groups.
Links to other websites or useful information: http://www.educationinnovations.org/blog/innovator-interview-lchokuti-foundation https://www.generosity.com/education-fundraising/educate-illiterate-pastoralist-community-in-kenya http://www.betterplace.org/p43472 https://www.volunteerworld.com/teach-and-advise-illiterate-pastoralist-community-in-kenya-merille https://www.trip180.com/projects/455/Educate+pastoralist+community+and+school+children+in+Kenya http://www.kidsworldwide.org/publication_details_idx.php?publication_id=30 http://www.travelwithmission.com/volunteering/volunteer-with-pastoralist-community-in-northern-kenya/267/
Please use this space to provide further information and/or updates about your initiative: Our "Informal Education/Advisory Programme" apart from informal teaching and life advice also tries to organize social events like sporting competitions etc., and for the more far future as social hall, girls rescue centre are under consideration. The primary school we collaborate with as part of our "School Programme" currently has an extremely low standard to to lack of resources and teachers (shared classrooms, lack of books, insufficient teachers), that e.g. a class 3 child doesn't know how to write more that a few simple words. Classes can stay without teacher for the whole day. The area is dry and has extremely low rainfall, many people are forced to obtain water by digging in the sand of a dry riverbed. Hence water projects would also be highly appreciated. We also highly welcome international volunteers to supplement the lack of funds to employ paid staff. Apart from making a true difference they get to experience life in an area of Kenya where culture is still very much alive. Manyattas, locals in traditional clothes and beadwork, camel milk, moran dancing just to mention a few impressions. Wildlife is also abundant and game reserves are close. Have a look at one of the links above for more details.

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