Schools are Still Closed, but at KDS Learning Continues!
July-August 2020

One of the most important things we are doing while KDS is closed, in addition to providing food, is creating lesson plans for each class. Students pick up the lessons when they come for their meals.

   

The students are grateful for the opportunity to stay active and engaged in learning. This is imperative as schools will not reopen until January 2021, with all students repeating their current grade level.

Additional ways we are serving the community:

  • Follow up has been done on all families and KDS confirms all are safe and well
  • All staff are on duty and being paid
  • Support programs have begun to open up such as sponsorship, social work, counseling and spiritual programs
  • Check-ups and health education by our school nurse, along with the regular de-worming

Prayer Requests based on family follow-up:

  • Peace and provision as families struggle with socio-economic and separation issues
  • Risk of negative peer pressure on students – teenage pregnancy is on the rise in Kenya and our community is not immune
  • Our teen mentorship program as caring staff continue to guide students
  • Hospital programs that supported families affected by HIV/AIDS have been reduced as resourses are being redirected to manage Covid-19. KDS continues our outreach to these families

We are so grateful for your prayers and support!

HOPE in Dandora – June 2020

 

We have had our moments of uncertainty over the past several months but we thank God that we have been able to give hope to our children in some very practical ways.

It has been reported that there are approximately 100 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed in Kenya each day.  To help flatten the curve, President Kenyatta has announced that all schools will remain closed until September.

In spite of this we were able to obtain permission from the Kenyan government to safely cook and pack nutritious meals twice a week. We serve 900 students from KDS and other schools on Tuesdays and Thursdays along with several of our elderly neighbors. We expect this number to increase as people are made aware of this special program. Additionally, we continue to deliver food care baskets to those in dire need. We have created a social network that helps us monitor our students and families during this time of crisis. Our vo-tech staff has sewn and distributed nearly 2,000 face masks to the community.

KDS teachers help in the kitchen and have also prepared lesson plans that are included with each meal. The worksheets keep students engaged in math, reading, language and science. The children are elated to carry on in their studies even in a small way.

It is a challenging time for the impoverished families of Dandora. While school remains closed it is imperative we provide ongoing support for the KDS community. Thank you for your continued sponsorships and donations to this very important program. Together, with God’s help we are making a difference and saving lives!