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Nakuru Learning Center Educational Program for Vulnerable Children

Currently LDK supports 324 orphans and other vulnerable children with their basic needs to enable them reach their full potential.

1. Sommario progetto
Sommario: 

In 1998, Three Kenyans - Philip Ndeta (the brains behind the organization), Obed Tsuma and Benta Atieno founded Learning and Development Kenya (LDK) to work with the local communities to address the problems brought about by government’s introduction of cost sharing in the education and health sectors. While outwardly improving the economy of Kenya, these government measures ultimately led to an increase in child labor, high rates of school dropouts, and increased homelessness in children. As Director of the organization, Mr. Ndeta oversees the day to day running of the organization.

At LDK we believe that education is the great equalizer, and by working to ensure that all Kenyans (especially children), have access to quality educational programs, we believe we can dramatically reduce the inequalities caused by extreme poverty. Through teaching a child to read, helping a youth master a computer so she can get a better job, or educating the community about HIV, LDK is working tirelessly to equip the most vulnerable Kenyans with the tools they need to succeed.

Since 1998 and through its education program, LDK has been able to provide support for high education and specialized training in secretarial courses, computer, teaching (both primary and ECD), IT and even tailoring to over 150 young Kenyans who would otherwise not have had a chance to empower their talents and build their future. Though no follow up has been made to establish their current status, we believe that with the qualifications attained through our support they are now employed in the government or private sector or even self-employed and therefore contributing to nation building.

Currently LDK supports 324 needy children in nursery, primary and secondary schools. It further supports 74 orphans with shelter, food, medical care and other basic needs. The orphans live in the home at the Virginia center in Rhonda slums within Nakuru Municipality.

Programs: Education program; HIV/AIDS program; Environmental and Sanitation program; Peace initiative project; Relief activities; Civic education program.

2. Paese (Città / Regione)
Stato: 
Kenya
Città: 
Nakuru, Rift Valley Province
3. Nome dell'organizzazione che presenta il progetto
Organizzazione: 
Learning and Development Kenya
4. Tipo di organizzazione
Scegli tipo: 
Scuola
5. Coordinatore del progetto
Nome e Cognome: 
Philip Ndeta
E-Mail: 
philipndeta@yahoo.com
6. Website
Il sito web del progetto: 
http://www.learninganddevelopmentkenya.org
7. Selezionate la categoria di appartenenza del vostro progetto
Youth Education Project. Select Project Users by age: 
Fino a 29 anni
Inserimento dei giovani nel mondo del lavoro: 
NOT Helping youth step in the job market
Creatività e Innovazione sociale: 
NOT in Creativity and Social Innovation
8. Da quando è funzionante il vostro progetto?
Da: 
05/02/2001
9. Obiettivi ed elementi di innovazione
Please explain the targets and the background of your project: 

In 1998, Learning and Development Kenya (LDK) was founded to work with the local communities in addressing the problems brought about by government’s introduction of cost sharing in the education and health sectors. While outwardly improving the economy of Kenya, these government measures ultimately led to an increase in child labor, high rates of school dropouts, and increased homelessness in children.

Come, e con quali mezzi cerca di raggiungere gli obiettivi prefissati: 

We believe education is the great equalizer, and by working to ensure that all Kenyans (and especially children) have access to quality educational programs, we believe we can dramatically reduce the inequalities caused by extreme poverty.

Quali opportunità/problemi affronta: 

Since 2000 Learning and Development Kenya has been implementing a literacy project, designed to improve on the literacy and reading skills of the orphans and needy children and prepare them for positive and active participation in nation building. LDK provides an enabling learning environment with modern teaching facilities including solid classrooms, highly qualified and caring teaching staff and a modern library with the necessary books to motivate and boost the morale of both the children and teachers at the institution. This has improved the standard of learning, making the project one of the best within the Municipality in terms of provision of quality education.

Meal program: Every day, we provide a warm meal to 324 students in our school, children who would otherwise miss a meal.

Emergency Relief: During the post-election violence in Kenya in 2008, LDK hosted nearly 7,000 displaced peoples, coordinating with the Red Cross to ensure steady food supplies.

Athletic Leagues to Drive Community Empathy and Understanding:
Historically, athletic competition has peaceably brought together individuals, factions, and even nations with troubled relations, and we believe that friendly competition and the spirit of teamwork can have a positive impact on the youth of Kenya who have been driven apart by the recent political elections. We have organized soccer games from teams of idle youth who would otherwise be engaged in gang-related activities and violence.

HIV/AIDS Education: In conjunction with the Ark Foundation of Africa, we’ve provided training workshops for locals that aim to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS and promotes sustainable behavior change among the youth and residents. The workshops also aim to support scale up activities of CBOs within East Africa, engaging and strengthening the capacity of indigenous organizations so that they can scale up their programs and effectively meet the complex needs of orphans and vulnerable children in their communities.

Environmental Sustainability: It is a priority to LDK to ensure that the people we are helping will have a clean, healthy, safe place to live for many, many years – and environmental sustainability through improved sanitation is a critical component of that effort. LDK mobilizes youth in the community to participate in the environmental activities.

Please explain what is unique or special in your project: 

LDK provides an enabling learning environment with modern teaching facilities including solid classrooms, highly qualified and caring teaching staff and a modern library with the necessary books to motivate and boost the morale of both the children and teachers at the institution. This has improved the standard of learning, making the project one of the best within the Municipality in terms of provision of quality education. We consider this special for our literacy project.

The students in our classrooms are already among the neediest in the region, and by providing a warm meal as part of their education, we are improving their ability to learn while ensuring they are meeting their minimum daily nutritional needs. Our feeding program is of its own kind among the local schools.

Other than the local churches, LDK was the only local NGO in the area that hosted displaced peoples during the post-election violence in Kenya in 2008. This was because most of the affected people were from this area, a majority being the poor parents that LDK supports with education of their children. The facilities at its learning center also ensured safety of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) as well as our networking skills with both the provincial administration department and the Red Cross.

Being an active participant in community activities, LDK has positioned itself as a collaborating agency with the community in solving their most pressing issues. Due to this position the community has high regard for LDK’s initiatives, providing the much needed support and networking that is required for effective project implementation.

Initially there was stigma related to HIV/AIDS but with continuous awareness activities carried out by LDK staff and their understanding of the local cultures, the community became more cooperative and supportive. Also given the fact that we care for orphans in the community whose parents have died due to HIV/AIDS related dieses gives the community members all the reason to participate and support the imitative. Our unique facilities at the learning center have also made it possible for LDK to host participants for HIV/AIDS training and education.

10. Risultati
Describe the results of your project as per today: 

Since 1998 and through its education program, LDK has been able to provide support for high education and specialized training in secretarial courses, computer, teaching (both primary and ECD), IT and even tailoring to over 150 young Kenyans who would otherwise not have had a chance to empower their talents and build their future. Though no follow up has been made to establish their current status, we believe that with the qualifications attained through our support they are now employed in the government or private sector or even self-employed and therefore contributing to nation building.

Currently LDK supports 324 needy children in nursery, primary and secondary schools. It further supports 74 orphans with shelter, food, medical care and other basic needs. The orphans live in the home at the Virginia center in Rhonda slums within Nakuru Municipality.

During the post-election violence in Kenya in 2008, LDK hosted nearly 7,000 displaced peoples, coordinating with the Red Cross to ensure steady food supplies.

Since the Micor credit program was initiated in 2001 it has helped more than 4,500 families to develop sustainable sources of income (through loans of small amounts of seed capital at zero interest to start their own business), directly benefiting more than 36,000 individuals where an average family in these rural and urban poor areas consists of 8 members. These are families who otherwise would never have dreamed that financial independence was a possibility. In addition, we have held monthly workshops for the loan recipients to empower them with business skills. And because of the relationships we have fostered with the families of the many children from the communities enrolled in the schools, LDK is uniquely positioned to identify the most motivated, entrepreneurial individuals as recipients.

In che misura risponde ai bisogni degli utenti: 

Users needs: Education – which we believe eventually contributes to reduction of inequalities caused by extreme poverty. LDK provides quality education and other services to its users, meeting their needs.

Quanti utenti interagiscono con il progetto mensilmente e in quale modo: 

3,000 users. To be precise, 324 children, 22 teaching and subordinate staff, 1,600 familly members (200 families), 10 government, NGO and church officials, at least 500 other community members, and 500 other stakeholders (donors, overseas friends and guests, etc.) interact with our project per month through personal vists to the school (for the children, staff, government visitors, guests, and some parents), postal mail, and email. Some family members are updated by the school going children and therefore considered to be interacting with our project. Our termly newsletter since 2008 is also used as a form of interaction with the community while our website is visited by many people from around the world.

Descrivete in quale modo il progetto contribuisce a migliorare l'educazione e la formazione dei giovani: 

The quality and standard of education of our children is high due to the determination of our teaching staff. The number of children per class is also reasonable at 35, enabling the teacher to reach all the children in the class, unlike in public schools where the population exceeds 120 children per class. This teacher-pupil ratio, in addition to available learning aids ensures that quality education is provided to the needy children. The interaction has fostered trust among the users who enjoy using the services, though it has not been able to attract more support in terms of funding, as we earlier anticipated.

Descrivete in quale modo il progetto ha ottimizzato la partecipazione di professionisti, ragazzi, giovani o altri soggetti: 

Participation is still less except for a few high schools and local churches that have mobilized their students and members to donate for our activities targeting the orphans and the poor. The youth participate in the activities while other members of the community have been very supportive, inspiring us even more. The government recognizes the role LDK play in the provision of basic needs to the needy and has supported our initiatives like donation of food for the feeding program and a grant for the learning aids.

Descrivete in quale modo il progetto favorisce l'uso delle nuove tecnologie da parte di professionisti, ragazzi e giovani per lo sviluppo culturale e didattico: 

The use and promotion of ICT is core to our project and a major component of our activities. The installed cybercafé at our learning center allows not only students but the rest of the community members to use the internet and communicate with people around the world, effectively promoting the use of ICT among the professionals, children and youth.

To market our services: Education, training, HIV/AIDS etc., to a wide audience LDK uses a number of techniques including advertisement in both print and mass media, posters, brochures, our end of the term/year newsletter, and even the internet. We therefore try to reach as many people (professionals, children and youth included) through frequent use of these techniques, again, effectively promoting the use of ICT.

Descrivete i criteri che usate per misurate i risultati raggiunti dal vostro progetto: 

We record the number of users applying for our services. The number has exceedingly increased over the years, indicating strong support of our programs by the users.

Exams done by the children in our school together with other children in other Municipal schools: Comparison done has shown that children in our school have done much better than children in other public schools, confirming the high quality of education that we provide to our children.

We interview the public to find out how they view our services and they positive comments confirm their satisfaction with our services.

The visitors to our website, viewing our programs and interacting with us thereafter now exceeds 4,200 people. This is also used to measure the results of our services.

11. Sostenibilità
Indicate la durata complessiva del progetto: 
Più di 6 anni
Indicate il costo di massima del vostro progetto (in Euro): 
Da 30.001 a 75.000
Come è finanziato il vostro progetto: 
Vendita di servizi o prodotti
Is your project economically self sufficient now: 
No
12. Trasferibilità
Il progetto è stato replicato/adattato altrove: 
Si
Specifica: 

The Government of Kenya through the district children’s office started a street children rehabilitation center “Ukoa Mtoto” within Nakuru Municipality and sent its engineers in 2007 to our learning center to get a view of the home we put up for the orphans to replicate the same at their planned rehabilitation center.

During our HIV/AIDS workshop held in 2007 for CBO leaders from Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda, participants from Tanzania were particularly impressed with not only the solid buildings but with the whole set up for a home for orphans who have been empowered and feel very much at home. They lived with the children in the same home during the workshop period and promised to replicate the same in their respective projects. No follow up has been made to confirm if at all replication has been made by any of the participants.

Che cosa possono imparare altri soggetti dal vostro progetto: 

Quality is everything that others can learn from our project. With quality the users feel assured of the results.

Empowerment approach: We empower the users to feel part of the project, hence project ownership.

Permanent (solid) structures: These ensures that quality is provided to the users, for example the case with IDPs who felt much secure at our center during the post election violence.

Networking: Good and sustainable results are obtained through consistency and networking. LDK has been consistence with its approach to poverty aleviation, establishing and positioning itself as a poverty reduction agency within the community and hence wining the much needed support from all stakeholders – community, government, donors and friends.

Innovation: Unique activities started after careful research for community needs have had profound effect on the lives of our users.

Invovement and participation of the users have garaunteed project sustainnability even during difficult times when funding is so low like now.

Siamo disponibili ad aiutare altri soggetti a sviluppare progetti o a migliorare progetti esistenti: 
Siamo disponibili ad aiutare altri soggetti a sviluppare progetti o a migliorare progetti esistenti.
13. Informazioni aggiuntive
Background: 

In 1998, Three Kenyans - Philip Ndeta (the brains behind the organization), Obed Tsuma and Benta Atieno founded Learning and Development Kenya (LDK) to work with the local community to address the problems brought about by government’s introduction of cost sharing in the education and health sectors. While outwardly improving the economy of Kenya, these government measures ultimately led to an increase in child labor, high rates of school dropouts, and increased homelessness in children.

Since 1998 and through its education program, LDK has been able to provide support for high education and specialized training in secretarial courses, computer, teaching (both primary and ECD), IT and even tailoring to over 150 young Kenyans who would otherwise not have had a chance to empower their talents and build their future. Though no follow up has been made to establish their current status, we believe that with the qualifications attained through our support they are now employed in the government or private sector or even self-employed and therefore contributing to nation building.

Currently LDK supports 324 needy children in nursery, primary and secondary schools. It further supports 74 orphans with shelter, food, medical care and other basic needs. The orphans live in the home at the Virginia center in Rhonda slums within Nakuru Municipality.

Vision: To see a free Kenyan Society without inequalities of extreme poverty, destitution, deprivation, or austerity.

Mission: To respond to the needs of the communities and those of their children with a primary objective of improving the quality of life of those in need.

History: Local non-governmental, non-profit, non-sectarian development organization founded in 1998. It acquired special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations in 2008.

Programs: Education program
HIV/AIDS program
Environmental and Sanitation program
Peace initiative project
Relief activities
Civic education program

Overview of donors that have contributed to our programs:
Foundations; INGOs; Overseas corporations: The Hilden Charitable Fund – UK
Bertelsmann AG – Germany
The Ark Foundation of Africa – USA
CO-OPERAID – Switzerland
Random House New York – USA (Books)
Crossroads International – Hong Kong (China)
Misereor – Germany
Advantage Africa – UK
MIVA Switzerland (Vehicle)
Government: Kenya Government (Department of provincial administration – food for feeding program).
Kenya Government (Ministry of education – Grant for support of informal education system).

Programs details
Literacy Project
Since 2000 Learning and Development Kenya has been implementing a literacy project, designed to improve on the literacy and reading skills of the orphans and needy children and prepare them for positive and active participation in nation building. LDK provides an enabling learning environment with modern teaching facilities including solid classrooms, highly qualified and caring teaching staff and a modern library with the necessary books to motivate and boost the morale of both the children and teachers at the institution. This has improved the standard of learning, making the project one of the best within the Municipality in terms of provision of quality education.

Meal Program
Every day, we provide a warm meal to 324 students in our school, children who would otherwise miss a meal.

Skills Training Workshops
The skills training program is more connected to the micro credit project. It aims to provide capacity building and therefore strengthen individual business skills of the loan recipients. The program is based on the premise that trade is the most effective way of helping the poor to create sustainable, long-term solutions to the economic problems they face. It has helped beneficiaries to master their trading skills, lowering default rate on repaying the loans.

Microcredit Program
To help families develop sustainable sources of income, we loan small amounts of seed capital at zero interest to families to start their own business—families who otherwise would never have dreamed that financial independence was a possibility.

The micro credit project has been implemented on the believe that the best way to address poverty is to help families and individuals to become financially independent – through free revolving loans, education and training, that will lead them into income generation and employment. And because of the relationships we have fostered with the families of many children from the community enrolled in the school, LDK is uniquely positioned to identify the most motivated, entrepreneurial individuals as recipients. These individuals are often the parents of our students, which allows us to ensure that this support is being targeted at the families most in need and maintain continuous contact.

Emergency Relief
During the post-election violence in Kenya in 2008, LDK hosted nearly 7,000 displaced peoples, coordinating with the Red Cross to ensure steady food supplies. Other than the local churches, LDK was the only local NGO that was involved in this exercise because most of the affected people were from this area, a majority being the poor parents that LDK supports with education of their children. The facilities at its learning center also ensured safety of the Internally Displaced Persons as well as our networking skills with both the provincial administration department and the Red Cross.

HIV/AIDS Education
The program aims to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS and promotes sustainable behavior change among the youth and residents.
LDK has also collaborated with the Ark Foundation of Africa to support scale up activities of CBOs within East Africa:

Too many orphans and other vulnerable children (OVC) in Africa are growing up in situations of scarcity without education, healthcare, strong parental support etc. Similarly, grandmothers who care for the majority of orphans are overwhelmed, doing their job under very difficult, unsupportive circumstances. Grandmothers are simply doing what they know and what they love doing, day after day.

In countries with very weak or practically non-existent social safety nets like Kenya, indigenous NGOs and CBOs are also struggling to survive. Many do not have the resources or enough staff with the right skills and training to enable them to effectively address OVC related challenges.

To address this dilemma, LDK and the Ark Foundation of Africa and its partners organized a 5-day capacity building workshop for leaders of indigenous organizations in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. The participatory workshop focused on building culturally sustainable and realistic programs to close the large gap between the need and available services. Learning and Development Kenya acted as the host organization for the workshop.
30 participants were nominated for the workshop from eligible organizations working directly with orphans and vulnerable children and their caregivers. Most of the nominated organizations that participated in the workshop are based in the districts of:

Kenya – Nakuru, Mombasa, Nandi and Trans Nzoia
Tanzania – Bagamoyo, Dodoma Rural, and Mbozi, and Zanzibar
Uganda – Gulu, Kitgum, Luwero, and Wakiso

The workshop aimed at engaging and strengthening the capacity of indigenous organizations so that they can scale up their programs and effectively meet the complex needs of orphans and vulnerable children in their communities.

Athletic Leagues to Drive Community Empathy and Understanding
Historically, athletic competition has peaceably brought together individuals, factions, and even nations with troubled relations, and we believe that friendly competition and the spirit of teamwork can have a positive impact on the youth of Kenya who have been driven apart by the recent political elections. We have organized soccer games from teams of idle youth who would otherwise be engaged in gang-related activities and violence.

Environmental Sustainability
It is a priority to LDK to ensure that the people we are helping will have a clean, healthy, safe place to live for many, many years – and environmental sustainability through improved sanitation is a critical component of that effort.

LDK mobilizes youth in the community to participate in the environmental activities. Usually once a year in tree planting exercises when the long rains start in March/April, and once monthly in the clean up exercises. Most of the youth participating in these activities are those being supported but they influence other members in the community in the overall cleaning exercises.

Ostacoli: 

Poverty is at its highet in this urban poor (slum) area. The users come in large numbers but have not been able to contribute substantially to the level that the project can remain sustainable. Our IT training has not quite picked up since a majority of the targeted youth cannot afford to meet our subsidzed tuition.

Funding from potential donors has been less or nil in some situations, leading to difficult implementation of the planned activities. For sustainability purposes we plan to diversify our funding sources and initiate more for-profit activities that will generate more income and cover for any dificit in donor funding.

Marketing of our products – college, Cybercafé, magazine etc. has not been effective due to less funding for marketing activities.

Cultural norms: Particularly stigma when it comes to HIV/AIDS awareness program.

Soluzioni: 

Consistency in provision of services, for example our creation of awareness activities for the HIV/AIDS program has worked positively towards stigma reduction among the target groups.

LDK has started for-profit activities to meet the needs of our charitable initiatives. We have planned to introduce a magazine “The Charity”. The first copy is ready but funds for its production, marketing and distribution is still unavailable.

Sale of T-Shirts planned.

Student’s canteen planned.

Sale of stationery and being agent for Safaricom for M-PESA services also planned.

Cybercafé has been installed.

College planned, awaiting marketing to get the minimum number of students. Facilities and human resources are available and on standby.

Future plans and wish list: 

LDK plans for the future:
LDK hopes to become a vibrant organization adhering to its core values of integrity, honesty, fairness, openness, respect and responsibility in all that we do. It will focus on improving the lives of the poor, especially children, youth and women, and those affected by the HIV pandemic.
In the next two years LDK hopes to enroll more than 1,000 children and youth in its literacy program – from nursery, primary and secondary schools. Its training facility will be training more youth in IT and other specialized courses to enable them gain the required skills for employment. The construction of the stalled primary school will also be LDK’s top priority once more funding is available.
For it to remain sustainable LDK will target to fully operate the student training facility and offer other services associated with it including a student canteen, a cybercafé, and a stationery shop. Other income generating activities like the production and sale of publications e.g. a newsletter/magazine will be LDK priority at this time and when funds become available.
To have more impact within the community it operates and to contribute positively to reduction of poverty, LDK will increase its loan support to the poor members and continue with the workshops to empower the beneficiaries with business skills required to ensure business success.
For the projects to be run professionally and ensure that the stated goals and objectives are met on timely basis, LDK will require to retain and sustain its qualified staff, by paying them salaries and allowances based on the current market rates.
Stalled initiatives: Soccer teams and athletics will be enhanced when LDK access more funding.

When all this is achieved, we believe we shall be taking a holistic approach towards fighting the inequalities caused by extreme poverty within the communities that we work with.

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