PROJECT 6 and 7:  Education and Hygiene

Project 6:  Education.
“If you plan for a year plant a seed, for 10 years plant a tree, but for 100 years invest in people”. - Chinese philosopher

Although, over the years the Kenyan government has continued to improve access, equity and the quality of universal primary education [even to the poor and orphaned children], uniforms, supplies and fees are still required. Though the Ministry of Education is in the process of developing a secondary education sub-sector strategy which will increase access to secondary education, currently tuition, uniform, and supplies are still required and there is a cost.

Machao Orphanage Foundation guarantees that every child at MACHAO will attend school. Education is the foundation of every society and is the key to success. Providing education to children supports their fundamental human right to be treated with dignity.

Education is key for development, provides children with life skills, and is vital for strong economic development.

Project 7:  Hygiene.
Over the last decade or so, it has become increasingly evident that one reason girls in Africa drop out of school is menstruation. For most, sanitary pads are a luxury in a country where the priority remains getting food on the table. They don't have hygiene supplies, and they’re embarrassed about what might happen during their periods, so they stay home. That leaves them more and more behind, and eventually they drop out.

Though the girls of MACHAO have no intention of dropping out, they do get embarrassed due to being unprotected during ‘that time of the month’. It is important to give our girls dignity so we are reaching out to you to begin a collection drive of sanitary napkins or to raise funds to purchase sanitary kits. Ergo, our project initiative is entitled No Pads, No School with the intent of supplying all the girls with pads at all times.

Another initiative is to provide basic hygiene items to all the children of MACHAO, boys and girls alike. Hygiene items such as bar soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, lotion, toilet paper and deodorant are most needed.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Donations:

  1. Become a Love-A-Child Educational Sponsor
    Cost: $1200/yr or $100/mo
  2. Donate any amount to our Educational Fund
    Cost: $10,000/year for tuition for 43 children or $3,333/quarter
  3. Donate to purchase school supplies for the children of the Machao Orphanage.
    Cost: $870.75 or $20.25/ea per child

In-Kind Donations:

We will accept the following in-kind donations:

  • bar soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, lotion, toilet paper, deodorant, sanitary napkins, boy suits

We are unable to accept the following in-kind donations:

  • shoes (they are too heavy and we have found it cost effective to purchase the shoes locally).
  • women's clothes
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Left photo:
Symbuoa at
school

Right photo:
A young girl
receiving a
hygiene kit