This past February, I had the honor of traveling to Mbita, Kenya with a group of yogis and The Village Experience to get to know the community and the incredible humans who are working every day to make sure that women and children in Mbita have access to education, housing, and basic necessities.
Mbita is one of the areas most impacted by HIV/Aids in all of Kenya. In Mbita and its surrounding area, 26% of locals have HIV, compared with the national average of 6%.
The Village Experience (TVE) has partnered with local residents of Geera Village in Mbita, Kenya for the past 11 years working on improving standards of living, providing greater access to education, and creating income-generating businesses. When the relationship began, the community approached TVE and asked for help in creating a school for the most vulnerable children in the village. Their only option at that moment in time was a volunteer parent named Aphline who was providing basic lessons under a tree in the village. They desperately wanted to make sure that their children were educated in a safe and comfortable environment to give them every opportunity in life to succeed.
Many of the children attending Aphline's lessons were children living with HIV/Aids, and many were orphaned. They were being harassed at school, or just completely denied entry to local government schools.
TVE launched The Primary School in Geera Village January 2011, with one classroom for 30 nursery school children. As these children advanced to the next level, a new classroom would be built to accommodate them and allow for more children to enroll. A nutritous feeding program was introduced early in the launch of the school and this immediately attracted more students. Each year moving forward, construction ensued with more classrooms, a kitchen, a dining hall, an administrative block, and a playground (the first in the area). Now, the Primary School is one of the top performing in the region! With over 80% being orphans and vulnerable children, TVE raises funds each year to provide new uniforms, backpacks, socks/shoes, and textbooks for the children.
There are 9 teachers at the school today, including Aphline who began with lessons under the tree. These teachers work tirelessly to educate the children and to make sure they have the resources, support and encouragement they need to to believe in their ability to change the world and make a difference in their community.
These teachers earn $80 per month, and from these salaries support themselves and their entire families - a total of 53 humans are provided for with these salaries and over 100 children served each school year. After visiting Mbita and this school, our group felt inspired to continue supporting - and have chosen to do this by fundraising the annual salaries for the entire teaching staff.
$80 per month per teacher.
$960 annual salary per teacher.
$8,640 total in salaries for 9 teachers.
Every dollar donated makes a huge difference in the lives of these teachers, their families and the children and community served by The Primary School in Mbita. Here's a bit more about each of the teachers that your donation will be supporting:
Aphline is the oldest serving teacher in the school. She began nine years ago in 2010. Aphline loves teaching. She handles the pre-primary grade 2 and also is the head of the school. Aphline supports five members of her family with her teaching salary.
Clinton has served in the school since 2013. He loves to teach science, social studies and mathematics in lower primary. He also doubles up as the assistant head of the school. Clinton supports four members of his family with his teaching salary.
John Aono Alele
John joined the school in July 2017. He handles the upper grades in mathematics, religious studies and social studies. John supports six members of his family with his teaching salary.
Beatrice joined the school in September 2017. She loves to teach mathematics, Swahili, English and science in the upper primary. Beatrice supports four members of her family with her teaching salary.
Kevin joined the school in October 2018. He teaches science, social studies and English in the upper grades. Kevin supports seven members of his family with his teaching salary.
Everlyne has served in the school since 2015. She loves to teach Swahili, English and social studies. Everlyne supports three members of her family with her teaching salary.
Everline joined the school in January 2014. She handles all subjects in the pre primary grade 1. Everline supports five members of her family with her teaching salary.
Nancy joined the school in February 2012. She loves to teach English and Swahili in lower and upper primary. Nancy supports five members of her family with her teaching salary.
Everlyne joined the school in 2013. She loves to teach English, Swahili and science both in the lower and upper primary. Everlyne supports five members of her family with her teaching salary.