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Shammah Children Centre Kangundo
Who are we?
Shammah children centre is a school located near Kangundo market Kangundo location, Kangundo district, Machakos county. It was implemented with the aim of poverty eradication, illiteracy eradication within its environments where there are many school dropouts who have indulged themselves in drugs and commercial sex. Most of the children in the area are not taken to school because their parents don’t understand the importance of basic education. Shammah was implemented to cater for such young children whose parents are illiterate and give basic education to eradicate poverty, illiteracy, and equip them with skills which will enable them to be independent in future and to earn a living for themselves. The school also organises awareness campaigns on drug abuse and HIV/ AIDS by inviting health workers during parents day to talk to them on dangers of drugs and the killer disease which is threatening most of the families due to the high death rate in the area of operation. At the moment the school is taking care of one hundred children between the age of three to eight years feeding and educating them at the same time, the school has four voluntary workers who take care of the children and work as a team.
To educate, feed, and eradicate poverty , and eliminate drug consumption in Kalimani village, Kangundo location
The founder, Florence Mwikali Mweu , had been a nursery school teacher for twenty six years, in a nearby school, where the school was charging a lot of money so the less fortunate could not afford the fees till 2008. Shammah started with only four children. Majority were grandparents bringing their grandchildren whose parents had died of HIV/AIDS. Before the first month ended, more than thirty children, mostly orphaned, had reported. Now a big problem arose, no where to keep the big number of children coming to school, for Florence had rented a very small room, the children were hungry and malnourished. She was taken by a friend to a lady who had a rental shop, negotiated rent and when she agreed, Florence transferred the kids to the new premises, this time a bigger room. Went to the area Chief to get assistance, but said he had supplied all the relief food to government schools so he could not assist her. Florence did not despair, went to a wholesaler , explained the problem, given ten kilograms of maize meal to make porridge for the children. She continued looking for food to feed the children from well wishers. The school is growing and it is currently taking care of one hundred and thirty children.
How do we live
We live a life below poverty line due to lack of enough funds and lack of adequate learning materials playing equipments, space and food stuffs. We have been collaborating with different partners to help us look for people who can help us see the dreams of these poor children is accomplished by supporting the school by offering some funds, food stuffs, learning materials, clothes and shoes. Children feel motivated when they get such items from the school and they get encouraged to attend lessons on daily basis. The staff at the same time benefit from the things which are contributed towards the school because they earn as little as 10 euro of which is very little for sustainability according to today’s economy.
Where is financial support coming from?
The financial support currently comes from some of the parents whose children are in the school and from FAPADAG from Holland who has been supporting the school since it started.
Future plans and request?
To buy a land and move the school from the market to a better place which is conducive for effective learning and spacious whereby children can learn and play freely. We are also looking forward to start income generating activities like beadwork poultry rearing, pig keeping, soap making, sewing among others which will be able to raise some funds to support the school. Am appealing to well wishers to come in and make the dreams of these young hopeless needy children’s future to be of hope in the coming future.