Founded in 2005 by Richard and Denise Baines, teachers in International schools and colleges in Belgium, the Giraffe Project is a UK registered charity providing educational opportunities for children and young people from extremely deprived areas of Nairobi. It works closely with 3 schools in and around the slums, and also provides support for teenagers to finish their studies in boarding schools outside. Graduates from secondary schools are sometimes offered places in vocational training colleges. All the schools are managed and run by local people.
The charity has grown steadily since its inception in 2005: last year's turnover was 189,000 GBP. The Trustees are committed to grow the charity in keeping with its stated objects, with the help of a staff of expert volunteers, and to ensure that at least 95% of all funds raised reach the projects in Kenya. In the case of sponsorships, 100% is committed to the schooling and wellbeing of each individual students sponsored.
It is now the start of a new academic year in Kenya. Our 33 secondary graduates are waiting for their final exam results (due February) before deciding on the next stage of their educational career. Thirty-one students at Green Pastures and Tumaini took their Kenyan Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) last November and have just received their results. Congratulations to Dickson (currently on our waiting list) and Wachira who both got over 400 marks, an excellent score for children from the slums. We are now processing all their application forms for secondary education, including our own secondary school The Giraffe Education Centre (GEC,) so they can start in the next couple of weeks. Again this year we will be offering some places at GEC to students from an extremely poor area of Nairobi, Korogocho slum. Our Kenyan staff will soon be interviewing some prospective students, usually orphans, and will offer places to 15 of the most needy based on lack of family support, risk of both physical and mental abuse and academic potential. Once chosen I will be looking for sponsorship for these students to enable us to give them the opportunity of a secondary education. If you know of anyone who may be able to give them a chance of a better future or only 44 euros/month (36 pounds/month) we would love to hear from you.
This week I will be picking up the students Christmas letters and reports.Thank you to Elvis and George who will be bringing them back from Nairobi for us. These will hopefully be sorted and posted over the next few weeks. This is a time consuming job and I am very grateful to the small team of volunteers who help me with this. If anyone else who lives near Brussels has a few hours to spare and would like to contribute please contact me on the email address below.
Thank you again for your wonderful support and we look forward to an exciting year with the charity,