LAILA

The region of Laila is located in the Narok County of Kenya. The community is predominantly composed of members from the Maasai ethnic group.  

   

WE Charity partnered with Laila to implement community-led, holistic, and sustainable programming across the five-pillar development model to support new resources and expanded access to education, clean water, health care, food security, and economic opportunities.   

   

Together, we have built sustainable mechanisms to support community growth as the people within the region of Laila continue to drive their own transformational impacts.  

 

Laila is located in the savannah and largely consists of arid and semi-arid expanses of open grassland. The area is generally hot and dry. The community members make a small income through the sale of livestock and the community is particularly impacted by floods during the rainy season.

 

The school has seen the student population increase, requiring additional infrastructure investments which are currently underway and will be completed by the end of 2021.

 

The teacher to student ratio has improved and additional school rooms have been added to support the overall growth of the school. In consultation with the community, an education and empowerment center has been established to further support the community. 

The following photos represent the 24 school rooms constructed or renovated by WE Charity in the region of Laila. Each of the photos corresponds to a unique room including classrooms, a library, teacher accommodations, an education and empowerment centre, or a school kitchen.   

The following highlights reflect a small sample of the impacts from our partnership with the region of Laila.   

 

EDUCATION

  • 33% increase in student population since our partnership began 

  • Balanced enrollment rates between girls and boys  Balanced enrollment rates between girls and boys  

  • Improved teacher to student ratio  

  • Improved transition rate from primary to secondary school, with 98% of recent students transitioning  

  • Improved academic performance, with a 9% increase in total mean score in the graduating class from 2015-2019

  • The school ranked most improved in academic performance amongst WE partnered schools and had the top performing female student in the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) exam in 2018  

 

WATER

  • 100% of community members have access to clean water through implementation of a community water system, piping, and community access points  

  • Improved access to sanitation facilities for learners at school 

  • Trained and empowered a water management committee to ensure the sustainability of clean water projects in the community  

 

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HEALTH

The 10 Habits of a Healthy Home program trains members of the community to implement basic health and sanitary indicators in their homesteads.

  • 100% of 10 Habits of a Healthy Home program participants have implemented at least 80% of the indicators in their home, decreasing conditions for preventable diseases  

  • Community members have improved access to quality healthcare through Baraka Hospital and mobile medical clinics 

  • Conducted community trainings to encourage sustained safe health practices, which have realized a reduction in vaccine preventable diseases and maternal complications during pregnancy   

FOOD

  • Access to large scale farm for provision of sustainably grown diverse foods and the opportunity to learn first-hand about new techniques and crops     

  • Supplemented school nutrition program  

  • Over 250 total agricultural trainings held over the course of partnership 

  • Community members empowered to provide their families with a more diverse diet, improve food security for their families, and are equipped with modern farming skills and knowledge that will sustain them for years to come 

 

ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT

  • Over 100 community members have participated in an Economic Empowerment group, with over 950 total economic empowerment trainings completed  

  • All participants have registered for a bank account

  • 90% of participants have initiated individual income generating opportunities that have increased their household income  

WE CHARITY'S FIVE PILLAR DEVELOPMENT MODEL

WE Charity’s five-pillar development model empowers communities to break the cycle of poverty over, on average, a period of five to seven years of construction and local skill-capacity building, with a goal of long-term sustainability. Projects are focused on education, clean water, health care, food security and economic empowerment.  

  

This holistic model starts with education, usually building schools or school rooms (including classrooms, libraries, kitchens, teachers’ accommodations, and school offices), that are then supported by other infrastructure needs key to breaking the cycle of poverty.  

   

Building new schools or school rooms (or renovating existing structures where possible) are not the only inputs into the five-pillar development model. To date, WE Charity has built or renovated over 850 schools or school rooms in rural Kenya. Each school room is furnished with the necessary supplies, such as desks and chairs, libraries with books, and other essential items for teachers’ offices and accommodations. Funds are also allocated to critical program needs that ensure quality services are delivered. For example, teachers must be trained and housed, students need healthy meals, and health care facilities (training and supplies) are necessary to look after the health needs of both faculty and students.   

   

This model and needs extend to all the pillars, such as training for those maintaining water projects; education of community and family leaders on agriculture and healthy food; recruitment, training, and housing of medical staff; and the cost of economically empowering the women of the communities to ensure the development model is financially self-sustainable.

 

Primary school rooms and regional high school rooms may include the following: a classroom, a library, teachers’ accommodations, an administrative office, a science lab, a student dormitory or a school kitchen, which are all key elements of our education programs. All educational infrastructure is designed for the best learning of students. 

   

WE Charity’s records and finances have been reviewed annually by independent auditors, and WE Charity has undergone a special review for its international activities from a respected forensic auditor, confirming that WE Charity operates with the highest financial integrity.    

   

The following photos each document a unique school or school room used for educational purposes which was constructed or renovated by WE Charity. Most of the buildings are stand-alone, while some school rooms are adjoining, in multi-room structures (where indicated).   

   

Renovations (where indicated) may often include structural and foundation repairs, walling and floor rebuilding or repairs, roof rebuilding or repairs and the provision of important educational infrastructure including desks, chairs, and blackboards to ensure a conducive environment for children to learn. Learn more about renovations to education facilities, here. 

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