Organised crime and the resulting growth of Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery has become one of the most critical priorities for government, crime agencies and charities. We are pleased to work with The Sophie Hayes Foundation, mobilising 97 business leaders in Birmingham and London to help to deliver coaching and workshops to victims of trafficking. We continue to work together to help the team deliver a national programme, tackling one of the most challenging and complex crimes of the 21st century.
We are proud to have developed a new partnership with Team Kenya. We have invested in the development of a holistic school model for 3 primary schools in Ndhiwa, Western Kenya. We have introduced a wide range of sustainable projects for the schools to increase enrollment for girls, improving attainment for all students, increasing progression to secondary school and creating safe environments for girls in school and within their communities. Schools in Ndhiwa are drastically underfunded by the local government and lack adequate resources to create a conducive learning environment. Many of the schools do not have windows, doors, desks, blackboards, or concrete floors, and very few schools have adequate teaching and learning resources to enable teachers to deliver lessons effectively. Some schools in the region have dangerous dilapidated learning spaces, which are unsafe for children to learn in. Working with the school committee to identify needs and provide facilities, structures and resources to help create a positive learning environment so that students are able to reach their potential, progress through the education system, and secure employment. It is vital that we carry out this work to ensure that the girls that we are supporting to access education are able to access the best possible quality of education to help them reach their potential. The ILT's support is enabling the refurbishment of four classrooms; including plastering, painting, providing new doors for eight classrooms; provide desks for two schools; and provide more teaching and learning resources for two of our partners.Expected outcomes We expect this investment to support continued growth in the number of girls that complete primary school and achieve the grades necessary to progress with their education. Our work with the female guardians of the most vulnerable girls in school ensures that mothers and guardians are able to increase their income in a sustainable way so that they can fund their daughters’ progression through secondary and tertiary education. We continue to collaborate with Team Kenya to monitor the number of girls completing school at each of our partner schools and their academic performance and progression through the education system. Through mentoring and ongoing support beyond the education system we will be able to track how this relates to employability in the longer term.
In 2018, we were proud to develop a new partnership with Team Kenya. Working with the the Inspiring Leadership Trust invested for the completion of holistic school model for 3 primary schools in Ndhiwa, Western Kenya. We introduced a wide range of sustainable projects for the schools to increase enrolment for girls, improve attainment for all students, increase progression to secondary school and to create safe environments for girls in school and within their communities. The School Business Farm’s are developed on school land, with the initial investment being used to clear and plough the land and plant the first round of crops and provide fertiliser. The schools work on a combination of short-term (e.g. maize, beans and ground-nuts), medium-term (e.g. tissue-culture bananas & fruit trees) and long-term crops (e.g. grevillea robusta trees). In addition, helping to invest in sheep, which are low maintenance and bring a high level of annual income through the sale of lambs for meat. The schools are advised by NCEDP’s agricultural field officer, Fridah Auka, who visits regularly, and also trains groups of local women, using the SBF as a demonstration farm. The ongoing work on the farms is carried out by the children from the school as part of their agriculture curriculum, under the supervision of a link teacher. Produce from the SBF is sold in the local community and the income is used initially to purchase uniforms, shoes, sanitary pads and educational materials for the neediest girls, and to fund repairs and maintenance of water tanks. As income increases through longer term investments such as bananas and trees the schools are able to invest in renovations, new classrooms and resources for the school, which contributes to a more conducive learning environment for the girls that we are helping to access education. In addition, with all of the local families engaged in subsistence agriculture in these rural communities, the SBF enables young people and single mothers to learn how to increase their crop yield through climate-smart agricultural practice and develop viable agri-businesses. The ILT's support has enabled the introduction of two new school business farms which will directly benefit 1,022 children each year.
In 2018, we were proud to develop a new partnership with Team Kenya. Working with the the Inspiring Leadership Trust invested for the completion of holistic school model for 3 primary schools in Ndhiwa, Western Kenya. We introduced a wide range of sustainable projects for the schools to increase enrolment for girls, improve attainment for all students, increase progression to secondary school and to create safe environments for girls in school and within their communities. Primary schools in the region are significantly underfunded, and as such lack basic necessities, such as clean drinking water. Unfortunately, many of the children attending schools in Ndhiwa are full or partial orphans, or are living in extreme poverty, and their relatives or carers struggle to provide access to basic necessities at home. As a result, children are forced to walk long distances each day to collect dirty water from the river for consumption in school and at home, which has significant health implications for the family. The burden of collecting water often falls on girls, and can consume a large part of their day. As a result many girls are unable to attend school, and those who are able to attend are often too tired to concentrate in class. We have introduced water harvesting systems for the schools, helping to significantly increase enrolment and academic attainment for girls. The introduction of clean drinking water in the schools will directly benefit 1,022 children attending the schools each year, and over 5,000 family members in the community who will have access to the water.
The Inspiring Leadership Trust collaborated with Hope for Teenage Mothers, a local community based charity, to deliver an economic empowerment programme in Nairobi Kenya. 46 women graduated from entrepreneurship and vocational programmes. The Inspiring Leadership Trust invested in business start up equipment including tailoring machines, materials as well as a secure business unit to help graduates to become financially independent.
The Inspiring Leadership Trust has been involved with a great community NGO in South Africa, called Woza Moya. With the funds raised at our gala we've been able to equip a container with a library and computers, and the Ofafa Valley now has access to books and computer based learning programmes.