Adequate Feeding programme
Hiv & Aids
Primary education is essential for the well-being of all children, as well as for the future of Kenya. Children are the world’s greatest resource and responsibility, yet their access to balanced education is a major challenge.
Balanced education goes hand in hand with access. While free primary and secondary education is offered by the Kenyan government, the provision of classrooms with desks and chairs is not an automatic guarantee that this goal is being met.
UNICEF’s "State of the World’s Children"(2008) reports that only about 65% of children in West and Central African countries are attending primary schools as compared to an 85% school attendance rate for children in Northern Africa. Only one-third of children in Chad and Equatorial Guinea reach the fifth grade – while in Somalia the percentage drops to 3%, according to UNICEF.
Destiny Garden School aims to ensure that opportunities for a quality education will grow and extend to the poorest and most vulnerable communities and children in Kenya.
For instance, in Kenya, Mombasa, Destiny Garden School has worked with the government to ensure the adoption and implementation of a policy to make a basic and quality education available to all children. Destiny Garden School also works with teachers, community leaders, parents and pupils to promote the education of marginalized and vulnerable children. In fact our uniqueness is to see that these childrens’ talents and skills is well nurtured enabling them to reach their innate potentiality.
Adequate Feeding programme
Food security –- the availability of food and people’s access to it –- is a luxury rather than a right in many communities in Kenya. Destiny Garden Primary School also provides a cooked lunch each day and for many of the children it is their only proper meal of the day. It is not uncommon for families to go without food for the day. The charity would never stop a child from attending the school but the situation does increase the burden on resources. We have initiated a farming project within the school, a 122 metres by 22 metres plot for growing onions, kale,tomatoes and planting trees to help us be self sufficient and self reliant. Destiny Garden School is implementing community-based food security programmes for children, whilst also seeking to ensure that food-insecure households do not withdraw these children from school in order to generate more income.
Children enjoying school lunch Cooks Preparing Lunch for the Children
Hiv & Aids
Destiny Garden School works closely with other organizations to raise awareness within communities and amongst individuals regarding HIV and AIDS and the need to protect children from discrimination caused by the disease. We allow international volunteers on HIV/AIDS awareness’ to co-work with our local partners and staff in sensitizing communities through coalitions and networks so that orphans and vulnerable children have access to basic services.
We have recently introduced environmental education for our children aged 2 ½ to 14 in our school in partnership with Kids for Saving Earth-USA.To be a community of leaders learning to enhance the relationship between the humans and their environment. On this we aim:
1. To help children develop into adults who understand and care about environmental stewardship.
2. To nurture the children’s sense of wonder, imagination and creativity.
3. To provide children with a sense of beauty, calm, and refuge in a sometimes frightening world.
4. To expand their intellectual development: it’s been proven to improve
test scores, grade-point averages, and problem solving skills.
5. To enhance physical development of these children.
6. To help children understand the interrelation of all life.
We create opportunities with partners to enhance our children’s education through the use of technology at the school. Finding partners who can support our children at our centre with the computers for learning. We have 180 children unable to access computers at all, only our director has a desktop at home, a gift from volunteers, that he uses with internet connection to communicate with would be volunteers. Before computers can be introduced to the school, an electric generator will be required - see ’Plans for the Future’.
Please see Destiny Garden School’s website for more details and the latest news - www.destinygardenschool.org