One of the Millennium-Development-Goals was to provide all children with primary school education until the year 2015. Unfortunately this goal wasn´t reached. 58 Million children still don´t attend primary school, 50% of them are living in sub-Saharan Africa.
In many African countries primary school is not free because the state can´t afford the school system without the financial support of the parents. Kenya´s school system however is one of the most forward in Africa. There all children can attend primary school for free for 8 years. Kenya is a very young country with half of the population being children or juveniles. A good education for the new generation is therefore most important. In Kenya you attend primary school for 8 years, secondary school for 4 years and high school for another 4 years. To attend primary school is obligatory although it is very hard for the authorities to control the compliance of compulsory schooling.
Although primary school is for free, many parents can´t afford to send all their children to school, especially when it is families with 3-4 children.
The financial support of the parents is also needed when it comes to the costs of building and maintenance of school buildings.
To raise some attention towards these issues and to support 205 children in Kenya 2 friendly globetrotters started the project “cheap impact” which wants to do big things with little steps. Mathilde and Torsten began the project with $ 3.000 out of their own pockets. On their journey from Johannesburg to Kenya they want to collect as many donations as possible to support the Korando Educational Centre in Kenya. The idea behind the journey is to raise awareness about education and to provide a different picture of Africa which doesn´t support the typical stereotypes.
The Korando Educational Centre facilitates a primary school and a home for 205 children, most of them being orphans or abused children. The children are provided with psychological support, a healthy diet, medicine and a safe home. Furthermore the children enjoy a good education and subjects of environmental awareness, social and economical independence and issues of the empowerment of women are stressed.
Mathilde and Torsten want to use these donations to build a better building including a dorm for 36 orphans. They want to invest into a solar-system for power and hot water and support the children with school fees for further education.
Mathilde and Torsten are very nice and trust-worthy people. You can support them by doing a donation, spread the news or attend a volunteer program in the centre. Unlike most volunteer-programs this one is without any fees as all volunteer programs should be organized! You only pay your flight and what you need to get through your stay.