ACK Daylove Children's Project

Project Overview

The Daylove Children's Project currently supports over 160 children between the ages of 3 to 25 who live in and around in the Dagoretti slum in the western suburbs of Nairobi, Kenya. The Centre runs a night shelter providing a loving home for some of the most desperate orphans and vulnerable children in the area. In addition to that they also support the community in the slum area in a variety of ways, mainly paying school fees and providing support for the families.

Project Facts
Location Dagoretti Slum, Nairobi, Kenya
Project Theme Child Welfare and Education
Project Managment Daylove Committee
Number of Staff 12
Number of Children Approx 160
Number of Girls 50%
Number of Boys 50%
Age Range 3 to 25
Children at Night Shelter Approx 20
Day Centre Facilities Night shelter, pre-primary and secondary classrooms, large kitchen and dining hall, seperate team or individual accomodation, clean running water supply from own bore hole, mains water, mains electricity, good access to Nairobi city centre, close to local shops and schools.
Night Shelter Facilities As above, seperate boys and girls dormitories, dining room.
Current Needs
  1. £20.00 = towards support staff costs
  2. £15.00 = School  resources pack 
  3. £50.00 = average secondary school fees for 1 month

 

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    Hand in Hand has worked closely with the Daylove Managing Committee since 2000 helping initially helping them to purchase a new site for the centre, raising £80,000, in 2003.  This enabled Daylove to expand its programme of support from a few tin sheds into more permanent buildings. 

    Since then Hand in Hand has funded the construction of a night shelter with a capacity for 40 of their most vulnerable children. The night shelter is meant to be a temporary solution though often children will remain at the nightshelter for the majority of the year as their families or guardians are not in a position to adequately care for their children.

    Daylove employs teachers, cooks, house mothers and social workers to cater for the needs of the children.

    Pre-primary is offered to children on site with the majority of children attending several primary schools in the area. The primary school children are supported by the social workers to ensure their school attendance and mid day meals costs being supplied.   When most of the children reach secondary school level they attend local schools some of which will be boarding. Hand in Hand sponsor the costs for secondary school education. Daylove now offers secondary school places on site for some of the children. The secondary school is government recongnised and fee-paying which enables it to be self-sufficient in it's running costs. It is worth noting that the fees are actually lower than the local Government School which is meant to be free.

    Currently there are no training facilities operating at Daylove but children have been given the opportunity to train in vocational skills at other centres. The Daylove committee are reviewing what they should do with vocational training.

    Hand in Hand assisted Daylove in purchasing additional land for the intention of income generation in the future. Although Daylove has received support from other NGO's over the years, one of their main funders withdrew in 2010 from the programme as Daylove no longer fitted their criteria for funding due to a change in their policies. Hand in Hand is the main funder.

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