USHIRIKA

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BACKGROUND

Ushirika was One Girl Can’s very first project located in the Kibera slum, which is about the size of Central Park with over a million people living it. Challenges like access to clean water, electricity, sanitation, garbage pickup, health care, or education are the norm for the people living here.

One Girl Can founder, Lotte, met David Kitavi. David was raised in Kibera slum, but managed to get an education, leave Kibera and work as an IT Manager for several years.

On his visits back home to see his parents, who still lived in the slums, he noticed how many young children were unsupervised and out of school.

Without hesitation, David rented a room for children to feel safe and be children. Shortly after, he quit his day job, hired teachers, and dedicated himself full-time to the new school.

At that time, Ushirika School had 80 children in five mud-walled rooms so One Girl Can provided funding and resources to build a two-story building with six classrooms.

Now, Ushirika is a primary and secondary school for over 600 students in the Kibera slum in Nairobi - the oldest and largest slum in Africa. The school continues to serve as a safe haven for the students in the community.

WHAT WE’RE WORKING ON

In September 2019, a school in neighbouring slum in Nairobi collapsed and 11 children were killed. The government immediately began to close down schools throughout the slums that didn't comply with safe building standards.

While our original building was built to comply with standards, we responded proactively to the urgent nature of this issue to rebuild the entire school. Working with only reliable contractors on all of our projects, a local company began construction for a cement and cinderblock building that will stand the test of time in November.

This project ensures that the children at this school are not at risk of losing their education.

PROJECTS COMPLETED:

• 122 scholarships
• 7 classrooms
• 1 library
• 1 science lab

GALLERY:

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What can my donation provide For a Sponsor a high school student

$50Help fund tuition for a high school girl

$250Fund six months of high school for a girl

$500Fully sponsor a girl for one year, including tuition and board

$21Fund six months of high school for a girl

$42Fully sponsor a girl for one year, including tuition and board

$84Fully sponsor two girls for one year, including tuition and board

What can my donation provide For a Sponsor a university student

$300Co-sponsor a university student

$500Buy a laptop for a first year university student

$1000Cover tuition expenses for a university student for one year

$3500Fully sponsor a girl for one year of university, including tuition, living expenses and laptop

$25Co-sponsor a university student

$42Buy a laptop for a first year university student

$84Cover tuition expenses for a university student for one year

$292Fully sponsor a girl for one year of university, including tuition, living expenses and laptop

What can my donation provide For a Build A School

$50Buy 35 cinderblocks to help build one wall of a classroom at Ushirika School.

$100Buy 4 bags of cement to help the building of Ushirika School.

$250Buy a door and framing for a classroom at Ushirika School.

$10Your monthly donation buys 44 cinderblocks to help build a wall at Ushirika School

$17Your monthly donation buys a window for a classroom for Ushirika School

$25Your monthly donation buys a desk and bench for 2 students at Ushirika School

What can my donation provide For a Unrestricted Donation

$50Your donation can help to give one desk and bench for two students.

$100Provide school spirit with two sets of sports uniforms for 25 girls so they can stay active while at school.

$250Further the voices of tomorrow with one desktop computer for journalism club.

$10Outfit a girls sports team with two sets of uniforms.

$50Promote performance and fine arts education for girls by supporting with musical instruments for music and dance groups.

$66Can help provide a water tank adequate for drinking water for a whole school.

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