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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.

In February 2021, with generous donations and support of our One Girl Can community, we were able to completely rebuild the school. The finished project features the new 3-story primary and secondary schools, which include an art room, two science labs, two libraries and renovated teachers' area.

WHAT WE’RE WORKING ON

Our next project is building a dormitory for girls, providing a sanctuary where students can fully focus on their studies. The first-ever of its kind in the neighbourhood of Kibera.

We’re building this dorm to give our students a chance to pursue their education without having to worry about their safety, household obligations, or distractions.

This will give the girls a space to call their own to fully immerse themselves in their studies and puts them on the path to gaining meaningful employment. A dormitory also provides clean washroom facilities and menstrual resources, eliminating the risk of preventable health problems and keeping girls on the path to completing their education. read more >

PROJECTS COMPLETED:

• 122 scholarships
• 2 full 3-story school buildings (primary and secondary grades)
• 14 classrooms
• 2 libraries
• 2 science labs
• 1 art room
• Washrooms
• Teachers lunchroom and kitchen

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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 a wall in one room.

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

$250Buy a door and framing for the dorm.

$10Your monthly donation buys 44 cinderblocks to help build a wall.

$17Your monthly donation provides a window.

$25Your monthly donation buys a furniture for the new dorm.

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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