Kenya Rural Education
“Transforming an Unacceptable Reality”
CES Canada (est2004) serves to alleviate acute poverty and mitigate the impact of HIV/Aids in a 2000 sqkm area of Western Kenya. Project PREPARE – Project to Reduce Poverty and Provide Access to Rural Education impacts on twenty-two secondary school communities in the Kakamega District. The four cornerstones of education, water, healthcare and nutrition provide focus for programs that support gender equity and women’s health. Scholarships, school resources, clean water, health care and healthy meals have given hope to thousands of Kenyan youth orphaned by the Aids pandemic.
Better Learners…Brighter Futures
Tuition fees, books, uniforms, career education, training in life skills, ICT, and healthy living gives students a chance to earn the KCSE school diploma. Building schools and science/computer lab classrooms raises the standard of education and provides greater access to secondary learning.
Access to safe water through well-drilling, pumps, and training in hygiene and sanitation frees up time for education instead of water collection. The spread of disease is reduced and student attendance improves.
Provision of treated anti-malaria mosquito nets, access to medical clinics, de-worming medication, training in disease prevention and other health care programs such as WinS (Wash in Schools) and the PAD feminine hygiene support for girls.
Focus on creating sustainable food supplies through agricultural programs, farming and nutritional training adds to a daily food program.