Uzima Aid is a Kenya based Trust that is transforming the lives of poor children through education empowerment. Uzima Aid believes that the most sustainable way of empowering vulnerable children in Africa and getting them out of the poverty cycle is by creating a suitable environment that will encourage and sustain learning and holistic growth.

Uzima Aid is seeking to pull resources from donors and well-wishers to do a makeover of dilapidated learning facilities of Kindergartens in Kenya. We are targeting Kindergartens that are found in the slums (Informal Settlements) and in poor neighbourhoods. Children in these backgrounds suffer most as they are exposed to diseases, neglect and abuse.

Statistics from World Health Organization show that the mortality rate of children who are exposed to unhygienic environments in Africa is shockingly high and the most affected are children under seven years.

The Crèche MAKEOVER Initiative is targeting children between ages three to seven. These formative years of children are crucial for general developmental and psychological growth.

Under this initiative we will give special preference to Kindergartens that are dilapidated and are not profit driven.

 

GOALS / OBJECTIVES of Crèche MAKEOVER Initiative 

  • Create a hygienic environment for learning
  • Avert the spread of diseases like cholera, dysentery, typhoid, intestinal worms, trachoma and other sanitation related diseases
  • Provide a safe playing environment for children
  • Give children environment of creativity
  • Give poor children the right to play with toys just like other children whose parents can afford toys
  • Boost children’s self esteem
  • Enhance knowledge transfer to children

 

 

INTERVENTIONS

The Crèche MAKEOVER Initiative seeks to enhance the capability and capacity of poor children and it targets the Kindergartens that are in a state of disrepair that are located in poor neighbourhoods.

The Crèche MAKEOVER Initiative seeks to enhance the capability and capacity of poor children and it targets the Kindergartens that are in a state of disrepair that are located in poor neighbourhoods.

 

CATEGORIES OF INTERVENTION

We do makeover in accordance with the need of the Kindergarten and available resources. We categorize the extent of disrepair of Kindergartens into three categories.

The state of disrepair in the Kindergartens are categorised as needing either Extreme, Moderate or Light Makeover.

 

These three categories of Makeover involve the following:

 

  1. Extreme Makeover

 

Extreme Makeover Involves the following;

 

  • Renovating classrooms
  • Putting up blackboards in the classes
  • Painting classrooms
  • Replacing desks and seats / chairs
  • Renovating toilets
  • Renovating the play area and putting up of a jungle gym
  • Providing toys
  • Building a light fence around the Crèche

 

Duration of Extreme Makeover:

 

It takes us five weeks to do an Extreme Makeover for a Kindergarten. On the fifth week of the project a handover ceremony is organized to handover the refurbished Kindergarten to the management. Representatives of the donors and well-wishers who funded the makeover are given the privilege to handover the refurbished Kindergarten to its Management in a colourful ceremony.

 

  1. Moderate Makeover

 

Moderate Makeover involves the following;

 

  • Renovating classrooms
  • Renovating toilets
  • Renovating the play area and putting up of a jungle gym
  • Providing toys
  • Painting classrooms

 

Duration of Moderate Makeover:

 

It takes us four weeks to do a Moderate Makeover for a Kindergarten. On the fourth week of the project a handover ceremony is organized to handover the refurbished Kindergarten to the management. Representatives of the donors and well-wishers who funded the makeover are given the privilege to handover the refurbished Kindergarten to its Management in a colourful ceremony.

 

 

  1. Light Makeover

 

Light Makeover involves the following;

 

  • Painting classrooms
  • Providing toys
  • Renovating the play area and putting up of a jungle gym
  • Renovating toilets

 

Duration of Light Makeover:

 

It takes us three weeks to do a Light Makeover for a Kindergarten. On the third week of the project a handover ceremony is organized to handover the refurbished Kindergarten to the management. Representatives of the donors and well-wishers who funded the makeover are given the privilege to handover the refurbished Kindergarten to its Management in a colourful ceremony.

Volunteers involvement in Crèche MAKEOVER Initiative is welcome and highly recommended. We need volunteers (local and international) to assist us with the renovations and painting of the Crèches.

The volunteers will be expected to meet their travel, accommodation and upkeep expenses while in Kenya for the Crèche MAKEOVER Initiative. We have many Crèches that need makeover.

EXPECTED RESULTS

  1. Boosting of learners’ self-esteem and cognitive abilities
  2. Eradication of poverty
  3. Encourage and enhance creativity
  4. Bridging the wide gap between poor schools and well-to-do schools
  5. Equipping poor Kenya learners with necessary skills and put them at par with other progressive learners worldwide.
  6. Model the repaired schools as centers of excellence