Today, Run2gether is proud to report a milestone: We have now reached our 100th sponsorship for our “Run2gether Children Project” in Kiambogo, Kenya. Anna Gross, a young Austrian member of Run2gether, and her family have agreed to sponsor the young boy Paul Kanyuru MWANGI . Paul is four years old and will be starting in the Run2gether Nursery School in Kiambogo in January 2016.
How it all began…
- In December 2012, our Run2gether Nursery School in Kiambogo celebrated its opening after only a short period of construction. The nursery school, which is reserved for orphans and children from very poor families, was financed by funds from Run2gether and offers room for 30 children. The children are taught by Lilian, a professional teacher and the wife of one of Run2Gether’s founding members, Geoffrey Gikuni NDUNGU.
- In January 2013, school began for 30 children, and Run2gether members from Austria and Germany sponsored the club’s first children.
- By the end of 2013, all of the children in the nursery school had their own sponsors.
- By January 2014, when some children moved on to primary school in Kiambogo, room opened up for new nursery school children.
- By the end of 2014 there were already 66 sponsorships. In 2014, we were also able to involve children from the primary school in our project.
- And then in September 2015 we celebrated our 100th sponsorship!
- We currently have 105 sponsorships involving 95 children. Some sponsors support the project anonymously, without selecting a specific child.
What the sponsorships have thus far achieved…
The focus of our endeavors is on providing a solid education for the children.
To do so, we pay the children’s school fees so they can go to school regularly. The children also receive school uniforms and are provided with a warm meal every day. In addition, school materials are also financed through the donations.
In the primary school, the Run2gether child sponsorship program finances 4 teaching aides, who teach alongside the state-financed teachers in classes that are generally very large (up to 60 pupils per class). These aides not only improve the quality of instruction, but since they are privately financed, they also help to reduce the amount of school fees.
In 2014, the dilapidated bathrooms were replaced with new, separate boys’ and girls’ bathrooms.
At the moment, we are working to equip the primary school with electricity and hope to have more news on the situation soon.
If you’re interested in sponsoring a child, …..
you’ll find all the necessary information at Run2gether sponsorship.
Thomas Kratky, director of the sponsorship program, will also be glad to answer any questions you may have. Just contact him by email at email@example.com.