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  1. Avatar Asif Iqbal Khokhar says

    Hello Friends.
    Prayer request.
    Christmas Children Outreaching. 21 December 2013

    Christ children Evangelism, is the Ministry of Needy children of Pakistan, we are hosting kids events from last 3 years, Get attaching last year highlight pictures of Christmas at wall, , see and share with friends. So this year 2013, also we are going hosting CHRISTMAS CHILDREN FESTIVAL, for needy 100 boys and girls & 10 Widows,Sunday schools are joining also, We will distribute Clothes, Shoes, Food, shoe box, Toys, and much other needy things of Boys & girls, Widows, so me requesting to all of you, that please participate with us, with Donations, Offerings, Grants, Sponsorship, as you leads by Holy Spirit. I shall be very grateful to all of IJN. Amen. Hopeful, blessings….

  2. Avatar Samwel Ayott says

    Executive Summary

    The areas of intervention of this project are located in Nairobi West District, on the outskirts of Nairobi County in the suburban residential and characteristically slum areas of Kibera. People living in these areas are in condition of extreme poverty and consequently they have no possibility to afford the costs of basic needs, such as shelter, education, healthcare and food.
    The majority of the families have an average number of six children per household and they struggle to survive by doing odd jobs. Therefore, all the family incomes are basically oriented to first needs and in most cases they cannot afford the cost of school fees for the children. In the case of a family that can afford the cost of the school fees, most of them don’t have money to purchase school materials, as exercise books and texts. As a result most of these poor families choose very simple and poor but affordable schools for their children. Children from poor families attend schools that have no libraries or opportunities for research. Yet these very children are examined together with the rest of the better off children who have access to good schools with all the necessary facilities. The extreme consequence of this is that the children that are in need of a scholarship to continue their studies, are the ones without possibilities to obtain it. The opposite is true, that it is the well off children who after attending very good schools perform better and are eligible for free higher education at university level.

    For the children from these poor families who succeed to be in school, continuing with the education is still a big challenge this is because many of them drop out (stop) due to other reasons such as family needs. For example many girls stop going to school in order to take care of the sick parent at home or boys to do some work to support the home e.g. selling of ground nuts in the streets of Nairobi.

    Kibera is one of the most studied slums in Africa, not only because it sits in the centre of the modern city but also because it is the largest slum in Sub Saharan Africa covering an area estimated to be 2.5 Square kilometer and the population is estimated to be 1.5 million of which 20% are children, 20% are elderly and 60% are the youth aged between 14 years and 35 years. Kibera remains the most popular ghetto in the World and cosmopolitan with almost all the tribes living together. Kibera Celtic Mission is to be a leading community soccer club in East & Central Africa by setting up new levels of professionalism in all aspects of the game on and off the field and to make sure that football remains a major factor in bringing all the people together to grow in harmony and strive to excel in their lively hood.

    Through Kibera Celtic Foundation Initiatives in Kibera Slums, We have come to the realization that Illiteracy have negative consequences on the whole family, for the reason that a parent that hasn’t received an education, is not able to get a good job and is not able to pay the school fees for his children. Unfortunately the same parent cares very little about the size of his family thereby creating a vicious circle of poor families transmitted from generation to generation.

    Through increasing quality and access to affordable education for poor children, and skills training for poor Children, youth and women, this project aims to give a concrete possibility of social and economic empowerment to the adults of tomorrow and to all their families. Therefore, in this project we request you to support us the amounting of 66,380USD for school construction, vocational skills training and establishment of a reaction and business center, to run a literacy school, to create a library, to build a youth sport center, to run professional trainings, and to promote community development. We wish to start small and grow with time to other fields in ICT training and training of the other local CBO’s to run a didactic Cinema and promote community development with a view of nurturing football talent while also minimizing cases of vulnerability and ensuring that the children are kept in school. A feasibility study of the new school has initially addressed a range of issues. An examination of site considerations was followed by the development of an overall master plan. In refining this, the principal consultant (usually an architect acting on behalf of the KCF) has developed a more detailed schematic and design. At each of these planning stages, the school and its consultant will liaise with the Ministry of Public Works to evaluate the design solution under consideration. The KCF management will supervise the construction contract on behalf of the school’s donors, including all documentation, progress payments, contract variations and reporting. Any input by Celtic Charity Fund on the monitoring and management of this project is most welcome.

    Kibera Celtic Foundation (KCF) is one of the indigenous organizations in Kenya. The association has legal license and agreement documents. The association was established in organized form in 2008. Kibera one of the biggest slums in Africa was among the many places affected by the violence following disputed elections in Kenya 2007/2008. People from different communities were left divided along tribal lines. These wide divisions among the tribes pushed the Co-founders of Kibera Celtic Foundation (KCF) to establish an organization which could bring young people from so many communities together as they were the mostly affected by the violence thus making sports the only remaining factor that could unite the people. After thinking of setting up a football team, we met Mr. JAMIE DORAN who is a Scottish / Irish film maker who came to do a documentary about the slums of Africa. He showed his interest in the team and promised that if the team could be named Celtic, he would talk to Glasgow Celtic to consider extending support to our group. We saw this as an opportunity which could help change the many lives of the youths around the slum hence KIBERA CELTIC FOUNDATION was born and till to date our Motto remains “MANY TRIBES, ONE TEAM”. The team is modeled after Glasgow Celtic which was established in 1888 by an Irish Priest (Brother Winfred) in the east end of Glasgow City. Today Celtic has grown to be one of the biggest clubs in the World with more than 12.5 million supporters all over the World most of them coming from the United Kingdom and we are happy to be associated with such a big Club.

    Improving the standard of living of Kibera people is the major goal KCF stood for. Since its establishment KCF has carried out several activities in kindergarten education, education, health, capacity building and other sectors. The following are major past achievements through the support from Celtic Charity Fund.

    Education: Between 14th – 24th January 2013, we managed to renovate two informal schools in Kibera. St. Catherine children Centre had very old iron sheets buildings which were not good to host the children during classes. We renovated the whole stream from their orphanage; to the rest of the classes.

    At Linda Care, we also renovated the whole school and constructed a latrine with 3 doors for them. Door 1 was for the boys; Door 2 was for the teachers and Door 3 was for the girls.
    There were significant benefits in renovating older schools. The older the school, the more it is viewed with considerable sentiment, particularly if it occupies a prominent location in a community. Keeping these schools enhances a community’s traditions and history. A second benefit is an economic one. New building systems will reduce maintenance and operational costs, as well as provide an environment as good as any found in a new school. A final benefit is related to health and safety. Older schools, not slated for abandonment, need to provide safe and healthy environments for students and teachers. An older school can be transformed into a vibrant, lively, efficient place of learning. The KCF project in Kibera is a testimony to these facts.
    We also offer support for orphans and vulnerable children in both pre & post primary schools and selected public secondary schools. The support includes school uniforms, fees, materials, stationeries, school bags and other related tools for their schools. So far Kibera Celtic Foundation supports 20 orphans in total.

    We have also given the children in different schools the Jersey’s we received from Celtic Charity fund including books and pens we received from Robert Gordon College through Celtic Charity Fund.

    Football: We have been changing the lives’ of the youth within Kibera slums. So far we have a team of over 50 people in our football club. The support from Celtic Charity Fund has been highly appreciated by the team members. We wish to continue inspiring more youth to shun violence and change their attitudes towards life for the betterment of their own future and for the future of their families.

    Capacity Building:

    1) Vocational skills training for orphans and vulnerable youth (carpentry, metal fabrication, welding, tailoring and hairdressing).
    2) Community development activities (Food aid to orphans and elderly people, health and hygiene trainings).
    3) Environmental protection (energy saving stoves, biogas production, rain water harvesting, use of compressed soil bricks).
    4) Support HIV and AIDS affected families.

    Backgrounds and justification

    The Kibera Celtic Foundation (KCF) took a tour of all the parts to the Kibera and its environs since all the members live there. Today, everyone here says it’s the largest slum in the world (though Wikipedia says it’s third), and we heard presentations from youth groups, women groups, men groups (Chama’s). We also broke into small groups and interviewed families — we were free to ask anything we wanted — about half of which were HIV positive.

    Children and youth affected by HIV/AIDS often face an immediate crisis in the home. Meeting their immediate needs is vital to their current well-being but is also critical to their future. Basic or “core”
    needs include food/nutrition, shelter and care, protection, health care, psychosocial support, and education. Illness in the family or the loss of a parent or parents is extremely disruptive for children, and
    often seriously disadvantages their chances for obtaining basic living needs as well as for securing a place
    in school or future employment. Financial and material resources are often required to meet most of these
    needs, so economic strengthening is essential.

    Working with Celtic Charity Foundation team who are our main sponsors will ensure that essential core support is available to identified OVCs. At the child level, the six core areas of a child’s life (food/nutrition, shelter and care, protection, health care, psychosocial support, and education) and the
    means to maintain them (economic strength) should be regularly monitored. Comprehensive, quality
    services should then be designed to meet each child’s specific needs. The exact mix of care provided and the beneficiaries served will differ by location, according to existing community resources and the types and extent of a child’s vulnerabilities.

    Research on children and AIDS demonstrates that education can leverage significant improvements in the
    Lives’ of orphans and other vulnerable children. Schools not only benefit the individual child, but can also serve as important resource centers to meet the broader needs of communities. The Celtic School of Kibera will provide children with a safe, structured environment, the emotional support and supervision of adults, and the opportunity to learn how to interact with other children and develop social networks. An education is the key to employability and can also foster a child’s developmentally important sense of competence. In Kibera slums, we have identified the barriers to education as (e.g., requiring a father to register a child, mandatory payments for uniforms, book or tuition fees) and define locally-appropriate strategies for attracting and keeping children, especially girls, in school. KFC Programs will continue to give special attention to the vulnerability of girls, by addressing the disproportionate levels of risk they face when leaving school at an early age. The Celtic School of Kibera will must also be made safe for children, especially girls. In addition, vocational training is an important component of life preparation. Conversely, the lack of opportunity to learn a trade or the lack of a sponsor to enter vocational networks can compromise an adolescent’s long-term economic prospects. Education is an important area for leveraging additional resources at both national and local levels. Partnerships with Celtic Charity Fund will help to ensure that children affected by HIV/AIDS have access to education.

    The primary enrollment ratio doesn’t exceed 70% while that of secondary education is 15.6%. According to recent survey made by finance and economic development department nearly 60% of the population are illiterate in Kibera. The health coverage of this zone is 28% while only 19% of zonal population gets clean drinking water.

    Kibera has numerous socioeconomic problems such as poverty, poor infrastructure, unemployment, poor social services and social ills. These make the slum to be incompatible with the booming population that is hungry for these services. Young population is becoming dominant population group in the Slum. This group is also the most affected group of society by the above stated socio –economic constraints. The young sect of society in Kibera is alarmingly increasing from time to time because of two reasons 1) high rural to urban population 2) the strategic location of the Slum which is closer to town and Industrial area where they can go get casual jobs which are also scarce. The economic problem is lack of employment opportunities. Even though youth population is dominant in the town, there are no enough jobs to absorb them and there is very high unemployment. As a result the youth do involve in illegal activities such as theft, gangsters, kidnapping and so on to sustain their lives.

    Problem Statement

    Common social problems are lack of recreation or entertainment centers, inadequate social facilities (health, education, and housing), etc. The lack of recreation center has led to engagement of youth in bad habits such as chewing chat (local stimulant plant) and drinking alcohol. Through The Kibera Celtic Foundation and our mission, we are trying to change this and will strive through football and other activities to engage the communities living in Kibera and its vicinity.

    To observe the problems of youth one can easily go to the streets of Kibera Slums and observe the army of youth wandering joblessly. In every streets of Kibera it is common to see them in a very large number crowding the streets without any work .If these are mobilized in organized manner, they can really bring about great change in their lives and in the society. Youth at present is being scorched by HIV/AIDS. The youth are one of the prime victims of the pandemic. Thus it is essential to act as soon as possible to reverse the deteriorating situation of the youth at least to maintain the sustenance of our generation. Their potentials could be used for the development of the nation if attention is paid to them.

    Because the Human Immunodeficiency Virus/ Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (HIV/AIDS) predominantly attacks people of childbearing age, its impact on children, extended families, and
    Communities are devastating. When a parent dies of AIDS, his or her child is three times more likely to die – Even when that child is HIV negative. Besides facing an increased risk of death, children whose
    Parents have died due to HIV/AIDS also confront stigmatization, rejection and a lack of love and care.
    They often suffer from emotional distress, malnutrition, a lack of health care, and poor or no access to
    education. AIDS orphans are also at high risk for labor exploitation, sex trafficking, homelessness, and
    exposure to HIV. Increasingly, extended families and communities in highly affected areas find that their
    resources are inadequate to provide the basics for all needy children. In communities hard hit by the
    double hammer of HIV/AIDS and poverty, there are millions of children who may not be orphans, but who have been made more vulnerable by HIV/AIDS. For example, children whose parents are ill with
    HIV/AIDS might not receive the care and support they require. In extreme cases, roles in the household
    may be reversed and the children may become their parents’ caregivers, often dropping out of school and
    becoming the breadwinner. Research indicates that these children, caring for sick and dying parents, are
    the most vulnerable of all. This is what is mostly happening in Kibera Slums.

    A vulnerable child is one who is living in circumstances with high risks and whose prospects for
    continued growth and development are seriously threatened. These are the children we want to continue supporting through The Celtic School of Kibera. We do present this proposal to the Celtic Charity Fund to fund this project so that the youth and vulnerable children can contribute to the betterment of their own life and of the community.

    Kibera Celtic Foundation is seeking to construct a purpose –built school to provide an essential good education for children who have never received or experienced a stable educational environment.
    As Kenya strives to attain the millennium goals of Vision 2030, the issue of education takes centre stage. Education is the engine and driver of economic development and indeed the equalizer for social justice and challenges that are related to poverty and a factor of its reduction. This proposal is based on the premise that the best possible investment one can make in one’s future is an education. The value of an education is really not a secret. It is similar to the miracle of compounding financial returns given with every pitch for retirement savings. “(2009, The Jewish phenomenon by Steven Silbiger)’’. It is evident in many writings including research carried out that show how communities the World over that have invested in education have seen the rewards and emancipation that education brings. The North South divide is nothing but an issue of education or lack of it. Our public schools in Kenya today are not producing the results we want and neither are they being given what they need to help children achieve at high levels. Most classes are still physically set up the way they were many years ago, with a teacher facing a row of children. Children of different back grounds and learning styles are expected to learn the same lesson taught in the same way. Our classrooms have not changed much, yet the World around our classrooms today has radically changed. The pace of economic change and other societal forces, as a result of digital revolution have left us technologically inept and years behind developed nations.
    Education must be a key value in our society if we are to transform our society and nation. Today’s service and technology jobs require greater level of educational attainment. Few of our children are making it to the primary, secondary and college especially those who have a poor foundation in kindergarten schooling. With these obstacles the youth and children face higher rate of poverty, unemployment and crime. These are the kinds of problems that lack of opportunity and cynicism brings and which contribute towards frustrations for both the educator and learner. Lack of access for many children despite the Free Primary Education government initiative due to various reasons and factors continues to be a challenge for many families, communities and even Government itself. It is not uncommon to walk into a classroom and find a ration of 1:70 ( teacher –student ratio), five children sharing one text book and one desk elbow to elbow, dark unlit classrooms making it literally impossible to see, unsanitary public health conditions and the list of obstacles goes on.
    The idea to start The Celtic School of Kibera was borne out of a community need to make education accessible to some of the underserved children within Kibera slums. The area of intervention of this project is located in Nairobi West District, on the outskirts of Nairobi County in the sub-urban residential and characteristically slum areas of Kibera. People living in these areas are in condition of extreme poverty and consequently they have no possibility to afford the costs of basic needs, such as shelter, education, healthcare and food.
    The majority of the families have an average number of six children per household and they struggle to survive by doing add jobs. Therefore, all the family incomes are basically oriented to first needs and in most cases they cannot afford the cost of school fees for the children. In case of a family that can afford the cost of school fees, most of them don’t have money to purchase school materials, as exercise and text books. As a result most of these poor children from poor families choose very simple and poor but affordable schools for their children. Children from poor families attend schools that have no libraries or opportunities for research. Yet these very children are examined together with the rest of the better off children who have access to good schools with all the necessary facilities.
    Several hundred children roam the streets of Kibera slums during the day. Many with little to eat scavenging the bins and heaps of waste in the slum. Given this observation Kibera Celtic Foundation came together and began putting small resources together to assist the immediate needs of these children. It became apparent that the most sustainable way to solve the problem was to have the children was to have the children go to school. Therefore the idea of Building the Celtic School of Kibera to cater for the educational needs of these Children came about. The vision is to enable children achieve their potential within a learning environment that is safe, positive, respective, inclusive and welcoming. The mission is committed to encouraging the best in Children, staff and community by nurturing a passion for Knowledge.
    The school will require:-
    • Building and construction materials for kindergarten and primary school blocks. The school is expected to provide education to 380 children and employ 8 trained / qualified teachers and 4 administrative staff.
    The school will:-
    • Enable children to reach their full potential by providing them with a good education. This in turn will help them to mature psychologically, emotionally and develop good social skills.
    • Provide local employment thus boosting the morale of those in the surrounding communities.
    • Keep families together in a community context, as the school is a local amenity
    • Assist in the reduction of violence and crime through community-based projects established outside of school hours.
    KCF will endeavor to raise funds through its standing committees, such as the program committee and ways& means committee. Funds are also raised through KCF organized events and funding proposals.
    KCF is requesting support from you as Donor, towards the cost of the building and construction materials for the school.

    KCF received a certificate of registration under the office of District Gender and social Development office (DGSDO) – Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Development on 30th September 2009. Registration Number DGSD / NWD/ 5/4/09/ (768)

    Looking forward to receiving your response at your earliest convenient time.

    God bless you.

    Yours Faithfully,
    Samwel Ayott
    KCF- Group Under Secretary.

  3. First of all I start with thank you for you good work , I have had pretty good work you have done in helping fighting poverty . I started a small hair saloon to help training the less privileged girl child who dint get proper schooling or a school drop out to be able to earn a living a HIV free girl child , teach them about gender equalitys and how to become responsible adults and at the same time be able to buy a sanitary towel during that time of the month when they have their menstration period . To keep of prostitution work and selling of their bodies to talk to them and reduce the HIV infections in the area .but I am down financially to do persure my dream . To continue helping this unluck girl child . That’s why I think I deserve to get a wonderful donor to help me per sure my dream , reason I don’t want them to go through what I went through when I was young and be on a risk of becoming sick . Thank you in advance I will reall appreciate any help , be blessed. Kenya

  4. Avatar Lucky Fianyeku says

    My name is Lucky and native of Ghana,i have heard alot about you,my community needs alot of assistant in building Liberary,street light ect,i want to know the qualification that i can have to get your assistant in raising fund from your outfit.thank you

  5. Avatar AMAMARU SAMUEL says

    I am a coordinator of (YAASO)youth anti aids service organisation in REPUBLIC OF SOUTH SUDSN-CAPITAL JUBA as every body is aware of the new country in the worlds problem.I will therefore request to have your applications guidelines and procedures of how we can apply for financial assistances for rebuilding our physical infrusture and social economy for our traumatized communities.


  6. Avatar Hayongo Richard says

    We intrested to more about your funding procedure and creteria