KIJIJI CHA UPENDO CHILDREN PROJECT
SYLVIA MORRISON VISIT REPORT
Sylvia Morrison visited the Kijiji Cha Upendo children project from 9th June to 14th June 2017. As a scholar, her main interest was improving the education standards of the community by aiding in building libraries and equipping them with relevant books. This project is already ongoing in Ghana through her non profit organization, Links Across Boarders.
KCU volunteers therefore briefed her on the main project activities and particularly how KCU works to improve the education standards of the children under its program and also those, who though not benefiting directly from the program, benefit through other Community Outreach Programs.
Impressed by the program, the volunteers took her to some of the schools KCU works closely with and where some of the children under the program learn. The selected schools were Stara Rescue Centre and School and Elite Visionary Academy. She had the opportunity to talk to the teachers and the students under the program. She was also able to see their libraries and expressed interest in future collaboration to build and equip both new and already existing libraries.
Miss Morrison was also able to visit some of the caregivers; Esther Wasonga and Jane Kakai who both run small businesses with an initial capital provided by KCU. The loans are free of interest. She liked their determination to improve their own living standards and their children despite the hard conditions they face.
Finally, Sylvia expressed interest to work collaboratively with KCU in order to improve the education standards of the children in the slums. She promised to keep in touch with the administrator to look into the ways of working together. Meanwhile she challenged KCU to use any extra available space in the office to construct a bookshelf and she is willing to equip it with books to enable the children start borrowing books to read.