financing the ongoing construction & improvements of the school building
providing a Teachers Fund to ensure sustainable wages for the school's teachers
growing the sustainability of the school through programs designed to create income (including sewing machines, beehives, and a microloan bank)
providing a safe and nourishing environment for the children (including food for lunches, clean drinking water, sanitary pads, computers and internet)
The Ingrid Education Centre educates around 300 underprivileged children and orphans in the Matopeni slums of Nairobi, Kenya. The Ingrid Education Centre is an oasis in the middle of the rock quarry slum area, where poverty, hunger and illness are part of daily life. The school was founded by a local group of volunteer teachers, who saw the need to bring education to the local children, to improve their futures in a very harsh environment. The school now runs a kindergarten, and classes 1 to 8.
This allows them to continue teaching at the school, and to provide the children with an education. In 2015, LiveGlobally established a Teachers' Fund for the Ingrid Education Centre. Thanks to our sustainers, and Global Breath Studio, we are able to pay all 13 teachers, 2 directors/teachers, the cook and the cleaner a wage that will allow them to support themselves and their families. Please note that we are still about $600 (per month) short to fully finance the fund (which means we have to use our general funds), so please take a moment to chip in!
To find out more about the Ingrid Education Centre staff and how much they are paid, you can download this PowerPoint presentation. Please note that 100 KES = $1
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LiveGlobally has also launched a new program which revitalizes discarded corporate laptops with elementary education packages and offline Wikipedia files translated into local languages. Six Swahili laptops were delivered to the Ingrid Education Centre in early January 2015. Two additional Spanish laptops were delivered to schools in rural southern Colombia and northern Ecuador in January 2015 as well!
Bart Westdorp and Nina Be of Global Breath Studio spent 3 weeks in the slums of Matopeni, Kenya to film the children of the Ingrid Education Centre (one of LiveGlobally's projects) and their visit to the Sheldrick Elephant Sanctuary. They are in the process of creating their first full-length documentary, Knowing By Heart.
Watch a few clips from the Knowing By Heart documentary and then join us at an upcoming LiveGlobally event to learn even more about LiveGlobally's projects, including the Ingrid Education Centre.