Mind The Gap – update from Nafthali Onchere

Thanks to Low Carbon Gordano for providing an emergency Grant of £1,500 to Mend the Gap charity for the benefit of Bochoroke Village and Empoo Village self-help schools in Kenya. The grant will enable the charity to help the two supported schools to remain open and overcome and mitigate the unforeseen impact of the current COVID 19 Corona Virus pandemic. These schools do not receive any funding or support from the Kenyan government or any support from elsewhere. They are wholly dependent on Mend the Gap for their running to the tune of £4,800 and £3,200 annually respectively. The villagers built this schools from scratch with the support of the charity. Further construction and development are ongoing as funds become available.

Mend the Gap undertakes practical education and poverty eradication projects benefiting the poorest, most isolated, and vulnerable children and the elderly in Kenya. We undertake locally prioritised basic educational projects with infant, nursery, primary and secondary schools in remote rural Kenya and implement basic poverty alleviation projects for the energy poor communities served by these schools.

In the UK, we work with schools to meet their statutory duty to promote diversity and SMSC – spiritual, moral, social, and cultural – development by providing charity talks that link the schools and communities with to their contemporaries in Kenya. This linking and local fundraising results in raising of funds and other resources in aid of our practical Kenyan projects. UK schools send delegations to experience, learn with and exchange best practices in linked Kenyan schools each summer, under our facilitation. Visiting students and other volunteers carry selected recycled goods to benefit the local Kenyan communities. Funds are also raised from a limited number of individuals and through fundraising events undertaken by our supporters in the UK. The charity does not receive any government funding or grants.

The COVID 19 Corona Virus pandemic has induced several unforeseen cashflow and funding challenges. All planned fundraising events for the charity have been postponed to next year. These events include the London marathon, flagship fundraising event Perimart Mara Marathon, and the summer school trip to Kenya affecting 6 local schools (Clevedon, Gordano, Churchill, Backwell, Chew Valley, and Nailsea Schools).

We have attached a few photos showing the 2 schools. Any regular or one off donation to support the charity’s work can be made on the charity’s website at http://www.mendthegap.org.uk/donate.html. The local schools are running an appeal to help plug the funding gap at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/mendthegapschoolsteam?fbclid=IwAR0mwVBpnNdFR5Ri6JrN4wIwO8igkLPDCEHdi_4VeTIj8IaBwsWKNWkk2ZE and the charity has a campaign to support it through the Covid 19 pandemic at https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/MendTheGapCoronaAppeal