Thank you GEM Wellington School Family UAE ( Jonathan Lucus, Laura Emily, Furrah Clark, and Meera )
Education is light and one of the keys to escaping a lifetime cycle of poverty in our communities.
We believe that under no circumstance should any child be subjected to an undesirable school environment. In the communities we are serving, it is heartbreaking that children have had to struggle to choose between enjoying their right to education and maintaining safety. They are forced to study in deplorable conditions and squeeze in tiny temporary structured classrooms which are unable to withstand the rainy season and harsh weather conditions. The few available resources are also shared with many other classmates.
When GEM Wellington School family from United Arab Emirate (UAE) visited us under the leadership of our brother and friend- Jonathan Lucus, it was unfortunate that they witnessed the bad state most of the schools were in, despite our tireless efforts to make them as presentable as possible with the available resources and options at hand. The burden was heavy and having to balance between improving the structures of the school against providing quality education for the children is devastating to say the least. One of the schools was at the verge of closure which would in turn affect a majority of the children who solely depend on our free education and meals.
Jonathan’s team was able to construct two (2) classrooms. The children were more than grateful and depicted joy amid tears and huge smiles. The 2 classrooms are almost complete, with only the floor, corridor, paintwork and furnishing with desks remaining. This gives our unprivileged children hope. Hope makes it possible and hope keeps them moving.
The effects of COVID 19 have impacted us gravely. With the government implementing various directives to curb the fast-spreading virus, it has through the Ministry of Health and Education put out stingent demands and measures to the public. As a result, we need your support in order to meet the demand.
a) Washing points where the students have to wash hands regularly- We are in need of a minimum of 15 water dispensing units.
b) Building of extra classrooms due to social distancing.
c) Soap and sanitizers for the students.
d) Masks for over 2000 students.
e) Enough toilets for the students.
Our 5-year vision plan includes training the students in Marginalized rural areas and urban slums especially girls, to gain education and skills through Competency Based Curriculum (CBC). We aim to make schools acquire international statuses, whereby students will be able to travel all over the world either in academia or in the sports arena. We also expect to enroll over 5000 students from the community with an intentional goal to reduce the rate of illiteracy amongst the less privileged. This is the change we want to impact on children and strive to motivate and empower them towards becoming the role models that their communities need and desire.
This is how the School looked when John and his team visited us :
Here is how it looks now. The 3 new classes in building progress and awaiting final finishing , floor, painting and furnishing with new desks to aid in social distance and a comfortable learning environment for our children.
We need you. Our children need us.