GROWING COMMUNITY ROOTS CELEBRATES 10 YEARS OF ENHANCING SCHOOL ENVIRONMENTS IN
HOMA BAY HILLS, KENYA
As we begin a new year, we want to express our heartfelt gratitude to each of you who have been a part of inspiring hope for the Kenyan students, teachers, families, and surrounding communities. Your generosity has been the guiding light that drives our mission forward and illuminates our path with our community partner, IMBO Community Action Program, NGO.
With your gifts, Growing Community Roots invests directly in water catchment systems that provide safe water for drinking and bathing, latrines that offer privacy and washrooms, and wash stands, fencing for community gardens that ensure children have nutritious meals at school and tree farms that help address the critical deforestation problem that exists in Homa Bay.
Because of your past support, you have saved many lives over the last ten years by providing safe water, washing stands, and sanitation. You have helped them become future leaders of Africa.
None of this is possible without you.
WHAT WE DO
Growing Community Roots offers hope to the youth of Homa Bay, Kenya, by investing in their educational environment. Having safe water, decent sanitation systems and washrooms, and a community garden at school ensures that we care and value them. Our work invests in a brighter generation of Kenya students in the Homa Bay area of Kenya.
This project explicitly demonstrates the call to respond to the needs of the dear neighbor. In addition, it exemplifies our commitment to work toward dismantling systems of oppression by standing with the
poor and the oppressed, especially with women and girls. More than eight out of ten Kenyans live on less than five dollars a day, according to the World Bank.
WHO WE ARE
Growing Community Roots, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, focuses on fundraising working with NGOs. GCR’s partner in West Kenya, IMBO Community Action Program (IMBO CAP – a certified NGO) Board of Directors and the Governance Boards of Schools, are responsible for the implementation and maintenance of the clean water catchments, sanitation projects, community gardens, and tree farms for designated schools.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Great news! With your help, Growing Community Roots raised $39,000 for the first 2024 school project at Ndere Integrated Primary School.
Stay tuned for the announcement of Growing Community Roots' second 2024 school project. Coming soon!
"I am a long-term GCR donor and have had the privilege to visit the GCR funded schools and potential schools in 2017 and 2023 with Anita. It was great to see that my gifts are
making a significant difference in the students’ lives – enhanced performance and attendance. The professional partnership with GCR and IMBO Community Action
Program is remarkable, and the relationship with the schools is ongoing."
"We no longer have many cases of stomach and other related ailments due to the increased number of water tanks in the school. We are nowadays sure of getting clean drinking water in the school. We are indeed grateful for the water tanks you donated to the school.
The kitchen garden enables us to enjoy very fresh vegetables and spices in the school, most of us had never even seen spinach but thanks to the garden we have not only seen spinach but also tasted it."
FAITH FLOVIANCE, student at St. Benard's Otaro High School
GIFTS DELIVER A CONTINUOUS IMPACT
Every gift received by Growing Community Roots helps students, teachers, parents, & communities located in Homa Bay, Kenya.
- Enhances students’ performance – each school has students going on to a technical school or the university
- Educates students on planting, maintaining and harvesting food in the community gardens
- Provides nutritious food for the schools; sometimes, school lunches are the only source of quality food for the day for many of the students
- Enhances school attendance of girls in school by having wash rooms to use during their menstrual cycles
- Avoids girls being taken advantage of by local fisherman if Lake Victoria is the school’s source for water
- Supports the parents who truly sacrifice for their student’s education. Parents are responsible for providing 60% of the school’s operating budget – teachers, buildings, electricity, etc.
- Your investment will encourage environmentally conscious student communities!
To protect the environment, Growing Community Roots asks schools to plant and maintain a tree farm on their school land as part of receiving an investment from us. This will help address the critical deforestation problem that exists in the Homa Bay area of Kenya.
To help clean up Kenya, Growing Community Roots provides an incentive for schools to keep their grounds litter free. Once the students, faculty, staff and parents see school grounds litter free, they will keep the beautiful land of Kenya free from litter too.
To help enhance overall school performance, Growing Community Roots encourages school administrations to share best practices with other Growing Community Roots schools.
The garden will greatly aid the new national education system called Competency Based Curriculum (CBC).
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