Mama Ibado Charity raises Ksh.4.4M to keep students learning in school

Mama Ibado Charity raises Ksh.4.4M to keep students learning in school

More than 600 students are set to benefit from a Ksh.4.4 million school funding kitty raised by a local Non-Governmental Organization, Mama Ibado Charity (MIC).

This fundraising campaign follows the recent MIC BIKEATHON during which MIC Founder, Mr. Ahmed Jibril embarked on a 900KM bike ride in June 2020. He exceeded his target of raising Ksh.3 million (USD 30,000) towards a lunch program at Kakamega Township Primary School.

“We surpassed our target for the month-long exercise to raise Ksh.4.4 million (USD 43,933). This is overwhelming support from our friends and the Kenyan community shows how much we value education for our children, especially the vulnerable,” said Jibril.

He added, “The funds will go a long way in ensuring pupils get a proper lunch over the next one year and boost their concentration in class as they recover from time lost during COVID-19 outbreak which disrupted the economy and learning schedules across the country.”

Mr. Ahmed Jibril serving students food at Kakamega Township Primary School. PHOTO| COURTESY

Kenyan schools re-opened on January 4, nine months after the outbreak of COVID-19 in March 2020.

To help students follow safety protocols when they return to school, MIC plans to increase water points equipped with soap for hand washing, provide temperature screening devices at the school entrance and donate reusable masks to the students.

MIC has been providing lunch every day for students at the school for the last two years. Meanwhile, the enrolment rate has risen from 485 students in January 2019 to 635 by end of 2019 academic year.

“The School Feeding programme has led to reduced absenteeism and increased attendance, especially for female children. The teachers have also noted improved cognitive functions amongst the students,” said MIC Program Development Director, Nura Ali.

Since the introduction of the feeding program, the school has recorded improved performance as indicated by KCPE results.

Overall, the KCPE mean score in 2019 rose to 271 compared to 265 in 2018. Based on the 2019 KCPE results, 2 girls (now in Lugulu Girls school) and 1 (now in Kamusinga Boys school) boy were admitted to national schools.