The Community Cooker Project
As part of Glad’s House’ mission to relieve poverty and suffering by any charitable means in Kenya we have an amazing opportunity to build a Community Cooker in Magongo Mwisho for the benefit of the local community operated and manned by reintegrated ‘street children’ from Glad’s House. Invented by Nairobi architect Jim Archer, the cooker combines simplicity with the capacity to confront several environmental challenges simultaneously – a cooker that uses the trash as fuel to feed the poor, provide hot water and destroy toxic waste, as well as curbing the destruction of woodlands. These very simple cost effective units are built and operated by local communities for their own benefit, and to their own advantage. Based on the principles that nobody will do anything worthwhile for nothing, and that money is so often badly managed. The Community Cooker operates on a zero cash system. To further enhance this project we intend to build toilet and shower facilities on the site.We are also going to build a play area for younger children, including a ‘Play Pump’ to ensure that water is ‘lifted’ from a borehole into a water tower. The site will also harvest rainwater.
To read the full project brief please down load the community cooker pdf (4Mb).
|The centre for our work – a home for 60 70 ‘street children’ whilst we help them reintegrate back into the community.More info||
||£150,000So far we have raised £23,000 Donate via Virgin Money Giving|
|Sports Hall/Youth Club||Target|
|Our partners MOYO use sport to engage with the young people, we need a sports hall and equipment. More info||
||£12,000 So far we have raised £1,800|
|Glad’s House Caddies||Target|
|We have the opportunity to provide the caddies for the new Vipingo Ridge Golf Course. Young volunteers need to be trained, suitably clothed and housed. More info||
Now fully funded by the Tour Players Foundation
|Glad’s House Bikes||Target|
|We are going to be the Kenyan representative of the UK charity Re distributing bikes and teaching skills to repair and maintain them. More info||
||We need around £5,000 per quarter to keep this project running with bicycles shipped from the UK.
|Many street children have expressed their desire to go back to school – this is one of the limited options to help them escape poverty.More info||
||£100,000 So far we have raised £8,200|
|Fund an Apprentice||Target|
|Equipping young people with a trade, valuable skills and a start-up loan for a brighter, self-reliant future.More info||
||£50,000 So far we have raised £9,000|
Glad’s House Caddies
Glad’s House Bikes
Re~Cycle is a UK charity committed to providing cheap, sustainable transport in Africa. They believe that bicycles offer poverty trapped people the best means to improve their lives, giving them opportunities to travel to work and school. They can also be adapted to carry goods and passengers giving small scale traders and farmers the opportunity to reach customers further afield. They are also an invaluable resource for traveling health workers coping with the AIDS epidemic. Re~Cycle collect unwanted bikes from individuals and organisations such as the Royal Mail are reconditioned, then loaded into containers and sent to several locations in Africa. Once there, they are distributed by their African partners. We have been accepted as Re~Cycle’s agent for Kenya. We are forming a ‘not-for-profit’ company Glad’s House Bikes to run the operation. The costs involved are for shipping (a 40 foot sea container containing around 350 bicycles, spares and necessary tools). We have decided to purchase our own container, as this will then act as a secure store for everything when it arrives. We will also need rent premises to work from. Once started it will then become self-funding, with any excess profits going to help run Glad’s House. We believe that this operation will support around 6 young workers plus 2 adult supervisors (with previous experience of the bicycle business). Added benefits will be the availability of bicycles to help develop local businesses (hopefully for some of our street children). We will be arranging micro finance to enable people to purchase their bikes abd use them rather than trying to save up for the purchase. We believe we can fund this start-up for £7,000. Please contact us to discuss how you might help these young people get into this exciting and worthwhile project.
Our Taaluma Program, literally translated as “study”, seeks to provide education opportunities to the street children who would otherwise not be able to go to school. Glad’s House firmly believes that the best way to effect changes in the lives of these street children is through education. We aim to give full financial support to those children who can return to full time education, after they have been reintegrated into the community. Many street children have expressed their desire to go back to school and we are posed with the challenge of shouldering their expenses for tuition fees, transportation and food allowances, school supplies, uniforms, projects, and other needs. There are many ways you can help send a child back to school. You may choose to Sponsor a child (donate the amount for a full scholarship). You may make a one-time donation to buy school supplies and uniforms. Any amount would be of help to these unfortunate street children. You may also donate school supplies and uniforms in kind. You may donate books for the mini-library of Glad’s House. Another way to help is to volunteer to be a tutor to help the children with their studies. If you have contacts with bookstores, or manufacturers of school supplies, uniforms, school bags/ shoes, or other schools needs, you can help us by soliciting and coordinating donations of their products. You may help us get donations from corporate sponsors.
In whatever way you help, you can make a difference in the lives of the street children.
Example of fees.
Our youth apprenticeship programme offers life-changing opportunities to young people (aged 15-25) who are particularly disadvantaged because they are poor, uneducated or orphaned. We equip them with a trade and valuable skills for a brighter, self-reliant future.
How you can help
Help raise funds for 100 young people to get trained and equipped. £335 = all training costs, including equipment/tools and examination fee (nationally accredited qualification) £150 = a start-up loan for a newly-qualified apprentice
The impact you’ll make:
You’ll enable qualified apprentices to buy the tools and materials they need to start a business You’ll give them a chance to break out of the poverty cycle You’ll encourage them to take responsibility for their own lives They become trade masters to youth apprentices, investing their skills in others You will be investing in Kenya’s future Because the loan will be repaid and lent out again, your gift will keep on giving! Please contact us to discuss how you might help these children get into the vocational training they desperately need to escape the abject poverty they are surrounded by.
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Registered as a charity in the UK in June 2006 (1115744).
Registered as an NGO in Kenya in June 2010 (OP.218/051/2010/0119/6304.