Introduction

As there is no simple universal solution to achieve the objective of raising a child, our education & skills domain with the different interventions works to address specific needs. These interventions are:
• School feeding
• Facilitate direct individual school support: uniforms, desks, school fees, & scholastic material
• Facilitate age-appropriate school access
• Facilitate inclusive education for children with disabilities
• Improve school facilities
• Provide deworming
• Promote leisure, sports & games in schools
• Sanitary pads project

The interventions are designed to enhance access and retention and ensure that the children complete their primary school education in our operational areas. Macheo focuses on the most disadvantaged children whose parents are not able to send them to school. Daily, Macheo supports over 20,000 children in 28 schools.

How does the program work?

In Kenya, public primary schooling is free of charge; however, there are some additional costs for parents or guardians to pay, such as examination fees or school uniform. A substantial percentage of Kenyan families are living in such a deplorable situation, that the financial burdens of school, combined with the challenging situation at home are the primary reasons why children are absent from school, or at risk of dropping out of school.

In addition to these general activities, the domain strives to help individual children. Fieldworkers and counselors work on personal cases to track why children are absent. Parent and teacher seminars are also part of the program.

Macheo also collaborates with all the stakeholders such as the government, teachers, parents and other NGO’s in order to share responsibilities and to create a child-friendly environment both at school and at home, which ensures a high-quality education for the children.

Facts

  • The Macheo Primary School Program was founded in 2006 and started with fifty children and one school and has since grown and evolved to education & skills supporting over 20,000 children.
  • Macheo supported twenty schools and had up to 13,199 beneficiaries in 2014.
  • Macheo held seven parent seminars in 2014.
  • 133 drop-outs were brought back to school in 2014.
  • 42 Absentee school children were returned to the classroom in 2014.
  • Girls were no longer absent from school during their menstruation because of the sanitary pads provided by the PSP.