At the 2015 Light the Future Gala, The Maisha Project launched the campaign to fund the girls and boys dormitories. Now, six months later, the walls to the girl’s dormitory are complete.
The Maisha Project desires to provide a safe haven for children attending the Maisha Academy who are identified as at-risk. Walking in the village can be hazardous, especially early in the morning or late in the afternoon. In addition to the human dangers, students must also face the environmental dangers like rain or sand traps.
Caregivers may be grandparents, extended relations or widows in the community. Frequently, a child is identified as “vulnerable” or “partial orphan,” meaning one or both parents are living but are unable to feed the child or send them to school despite working full time. Sponsors step in to invest in the child’s education and provide a solution to this financial problem.
Keeping children in these homes is ideal, but sometimes factors make this an unsuitable option. Some of the Children at Maisha Academy live in stable homes. However, some of the children live in unsafe or compromised situations. The homes that are supposed to shelter them become the threat. A child’s home environment has significant effect on learning and school performance.
The dorms will not only give at-risk children a safe home, but will also directly increase their ability to focus and learn. Children in the dormitories will receive three meals a day, ensuring proper nutrition.
A groundbreaking ceremony for the girl’s dormitory was held on Friday, July 31, 2015. Maisha hopes to complete the girl’s dormitory as soon as possible and begin construction on the boy’s dormitory.
The Maisha Project is thankful for everyone who has donated to the construction of the dorms thus far.
We need your help to make this vision become a reality. Donate to help complete the dormitories and make a difference in the life of an at-risk child. To make a donation, visit https://app.etapestry.com/onlineforms/TheMaishaProject_1/dorms.html.
Stay tuned for an upcoming video of the dormitory progress!