Hope through Education

2012 saw a new dream realised - to start helping women in the local community, through Micro Finance

Through your support, St Peters Life-Line give grants
to the community in a number of different ways

Ongoing running costs of the school (e.g. staff salaries, school fees, resources and food costs).
Out of the 340 children that attend the school 174 are too poor to pay fees. The remaining children come from families who can afford the fees, or pay a little towards the fees, but presently this is not enough to cover the running costs of the school.  Our Transforming Lives programme allows our donors to give towards a group of orphaned and vulnerable children who attend St Peter's and are educated, accommodated and fed through this programme.

Capital works projects.
We are in constant dialogue with the school about the most pressing priorities and although the list is long, we give funds when they are available that which is most needed. 

Training grants to Educate and Empower.

  • Staff development and ongoing training is essential, in discussion with Fr Frankline small grants for particular training courses can be awarded.
  • The Scholarship Programme – support is given to particular students identified by the school to help with further education. For more details on this please see the Scholarship Programme page.
  • The ARP programme. We are currently funding the life changing 'Alternative Rites of Passage' programme that provides a very different future for hundreds of girls every year. For more details on this, please click on the 'FGM' section. 

Gifts of Life & Hope.
The community is always in need of smaller items and we love to be able to give our supporters the chance to choose gifts to give the community. This is possible because we are a small grass roots charity and funding goes straight to the community. For more details on these gifts, please click on the Gifts of Life & Hope section.

Micro Finance Programme
In 2012 we were able to create and establish a micro finance scheme by modelling the work of the Grameen Bank.  We now have a local field officer who manages both the ARP programme and the Micro Finance programme.  There are currently 64 women who have received small loans from us to set up a business.  Many more women are using the programme to begin saving for the first time ever.

Capitals works projects

Our first capital expenditure project was to raise funds (£,2500) to build a classroom. As a newly established school, each year it grows by a class full of pupils. When we started raising funds for the school, the nursery pupils were squashed into a baking hot, small room made out of metal, without any windows and with another year joining the school that January it was a pressing need to be able to house the pupils in a classroom.

When the founders visited the school in February 2010, we were able to witness the classroom going up with funds raised by our supporters.

On our first visit we quickly saw that the school was struggling to transport those pupils who lived further than 5kms away from the school. The pupils that live this distance away are often the very poorest in the community and would have to leave very early in the morning, on an empty stomach and make the journey – on their own. The school were hiring the only car in the village to transport these pupils often at exorbitant rates. We could see that the school had to put aside much needed money every week to get the pupils to and from school safely.

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On our first visit we quickly saw that the school was struggling to transport those pupils who lived further than 5kms away from the school. The pupils that live this distance away are often the very poorest in the community and would have to leave very early in the morning, on an empty stomach and make the journey – on their own. The school were hiring the only car in the village to transport these pupils often at exorbitant rates. We could see that the school had to put aside much needed money every week to get the pupils to and from school safely.

We had decided that raising the funds for a mini bus would make a huge difference to the school on a number of different levels. Pupils would be transported safely and consistently on a daily basis, the school would be able to use the taxi money for food, and the many other running costs. The school would also be to bring in income from the bus, by hiring it out (along with a driver) to local secondary schools and therefore pay its own way.

A 14 seater bus costs aprox £15,000. We started to raise funds for this and suddenly the need became even more immediate when we heard that the car that had been hired to transport the children had been involved in an accident, one of the teachers had been travelling in it at the time, and although not bady hurt, she was very badly shaken and the car was written off.

In 2010 the bus became a reality, along with a full time driver, the bus leaves the school compound at 5.30am to begin its rounds, works flat out for 3 hours, and again at the end of the school day.

2011 has been a very difficult year for the community with the drought and the majority of funds have had to go towards the huge and very effective feeding programme that the school runs. Food prices have quadrupled in 2011. In November 2011 we have been able to fund another classroom needed for use in January 2012 as the school increases by another form. In December 2011 we gave a grant for renovation of existing classroom floors (screeing the floors). These had badly broken up, down to the dirt, meaning that termites are able to burrow up and into the children's shoes, obviously affecting the children's health.

2012 saw funds given to build 2 more classrooms (including chairs and desks), roofing at the sister school in Kathwana and two classroom shells up to lintel level.

Priorities for 2013

We are hoping that 2013 will bring an abundant harvest, so that our priorities are concentrated on the following projects:

  • Raise and provide funds for a much needed permenent sanitation block
  • Support more orphans and very poor / vulnerable by paying their fees
  • Increase the Micro Finance programme so that many more women can benefit by receiving a small loan to start a business
  • building new dormitories for those who live at the school. The public health department are unhappy with the cramped conditions that the children sleep in, many of the children sleep 4 to a bunk. The school cannot take on any new children who need accommodation as the current dorms are more than full to capacity
  • Continue to fund the ARP (fight against FGM) programme