Project information

The Mango Tree Skills 4 Life Project

The project aims to create educational opportunity and increase the life chances for 4000 orphans, vulnerable children and their families in Homa Bay County, Kenya. It has objectives to provide access to education, improve school infrastructure, raise academic standards and family income levels.

March 2018 - March 2019

Charity information: The Mango Tree Orphan Support Programme

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  • Need

    Need

    The communities of Homa Bay County in western Kenya have been badly affected HIV/AIDS. The area has very high numbers of orphans. HIV infection rates are stabilising in East Africa, however in the remote areas where The Mango Tree works communities are still showing higher than national average HIV infection rates and higher poverty levels. We target this region of Kenya because these disadvantaged economies are taking longer to recover from the often devastating effects of HIV.

    Solution

    Our project works by providing educational bursaries for these orphans and young people to access good quality education, training and work experience which helps them gain employment or set up businesses. As adults, former orphans are living independent lives. We support guardian families to establish small farming projects - bee-keeping, poultry, fish farming and fruit farms - that will generate income and improve nutrition. Health workers monitor our orphans well-being and offer guidance

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    provide access to education, training, improve school infrastructure and raise academic performance

    Activities

    » Provide educational bursaries for 1,500 orphans at primary and secondary school
    » Deliver extra tuition in schools and during the holidays, including creative and sports activities (football, basketball, athletics, music & drama)
    » work with students, teachers and parents in local primary and secondary schools to build new toilet blocks and rain water harvesting systems

    We will measure changes in attendance in those schools that receive new toilets and water tanks, and we will take before and after photographs and child testimonials.


    Aim 2

    Raise household income levels by providing access to sustainable livelihoods for guardian families

    Activities

    » Deliver training on crop diversity, livestock rearing and fishponds and other agricultural inputs to support small scale farming businesses set up
    » Establish model farms to research and test new crops and increase opportunities for local people to share knowledge and set up support groups

    Progress of the land-based livelihoods will be monitored through group meetings, site visits, peer-to-peer workshops and harvest events. We will document raises in income levels


  • Impact

    Impact

    Building resilient communities is a long-term strategy. Twelve years ago The Mango Tree was responding to a humanitarian crisis in communities affected by HIV. At that time we concentrated on the basics - getting orphans shelter and care. Our focus is now on strengthening these young peoples' lives by supporting their entire education, and through projects, which provide their families with sustainable livelihoods that will rebuild the social fabric and rural economy of these communities.

    Risk

    Competitive funding economy, donor fatigue, the time and cost of attracting new donors. We are entirely reliant on donations to fund are work. We maintain a 6:1 ROI. We invest all our UK resources on fundraising, awareness raising activities and continually reassess our areas of focus to be able to introduce our work to the most appropriate funding streams.

    Reporting

    We conduct monitoring and evaluation projects visits once every year. Our partners report to us quarterly and collect data on all aspects of the programme. We produce reports for our donors, and we communicate to our supporters through our annual report and regular newsletters.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £152,647

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      Amount Heading Description
      £125,783 Projects costs School fees, Foster care, School toilets&Water tanks, IT & sports equipment, boarding school kits
      £2,525 Training Costs Community Vols workshops, Parenting support & child rights seminars, Agricultural training sessions
      £18,339 Project staff costs Education & Health Prog. coordinators, Nurse, 2 Social Workers, HIV counsellor
      £6,000 M&E Monitoring visits from UK development staff

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Bryan Murtagh £12,500 Guaranteed
    The Barlings £45,000 Guaranteed
    Souter CT £5,000 Guaranteed
    Humane Society £5,000 Guaranteed
    Allan & Nesta Ferguson £25,000 Conditional
  • Background

    Location

    The communities and economies of Homa Bay County in western Kenya have been badly affected by the spread of HIV leading to higher numbers of orphaned children than in other areas (there was estimated to be 47,700 orphans in 2005). We target this region of East Africa because their local economies are taking longer to recover. Where we work is remote and rural, income levels are very low with high unemployment. Lake fishing has dramatically declined leaving thousands of fisherman unemployed.

    Beneficiaries

    Rural poor people, vulnerable children and orphans, young people from 0-26 years of age, people living with HIV/AIDS. Women and girls. Former fishing communities around Lake Victoria.
    HIV prevalence in Kenyan women aged 15 to 24 is about five per cent compared with just one percent for young men. Every year in Kenya, 13,000 girls drop out of school due to teenage pregnancy. In our project area, Homa Bay County, the overall educational dropout rate amongst OVCs is 15% for males and 20% for girls

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have been working in these areas and in these communities since 2005. We are trusted by the local community and have a strong local team. We build girls toilets and help schools and communities to develop their own safe water projects. We provide excellent family-centre rural foster care for those children most at risk, and support community-based organisations with a range of livestock, agricultural and aquaculture projects that are rebuilding and revitalising their local economy

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    People

    Consolata Achieng Norbert

    The Programme Director has grown up in the area, and now leads a team of 21 local staff, 278 village volunteers, 113 community service volunteers.