Please note that this project was submitted to the Rotary Foundation in March of 2016. I inquired as to current status in May and was told that I should have a reply shortly. Now the project is not showing on the Foundation website. I have no idea what happened but will get to the bottom of it. The website for the Foundation kept timing out while I was working on the grant so perhaps the edit deleted rather than updated the grant. I will resubmit ASAP as all parties are still interested in participating. I have continued the grant over for the 2016-17 Rotary year on the Global Grants website.(Rotarian LInda Royall).
The Mercy Center school for girls in Nakuru County, Lare, Kenya has been in existence for four years and during this short time they have achieved a rating of number being number 80 in over 2,000 private schools in Kenya. Considering the tremendous challenges the school faces, this is a great tribute to the intellectual quality of both the girls and those teaching them. We believe educating girls will make a great difference not only in Kenya but also in the world. Following are their needs:
1. Kitchen Cooking is now done over an open fire outdoors or in a hut when it is raining. The Ministry of Education in Kenya has given the school an extension on time to improve the required upgrade of the kitchen due to this Rotary grant being in process.The group in Kenya is now in the process of completing the building to house the kitchen and dining area Our proposal is to provide kitchen equipment; cooking/refrigeration, general equipment and utensils.
2. Dining Hall The girls currently eat outdoors sitting on the ground. When the weather is bad they have to eat in classrooms or hallways. Again, the Ministry will not close the school since the Rotary grant is in process. An adequate dining facility is being built and waiting for furnishing, food service and dining utensils to be funded by the grant per this proposal.
3. Housing The dormitories are very overcrowded with wall-to-wall beds. There are not enough toilets, sinks and showers for the number of girls living at the school. The Education Ministry has also cited the school for this issue.
Presently the school has approximately 320 students with a need to educate 350-400 girls in the 2015-16 school year. The Mercy Center Foundation is committed to facilitating the building and improvement of the structures required but cannot afford to furnish and outfit the kitchen, dining and dormitory facilites. The Education Ministry will allow the school to remain open as long as grants and plans are in process to make the needed improvements to the school.
We have made to contact with the The Great Rift Valley Rotary Club in Nakuru, Kenya, and they are willing and to help facilitate this project, as it is nearby in their county.
The Abilene Wednesday Club and the Southwest Club of Abilene are partnering on this grant, and each club has members who are hoping to go to Kenya for the facilitation for the project, including the writer of this grant.
The Reno Central Rotary Group has agreed to partner on this grant for $5,000 and their District (5190) has agreed to match their contribution with DDF of $5,000. Their International Service Committee Chairman would like to travel to Kenya to help with the delivery of the grant, and Reno Central Rotary member David Cumby, who located the grant on the matching grants website, has also indicated he would like to go. SO it appears we have a very viable participation from three districts and four clubs. Former District Governor Larry Petrash and several others in the District have also indicated a willingness to be involved on the ground.
Below are the prices of the fixtures needed:
2 wood cooking stoves $ 5,000
1 King brand baking oven $ 2,000
1 Dough Mixture $ 1,200
1 Freezer - Commercial $ 1,500
4 Hot Pots $ 1,000
1 Refrigerator $1000
Subtotal $11,700 USD
70 Tables $ 5,250
450 Chairs $ 9,000
Subtotal $ 14,250 USD
90 Triple Decker Bunk Beds $14,400
Transport of materials to school $ 1,000
Rotary signage at school $ 300
GRANT TOTAL: $41,650.00 USD
FULL PROPOSAL WITH ALL MERCY CENTER AND PROJECT DETAILS ATTACHED UNDER DOCUMENTS