LDK’s mission is to provide a quality education to the children who are most in need, equipping them not only with practical knowledge and skills, but also with the optimism, open mindedness, and drive to lift their communities out of extreme poverty.
Since its inception, LDK has provided education to more than 11,000 children. Currently LDK provides education to more than 500 students, aged between 5 and 20, from the poorest neighborhoods of Nakuru, Kenya’s fourth largest city. Without LDK, these children may not attend school at all, as the government schools - while technically free - have burdensome financial requirements such as required uniforms and desks. Upon completing their schooling, these students are equipped for successful careers that will enable them to support their families, fostering another generation of education and contributing to breaking the cycle of poverty in Kenya.
Provision of quality education: Our students are reading and writing English and Swahili by age 10, mastering math skills, and learning about Kenya’s history and place in the world. From diverse backgrounds, they share their cultural experiences with each other, learning the traditional songs and dances of their classmates and building a foundation for future peaceful relationships.
THE VIRGINIA CHILDREN’S HOME
The Virginia children’s home has been providing shelter to orphans who have no where to go since 2003. Currently it is accommodating seventy eight (78) children, both orphans and other vulnerable children. It provides shelter, three meals a day and medical care. These children are receiving the support and care they desperately need, while attaining an education that will allow them to grow into successful, independent adults.
LDK is dedicated to the families of the children in the school, and we offer monthly seminars to parents on business, computers, and health. Our successful microfinance program impacted more than 4,500 families in a single year, and many of those individuals now have the means to generate sustainable income. LDK also provides monthly HIV/AIDS education to the local community. As an active participant in other community activities, LDK has developed the necessary trust among the people of Nakuru to implement these educational programs. Many families are unwilling to acknowledge that a loved one they lost died of AIDS, very negatively impacting on local cultural perspectives. The continuous activities and education carried out by LDK staff - with their understanding of the local culture - has helped break down the debilitating stigma associated with HIV/AIDS.
Fundraising for our March campaign with GlobalGiving UK; proposal writing; any other within our current programs
Kenyan meals are provided. Accommodation is negotiated with a low cost but secure hotel. Home arrangement is also possible should this be fine with the volunteers. Contact us for more details on this.
$100 a day to cater for food, accommodation, transfers etc.
We participated in GlobalGiving Uk campaign in November/December and were not able to reach our target - to raise 2,500 sterling pounds from 50 and above donors. The next fundraising starts in March and we have been given a chance to participate. The advantage of reaching the minimum goal is to enable LDK become a permanent partner with GlobalGiving UK and enjoy additional benefits including increased funding for its projects. We are seeking volunteers to assist in writing a compelling project; fundraise for the project to get the 50 plus donors in the March campaign and enable LDK become a permanent partner with GlobalGiving UK.