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Give Textbooks to a Slum this Christmas

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Our goal is to provide one book for every three students...

The Mathare Community Education and Development Organization (MCEDO) is an informal school in the heart of Mathare, the second largest slum in Nairobi, Kenya. Since there are not enough public schools to accommodate all the kids living in the slum, most students go to informal schools that receive no official financial support. This means that students lack textbooks, adequate classrooms, and qualified teachers.

I began working at MCEDO as a seventh grade science teacher this October. I was struck by the school's poor infrastructure and unsanitary environment, yet impressed by the teachers' commitment to providing the students a quality education. The teachers believe that education is the key to changing Mathare. They explained that ten years ago most people living in the slum were illiterate. Now, most children have a primary school education and the number of students attending secondary school is growing.

MCEDO was founded in 2000 as a feeding program, which later grew into a school of 580 students. It now offers students an after school talent development program, holds regular public health classes about sexual health and nutrition, and offers counseling sessions. However, it is severely under-resourced. Currently, the school only has one textbook per subject that the teacher must share with approximately 25 high school students.

By collecting donations, we are hoping to raise enough money to provide one textbook to be shared between three high school students. To reach this goal we need to raise $2,467. If you would like to contribute, please click the "Donate Now" button below. We will be accepting donations up until January 6th. Thank you for your help, and we hope that you have a very merry Christmas.

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