Jambo Shule is a small charitable association working to ensure schooling for children in Kenya. In Kenya there are, officially speaking, free schooling in primary school, but when the child's family has to finance a school uniform and books, it unfortunately keeps, the poorest children from going to school. Another problem is that many students have a long way to school. The distance between school and home is so big that the parents or the guardian in advance give up sending their children to school.
We get our funds from our members, our members, sponsors and through other fundraisings. We are very focused on the small gap from donation to child. We do not pay any rent and everyone in both Denmark and in Kenya volunteer. It means that we can minimize administrative costs and thus spend more money on bring direct benefit to children.
It is our belief that families can only get out of poverty if the younger generation will be able to go to school and get an education. Knowledge and learning is a strength in Denmark as well as in Kenya.
For Jambo Shule it is not only important that aid reaches out to as many as possible, but that we can be certain, the financial support will also be used to directly ensure children's schooling. Therefore, we have chosen to focus on two areas. Where our knowledge and trust are wide-ranging and where we also have good connnections in local area.
Help for self-help
In January 2015 Jambo Shule made a teamwork with Kawangware Urumwe Youth Group. They are a local organisation in the Kawangware-slum in Nairobi. We are trying to find funds to help small poor schools and groups of vulnerable children. The funds will be used for basic activation materials, teaching materials and school furnitures after the principle "help for self-help". This we do through fundraising but also by using local knowledge capacity which will make it possible for the schools to fend for themselves and be able to do their own projects in the future. All project have to involve the local volunteers so that they in time can do their own fundraising and run the school themselves.
Help with schooling
Our other project is to help orphaned and vulnerable children with schooling. Jambo Shule have six children in boarding school and we also help a 17 year old single mother to get an education as a tailor in the Kisii-district and we also help a 15 year old boy with schooling in the Kawangware-slum in Nairobi. We do not work with one specific school but find one that fits the individual child's educational and social needs. The children in Kisii are chosen by our local committee which consists of five members. One from the ministry og education, one associated professor from the Kisii-university, two school teachers and one engineer.
It is our goal to provide help that is transparent all the way from the contributors and members to the recipients in Kenya. In this way we ensure that the contributors know how their money is spent. This transparency is the main principle of Jambo Shule's implementation strategies.
Transparency is a key word for us. It is crucial that the collected funds goes directly to helping disadvantaged children and young people. Without any detours. The expences of each activity should be carefully considered so it is possible for everyone to follow donor funds right down to Kenyan children and adolescents. Therefore we do the implementation ourselves. In other words, we travel to Nairobi and ensure that the money ends up in the right places. We do this to avoid nepotism and corruption, and also to ensure that we can always be held accountable for how the members and the contributors money are used. In the longer run we are working on building the capacity of our local contacts, so they can be in charge of their own purchases, etc.
Jambo Shule is trying to trade ‘Fair Trade’. We also try to think about the financial impact for the local population when purchasing materials as well as the environmental and climatic aspects.