Solar Power: Electricity remains a major issue in the area. While basic lighting can be gotten through cheaply available panels, we need something stronger to power the office, internet, and refrigerators during outages. Alternatives include stronger solar panels and batteries, or an inverter system that stores electricity when the power is on, and returns it to the system when it subsides. This project is expected to cost in the range of $10,000 to $15,000, depending on comprehensiveness of the setup.
Counsellor/1:1 offices: Our half-built structure is designed to serve as a space for our counsellor, special education teacher, and other staff to work one on one with children in a more private environment, as that isn’t currently possible in the houses or the office. It may also be used as backup space for visitors. It will cost about $15,000 to complete.
Fourth kids’ house: As the children get older, and in order to allow us to take younger children if needed, we expect to need just one more house, leaving us with 2 boys and 2 girls structures. This will cost about $40,000, around $50,000 including furnishings. We have had to turn children away in the past year due to lack of housing.
Priorities for 2020
Daycare/preschool compound: We aim to stop renting the current preschool compound within a few years, as it costs about $7,000 annually and does not belong to us. A replacement will need at least 8 rooms, 6 for classroom ands 2 for sleeping (as required by social welfare), as well as a central playground area. Most of the furniture and equipment already exist, so the biggest priority is the building itself, which we estimate to cost about $50,000. With this much space, will be able to double our capacity and provide high quality preschool for about 100 kids each term.
Secondary school partnership: As the oldest children prepare to enter secondary school, we aim to develop a comprehensive partnership with a nearby school, helping to improve its programs and offerings not just for our own children, but for all attending. In order to transform Nkoaranga Secondary into a high performing school, we would need about $75,000 in construction and equipment costs, plus perhaps $10,000 per year in ongoing expenses, as well as an annual salary for an Education Manager, around $15,000 annually including visa and travel expenses. This would allow the over 100 students at Nkoaranga Secondary to achieve the highest standards in education, in addition to our own children, preparing them to become leaders of Tanzania. We will work with Rift Valley Children’s Village and the School of St. Jude to learn from their outstanding secondary programs.
Hygiene outreach initiative: There is a major problem among our outreach families with insufficient latrine and hygiene options. With approximately $10,000, we could fund several years of training and build safe latrines for about 50 families with over 150 children.
Coalition funding: While we received a small amount of startup funding for this project, by 2020 we would aim to hold an opening conference, coming together with a variety of other orgnaizations to create the initial superstructure and module list for the project. This will require about $15,000, including travel expenses for partner organizations, cost of the conference itself, and living expenses for a fellow position to work exclusively on the coalition.
Priorities for 2021 Onward
Volunteer house: It would be safer and more enjoyable for our volunteers to be housed on site versus in the community. With about $50,000 we could build and furnish a space for up to 10 volunteers at a time.
Primary school: Through partners at Silverleaf Academy, we have the option of turning our current buildings into a primary school, which they would run at their own expense. We would then need to rebuild our family-style houses in a different location on the site, ideally in a more cozy configuration than is mandated by the slope where the houses are currently built. We expect this to cost about $40,000 per new house, with additional expenses related to the landscaping, utilities, and modifications to the current buildings bringing the entire total to around $225,000. Without a fourth house, the current buildings have a total of 3 large and 12 small rooms. If we combined 8 of the small rooms into 4 big ones, we would have enough space for a large classroom for each grade 1-7, plus 4 extra rooms for art and music spaces, administrative offices, etc, in addition the library which is already on site. We would be able to provide the highest quality education for between 100 to 200 children annually at the school.
Coalition funding: We expect the organization to eventually require ongoing funding at a level of around $50,000-$100,000 per year. This will include materials, travel expenses, and salaries for trainers and specialists, depending on the number of teams and their locations. We would also love to eventually be able to offer funding packages for organizations starting up new modules at their own sites, if it were possible to apply for significantly larger (7 figure) grants from foundations focused on scaling solutions.