managed by D. Monene (Communication)
Welcome to Ingrid Education centre.
The Ingrid School which educates 150 underprivileged children and orphans in Nairobi, Kenya. The Ingrid School is an oasis in the middle of the Matopeni slum area, where poverty, hunger, illness and deprivation ravage. The school was founded by a local group of volunteer teachers who saw the need to bring the local children education to improve their futures in a very harsh environment.
With your smallest donation to any of our needs you will be helping in a big way to realize our vision, and thus helping further the lives and future for these children.
To build a society where needy and vulnerable children are given the necessary love and care essential for growth. We aim to promote the social integration of orphaned and needy children in Kayole/Matopeni who are in urgent need of love and care.
Our Mission is to have a centralized body that can serve the poor and vulnerable children, invest time and effort in educational development and feeding program as well as provide innovative training programs.
Our Core Value
Making our mission in life to put caring into action, Co-operating with those we work with by being motivated, transparent and reliable.
Provide basic education to the children aged between 3 years and above through sponsorship partnership with well wishers.
Promote the children rights access to education at all levels.
Establish the moral sense of the children through counseling.
Support a feeding program within the school.
Identify creative parents and promote their finished products to promote and enable them care for their children.
ABOUT THE VILLAGE
Kayole/Matopeni Quarry is located 15 km East lands of Nairobi, the capital of Kenya. The overall economic situation is desperately poor. Poverty is at its peak illiteracy, lack of food and medical facilities and care are rare commodities resulting to suffering of orphans and underprivileged children. Mortality rate from common disease such as cholera malaria, pneumonia and HIV/AIDS is very high, four out of ten children in this village is directly affected by HIV/AIDS resulting to a handful of orphans who do not have anybody to turn to be flocking in the streets of Kayole and Komarock Estate in search of food to eat. When children lack a firm foundation to accessing education they easily involve themselves in petty crime and hence become law offenders posing security threat in the society.
Poverty, unemployment, food insecurity, and lack of infrastructure are a constant impediment to the lives of Matopeni's residents. Most people here earn an average monthly income of less than 2,000 Kshs. (USD$27), of which about 300 - 700 Kshs. must be used to pay rent. Most residents hold informal temporary jobs (i.e. painting, construction work, vegetable sales, quarry mining and house help jobs) that do not provide a reliable source of income. Water is provided by private operators in the slum at above-market prices. With regard to sanitation, the slum has some public toilets, but because of poor maintenance, they are a public health risk. Houses in Matopeni are constructed mostly of temporary materials and have tin roofs that fail to protect people from rain, exacerbating the sanitation problem.
In addition to high rates of alcoholism and violence, the health of Matopeni’s inhabitants is compromised by extremely high rates of HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis. In recent months, ongoing drought in Kenya has continued to exacerbate Matopeni food crisis, which has further affected the health of residents, particularly children who remain extremely vulnerable to food insecurities.
The rate of single parenthood, mostly mothers, in Matopeni is very high. For these mothers, the need to seek employment means that children are left unattended. Many children raised in this environment, unable to attend school and left alone at home, seek solace and companionship on the streets where they are vulnerable to abuse.