This year the founders of VME, Claire M & Lalahe and volunteer, Claire G-E took to pounding the streets to raise money to build a much needed second class for Idimayii.
Firstly, Claire M & Lalahe ran the Vitality North London Half Marathon on March 15th 2015. The race was started by Olympic Champion Mo Farah and the couple also got to run through Wembley Stadium giving Lalahe the chance to see where the world’s greatest football teams have played. The route was tougher in some parts when having to run uphill but they both completed the race in magnificent times. Claire M finished her race in 2:10 and Lalahe completed in an incredible 1:45.
This race was originally part of the training programme for the two Claire's who were fortunate to have got places in the Virgin Money London Marathon. Due to injury, Claire G-E was unable to take part in the Half Marathon having to rest ready for the big one!
The Virgin Money London Marathon was held on Sunday 26th April 2015. The atmosphere on the day was electric and very emotional. All around the 26.2 mile route, people lined the streets, cheering the pair on and calling their names from their running shirts ‘Claire 1 & Claire 2’.
Live music was playing throughout and people were handing out jelly beans and bananas to help the runners keep going. Family and friends of the two Claire's met in London on the day and together placed themselves at various landmarks around the route where the Claire's would see them. Their words of encouragement were key in getting the pair to the finish line.
They ran together for the first 12 miles and found this relatively easy. After this and due to Claire G-E’s recurring injury slowing her down, they continued their own race. Claire M completed the race in a fab 5: 45 with Claire G-E finishing in 6: 05. In the end, given the challenges each was running with, they were delighted to have completed the marathon and the time became quite irrelevant.
At the heart of everything was the knowledge they were raising money for the project and had been generously sponsored by so many of their family, friends and colleagues.
Their efforts were rewarded and at the last count they had raised nearly £2000 which is just incredible!!
If you would like to donate towards the construction of classroom and support the project - click on the link http://www.gofundme.com/buildaclass
Stay tuned as we will be updating our blog very soon with updates of the construction of classroom 2.
It has been a long time since we last updated our blog and we have several updates and exciting news. Last year, in conjunction with the community of Lomiyon we set out to reach our goal of building a new class for the children, this was achieved in November 2014.
Thank you to our loyal supporters, followers and past volunteers who believed in our mission, worked alongside the organisation and community and raised much needed funds to help us achieve our goal.
How we did it?
In February last year the Maasai community of Lomiyon raised 1 million TZ shillings towards the construction of a new class, with rainy season set to start, the class was in poor condition and a new class was needed urgently. With the money raised the community bought 1,000 bricks and asked us to raise the remaining funds to build the class.
What we did?
The build of the class took place in 3 stages
Stage 1 - laying the foundation & school build
Stage 2 - building the roof
Stage 3 - Plastering the floor & fitting the windows & doors
Education is a basic human right.
We believe that the value of a classroom is not just the bricks and mortar but what happens inside. We encourage and engage the community of Lomiyon to realize the importance of building a class that does not finish with the construction of their class. We build a school in partnership with the local community, that is sustainable, uses indigenous knowledge in the classroom, provides a good education and becomes the focus of community life.
Establishing a school committee
The school committee is an elected board consisting of parents, the Head Teacher and other respected community members. The focus of the committee is to ensure students attend school daily, the teachers follow the school curriculum, parents encourage their children to attend school daily and see the value of their children gaining an education, oversee the keeping of the school environment and to decide on what indigenous knowledge will be used in the classroom.
The school environment includes everything from safe classrooms, toilets for both boys and girls, a staff room and a school playing ground. All schools should have these things to ensure children are in an environment conducive to learning.
We also aim to address the additional needs such as the provision of a clean and safe water source, a food store and a kitchen.
When a community mobilises to support a school it can be a powerful force for development and for improving the quality of teaching and learning.
In addition to providing basic education, we want the school to serve as a symbol of community autonomy, community vitality, community integration, personal and community tradition, and personal and community identity.
The Maasai community leaders and the broader community have committed to the project and agree to the following:
Provide Teacher Training
We want our teachers to share good practice and provide support to each other. As a result, this will motivate teachers to share what they have learned, and willing to try out different ways of working tested by others.
We have two untrained Maasai woman teaching at the class. We provide the teachers and pupils with textbooks and teaching aids, and we rely on volunteers to share their knowledge to support the development of the teachers
In Sept 2013 we sponsored Lazaro, involved with the project from the beginning to train as a qualified teacher, a lifetime dream for Lazaro to teach and to educate his tribe, in May this year he successfully qualified and is now teaching full time at Idimayii class.
Last year we partnered with Eretoto Foundation to introduce culturally relevant flashcards at the class. Their mission is to work collaboratively with underserved communities to advance education, development, human rights and women’s empowerment initiatives in Tanzania and Kenya.
The aim is to develop teaching material that reflect the children’s immediate environment and culture to foster an atmosphere of cultural positivity and empowerment. Language and culture are vital to any community’s identity and it should be encouraged in the classroom as an integral part of the learning experience.
How you can help
Every pound makes a difference!
For more information on the above please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Ashe naleng' / Asante sana / Thank you very much
Kilimanjaro Classroom Challenge 2014
The New school year started on January 7th and we have over 50 children attending the class, some as young as 2! In total from last year we had over 20 children leave the class to attend primary school. The closest school is over an hours walk away and not all the children that left will go on to attend primary school, many staying at home to help look after the cattle and girls helping their mothers at home. As ever the urgency to build and develop a nusery and primary school is very much evident.