We are a registered community based organization (CBO) no. 7941 dedicated to improving the lives of poor, needy families in the Matopeni slums of Nairobi and surrounding areas. Matopeni lies in the Nairobi Eastlands, 15km from the city centre and is home to over 35,000 residents. Women earn a living by making necklaces, basket-weaving and both men & women work in the nearby quarries.
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I am Douglas Monere Onkware. My twin brother, Eric, and I were very eager to provide some basic education to the children of the slums. In May 2006, with the help of willing practicing teachers we opened INGRID EDUCATION CENTRE (INEC).
The INEC members contribute every month to the feeding programme where children are fed porridge daily. We have a baby class, nursery and pre-school unit on a rental plot. We constructed 4 classrooms and an office made of iron sheets. We now cater for 91 children and support parents/guardians in necklace making, seeking out markets for their finished product.
We are expanding into training parents & guardians in tailoring and dressmaking, also vocational training for youth, offering help & rehabilitation and providing counselling services.
INEC has five teachers (including myself) and 3 support staff (a cook , a watchman and a cleaner). I deal with logistics, administration, support services and maintaining good connections with educational partners, parents and the Matopeni community.
It costs Kshs. 8,800 (US$113) to educate & feed a child for a whole year at Ingrid. With the resources we have we are trying to provide these children with the best education possible. We depend on our monthly contributions from members and sometimes we do receive some generous contributions from churches and other organisations.
If you can help or want to volunteer please contact us or AVIF
Douglas Onkware +254723604715
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