Achievements to date
What we have achieved to date has been amazing, we have focused much of our efforts in one particular slum called Kiandutu in Thika. We have developed a school that now has 400 children and growing year on year. Not only are children being educated for the first time but every child receives a free school lunch – crucial for families who are living on the bread line and whose children often go hungry.
Working at grass roots level developing partnerships with the creation of TABS Kenya
We have also worked with our Kenyan partners to register a sister charity to TABS International. TABS Kenya now has Kenyan trustees registered as a Kenyan charity. TABS Kenya lead on taking forward our vision for TABS in Kenya, expanding the work and developing new partnerships. We feel it’s vital to be working through people on the ground, living in the communities we are supporting. This ensures that whatever we develop is really meeting the needs of those communities.
The springs our springs of life school has achieved CBO status!
- Enable the opening of school bank account that is; in the name of institution;
- Help in finding funding both locally /internationally and even formation of partnership with other organisation with a similar goals;
- Enable us to receive funds internally and or even donations in a more structured manner;
- Greatly aid in other government processes that requires institution to have been registered with any relevant authority;
- Improve our public reputation and sense of ownership by creating trust by the Society.
We are truly thankful to all our Friends of TABS both here in the UK and in Kenya for all of your hard work and support!
The school was fully registered with Kenya’s Ministry of Education on 13th July 2021
This is a fantastic achievement and has taken a period of 3 years continual effort. The benefits to the school and local community are numerous, and we have had to take many steps to get there, including :
- Officially registering the project and school as Community Based Organisation;
- Successfully passing a Public Health Sanitation Inspection and National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) audit Report.
- Pass an Educational Quality assurance inspection with Local administrative acknowledgement.
The school will benefit significantly from this achievement in a number of ways. We will be able to set up as an examination Centre – which will enable our children to undertake their national examination (KCPE) within the school, rather than the project / parents paying fees to sit exams at another school. We will be recognized by the Ministry of Education as a legally operating learning institution offering basic education in Kiandutu slums. We will qualify to be a member of Kenya Private School Association (KEPSA) – enabling our learners to participate in co-curricular activities, and we will become NEMIS compliant – a National Education Management Information System in Kenya, which ensures every learner counts.
‘IT TAKES A VILLAGE TO RAISE A CHILD’
There is a saying that states ‘it takes a village to raise a child’ I now know that it takes several Friends of Tabs with various skills and abilities to enable 30 computers Gifted by Grace Academy in Coventry to Tabs International, to finally, finally!!! achieve the goal of being delivered on 19th April 2021 to our school in Kiandutu, Thika Kenya, 7 months after the receipt of goods due to bureaucracy and form filling and finding the right Importer in Kenya.
With IT Support from Simon Danks, Trustee of Tools with a Mission along with local supporters, we have endured the stop start process knowing that it was for the long-term benefit of the school children in Kiandutu.
So, a huge THANK YOU to everyone who has helped in one way or another along the way, including our local Freight Forwarder Independent Freight International and our Tabs Kenyan Trustees, and Bedworth Parish Church.
Bless you all!