Posted by: David Omondi
We have come to the successful end of the final semester of the year at Akili School. We thank you all so much for your incredible generosity that saw us provide clean water for all the 44 girls at the boarding school for the entire school year. For the entire year, no student at Akili School fell ill due to contaminated water as was the case in the preceding years. Your generous donations ensured that we installed massive water tanks and harvested over 50,000 litres of water for the girls. We also had enough water for our gardens and through sustainakility club, the girls grew different vegetables and sweet potatoes thereby providing 100% of the schools vegetable needs! The girls learnt a lot about small scale farming and sustaining their school.
We saved upto $200 that we used to spend to purchase water every term. This was directed to meet other important costs of feeding the girls at the boarding school.
As we prepare to welcome 15 more girls to the boarding school, we feel that the current water will suffice. We are now directing all our attention and energies into building a LITERACY GARDEN aimed at developing the knowledge, skills and talents of marginalized rural girls and children to promote literacy, food security, environmental stewardship and healthy lifestyle and nutrition through establishing a literate environment for girls and children in a farm setting in South West Kisumu Kenya.
Riley Orton Foundation is committed to improving literacy and through this contributing to nation building and sustainable development. This project will provide a safe and inspiring space; an open library in a garden setting where girls and children can meet everyday after school to improve their literacy skills, learn how to write, share their stories with the world, and learn how to value their own and other people’s stories. They will also learn how to grow food using simple small scale solutions based on permaculture and other regenerative agriculture practices. They will have the opportunity to prepare different meals in the farm kitchen, reduce stress through yoga at the garden, develop their talents in music, drama, dance and public speaking, and learn numeracy skills through pretend play shops at the garden.
More info about this work is available here:
We invite you to continue partnering with us by giving here:
Thank you so much for your partnership and commitment to create access to free education to underprivileged girls. We couldn't have done it without you!
Girls preparing potatoes they grew at the school
Girls happy with their harvest
Girls at school
Riley Orton Foundation
Riley Orton Foundation (ROF) provides holistic education and promotes gender equality in STEM education to ensure girls and a community with the agency to realize their full potential