Posted by: David Omondi
Construction of mini library/bookstore
The Literacy Garden is a beehive of activity! With your generous contributions we have started the first phases of construction of the literacy garden. We also secured 2600 GBP and Tenteleni Org UK and $1000 from our volunteer/supporter Ali Osborne and have already started construction of the mini library. Working with students from Chalmers University Sweden, we finished designing anfd building our first pretend play station; the pretend hospital. We have plans to add a pretend play laboratory, supermarket and kitchen. These practical learning spaces will go along way in helping our girls improve their vocabulary through pretend play.
Our Volunteer Nicole Beverly of Rama Road Elementary, NC, USA visited and took our girls through letter writing sessions which were shared with her students back at home.
Our literacy Instuctor Rose, has been doing an incredible job piloting storytelling and poetry sessions with the girls. University of Edinburgh students have been helping research barries to female literacy and empowerment for rural girls. This will better inform how we can improve the literacy program going forward.
Kendra Nicolai and Josh from Denver US just arrived to start piloting write our world program. This program involves our girls writing stories about their culture and issues they care about and using a book creater to publish them online and sharing with other children from all over the world. This not only gives marginalized rural girls a voice to talk about issues that affect them but also confidence to become published authors at a budding age.
We are looking forward to building a basketball court and finishing the rollerskating paths so that we can run our sports program for leadership development alongside the literacy sessions.
Your partnership has seen us achieve so much and we can't thank you enough for your incredible generosity. It has been so fulfilling to see us dream for a literacy garden to empower rural girls and see it come to life simply because you believe in our dream. We still need about $6000 to complete our playground (mainly basketball court and rollerskating paths). Every donation, small or big goes along way.
Thank you so much for walking this journey with us. We are excited to complete it and empower many more marginalized rural girls.
Asante sana and God bless you all!
Pretend play hospital complete
UK students at the literacy garden
Student reciting poetry
Welcoming Kendra and Josh!
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