CORONAVIRUS CRISIS DEEPENS
VIRTUAL RECEPTION FEATURES GATOTO SCHOOL HEAD
SHUT DOWN OF KENYAN SCHOOLS CONTINUES
GATOTO FORGES AHEAD
In the face of the pandemic, Gatoto is moving forward with multiple initiatives.
Efforts to continue the education of Gatoto’s students are evolving. Zoom classes are now offered at all levels. Because the number of students with access to smart phones or laptops is as low as 25% of the student body, these classes have limited effectiveness. Gatoto is encouraging sharing by those lucky enough to have the technology with those who do not, and promoting the availability of curriculum-based programming broadcast nationally on radio and television.
Teachers are reaching out to help individual students, with a particular focus on eighth year students, who will take the critical KCEP national exams later this year.
Gatoto’s first effort to address this issue was to distribute its existing food inventory to Gatoto families. This was successful, but it became clear that the approach was unsustainable due to security concerns.
Gatoto responded by launching an innovative micro-payment initiative, which is being funded by AFG for at least three months. Relying on the technology of M-Pesa, a mobile phone-based money transfer service, this program will provide funds for about 215 of the schools most impoverished families (more than 1,000 individuals), to purchase food.
Although research has shown that direct payments to beneficiaries tends to work surprisingly well, AFG has hired a Nairobi-based consultant who is auditing M-PESA data and assessing the program’s effectiveness.
Also funded by AFG, Gatoto is purchasing 4,000 reusable Kenyan-made face masks and a comparable quantity of hand soap. They will be distributed to Gatoto families and the surrounding community by Gatoto staff and community organizers.
The Nairobi Water Company is drilling a well and constructing a water storage tank on Gatoto’s campus. At least one water distribution point will be established just outside the campus, dramatically improving the local community’s access to clean water. Gatoto’s existing access to water will be improved as well.
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