Wrtite content for a website and discuss free website providers

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The Kilele Junior Foundation would have more publicity and use a website to inform people about the school and to find sponsors for the needy children.
Discuss what information is needed. Help John to write content for the website, and discuss advantages and disadvantages of different free website providers and content management systems.

Hi everybody,

I tried to think about some basic elements the website should have. I inspired myself mostly from websites with similar projects. I really liked the Matopeni Village School website http://bcc.ebo.hu/Matopeni , and there is another one that I found interesting for essential information. http://www.partnersintl.org/sponsor/

What do you think? This is just a first try, so please give comments! John, could you have a look through it and tell us what you think is feasible in your school?
How many kids would need support? Do you have a budget for your school? (otherwise you should try to establish one with the help of neighbours to know what money is needed for each child)
Is Komarok a tourist region, and would it maybe be interesting for volunteers to come there? (you should then think about where they could stay, what they could do in the school)

Here is a broad structure; each part would then have to be developed with a little text and plenty of pictures:) and maybe videos.

Website Kilele Junior School

1. About us
Information about Kilele Junior Foundation
o When was it founded and why
o Who are you – John and staff
o What is your mission
o What are your core values

2. Kilele Junior school
· Where is it
· How many children, where are they from
· How does the school work: your model of fees, transport, income generation
· What do you teach, what is the curriculum
· Extra-curricular activities: do you do any excursions etc
· Feeding programme: what do they eat

3. More about Komarok
· Some history
· The local community: what ethnicity, what traditions, customs, cloths
· Nature and environment: what to see, to do
· A map

4. Child sponsorship program
o How to chose a child, what happens once you have chosen a child: picture gallery (see below), contact message
o How much does it cost per month
o For what the money is used (fees, material, school feeding, family support?, building the school?)
o How do you can donate the money: account, paypal, moneybookers?
o What information do you get about the child: progress report, pictures, exchange of letters
o Do you can make extra donations, how and what
o Do you can visit the child when being in Kenya?
o How long does the sponsorship last
. Gallery of children to sponsor: picture, age, school class, favourite subject, professional dream; contact message to contact you
·Stories from the kids once they are sponsored

5. Volunteer Programme?


Hi Maria
You have given me a task, I have made a print of this dicussion so that i make a detailed report then sent it to you.

Thank you so much


Hi everyone,

I can help to set up a website, but I'm not sure which web provider we want to use. Sites like yola.com and webs.com make an effort to make updating a site very easy for people without web design experience. Sometimes people still find them confusing, but I think it's better than having a site where it's impossible for someone without much experience to update it.

There's also another possibility I thought of. It's a little less conventional, but it just might work. The social networking site "ning" lets you create a website that is also a social network (allowing your site to have "members"). Possibly we could use the members feature to showcase students or sponsors, or both! You can also create regular pages to talk about the school, etc., and there is a broadcast feature where John could send a message to everyone involved or post notes from time to time.

As for attracting potential sponsors to the site, since all of these are free websites, we may have to make more of an effort to make sure there are plenty of links to the site around the web and on sites where people are looking for ways to sponsor students.

What do you think?



Hi Stacie,

Great that you want to help out here. I just had a look on the "ning" website (as example http://cuwebd.ning.com/ (the first I found)). I think it´s a good idea to establish a network and to be in touch with sponsors and supporters, but to establish a children sponsoship programme I think we would need something more serious and with the possibility to clearly put more information. (Stacie do you have other examples of a ning webpage?) To make then the site known we could use facebook, twitter etc.

I totally agree that we should find something very easy to update and manage, as for John it would be possible to post his pictures, stories or videos from the school. Have you heart about joomla? It seems to be a quite easy but serious system, but I don´t know if they also provide webspace or just the website design. Does anybody has some experience with it?
I also send a message to Illika, the person who did the Matopeni website to ask how they have done it. I am waiting for her reply.



Hi Maria

I'm working on the task so as to post you the details of the school and the Kilele Junior Foundation and the school as well.By the end of the day I will have finished so that you can go through it.
I have enough pictures which I will send to Komarok gallery. I only have a problem with posting video clips, could some one out there advice how i can download videos?

Thanks and regards


Hi Stacie.
Welcome to Komarok and feel free to work with us. I like your effort to helpus come up with a website. Am sure Maria has briefed you.

Local Representative


I've heard about Joomla but have never been able to make it work on a website provider, although I've downloaded it before and tried and gave up on it. It seems more trouble than it's worth for me, but I don't have any problems with basic html and css. Here's a beginner's guide if you'd like to figure it out: http://docs.joomla.org/Beginners . If you can find someone who has used it before, that would be best.



Also, I did a search, and here is one example of a more substantial page on ning, if you want to go in that direction:



Hi Stacie,

I just did a quick comparison from what I could find on the web. Most of people seem to be satisfied with yola.com. Do you have any experiences with it? Webs appears less in the reviews. Any advantages and disadvantages? Is there a webspace limit that would make it difficult to post the pictures of the kids?

Having had a look in the joomla tutorials it seems as this is mainly for big websites with a lot of more effort put in. So maybe we better start small:) However I found one village, Chibolya, having a Joomla webiste http://www.ceho.org/. I dropped the local rep a message to know how he works with it.
What do you think? I have never really built a website, just administered and edited one. But I would love to do this task with you together. Are you motivated?

I talked to John yesterday, and he has written most of the information, he is going to post it for us here. So then everybody could comment it and we could try our first steps with yola or whatever.



Hi Maria

I don't have the time to get actively involved, but your post popped up on my friends list....

A couple of other options for free websites are Synthasite and Weebly (must admit I have never heard of Jola and couldn't find it). These are all done online and don't need any special software, so if John's connection is good enough it may be possible for him to maintain the site once it has been set up.

A few Nabuur examples:

Kisozi used to have a Synthasite site http://hopealiveuganda.synthasite.com/ which is still active although has now been replaced by something else

Kimilili have a Weebly site http://benando.weebly.com/
Masaka have a half-completed one http://notredamehighschool.weebly.com/

So if you want something relatively basic you may be able to use one of these too, maybe replacing with something that allows more options in the future if required.



HI Mary,

Sorry, a spelling mistake : it´s yola - and that´s actually synthasite (it´s their second, or rename, it appears both on their website). So seems that this is the same as Kisozi uses.
Sorry for the confusion.

Hope we manage to do as well as the others:)




Actually I worked once with Webs.com in a personal website and it was a very good experience. There is space and bandwidth limit (don't remember which limits though) but it has a lot of different features good for a school to post pictures, videos, have members (and have them contributing), blog, forum, calendar and so on. I found it rather easy to work with, although it may get a bit slow if you start to have a lot of content.
I have not worked with the other types of website already referred in this dicussion (except the one from google) so I can't really compare, but I thought it would be nice to have a former user's opinion.
Keep up the good work,


Hi Maria and Stacie!
here is some information for web site preparation. Feel free to add/subtract or amend any information
i have pasted it because i couldn't attach it.
What do other neighbors think about my info?
*Dollar exchange rate fluctuating between 75 to 80 Kenya shillings a dollar
1 Dollar = 80 Kenya Shillings.
This is the breakdown of what a child needs in Kenya shillings and US dollars.
SHOES 1500 19
SOCKS 140 1.8
SHIRT 500 6.3
DRESS (tunic) 700 8.8
BOYS SHORT 500 6.3
SWEATER 800 10
P.E.SHORT 400 5
P.E T SHIRT 400 5

The above prices have been rounded up to one decimal place. Possible donors are not constrained to donate everything in full but what they find possible and affordable to them.
There could be errors in the calculations, we encouraged everyone to feel free ad correct where necessary.
No, it is not. However, depending on traffic, 40 minutes to one hour will take you to the Nairobi National park which borders Nairobi city, where tourist can enjoy a game drive, viewing our rich wild game of lions, giraffes, cheetahs, leopard’s birds etc. Within the park we also have the animal orphanage where tourist will get an opportunity to watch caged animals up-close and probably get to stroke the tamed ones. You wouldn’t want to miss the feeding of caged lions!

Tourists can also enjoy a nature walk as they view animals through transparent glass.
Besides these we have the giraffe center where tourists are able to feed giraffes, not to mention the elephant and rhino sanctuary, all these within Nairobi.
Within Nairobi, we also have the “BOMAS OF KENYA “where tourists are entertained with Kenya’s traditional songs thereafter get to see different grass thatched and mad walled traditional houses representing different communities in Kenya, not to mention The National Museums of Kenya where one gets to see our rich national Heritage. All these situated within the confines of the city.
Different game delicacies can be sampled at the carnivore hotel next to the Nairobi national park

The Rift Valley is two hours from Nairobi where one would marvel at the unlisted wonders of Mother Nature, i.e. The mount Longonot, Lake Nakuru, Lake Naivasha and Lake Naivasha, Mengai Cretor, Hells Gate and the flamingoes at the Lake Nakuru National Park not to mention the natural hot springs at the lake Elementaita.
One can curry eggs to boil at the hot springs for the fun of it.
There’s is so much to enjoy while in Kenya as a tourist.
 KILELE JUNIOR FOUNDATION is an organization located in middle-income eastern suburbs of the capital city of Kenya, Nairobi.
 KILELE is a Swahili word for “Peak” and at Kilele each individual sets goals are guided towards this goals
 Based in a middle-income neighborhood and close to very deprived neighborhoods we experience the needs of children from diverse backgrounds.
 Our experience informs our conviction that as much emphasis and effort needs to be put towards the child irrespective of gender, age or socio economic background
 Our strength is based on our directors capacities with over 20 years experience between them in youth education, mentorship, coaching and administration.
 Operate on clear and concise methods that instill confidence and offer
 Provide friendly and home like atmosphere that include meals together with supervision and guidance in school assignments
 Liaise with parents and guardians on areas of their children’s weakness and offer professional guidance and support
 Offer canceling and mentorship sessions to enable the kids grow within a positive mental stature and overcome stigma
 Identify and nurture talent and provide guidance
 Organize holiday camps for healthy leaving and as a CSR initiative aimed at protecting the youth from ill vices (drug abuse, alcohol)
 Work in partnership with relevant government departments and donors for capacity building and resource mobilization
 We provide a solid foundation
 We model nursery to primary graduates well equipped for universal education system
 To conform to the ever changing world we develop well rounded learners from the onset of their school life by introducing each child to conventional academic skills
 We engage in talent identification and nurturing in recognition of diverse abilities as a means of socio economic balance
 Our values are driven by our quest to develop nourished bodies and minds as pillars of our motto
 We offer nutritious meals tailor-made to suit vibrant and intelligent growth

Where is Komarok
Komarok Phase four
How many children?
Sixty (60)
Where from? Komarok and Kayole
How the school works
The school has a management Team headed by Director John Keya
Head teacher, Teaching Staff, Children and Parents.
School has 4 full time teachers and one volunteer 1 teacher
School teaches government set 8- 4 -4 system of education

John Keya – Director/Teacher
Susan - Head teacher/Teacher
Viola – Teacher, full time
Catherine Teacher, full time
Purity - Teacher, Volunteer
Margaret – Cook
Tobias – grounds man

Model of fees
Children from - well up pay 75 per term. A term is three months.
This is half the amount paid by other major schools within the vicinity.
Fees go towards: school up keep, furniture, feeding, rent and other bills i.e. security and water.

School Van
This is major booster to the school income, having sold it; the school is experiencing hard financial times.
We sold it because it was becoming expensive to maintain there for there was need to sell then from the proceeds, raise more cash and buy a better van which can generate more income. With a van, in the event that we get volunteers it would be cheap and convenient driving them round the city and to the mentioned National parks.

So far we have been able to raise 3750 dollars and are still sourcing for another 4000 dollars so as to get a better second hand van.

What I teach
I teach grammar, creative writing and handwriting at LELE Junior and also teach part time at another private school within the locality and the allowance I get is donated to KILELE JUNIOR FOUNDATION
Children have physical education lessons every day where they sing and dance and ball games.
Due to financial constrains, we only take the children out for fun/educational trips once a term.
Such trips take them to the National Park, Mamba village (Crocodile Village), Giraffe centre, Paradise lost, National museums etc

On Fridays they have the whole afternoon to play ball games, race and do other completions like sack races, potato races etc. our field is small and limited by space as you will see in the pictures I will attach.
Feeding program
What children eat
Ugali, (Kenyan meal from maize four) and rice. There is a meals schedule which the cook follows strictly.
The above meals are served with cabbage, kale and or beef stews. Other times kids are served with chapatti served with beef stew that is mixed with carrots and potatoes.

Komarok History
It is a residential Area, houses built for the middle income earners.
It is a very quiet and clean environment with good security and enough supply of water.
Most of the houses are two to three bed roomed. The estate is divided into courts and each court has its own main entrance, at every entrance there are security guards who man the gates. Our school is in WAKO”S COURT.
Local Community
Since Nairobi is a cosmopolitan city, most of Komarok residents come from different ethnical backgrounds.
Most of who are not keen on traditions and customs. Besides the indigenous Kenyans, Komarok has a big population of Sudanese refugees who have also rented houses. You will get almost 4 families of 5 each under one roof. Many of these refugees have either lost a father of a Guardian thus they are orphans and live from hand to mouth.
Our school has a good number of them enrolled in the school and they have problem paying school fees.
What you see while in Komarok
Grocers along and second hand cloth sellers besides the road.
Occasionally you meet cart pullers who use these carts to provide transport of goods at a fee.
One gets to see maize and meat roasters besides the road. Not to mention MATATU (vans) that transport people to town and back. This “matatus” have loud music systems and video players fitted in them not to mention the graffiti on the van bodies.
People are friendly, if you are not used to being greeted, expect plenty of greetings shouts and handshakes.

Child sponsorship
How to choose
The sponsor will be given pictures to pick from, there after, the child will be asked to write about Himself/herself as a way of introduction
The sponsor will look at the table of content above and decide how many dollars per month to donate either towards school fees, uniform, food or school expenses. If the sponsor wants to support family, then he/she may have to send more money.
Sponsor wills be given an up to date report on child’s performance including the termly (quarterly) report on class performance.
The school is currently operating on a rented piece of land (Plot)
We look forward to either buying the property or buying else where when we get funds.
Upon buying, we shall source funds to construct modern classes, modern kitchen and a hostel so as to provide the disadvantaged a roof over their heads.
The current plot is estimated to cost 25000 dollars while a more spacious one that allows construction of the above and include a playing ground would cost twice as much. That is an estimated 5500 dollars; this is a one acre piece of land within Nairobi.
How to donate money
All donations and other extras to be channeled through
ACCOUNT NUMBER: 028 1057146
All funds donated shall go towards the above mentioned activities
Donors shall be allowed to visit children for who they are paying school fees and other monies for up keep.
Those who donate towards either plot purchase or building shall also be allowed access to the Banks statement of accounts to peruse and monitor how funds are being utilized.
Other donations can include education material e.g. storybooks, grammar and writing skills, mathematics and art material, toys, sports equipment and clothing where possible.
Gallery of children to be sponsored
This shall be attached to our nabuur gallery together with requested details.
Upon receiving sponsorship, children shall write back to donors and appreciate what they have done. Video songs shall be attached.
Since the school is not connected online, much of the communicated through the school’s email and when the website is ready detailed information shall be channeled on a weekly/monthly basis.

Volunteer Program
The school will welcome volunteer programs. This will go a long way in motivating and exiting children since they have never had opportunity to interact with foreigners.

Feel free to ask any information and or picture attachments and we shall readily provide



Hi John,

Thanks a lot for all these information. They are a great start.
So far, I just have two questions concerning the budget:

Is the food that you cite as 31$ per month included in the school fees? Or do pupils have to pay it in addition. How many meals do you offer?

For the school fees, are these the school fees a child that is from a priviledged background pays to offer the school to a less priviledged child? So would then if we could find sponsors for less priviledged children the school fee be less, because they only pay for themselves?

And one last question, if some children find sponsors, do you have the possibility to increase the number of less priviledged kids in your school (since their fees could be covered), or is there not enough space?

Thanks for all the information - it makes it already easier to imagine how you work:)



Hi Maria
You are very much welcome, thanks for the encouragement.
The food quoted is inclussive of the school fees.
Meals offered: We give breakfast, Lunch and 4 o clock tea.
If we found sponsors for the less priviledged the school fees will be lower because they will be paying for themselves.

However,I have a suggestion though, since the place is rented, I think we need to think in terms of saving for our premisses. This is to say that, instead of reducing the fees of the privilaged, we instead save the surplus that would have gone to the less privilaged for purchase of our own piece of property. This is a suggestion, you can give me your opinion.

Your last question, yes, there will be possibility of increase. space will be a challenge but I think we will have to think big since children are our responsibility and calling. Let them come and once there let it be our responsibility. We could hire more space till we get our own