Securing land for the school

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The school stands to be in need of its own land to build up classes which can ease the poor conditioned structure that children are learning from at the moment Neighbours can look into this fact and find out possible ways of raising funds to purchase land and build our own school which can later or sooner serve a full primary school.In Kenya a full primary school needs up to eleven rooms.

Hi Jeremy and MariaZ
Happy to hear from you Jeremy.You are most welcome to Mathare village and with your idea contribution,Patmos can go a step.As for the website updates, I asked Marina about it but she was very positive in her response.She simply said that whatever I need concerning it then I should just find out from her.I think you have seen the errors have been rectified and its pages are all highlighting issues concerning patmos.We can now go a head and make it a tool of use for the project.
Thanks all,
Richard

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Hi MariaZ,

I think it would much easier to update the site if the organization being represented in the site has the full access of the website. Otherwise it would be difficult considering that Marina may have lot of sites to attend to or if she may no longer be available to volunteer.
I was wondering if the access rights can be given much easily or if anyone in the organization being represented can do the editing for her.

All the best,

Jeremy Ecle

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Hi neighbors,
I hope each of you is doing well.I suggest that as Shaun is trying other places in getting a grant for the milling machine, we can access other tasks and come up with suggestions a bout them.We still have a problem of writing materials for example.if we can pick that one as a subject of discussion,I think we can get to some means of acquiring them.The question of sponsorship can also be brought to discussion since we have the website online now.How do you find this idea?
Thanks,
Richard

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Hi Maria,
Marina has now edited the Kilele name on the website.As you had suggested, this will be the tool to draw people's attention to our project and to reach donors, you can go ahead and do as you wanted.I mean creating a task as a means of drawing volunteers and perhaps sponsors for the children.
Richard.

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Hi Richard,

This is why you should also ask her if it is possible that somebody else can update posts on your website, at least you should get the access rights, otherwise the website might soon become outdated. And, yes the website is just a tool to reach donors, the most difficult is to draw people´s attention to your website and your project.

Maria

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Hi Shaun and Maria,
It is very true that Kilele name is still found on the sponsor the child page.I had reminded Marina to make a change of this unfortunately she couldn't and I sense it can cause a lot of confusion.Let me remind her about it and see if she can edit this name.I hope with the website we can reach sponsors however long it may take.
Thanks,
Richard.

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Hi Richard,

It is a great website but it is really important to get the section under 'Sponsor a Child' and 'Children that need sponsors' changed so that it reads Patmos Junior School and to contact Patmos Junior Foundation. At the moment it says Kilele Junior School and to contact the Kilele Foundation. I agree with Maria that this needs to be edited otherwise it will confuse people. Can you arrange for Marina to do this Richard? Otherwise it is great.

Take care,
Carol

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Hi Richard,

Great website! If this is fine for you, I could create a task to find volunteers who could search websites and ways on how to promote the child sponsorship scheme. From my experience with John´s school in Komarok, I know that it is very difficult to find sponsors that are not your direct friends or family, but it ´s worth trying.
I was just wondering - do you have actually the rights for the website and the means to edit documents, the child profiles etc by yourself? This is very important since Marina Klimi might not always be available or even disappear as a volunteer. Also, and that is a little bit sad, apparently Marina copy pasted from the website I created for Kilele Junior School in Komarok ... it´s ok to take ideas etc, but you should make sure to modify them and most importantly replace Kilele Junior school by your school name. Could you check this with Marina?

best,
Maria

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Hi Mary and every one,
Good to learn that we are all looking forward for the grant proposal to be funded.We are not however discouraged by the negative reply from KTCT but we are wishing Shaun a break through in other potential sources that he is getting in touch with.
I want to let you know that Klimi has helped us a lot and now the website is online .I must thank her so much for the efforts and the costs she has put in order to get this website online.Now neighbors can reach other friends by refering them to read more about our project on www.patmosjuniorschool.org.
Thanks to all,
Richard

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Hi Shaun

That is a shame with Kitchen Table as I know several groups who would be interested in appplying to them. Wish they would update their website to say they are not accepting applications at the moment, it would make life easier for them and potential applicants.

You could check out the list of potential donors at http://docs.google.com/View?docid=dgs9fnp6_0g5zp8p3n which I add to as I find things, and am happy to share with anyone. Also Funds For NGOs website http://www.fundsforngos.org and NGO News Africa http://www.ngonewsafrica.org (which I am not linked with) list latest funding opportunities. Apologies, I don't have the time to look through and find the ones you could try.

Good luck!

Mary

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Hi Richard and everyone,

I have had a reply from Kitchen Table Charities Trust who have indicated that they have a long waiting list and they are unable to accept any new applications at the present time due to lack of funds. They have said when the situation improves that they will get back in contact with me. This is disappointing but we must now work harder to find other sources of funds.

As Maria suggests,I am attaching another draft of the grant application which I have prepared. I would be grateful for comments and suggestions from neighbours on any way this application can be improved. I will continue to look for donors for this project but the more neighbours who come on board to actively help with sourcing funds, the more chance there will be of success.

Cheers,
Shaun

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Hi Shaun,

Just very quickly on your point on posting the application. The easiest way is to attach it as a document here on a post, and people post comments or do track changes and post it again.

Richard,
You and your group are amazing, you are really making progress, even it is little by little!

best from sunny Paris,
Maria

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Hi all,
We have managed to open the account with Kenya Cooperative Bank Kariobangi Branch in Nairobi. We are happy for all the steps we have gone as a result of your advice. This will enable us to make savings for our little contributions and to give easy way to those who will wish to donate towards the work we are undertaking.
We wish Shaun the best in what he is working on i.e the posho mill grant.
God bless you all,
Richard.

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Hi Richard,
Thanks for getting all the information together for the application ; as I mentioned to Maria I shall now get in touch with KTC. I think the only information we don't have is the Bank Account details?

I can uderstand your interest in renting the 4 rooms for the school. At Ksh 10,000 ($133) per month it all comes down to whether you can afford it at present and your priorities. My concerns would be whether you could sustain these payments long term without compromising on other more urgent needs for the children. With the limited funds you have is not the feeding programme and obtaining desks and stationery a higher priority at present?

Just a few initial thoughts. What do other Neighbours think?

Cheers Shaun

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Hi Maria,
I shall be getting in touch with Kitchen Table by e mail today to check on the point you raise. I have waited until we are near to being ready to submit an application, which should be next week.
I will copy you in on the final application...ideally it would be good to post it somewhere where everyone can work on it together but I can't see where this is possible on Nabuur.
Keep up your good work with mosquito nets in Uganda. I have some interest on the subject as our other voluntary work is in disaster relief and I have recently designed and made a prototype emergency shelter which I hope one day will be distributed with mosquito nets.

Cheers Shaun

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