Elewana

Resource and ICT Development for Schools

This program is aimed at helping secondary schools access 21st century educational material, diagnosis particularly through the use of Information and Communications Technology as well as at improving computer literacy skills to students, teaching and non-teaching staff as well as the community. 

The Project has installed more than 30 computer labs in schools across western Kenya and has provided Internet access and training to students and teachers in those institutions.  In 2014, we are launching a pilot project involving e-reader tablets in an effort to improve English literacy and foster a culture of reading among students.  The estimated cost of an E-reader tablet is roughly $400.

 

Please click on the links below to view the audited accounts for that year.  Typically, prescription ambulance our audits are posted to the website in April following the close of our financial year (December 31st).  

2014 Audited Accounts: Kenya

2013 Audited Accounts: Kenya

2012 Audited Accounts: Kenya

2011 Audited Accounts: Kenya and US

Visiting Pic1 smallVisiting and Volunteering at Elewana

We love to have visitors and volunteers work with us in either our Nairobi Office or our Amagoro Field Office in Western Kenya.  Often our visitors assist us with hosting workshops and camps for teachers and students, nurse help out with any visiting school groups from the US, store or even engage in their own independent studies or projects while staying with us.  All are welcome, cialis and we have plenty of opportunities for individuals and groups to help out with our various activities.  

Visiting Pic2 smallGenerally, visitors stay at our residential facility in Amagoro, a.k.a the Mission House.  We have plenty of bedrooms with a combination of single and double beds.  All rooms have access to a hot showers and toilet, some in-suite and some shared, and we have electricity and (often) internet as well.  Meals are provided in-house, and we generally take care of laundry and cleaning.  Please take a look at the FAQs (link) to get a more complete picture of what traveling and staying in Kenya is like.  We generally ask visitors to donate $25 (Ksh 2000) per day that they stay with us.  For longer term visitors, we are happy to negotiate a rate that works for everyone.

Academic Camps for the youth

In 2012, shop we established a series of academic ‘camps’ meant to strengthen the academic skills and performance of selected students.  

Generally, cure these camps are meant to address shortcomings in both academic performance and leadership development in rural Western Kenya.  Specifically, the camps target improvement in English language skills by developing a culture of reading and by coaching students in writing their own ‘story’.  Additional instruction is offered in KCSE exam instruction, math skills, use of IT for the purposes of studying Math and Science, and student leadership in the context of community organizing and development.  By focusing on these skills, the Elewana Camps improve local KCSE results such that more students qualify for university and are ultimately prepared to give back to their communities professionally and developmentally.  We are essentially fostering the community’s next generation of advocates for literacy, education, and community organizing.

Each camp caters to a specific local population of student.  These include girls currently sitting for their KSCE exam, single teenage mothers, rising Form 4 girls, rising Form 4 boys, rising Form 2 Boys, and student leaders/peer tutors for IT in our local schools.  The camps are comprised of between 20-30 students and last for one or two weeks.   Throughout that time, students will remain in residence at Elewana’s Mission House in Amagoro, Kenya.  This type of residential housing condition enables students to focus entirely on their studies and removes, at least for the duration of the camp, the myriad stresses many face at home on a daily basis.  Furthermore, each camp begins and ends with a skill assessment to both gage the currently academic levels of each student and what changes were effected over the one or two weeks.  Further monitoring will occur throughout the following academic year to trace the effects of each camp.  

Instruction is overseen by Jevin Mwao, Camps Coordinator for the Elewana Project, and Dr. Olubayi Olubayi, retired university professor from Rutgars University and founder/director of Kiwimbi, a CBO located in Busia County and committed to improving educational opportunities among young Kenyans.  Additional instruction is provided by recent graduates of Elewana’s sponsorship program as well as local professionals, Peace Corp Volunteers and Elewana Interns.  All of the Instructors and tutors will remain in residence at the Mission House (unless they live locally and prefer to commute).  Please contact Elewana if you are interested in helping with our camps: we would love to have you!

Summer Intership Photo1 SmallEnjoying the misty waterfall in the caves of Mt Elgon, medicine one of our weekend trips for the ELSA program.

Summer Internships at Elewana

The Summer Internship Position is a leadership role position (much akin to a camp counselor) for our visiting school groups and participants in our ESLA program. Interns are expected to both lead and participate in every aspect of a visiting school’s itinerary. When schools are not present, sickness interns will be engaged in preparing for the next group and/or office and field work as needed.  

Minimum Academic Requirements:

  • High School Graduate
  • Actively working toward higher degree

Hours and Time Commitment:

?While visiting schools or groups are present (typically throughout most of June July, site and part of August) : Daily Hours: 7:30am (in time to help set up breakfast and wake up students) to 10:00 pm (at the close of vespers and any other nightly activity needed in preparation for the next day).

Note: While schools are present, Interns are expected to remain and participate with the groups at all times, including church services and weekend trips to parks. The only exception will be the safaris to the Masai Mara, which Interns are not expected to attend.

While Schools and/or groups are not present:

?Monday – Friday: 8:30am – 5:00pm.
Interns are strongly urged to attend church if in Amagoro on a Sunday.

Summer Intership Photo2 SmallSummer Intern Wil Heflin watches the student debate at Moding High School.Specific duties and requirements:

While schools or groups are present:

  • Preparing Breakfast and waking up students
  • Leading evening reflection
  • Assisting with planning and preparation for following day’s activities
  • Attending student homestay/overnight
  • Attending and leading all weekend excursions, including visits to church and trips to game parks and other recreation areas. (excluding the trips to the Masai Mara)
  • Sharing all meals
  • Driving Elewana Vehicles as needed.
  • Overseeing and participating in all ?house chores.
  • Leading all activities during school ?partnership time, including Ice breakers, Songs/Dance, Service Projects, Guided Discussions, Sports

While schools or groups are not present

  • Assisting Site Coordinator and House Manager in Preparation for the next group
  • Office work as needed
  • Assisting with other workshops, trainings, seminars, or other functions that Elewana is involved in.
  • Driving for various functions
  • Shopping for groceries
  • Minor maintenance and repairs of mission house furniture and equipment
  • Cleaning

Housing:

  • Interns live in a shared living quarters with access to a bathroom with hot, running water.
  • 3 meals a day will be provided.
  • Laundry will be done free of charge once a week.

Costs:

  • Interns are asked to contribute $300/month (or $100/week, which ever is less) for assistance with room and board.  
  • Interns are required to purchase their own International and Domestic round trip airfares (Both in U.S. and Kenya ~Avg. $2,000).  Please see our FAQ section for further information on international travel
  • Interns are responsible for their own international travel documentation
  • Interns are responsible for their own medical needs: immunizations, medications and treatment.
  • Interns are responsible for their own cellular airtime, internet usage, snacks, and transportation (when not on a sanctioned Elewana excursion).

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Contact Us

Contact the Elewana Education Project using the phone number or email address below:

  • In the USA: +1 (304) 707-5499
  • In Kenya: +254 712638948, +254 710 102 536
  • In Elewana Office Amagoro Kenya: +254 718011889
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