Elementary school Oren participated in an exchange program that was facilitated by Pamoja Child Foundation. The school had an opportunity to interact with schools in Siaya County that are doing very well thanks to the income generation and learning activities in those schools. After the visit, the Oren school started farming as a project fully run by the 4k club: a term used to represent the young farming club in elementary school. 4K means’ Kuungana, Kufanya, Kusaidia Kenya ‘, which means Swahili’ Come together and Trade to help Kenya. This is a concept that was used to improve food security and involve students in sustainable agriculture. They decided to commit to the production of corn and vegetables.

The Pamoja Child Foundation supported the school project with barbed wire for protection and within the first year the club harvested six bags of corn which they sold at a nearby secondary school, earning a total of Ksh 24,000 (+ – € 220). The idea of ​​starting a fund to support orphans and vulnerable children (OVC kitty) was born and the proceeds of the harvest formed the capital. A committee consisting of 2 parents, 2 teachers and a club representative was established to manage the project. Parental involvement was necessary to increase idiosyncrasy and durability. The school then raised Ksh 38,000 through local fundraising, bringing a total of Ksh 62,000 (+ – € 560) in their OVC kitty. The committee now grants loans to parents to pay their secondary school fees, repaying them after one month with an interest of 20%. (In total Ksh 47,160 was lent to parents / guardians to support the education of their children, the interest is Ksh 9,432). The committee uses the earned interest to support students with school fees, to finance educational tours and to provide school uniforms to vulnerable groups of children at school. The project really promoted student participation and improved teacher-child relationships. The committee uses the earned interest to support students with school fees, to finance educational tours and to provide school uniforms to vulnerable groups of children at school. The project really promoted student participation and improved teacher-child relationships. The committee uses the earned interest to support students with school fees, to finance educational tours and to provide school uniforms to vulnerable groups of children at school. The project really promoted student participation and improved teacher-child relationships.

Ears primary school: 4k club members and their club leaders