WYCF-profile

How We're Funded

We depend on the generosity of private donors.

Our Partners

What We Do

1. Kroo Bay School Construction

In early 2014, WYCF will construct a modern, flood-proof school in Kroo Bay. This school will be built with the aid of several organisations and a large donor community. We hope to be able to expand our capacity and offer a primary school in the morning and lessons at secondary level in the afternoon, in order to offer an education to the largest number of children possible.

Plan:

  • Construct six stilted, flood-proof and locally manageable classrooms in Kroo Bay.

Impact:

  • Enhance the education of 150+ vulnerable children and provide a symbol of community-led development and positive progress.
  • Serve the wider community as a refuge during flood episodes in the Kroo Bay community.
  • Depending on the success of the construction, provide a template for the wider regeneration and flood-proofing of the community.

2. George Brook School Construction

WYCF has confirmed the construction of a school in George Brook to replace the existing zinc structure. This project is being co-directed by WYCF and Developing World Connections, a Canadian volunteer and project management agency.

Plan:

  • Re-construct the school building into 6 spacious, well-lit and easily manageable classrooms.

Impact:

  • Enhance the education of 150+ vulnerable children and provide a symbol of community-led development and positive progress.
  • Electricity will serve the wider community as a well-lit place at night.
  • Provide a platform for wider progress in the community.

3. Sexual and Gender Based Violence Programme (SGBV)

Objectives:

  • Help victims of SGBV to regain their self-esteem and participate in community development and decision making processes.
  • Conduct community training workshops for raising awareness and reduce SGBV rates in Kroo Bay.

Process:

The programme ran over the course of nine weeks, each week focusing on a different task or topic:

  • Week 1: Drafting of invitation letters and organizing meetings with community stakeholders
  • Week 2: About SGBV
  • Week 3: Forms of SGBV
  • Week 4: Situations in which SGBV occurs
  • Week 5: The effects and consequences of SGBV
  • Week 6: Addressing SGBV (response and prevention)
  • Week 7: Building / designing of SGBV messages
  • Week 8: Recommendations
  • Week 9: Reporting

Impact:

  • The mothers of our students show the desire and willingness to be involved in decision-making processes related to our school and several women now participate as community representatives with WYCF.
  • WYCF has been asked to and has successfully mediated disagreements between our children’s parents.

4. Health & Hygiene Programme

Objectives:

  • Improve the health and hygiene of our children and their families via after-school forum and training sessions.
  • Deliver information about the benefits of health and hygiene to the wider community.
  • Contribute to communities’ resistance against cholera and other preventable diseases.

Process:

The programme ran over the course of seven weeks, each week focusing on a different topic:

  • Week 1: Introduction
  • Week 2: Cholera
  • Week 3: Water
  • Week 4: Food
  • Week 5: Body
  • Week 6: HIV / AIDS
  • Week 7: Smoking and drugs

 

Impact:

  • Reduced rate of school absence due to illness.
  • Greater effort to consume clean water.
  • Higher use of soap or ash & water baths outside homes and the school.

5. Summer School

Every year over the course of the summer holidays, we provide classes which are not normally provided in the school curriculum. The core motivation for summer school comes from the desire to continually improve the children’s learning capacities while providing an alternative to child labour and criminal activities.

In addition to the various subjects lectured during the school year, we offer our children the opportunity to experience arts & crafts, drama, story telling, and playing sessions, challenging and encouraging them to explore their creativity and imagination. It also acts as preparation for the next academic year.

During this time we offer placements to international volunteers in order for the children to experience different approaches to teaching and learning from other cultures.