What we do

What we do

Everything that we deliver as a charity is done in close partnership with Brainhouse Academy leaders and teachers. We listen closely to the things that are most important for the vulnerable children in their care and work with them to plan strategically how we can support their long-term goals. Our joint strategy and leadership development sessions over recent visits have created close bonds, enhanced their management skills and enabled a clear sense of direction and joint responsibility. This work has enabled a true sustainability for the projects below.

Food

To ensure the wellbeing of the students we provide a monthly allowance to the school to support their feeding programme. This is the most fundamental contribution that ACEF makes and we need to maintain it year on year.

We aim to raise £14,000 which will fund one meal every day for the 200 orphans who live at the school and enable us to provide a meal four times a week for all of the other students. We will also be enhancing the environment in which food is prepared and cooked through biogas initiatives.

Physical environment

We make improvements to the environment and the facilities of the school in many ways, for example:Water

  • Installing donated solar power panels to provide basic access to electricity
  • Installing a small pump to draw water into a tank providing limited running water
  • New classrooms and dormitories have been built and some have been decorated
  • Lighting has been improved in the classrooms and dormitories
  • In the dormitories new beds have been purchased
  • Water tanks and water filters have been installed to provide clean water

Our current big project will provide 26 new toilets and washing facilities for the 800 plus children.

Health and Well-being

In addition to the key improvements in nutrition provided by the feeding programme we also provide medical assistance for children with severe health issues.

Working with the senior female teachers in the school we are educating and supporting students through issues such as relationships, sex, HIV and bullying. We support day to day health and well-being issues, in particular the health of the older girls through Dine for Dignity which provides sanitary wear.

Educational Opportunities

Many teachers have been involved in trips to Brainhouse and have exchanged ideas and techniques on effective teaching with minimal resources.

We have provided many educational resources such as reconditioned laptops, overhead projectors, and we will work further with the teachers and leaders in the school to help them utilise these further.IMG_1464

The joy of reading books for pleasure has been brought to the students and we have created a library of books for the students. In 2016, thanks to the Bernadette Trust we were able to purchase a full set of text books for the school.

Art and craft materials have been provided and sport has been enhanced for the students and staff including some football, volleyball and netball equipment.

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