Reflecting on 2017 and the impact ACEF has made at Brainhouse over the last 7 years, makes us realise the African proverb ‘if you think you’re too small to make a difference, you haven’t spent the night with a mosquito!’ is so apt.  There is no doubt in my mind that a conversation, an act of kindness, a spoken truth, can make a significant difference to others.  It does not take much at all to have a huge impact.

ACEF is tiny like a mosquito – a small, but passionate charity which is striving continuously to make a difference to our wonderful street and vulnerable young people who live and go to school at Brainhouse Academy. The impact has been immense:

  • 29 students achieved the Kenyan university entrance – an incredible feat, given the location and facilities of Brainhouse, in the middle of one of the world’s largest slums.
  • Every child and adult in the school has had a warm, nourishing meal three times in the school week
  • Every orphan who lives in the school, around 250 students, have been fed every day of the week
  • There is a fully functioning library and all the students have access to text books
  • Every child can drink safe clean drinking water

However none of this could be achievable without incredible support from individuals, schools, organisations and volunteers in England – who have helped to ensure that we can continue the development of the infrastructure of the school, the feeding programme of our young people and enhancement of core and life skills of teachers and senior students.   This year the support from Waverley Academy Trust, Parkfield Community School, Shirley Ladies Circle and our regular bike riders has been absolutely immense.   However, we are also absolutely inedited to all of you who support us in so many ways, with financial help, with time, with encouragement – every penny and ounce enables us to feed a child, to buy a book, to provide a cup of clean water.     Without all of your support, we would not be able to continue the support we provide Brainhouse or even be considering our ambitious programme for 2018.

This year we are looking to:

  • Continue the feeding programme which is essential for the health and wellbeing of all our students and teachers
  • Build 17 green toilets in the school, providing sanitary conditions for children and teachers to go to the toilet.
  • Establish the harvesting of biogas from the toilets to provide energy in the school for cooking and lighting.
  • Establishing the skills of teachers and older students to manage the ‘green toilets’ – developing future employment skills
  • Working with the staff and older female students on understanding the issues around female health and looking to establish sustainable solutions for menstrual care to ensure that girls continue their education
  • Building on the leadership and strategic develop skills of the senior management team to ensure that we are addressing long term sustainability and independence issues for the school
  • We will also continue to build and establish key relationships here in England with schools and organisations who wish to work with us, ensuring the relationship is mutually beneficial.

So you can see the little ACEF mosquito is absolutely buzzing and being felt by all, both in Kenya and in England.

Finally we are delighted to be able to report that less than 5% of our income is used to support our fundraising efforts in the UK. We work hard to ensure that as near as possible every penny raised is used to support the young people who attend Brainhouse Academy.

If you are interested in working with us or knowing more, please do just drop us an email and I would be delighted to make contact with you.

The Trustees and Management Team of ACEF

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