Since we first opened our doors in 2007, we have been on a journey to ignite the potential of orphaned and critically-poor students. Today, Flying Kites serves as a center of excellence in our community and students are thriving thanks to our integrative programs. We are now ready to do more. Our Capital Campaign lays out a framework to significantly increase our impact.
In late 2016, we asked you to help raise enough funds to get 100 students off of the streets and into school, in 100 days. You did it in 40. As we watch our Academic Building rise from its foundation, we feel a sense of urgency that no student should be expected to come to class hungry, and we believe that no teacher should be expected to teach without the tools they need to succeed in a classroom.
The next building in our Capital Campaign has been designed with multiple purposes in mind, helping ensure that our students and teachers are poised to thrive in the classroom. This multipurpose building is expected to be the heart and hub of our campus providing (1) a dedicated facility to prepare and serve meals to more than 200 students and teachers per day, and (2) a flexible and high-capacity space to host comprehensive teacher training programs. We hope you will consider joining us to build this transformative building; we can't do it without you.
Leila de Bruyne Executive Director
The majority of children who come to Flying Kites have previously suffered from ill health and malnutrition, and early efforts to promote wellness require an integrative approach to intervention. The Flying Kites school currently serves three meals a day to students from the community (breakfast, lunch and mid-day snack). As we break ground on our 10 Classroom Academic Building and prepare to meet the needs of 180 students, we turn our attention to securing financial support for our new multpurpose cafeteria and teacher training center. The cafeteria will provide our students with the fuel they need to fulfill their potential, in and out of the classrooms.
As part of our commitment to health and sustainability, we cultivate large farms on both of our Njabini sites to provide fresh produce for our school. Our 2017 Farm Expansion will introduce fish-farming, bee keeping and bamboo cultivation in order to introduce new possibilities for self-sufficiency at our school.
Agriculture is the single most important contributor to the economy and lifestyle of people living in rural Kenya. Our students will have daily opportunities to enrich their knowledge of farming and livestock, including exposure to new techniques and sustainable food sources that could help improve the standards of nutrition and promote new sources of income for their families and neighbors.
At Flying Kites, we value teachers as the most important factor in improving student outcomes, and access to an education delivered by determined, compassionate, skillful teachers is one of the most effective ways to move children out of poverty. Unfortunately, many primary teachers in rural Kenya lack access to programs designed to foster and improve their basic skills. Our teacher training program will emphasize a student-centered approach to teaching and introduce innovative strategies and new resources to improve student outcomes. In partnership with local and international organizations, our teacher training program will provide transformative support to teachers across Nyandarua county and beyond.
We start our work with a fundamental commitment to investing in teachers, and through our collaborative impact framework, we assemble partners to introduce comprehensive teacher development programs and improve the classroom environment by addressing infrastructure, resource, nutrition, and other obstacles to learning.
In addition to serving as a regional teacher training center, our high-capacity multipurpose facility fills a gap in the Njabini community and will act as a hub for our growing partnerships with organizations providing a wide-range of services, including livelihood training, micro-finance access and public health initiatives.