The Got Matar Community Development Group
The Rosie Dwyer Fund
Sponsoring a specific project will offer you the chance of bringing you closer to our work on the ground so you can see exactly how your donation makes a difference. You will receive regular and detailed reports and we can organise site visits for you to witness your project first hand.
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In 2002, Grace Ochieng Andiki, a primary school teacher, decided that her community in Bondo District, Kenya, where one third of the children had been orphaned by AIDS, had to take bold steps to assure its survival. She persuaded her fellow villagers that, because they had “lost a generation”, their priority must now be to give their children a better future by investing in better education. In result of this Grace founded the voluntary Got Matar Community Development Group.
Its main initial focus has been on improving education in the community and since its inception it has upgraded the condition of ten primary schools and since built a brand-new 600 place secondary school. The Group is now creating an Institute of Technology to offer young people training in a range of practical skills.
One of the courses on offer is for aspirational car mechanics living in rural western Kenya. At current students are undergoing their training classes in rented buildings with a scarce amount of equipment to learn from. Which is why we are calling upon you for support. You can opt to choose to fund specific tools from the ‘Shopping List’ below or you could choose to fund part of the new buildings construction or even fund an entire building which would be named in your honour.
Please visit the shop here to find our more on how to support this initiative:
The Ace Africa Truck Group was established so our Ace field staff could reach beneficiaries across target areas, often in the most remote rural communities. These 4×4 vehicles need to face extreme conditions, such as monsoon rains which frequently wash away the dirt tracks. They are a vital resource and hugely valuable to our team in Africa. In 2012 we raised vital funds to buy a second hand truck for our programmes in Siaya. This year we require funds to replace one of our trucks in Kenya. A vehicle provides vital transport to staff members to visit households, community groups and partners in the remote, rural villages where we work. The use of a vehicle increases the number of people/ households that Ace Africa can visit on a daily basis – from one household, when the staff are visiting by foot to 15 households when using a car – 15 x more cost effective and efficient, increasing and improving our delivery and ability to provide support regularly and ultimately benefitting over 60,000 community members.
If you would like to become a member of our Truck Group please download the form below. To simply donate to this project please make a donation to Ace Africa and reference it “Truck Group”. We appreciate any support you can offer and will keep you updated with the progress!
Following the tragic loss of their daughter Rosie, the Dwyer family decided to establish a memorial fund as a legacy to Rosie. In 2004, Rosie had visited a small Maasai village in 2004 and was inspired by the people there. The Dwyers decided therefore that the fund should support a craft teacher and related materials at a school supported by Ace Africa in Western Kenya, as a fitting memorial to Rosie, who lived her life in glorious technicolor, was passionate about art and Africa.
The Fund supports the South End Primary School in Bungoma, which provides education to children orphaned by HIV/AIDS and left in extremely vulnerable circumstances. Through Ace, the school benefits from an art teacher who provides children with creative skills. As well as having fun through art children learn issues they may face growing up in rural Kenya (eg. rights awareness, HIV etc). The fund provides the materials that the children need for art classes. Furthermore the fund provides food, basic educational material and equipment to the children.
The Rosie Dwyer Fund has raised over £60,000 to date. The money has been raised through a number of fantastic fundraising activities from very lengthy cycles across Kenya to a ‘Run for Rosie’. We at Ace Africa have been extremely moved by the support of the Dwyer family and friends through the Rosie Dwyer Memorial Fund, which in turn will touch the lives or orphaned children for years to come. The Dwyer’s have very recently returned from a trip to South End and were touched to see the children that have been supported through the fund.