2016 Grants

We congratulate Akili School for Girls, Kenya and Rural Education For Action Development Society (READS), India, who were awarded grants for their projects to educate girls.

Akili School for Girls

Akili School for Girls received the 2016 Patricia Monaghan Grant for its innovative boarding school providing a safe haven outside the slums, where its students live. The school provides all requirements from food to uniforms for its students. Currently in its third year, it will grow year by year with its students and teachers. The grant will accomplish two things.

Firstly, it will build showers for the students, who currently shower outside, making them extremely vulnerable to predators. The grey water will be recycled for the school’s eco-toilets, its biogas digester, (which creates energy from the toilet waste and chicken manure to provide fuel for the school kitchen), and its vegetable garden and fruit orchard. Thus the school will become self sustainable in an environmentally responsible process. The students will learn about sustainable agriculture as they grow food for the school and later on, students are invited to participate in the Environment Club, where they will learn to apply their social studies and maths lessons in the real world of business.

Secondly, the grant will provide a computer trainer to enable the teachers and caregivers to become computer literate. This not only allows them to teach the students to use computers, but it provides access to information and methods,  and it enables them to connect with global networks that mentor teachers in developing countries.

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