Don’t let a bright girl’s ambitions end with Primary School.
- Girls in Kenya and Tanzania can’t go to high school if they have no funds for fees.
- CHES finds scholarship funds for female students who meet scholastic standards.
- Girls usually lose in the competition for scarce family resources.
School fees are more than the total annual income of poor rural families.
- Families often choose only to help their sons.
Help us help them!
- You can help a student by becoming a donor, sponsor or agent. At least 95% of your scholarship donation goes to support the CHES girl’s education.
- While CHES is based in Canada, we accept support from anyone, anywhere! A donation of any amount is much appreciated and helps with the many expenses of our frugal organization.
Fundraiser in Saskatoon
Tuesday, October 24, 2017, the Sutherland Bar in Saskatoon was invaded by Sara Williams and her committee who organized a Steak Night aimed at raising funds for the installation of gutters (eaves troughs) and tanks at the Sara Williams Hostel and CHES house in Katesh, Tanzania. This installation will provide water security for roughly 100 CHES girls.
Over 190 people dined on great food and watched slide shows featuring CHES people in Katesh. Musical entertainment was provided by “After Four”. The M.C., Jackie Bantle, kept things going with jokes and door prize draws.
A message from Naomi Saulo, the Tanzanian Secretary Treasurer, was read to the group.
A silent auction raised an astounding amount. Donated books drew many voluntary donations.
Sara Williams showed a PowerPoint and described the work of CHES in Katesh, the Tanzanian people involved and the growth of the CHES program there.
Over $8000 was raised for this project. Donations are still coming in.
A huge thank you to the organisers and to the wonderful people who attended and made incredible donations to CHES.
Pakistani activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai addressed the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa April 12, 2017
We Have Built A Safe House
Thanks to a couple of VERY generous donations a couple of years ago, we have been able to purchase a plot of land in Kakamega ,Kenya and over the last 8 months, have been able to construct a wall, guard house and combined CHES House and Office. A smaller version of what we have in Katesh.
We moved into the complex in April 2017. We are delighted and excited as this will save us the rental costs we have been paying for years and years..
Phase 1: was the wall and guard shelter
Phase 2: was the House and Office.
Phase 3: we were not able to immediately add a proposed SAFE HOUSE as we had run out of money. We felt we needed it for three reasons:
- a) Girls who come into town from afar as required by CHES and cannot get home the same day will have a place to overnight safely. Local Hotels and Guest Houses are not always safe places for a young, unsupervised girl. There are also girls who, on rare occasions, may feel that even going home, may not be in their best interests. The same haven will be available for them.
- b) We sometimes hire CHES grads to work in our office during peak periods (selection of girls or during workshops). We cannot afford to pay them much and if they live some distance away, their modest payment is eaten up by transport (taxi) costs. Hence they can stay in the Safe House at no cost while so employed.
- c) We generally have a Canadian Agent living in Kakamega. There is Agent accommodation in the main CHES House/Office. On rare occasions or during switchover periods when agents overlap each other, accommodation is required for the second agent.
The cost of construction was estimated to be $29,000. A remarkable donation of $15,000 got us started and other donations large and small enabled us to begin construction in the Spring of 2017. It opened for use in November, 2017.
Our deepest thanks to all those who helped to make this happen
Fourth Annual Math Seminar
For many years the MATH marks of our Tanzania girls were well below par. Often this was due to a lack of Math teachers. Frequently, the teaching methodology was as much to blame.
In March 2017, for the fourth year, retired Saskatchewan Math Teacher Robb Taylor hosted a Math Seminar for local Math teachers that offered ideas relating to testing, use of manipulatives and innovative approaches which, when used by these teachers when they return to their classrooms, are already showing remarkable results. A short seminar was also held for Elementary School teachers. Student marks are on the rise thanks to the creative ideas Robb continues to share. Although the local teachers’ time is compensated, Robb provides these vital seminars at no cost to CHES.