VICDA School Projects

VICDA identify underprivileged communities in need of support in the areas of health/nutrition, education, and sanitation among other projects. Through their education projects, VICDA build schools for children in needy communities which are then staffed by government teachers. Construction includes ECD centers and primary and secondary schools.
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Year launched: 
2009
Launch country: 

CEI Plus Status

Program Results Status
Monitoring and Evaluation Reporting
Primary Approach: 
Implementer: 
Volunteer International Community Development Africa (VICDA)
Government of Kenya
Primary Topic: 

Location Data

State/Province: 
Nakuru and Kajiado counties
City: 
Nairobi
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Program Description: 

The goal of VICDA is to improve the lives of the vulnerable children in Kenyan society and ensure every child has a right to education; this is achieved through provision of education facilities, as it is a big challenge to learning in rural Kenya. There is a shortage of school facilities in rural areas of Kenya, where children either have no access or the schools are very overcrowded, which increases the rate of illiteracy and poor learning in schools. 

Thus, in addition to other initiatives on health and nutrition, VICDA builds schools around Kenya for communities that have been displaced and require education support. Since 2009, it has built nine schools in three counties in Kenya. The nine consist of one secondary, three primary, and five ECD schools. The VICDA team identifies communities that require support to provide education, such as internally displaced persons (IDPs), and, either through money the community has raised or through donations, VICDA begin construction.

VICDA works closely with the government and builds schools as per its specifications, making it easier for the office of public works to approve the construction and sign off upon completion. The schools are constructed through donor funding and VICDA maintains control over the process to maintain quality standards and for ease of accountability through its contractor, employed directly by the organization. Volunteers also contribute toward construction on different sites as well as at the ECD centers. The schools include classrooms, toilets, and administration blocks and are furnished with desks, blackboards, learning materials, stationery, and playgrounds. The teachers, including those at the ECD level, are deployed by the government and paid for by the communities. These teachers have additional training in counseling due to the experiences of the target beneficiaries who pay fees to ensure sustainability of the school.

Upon completion of the project, VICDA turns over responsibility of the school to the board; however, it maintains a relationship with the school to regularly monitor the condition of the buildings as well as the general performance of the school. Through its experiences, VICDA has learned that ECD learning and nutrition are inextricably linked as a child is unable to develop, concentrate, and learn if he or she is malnourished and hungry. All ECD programs are therefore linked to feeding programs, which also increases the number of children attending school.

Highlighting Innovation: 
The program provides education to children who have to travel long distances for school. VICDA deals mainly with rebuilding with the lives of children who were victims of post-election violence in 2008 and lost years of schooling due to displacement.
Key Challenges: 
Sometimes, teachers ask for transfers as they ahve to travel 13 or more kilometers for each trip to their schools. Some children are slow to learn due to past emotional hardships.