In the spirit of our transparent mission statement, ‘We help where help is needed’, VWT has responded to the COVID-19 pandemic by connecting with local communities to determine what we can do to make a difference. This is an incredibly challenging time for many. We specifically recognize the importance of providing basic resources to help people feel safe and supported in the work they do to help others. Our COVID-19 Response is an ongoing effort that includes the following initiatives:
VWT has donated and distributed over 25,000 units of personal protective equipment to select communities and police stations in Nairobi and Eldoret. By ensuring that police officers and community members have access to essential items such as hand sanitizer, gloves, and masks, we believe the spread of this virus can be greatly diminished.
In January 2021, VWT donated several hand washing stations, liters of hand sanitizer and 500+ face masks to Mamiloki Primary school. Mamiloki is one of the oldest public basic education institutions in Mwala Constituency in the Masii ward. The school has been in existence since 1955 and has churned out excellent students over the years, some of who have scaled heights of success, including the families of current IG Hillary Mutyambai, former PS Ndambuki and Sammy Muvela of Zimele Investments.
VWT has an ongoing commitment to offer essential musical and educational programs to underprivileged children. In the past, VWT has coordinated these efforts with the help of partners who share this vision at Mutuini Hope Centre and the Ghetto Classics programme at the Art of Music Foundation. VWT selected Mamiloki as a partner in the latest initiative because of their commitment to become the main catalyst of development for the local community through provision of quality education and related services.
In the coming months, VWT will provide free work and meeting space at Kikao64, our co-working and community space in Eldoret. Our aim is to encourage and facilitate entrepreneurial activity during the recovery phase of the pandemic.
The Sisters of Mercy founded the Huruma Girl’s High School in 1964. This was necessitated by the sad plight of many girls who finished their primary education and could not get chances in the few secondary schools in Makadara area. The situation touched the heart of Sisters of Mercy who through Sr. Stella McCormack founded Huruma Girls High School. She started with a community of 40 girls in a classroom belonging to Our Lady of Mercy Shauri Moyo Primary school. They stayed there for the first three months and later moved to a hall at our Lady of Visitation Church under the late Archbishop John Njenga who was the Parish priest at the time. In 1965, the buildings consisted of two classrooms, a small store, an office and a staff room and the Huruma community moved in. The Sisters of Mercy in collaboration with the government and other people of good will continued to develop the school over the years. In 1974 the school attained a double stream status while the management was taken over by the government under the sponsorship of the (Sisters of Mercy) Catholic Church. The school continued growing as a day school as the presence of Sisters of Mercy in the teaching staff continued until 2003. Since then, Huruma girls has grown into a full boarding school with three stream status and the Sisters of Mercy have continued to support the school by having representatives in the BOM and programs organized by Mercy Education Office (MEO). The enrolment has included 567 pupils in 2017, 787 pupils in 2019, and 830 pupils in 2020. The current school Principal Grace. W. Macharia has been in the school for one year.
Hannie’s Connection: Hannie Biwott taught French, English and History at Huruma Girls in 1969 until the end of 1970.
Pumwani Boys Secondary School is a boarding boy, an extra county level secondary school located in Starehe Subcounty, Nairobi County which was founded in 1932. It was made a secondary school in 1961. From 2001, the boarding wing was started with only 4 students accepting to be boarders on day one. By 2006, the school became full boarding.
The school is now being headed by Mr. Mwangi. R Mugo who is the principal. The school made a significant improvement in KCSE results. In 2020, they had a meanscore of 5.07.
Hannie’s Connection:She had four streams of English language and literature at Pumwani Boys Secondary in 1972 and was there for half a year.
VWT has donated essential respiratory support equipment to Shamir Medical Centre, to facilitate care and treatment of patients with COVID-19.
VWT has contributed significantly to the cost of creating a digital security system for Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center. This sophisticated ‘firewall’ will help protect Yad Vashem’s digital assets and wealth of online information, as well as ensuring safe, reliable communication between staff and partner organizations. With Yad Vashem currently closed and so many staff working remotely, the need for digital security has never been greater.