In normal times, we fund the salaries of 17 much-needed additional teachers across our partner schools at a cost of £1,700 per month. Funds collected from parents and donated by other partners pay for around 50 other teachers and support staff, including cooks and watchmen.
As a result of the Covid pandemic, which has forced schools in Kenya to close and left them unable to collect these financial contributions from parents, our partner schools face a cash crisis. Without this funding from parents, the livelihoods of around 50 teachers and other members of staff are at risk.
We cannot let this happen and so for the duration of school closures, African Promise has agreed to contribute monthly cash grants of £2,100 to ensure that all our partner schools have guaranteed funding to be able to pay teacher and support staff salaries.
All staff except watchmen, who continue to report for duty, have accepted a temporary 50% pay cut but, without our funding, schools would simply not have the resources to continue paying salaries – even at these reduced levels – and these dedicated staff would go unpaid at the very time that they need their salaries the most.