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Purchases for Patmos - the Gift of Education
by Ronne Rock
Posted on Tuesday, October 27, 2015
In the Mathare slum of Nairobi stands the Patmos Junior School, a symbol of hope for one of the largest and poorest areas of Africa. The more than 300,000 children in the slum face unspeakable conditions - gross poverty, crime, violence, and the HIV/AIDS pandemic - and there is little opportunity for education due to severe overcrowding in the few public schools available. 

Patmos provides a safe haven and opportunity for orphans and vulnerable children to have access to a Christian education, healthcare and a daily meal. Orphan Outreach has partnered with Patmos for the past three years. Because of its location, it is challenging to take mission teams to work at the school; but that's not keeping transformation from taking place, due to faithful donors who are committed to serving the children of Kenya. Read this update from Patmos, and please pray for the teachers, children, and families of the Mathare slum. Thank you to everyone who contributed to the updates being made at the school.

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On Thursday, 15 October 2015, with funds which has kindly been donated to the school by Orphan Outreach, the Headmaster was able to purchase much-needed school furniture and blackboards. In total 15 desks, 8 teachers’ chairs, and 3 blackboards were purchased from local tradesmen. These items will make a huge difference to both the teaching staff and the children, and we are extremely grateful to Orphan Outreach for making this possible.

In September 2015 Orphan Outreach also donated funds for the purchase of the third term’s stationery (school supplies) requirements.

Orphan Outreach has kindly been supporting Patmos Junior School for the past three years. In February of 2014 they established their first office in Kenya and have since that time been partnering with three schools in Kenya including Patmos School.

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Last year saw Orphan Outreach funding the School Sanitation Project. They also donated funds for school equipment, as well as for stationery and text books for the 2014 school year. 

In 2014, Orphan Outreach also donated funds to enable the school to purchase the 6th and final classroom, which ensured that the school owned the whole school building and the and on which is it situated. The school had previously raised funds to purchase the majority of the land and buildings.

At the start of the 2015 school year there was a real shortage of text books and stationery. Orphan Outreach generously provided the funds to enable the Headmaster to purchase the books required. 

In June 2015, Orphan Outreach also funded the purchase of two additional classrooms to help alleviate the overcrowding situation at the school.

We are very grateful to Orphan Outreach for their ongoing help and support with the school and for donating the funds for these chairs, desks, blackboards, and equipment.

If you would like to know more about the Patmos Junior School, and become involved in the work being done there, contact Amy Norton, Orphan Outreach Director of Programs, at anorton@orphanoutreach.org.

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