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Joy House School

Most people recognize the critical link between the important foundation which Nursery,pre-school and Primary education provides, and the level of success in education students will experience later on. Those first formative years are essential to a child’s education and development as a whole. The Kenyan government recognizes this link and encourages communities to set up local nursery,pre-schools and primary. However, with no financial support, the reality is that Nursery, pre-schools are almost always run on a voluntary basis without any resources, and most teachers work for free, often in buildings which are unsuitable and even unsafe for children. Joy house is making a difference to early education by ensuring that the Nursery,pre-schools and Primary are equipped with the essential components necessary to providing this project: enthusiastic teachers, varied learning resources, a fun place to learn, and coordinated support from Joy House at a senior level. Joy House is providing a benefit to hundreds of young children, providing local employment to pre-school teachers, helping communities to look after their most vulnerable youngsters.

The school is located in Mukuru Slum, which is the second largest in Kenya, second only to the Kibera slums, which is considered one of the largest slums in the world. Within the Mukuru Slums there is a population of over half a million people where access to clean water, sanitation, education and medical facilities is at its lowest.
It is these conditions that made us initiate the idea of starting education programs within these slums.

Through Pack For A Purpose, we get some school supplies though the demand is very high. In addition, the donations given help us in catering for the needs of the pupils and running of the school. Our doors also remain open to volunteer teachers, donation of school supplies, new and used clothes and shoes, used or new laptops among others. We are also open to new ideas on how we can improve this education development initiative

General School Supplies:
Book Bags, Chalk, College-Ruled Paper, Colored Construction Paper, Colored Pencils, Compasses, Craft Scissors, Crayons, Dry-Erase Markers, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Notebooks, Pencils, Pencil Cases/Bags, Pens, Protractors, Rulers, Solar Calculators, and Watercolor Brushes and Paints

Reference Materials:
(English) Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

Flash Cards:
(English) Alphabet, Math, and Word

Wall Charts:
(English) Human Body, Language, Math, Science, and World Maps

Text/Reading Books:
(English) Age-Appropriate Story Books, Biology, Exercise, General Science, Health, Language/Grammar, and Math

Computer Hardware/Software:
Educational Software (Mathematics and Sciences), Flash Drives/Memory Sticks, Printers, Printer Cartridges (HP 564xl) *Solar-Powered Working Laptops, Tablets, USB Cables, and *Working Laptops

Bananagrams, Chess Sets, Connect Four, Puzzles, Scrabble, and Stuffed Animals/Soft Toys

Music Instruments:
Castanets, Cymbals, Guiros, Harmonicas/Kazoos, Maracas, Recorders, Tambourines, Triangles, and Xylophones

Sports/Outdoor Activity:
Frisbees, Inflation Pumps, Jump Ropes, Netball/Basketballs, Soccer Balls, Team Uniforms/Kits for Soccer, and Tennis Balls

New and Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes

First Aid/Health:
Antibiotic Ointment, Band-Aids, Sanitary Napkins, and Tampons