Got Matar
Got Matar, meaning Bare Hilltop, lies in Bondo District. It is one of Kenya’s poorest districts and the one that has been most affected by AIDS. The Got Matar Community Development Group was formed by local leaders to respond to the crisis. The Group focused on improving its children’s education and decided to build a secondary school with a capacity for 600 children. Got Matar Secondary School is now thriving, although still in need of additional facilities if it is to offer the very best of education in the District. More here...
The School
Within 3 months of the go ahead, the first building had been completed, teachers recruited and 112 children enrolled. Since then hundreds of pupils have graduated with many going on to universities or other institutions of higher education. All the essential classroom buildings have been completed and equipped on time. Actual costs have been in line with agreed budgets. This combination of enthusiastic and dedicated community-led development, technical and management skills, and donations from well-wishers, is achieving most encouraging results. More here...
Donations
The GMCDG wishes to thank all people and organizations who have contributed to its programmes for all that they have done. Your support is transforming the lives of many young people within the community, and will help to make big improvements in the living standards of people in the area served by the Secondary School and the Institute of Technology. The top priority call on funds for the secondary school is to pay for bursaries to enable qualified students from poor families, mainly orphans, to attend the school. More here...

CM Insider

If you want to learn more about how to buy a hammer, headlamp or a hoist for training Kenyan car mechanics or even support the construction of the new training building please contact the Got Matar Community’s award winning UK anchor charity, Ace Africa (UK).

Please visit their website www.ace-africa.org/car-mechanic-shopping-list or contact Olivia on olivia.jarman@ace-africa.org or +44 (0)207 9332997.

See the article in Car Mechanics Magazine. 

Ace Africa are working alongside the Got Matar Community Development Group (GMCDG) to support the most vulnerable children and their families who have been infected and affected by the HIV/AIDS crisis. With the aim to improve access to children wanting to attain a higher level of education once out of secondary school, the GMCDG set up an Institute of Technology (IoT), which offers vocational courses for teenagers and adults in a variety of training opportunities in order to open up employment options to the young people of Got Matar.

The IoT is registered by the Ministry of Education and run as a sustainable private venture by the GMCDG and is entirely funded by the kind support of individual donors.

The latest, and most popular, course on offer is the Car Mechanics course – and this is where we come to you! Training is now taking place in rented buildings with limited access to equipment. The mechanics group intends to move it as quickly as possible into a new well-equipped training workshop and we hoped that some Car Mechanics Magazine readers might feel like helping them out, knowing that their support will improve the safety of Kenya’s vehicles while improving job prospects for Got Matar’s budding mechanics.

You can read more on Ace Africa here: www.ace-africa.org