Making Donations

Donate On Line by credit or debit card:
Go to the Ace Africa charity donations page, and click ‘Make a donation‘. Please include “For Got Matar” in the message box, and include your name (and address, either postal or e-mail) in the following box.

Donate On Line by credit or debit card here

Donate by cheque or bank transfer:

Donors have other options for making payments to the Got Matar Community Development Group.

1. In the UK, the charity Ace Africa (UK), who have been actively helping children and their communities in Africa for 10 years, has kindly agreed to collect funds on behalf of donors and forward them to GMCDG.

Download the Ace Africa form here. (pdf)

2. In Italy, SONIA, an Association which is funding small-scale projects in developing countries, mostly with an educational component, has generously offered to help in raising funds and in administering donations.

Download the SONIA form here. (pdf)

Please print out and complete the preferred donation form and return it with your cheque or inter-bank transfer instructions to the address provided. It is suggested that payments be made in £ sterling via Ace Africa, and in Euro via SONIA. Both Ace Africa and SONIA can receive other currencies but will incur exchange costs. UK residents, please remember to fill in the Gift Aid section at the bottom of the Ace Africa form.

Total Donations

The total amount of funds committed by donors for development at Got Matar at 31 December 2015 was approximately Euro 560,000 (equivalent to about £414,000 or US$615,000). Of this, about Euro 315,000 was spent on the construction and equipment of the secondary school buildings, including the installation of 20 computers. About Euro 150,000 has covered the initial operating deficit of the school and the bursary programme, and Euro 90,000 has been invested in the Institute of Technology, including the Women’s Centre and its computer equipment, as well as a large share of initial operating costs. About Euro 5,000 has been spent on local management costs, including travel, attendance at specialised meetings, communications etc.

All international fund-raising and oversight costs are met by Andrew and Roberta MacMillan. This means that all donor funds are paid to the Got Matar Community Development Group or their suppliers.

See the List of Current Donors

National Funding

The Ministry of Education meets a large part of the staff costs of GM Secondary School, and is responsible for maintaining the facilities. Other operating costs are met by school fees paid by parents/guardians and, in the case of bursaries, by the Bursary Fund. The Ministry has built teachers’ houses, as foreseen in the school development plan. In 2010, the Constituency Development Fund paid for the installation of a mains electricity connection for the school, and has also financed the construction of a full-scale science laboratory.

Individual Kenyan contributors have financed the purchase of a school bus.

Priorities for Donor Funding

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. Bursaries pay for tuition fees and some “extras” (e.g. computer studies), school lunches, uniforms, shoes and examination fees for the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education. Cost of a full bursary is Euro 150 per year (or Euro 600 for the full 4 year course).

For 2016 there will be 195 donor-funded bursaries. For the medium term, the aim is to provide for 40 new bursaries each year, or a total of 160 students receiving bursaries with a total annual cost of Euro 24,000. The Community intends to meet a progressively rising share of bursary programme costs from the profits of income-generating enterprises from 2014 onwards.

After many delays, the girls’ dormitory became operational in September 2015. An immediate priority is to enable the girls to have access to a permanent bathroom, to replace the temporary one that is now being used. Once the new facilities are complete, additional funding will be required for the second phase of construction, to bring capacity up to 180 pupils.

For the IoT, the top priority is to construct permanent purpose-built workshops and classrooms for each of the 10 courses now being offered and to upgrade equipment. So far, new workshops have been built to house the courses on computers, sewing and masonry, and construction has been started on the wood-working workshop. IoT students are engaged in building and furnishing these buildings. In the longer term, the IoT aims to construct a dormitory for students from distant locations. The cost of the overall building programme is provisionally estimated at Euro 270,000, including the costs of water and electricity connections. Details are provided in the prospectus.

Institute of Technology Prospectus (pdf)

The need for a water supply to meet the needs of the growing number of students and residents (e.g. teachers) at the Got Matar site is becoming urgent. The Community is looking into costs and possible sources of funding.