Where your support goes:
Home/Family Kenya: This includes our monthly rent, utilities, food for 30 plus several staff, salaries of our housemothers, guards, counselor, social worker, director housing, etc. It includes expenses for shoes, clothing, vehicle maintenance, basically everything that pertains to a growing family!
Healthcare: The main expense in this area is when our girls are pregnant and babies are delivered or there is sickness. But even after that there are monthly checkups, vaccinations, medicine for sickness, etc. We don't have health insurance, so every expense is cash. We also take care of unexpected needs including mental health issues, surgeries, neonatal care, etc.
Education: During Phase 1, our girls are schooled at home. We purchase books, supplemental curriculum, computer software, etc. We are also hoping to hire a tutor to help with some of our girls who have had no education. As our girls enter Phase 2, they attend school off-site to help prepare them better for their Form 1 exam. There are school fees, uniforms, books, etc. Our girls can also choose a vocational tract instead, to perfect skills for jobs later after graduation. It's our goal to help each girl graduate from at least the 8th grade.
Salaries: Executive Director, Program Director, Counselor, Social Worker, Part time Teachers and Part time Accountant, day and nights guards, etc. We hire only qualified local Kenyans and we pay a compartive salary based on other NGO's in-counry. A large portion of our monthly budget goes towards salaries.
Skills Program: We have a full-time Skills teacher who teaches the girls to sew, make jewelry, art, etc. This fund is to purchase supplies, run the program and pay our teacher.
Admin USA: We have recently added our first part time USA paid position (10 hours a week) to help faciliate The Mercy Shop, our online store, and home parties, managing volunteers, shipping packages, helping with donor relations. We also use the fund for fundraising supplies, occasional travel to conferences, office supplies and equipment and shipping.
2014 Working Monthly Budget: $14,600
Medical Expenses: $2100
Girls/Babies Welfare: $3250
School Fees (books/uniforms): $1400
Postage: $300 (export product to USA)
Office Supplies: $100
Motor Vehicle Expenses $750
(maintenance, tires, fuel, etc for two vehicles on very bad roads)
(Includes insurances, licenses, travel, etc)