Archive for November, 2011


A New Building for the LC Education Centre

For the past 9 years that PCA has been involved with the school & centre, it was located in a rented compound. With rising rents & looking towards sustainability, it was decided to purchase a building for the school. Fortunately one was found where the vendors agreed to payments by installments. The move to this building was made in January 2011. Renovations are needed to complete all the classrooms.  This school & centre has the capacity for the enrolment of 600 children. There is currently a waiting list for entry. Once the needed renovations are completed those waiting to come will be admitted. We anticipate having one Secondary grade.  This will be a first in this area as there are no Secondary schools in the slums.

This past winter, through donations from Ottawa West Rotary & private donors we were able to put electricity in the building, construct four large classrooms, toilet facilities, with showers & sinks. There are few buildings n the slum with running water & the capacity for electricity.  The school is fortunate in having both.


The rise up campaign continues…

In September 2010 PCA held a fund raiser at the Great Canadian Theatre Company. We raised $15,000.00. All of which went to the payment of the building. A huge “thank you” to everyone who participated in this event.

We now embark on the last phase of payment for the school building, which is due July 1st. ¾’s of the building is paid for.  We have $23,000.00 left to raise.  With the final payment, the LC education centre will own their own (6 storey) building at last. This will allow 600 impoverished children to have a chance for an education.

The school will also have room for the first secondary class. Secondary schools are out of reach for slum children. They are too expensive, and children rarely get to attend. Them. There are no secondary schools in Mathare.

Please help us to reach this important goal:
Any donation will be greatly appreciated. You can donate by cheque, credit card or debit card. The “canada helps” button  will do direct deposits.



renovations winter 2011

This winter we received a designated donation for renovations to the school.

We put lighting in many of the classrooms, 4 toilets with showers were built. The children are now able to shower at school there is no water in most of Mathare. We added two water cachement tanks, built 4 large classrooms, replaced some dirt floors with cement & built steps to the building.

We have the beginnings of a library, with the potential to operate a small internet café for the community & move toward self sustainability. Two sewing rooms were made for the single mothers program  & a large meeting room that the school can rent out for events.

We hope to have a health clinic in the building as well.



For the second year in a row, “the Mathare Scholarship Trust” a non profit organization out of Ottawa, offered one of our children a secondary school scholarship.

The ministry of education stated that they didn’t know how our children score such high marks in final exams, given their dire circumstances (orphans or from single parents).

Help us to help them go farther.
Thank you to everyone whose contribution has made it possible for  us get this far.


Children’s First Outing

visiting the elephants

It was their first time on a bus, first time going out of Mathare slum and first time they saw an elephant. It was a huge success & the entire slum was talking about it for weeks.


Mathare in focus at the Cube Gallery

A fundraiser night for the The Canada Mathare Education Trust. This charity provided a Nathan with a scholarship to go to secondary school! Nathan was at The Loving Concern Education Center that Project Chance Africa supports!

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