Friends of Githabai

Make a difference for children and young people in Githabai - Kenya

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About Githabai's friends

The association was formed in 2005 by Ulrik Petersen's children and family with the help and inspiration of friends and acquaintances with the aim of supporting children in Kenya, primarily South Kinangop with the school Githabai Primary School as the center.
We have direct contact with the school without costly intermediaries and expensive administration.

The school is located on the edge of the Rift Valley at Naivasha approx. 140 km from the capital Nairobi.
The school is located in an agricultural area of ​​small plots, where vegetables are mainly grown for resale and to feed the families.
The main crops are corn and potatoes. The weights are small and neat, so the cores are tight.
Some people are suffering from AIDS, mortality is high, and therefore an increasing number of grandparents have to care for orphans.
Education cannot be afforded here.

Lack of water was a major problem in the past.

Rainwater was collected in tanks and ponds during the rainy season, but this was not enough at all.
The water was of poor quality with health hazard to the children.

Githabai's Friends Association is currently working on 5 projects:

  • Find sponsors for distressed children's education at 4-year Secondary School, as well as sponsors for a maximum of 4 years of additional education for a youngster who has completed sponsored 4-year Secondary School.
  • Finding funds / sponsors to help the school with necessary improvements as well as funding for the purchase of educational materials, school uniforms etc.
    Find funding for supplemental procurement and improvements to the newly established Githabai Health Clinic
  • Find funding for maintenance and improvements to the drinking water project after reopening drilling and establishing water supply to Githabai.
  • The projects are being developed in collaboration with the locals and with Githabai Primary School as the center.

The water project is supervised by engineer Catherine Wanjihia in collaboration with the water committee at Githabai.

Funding for the projects is sought, among other things. through contributions from associations, and companies, and through membership fees, as our association p.t. includes approx. 75 members.
The association also collects extra funds by giving lectures on the association's background and working for distressed children in Kenya.
Please note that all funds go to our projects, with all members working for free.

That's why we help

The association's purpose is to support children in Kenya, primarily South Kinangop with the Githabai Primary School as the center.

Githabai Primary School is located near the Rift Valley at Naivasha approx. 140 km. from the capital Nairobi.
The school is located in an agricultural area of ​​small plots, where vegetables are mainly grown for resale and to feed the families. The main crop is corn.
The weights are small and neat, so the cores are tight.
Global climate change causes the rainfall pattern to become unstable, with increasing periods of drought.
 
Some people are suffering from AIDS, mortality is high, and therefore an increasing number of grandparents have to care for orphans. Education cannot be afforded here.
 
Due to political turmoil in the 2007 elections, a large number of internally displaced families have applied to Githabai.
These families are landless and live in deep poverty by relief or alms and pose a further strain on the area's resources.
So here is no advice for education either.
 
The school has received 50 internally displaced children and no additional funds.
There is now a class quotient of approx. 80 students.
 
Unemployment is currently. 60% in the country.
 
Lack of water has been a major problem.
The school, in collaboration with Githabai's Friends and benevolent donors, has found funding to reopen bores
as well as establishing water supply for school and locals.
This is a very big step forward.
 
The other great desire of the people to improve health and reduce mortality is the opening of a newly built health clinic in Githabai.
The clinic must not receive patients until it is fully equipped.
There is a long way to emergency help for injuries, illness and births.

Statutes

Articles of Association of the Friends of Githabai

§1. The name, place and purpose of the association.

§2. The association's name is "Friends of Githabai *".

§3. The association's registered office is Skovhusvej 3, 4262 Sandved.

§4. The purpose of the association is to support children in Kenya,

primarily in Kinangop, through raising funds for schoolwork and other purposes.

§5. Members

Anyone who has paid a membership fee to the association and who agrees with the association's purpose and idea is a member of the association.

A member who does not respect these articles of association or resolutions passed by the general meeting may be excluded by the board of directors by the association.

An exclusion must be approved by the next general meeting.
An Extraordinary General Meeting shall be convened with only this one item on the agenda if the Annual General Meeting is set to be held later than one month after the exclusion.

§ 6. General Assembly

The General Assembly is the highest authority of the association.
The Annual General Meeting is held once a year, at the latest in March and is announced by ordinary letter to all members no later than 30 days before.

The agenda for the Annual General Meeting must contain at least the following items:

1) Choice of conductor
2) The Board of Directors' report on the association's activities in the past year
3) The audited accounts are submitted for approval
4) Proposals received
5) Setting the quota
6) Election of Board of Directors and Deputy Board of Directors
7) Election of auditor
8) Possibly

Proposals for consideration under item 4 of the agenda must be submitted to the Board of Directors at least 14 days prior to the general meeting by signature.

Extraordinary General Meetings may be convened by the Board of Directors at fourteen days' notice and shall be held at the request of the Board of Directors in writing stating the agenda of 10 members within four weeks of receipt of such request.

All decisions at a general meeting are taken by a simple majority of votes. The general meeting legally ushered in at all times is quorum. Only members with a valid membership fee can vote at the general meeting.

No one, as a representative at the general meeting, can represent more than one member.

Above what passed at the general meeting is a protocol signed by the chairman.

§7. Management

The association is led by a board of 5 members elected for 2 years at a time. At the first annual general meeting after the foundation, 1 board member and treasurer are up for election. The treasurer and the chairman are elected at the general meeting.

The Board of Directors constitutes itself with, Vice-President, and Secretary.

The Board of Directors establishes its own rules of procedure and makes the decisions necessary for the operation of the association.

The association is obliged by the signature of two board members, one of whom must be the chairman or the vice-chairman.

However, when purchasing, pledging or selling real estate, a signature is required from the entire board.

Individuals can be notified of attorneys.

§8. liability

The association is only liable for its obligations with the assets of the association at all times. There is no personal liability of the members of the association or the board of directors.

§ 9. Financial year

The association's fiscal year is from January 1 to December 31. At each year's ordinary general meeting, next year's quota is set by the general meeting.

The audit takes place once a year after the end of the financial year. Unannounced checkout can take place when the auditor so wishes. However, unannounced audits must be performed at least once a year.

Accounting and status must be endorsed with an audit report by the association's auditor.

§10. Statute amendments and dissolution of the association

Amendments to these statutes require that 2/3 of the association's members vote in favor. If 2/3 of the members of the association are not present, the board of directors may convene a new general meeting, which can be held at the earliest 5 weeks after.

The call must state the proposal. At the new general meeting, the amendment to the articles of association may be adopted by 2/3 of the votes of the representatives.

PCS. 1 also applies to the dissolution of the association.

In that case, the net assets of the association must be distributed to non-profit purposes, which naturally follow the association's objectives, but which are decided at the dissolving general meeting.

As adopted at the founding general meeting on 20/10 2005

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