Current Priorities

COCO works with several different partners on different projects, here are a few of the things that we are currently working on.  If you would like to fundraise to contribute to one of these programmes, get in touch by emailing [email protected] or calling 0191 261 7427. Or you can make a donation online here.

7 new classrooms at Mercy Primary School - £7,000 each.

Classes 1 to 8 at Mercy Primary School in Mbita, Kenya are currently studying in dangerous temporary classrooms made from corrugate iron. The classrooms are stiflingly hot during dry season and it is very difficult to concentrate. The weak structures can be easily damaged by wind, and classes often unusable in bad weather. The iron sheets can cut students. COCO would like to build 7 new classrooms for the students to provide a safe, secure learning environment.

Hoja Teacher Training and Learning Centre

COCO is currently establishing a Teacher Training and Learning Centre (TTL Centre) in Songea, Tanzania. After speaking to the community and the students who attend Schools for Life, two main issues were raised which this centre will help to resolve. Students graduating from school often want to become teachers or continue their studies, but there is no opportunity to do so - the centre will provide the opportunity. Quality of teaching in Tanzania is low, the TTL Centre will provide good quality teachers for over 235,000 students within 5 years. The cost of getting the centre to full capacity is £420,000, but we hope to open on a smaller scale within a year. Read more about the TTL Centre in our project proposal here.

Social Investment - £5,000

COCO has used sustainable agriculture extensively to generate income to sustain our partner schools and partner organisations. In the coming year, we hope to begin investing in sustainable agriculture to cover our own operational costs.  This investment will protect the long-term future of COCO and enable us to reach even more people in the future, as well as providing jobs for local people.

Food Forests at MCODE Nursery - £5,000

Food Forests at our Schools for Life use sustainable agriculture techniques to cultivate land. The produce grown provides nutritious food for the students to eat, meaning the school does not have to pay to buy food elsewhere. Excess food is sold to sustain the school, to ensure that children from poor families whose parents are unable to afford school fees are still able to access good quality education.