TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF CASHEW TREE
Why Cashew Tree School closed in 2017
The decision to temporarily close Cashew Tree Learning Centre in April 2017 was driven by three issues; Land ownership disputes, registration legislation and funding.
Our short-term plans to reopen the Cashew Tree Learning Centre
Adjacent to our Mango Tree children’s home is the Papaya School which is registered as an elementary school. The school is funded and operated by a Dutch charity and Cashew is a feeder school to Papaya. We have good relations with Papaya. There are empty classrooms in Papaya and our plan is to collaborate with them and seek new registration as part of Papaya to operate kinder and nursery classes in their building. This will be a cost-effective way of re-establishing Cashew. In June 2018; subject to funding being available, we aim to open two classes of thirty children in this temporary accommodation.
Cashew Tree School; an early year’s facility in the heart of community around Payatas rubbish dump providing a high quality educational foundation for 200 children who live on the dumpsite. The facility is utilised to support parent educational and spiritual care on a weekly basis through bible study classes. Major medical missions are run through the school for students, their families and the wider community.
Grapevine; an outreach support project for over 65 children who remain living with their family but without our support would find attending school very difficult and are more likely to be working as a scavenger to provide income for the family. Support continues until the child completes their education. As well as financial help, the children are supported by a social worker and dedicated teacher. Additional educational support is provided at weekends jointly with Mango students.
Mango Tree House; a residential home for up to 50 children who cannot safely remain where they are or have no family or home. Most of these children have had very challenging and painful starts in life but here they are loved and bonded into the Mango family that provides everything a loving parent would want for their child with the addition of in-house educational and social work support. Children will remain until they have completed their education and remain part of the extended Mango family while they settle into adult life.