After a students’ training at Braeburn high school, a total of 16 peer buddies from Braeburn High school were recruited to join Best Buddies movement. The training was conducted by Enouce Ndeche, the Executive Director of Best Buddies Kenya with a back up of Mr. Andy Hill, the head teacher of the school. “Well a couple of days ago, I was approached by Enouce Ndeche about having Best Buddies chapter in this school and I was very much excited about it and I would encourage everyone of you to get involved in this wonderful program as it brings the most segregated population of this world closer to our lives. Am strongly convinced that your involvement in this unique program would go along way into your lives.” Said Mr Andy Hill during his first speech during the training session.
All the 16 peer buddies were matched with 16 buddies from lily of the valley special school, a neighbouring school to Braeburn.All the buddy pairs were so much excited with their first new kind of mutual friendship. “Am so happy to be a part of this great revolution and just having a great friend like Joram, makes me a complete live changer.” Said Bramwel Mwika a peer buddy from Braeburn high school. “This makes me feel good and excited to have Bramwel as my friend.” Said Joram a buddy from Lily of the valley special school.
Best Buddies Kenya would like to acknowledge its partners; Global Giving and Safaricom foundation for its great support towards its movement of enhancing the lives of people with intellectual disability by providing an opportunity for one-to-one friendship and integrated employment.
BEST BUDDIES KENYA 2010 GOALS
With this new chapter being the 5th chapter of Best Buddies Kenya, BBK is optimistic of launching 3 more chapters by the end of this year. Best Buddies Kenya recognizes the financial support that it has been receiving through Global Giving and it would like to thank everyone and appeal for more funding to achieve this goal.
After a successful first half of 6 months period of funding from safaricom foundation that really improved the impact of Best Buddies Kenya’s movement, Best Buddies Kenya had to report back with a financial report to Safaricom foundation on 8th September,2009.The report had to undergo a thorough scrutiny in accordance to safaricom foundation’s financial report guidelines. After this exercise, Best Buddies Kenya once again had an opportunity of being awarded another 6 months grant that will end on May 10th, 2010 that would make a one year funding circle. The super exciting news was met with great joy by all Best Buddies Kenya’s volunteer staff led by Executive Director, Enouce Ndeche.”On behalf of Best Buddies Kenya, I would like to express my utmost THANKS to Safaricom Foundation, Best Buddies volunteer students, and teachers. I would be negligent, however, if I did not mention those who played a key role in the development and support of Best Buddies Kenya movement. I deeply appreciate all Global Giving donors who have and are still making their financial contribution towards supporting Best Buddies Kenya’s mission and moreover for being the pace setters. Without you it wouldn’t have happened.” Said Enouce.The funding will boost BBK’s mission and vision hence bridging the gap of people with intellectual disability in our society.
Through the partnership of African Air Rescue, AAR, Best Buddies Kenya had an opportunity of establishing a tree-planting exercise in all the Best Buddies chapters. “The tree planting program has just come in hand as the rainy seasons are just around the corner. This is also a great opportunity for the buddy pairs to give back to the community as they all engage in community awareness activity.” said Mrs Musima the school head teacher of Mathare special school.
All the buddy pairs from all the chapters were all engaged in this unique community awareness exercise that also added in making their respective schools look green hence contributing to the healthy environment around. “We are proud to be a part of the climate change revolutionists here in our school.” Said Victor Mwanza and his buddy, John Mwangi from St. Genesis High School.
A total of 3000 trees were planted in all the chapters. “Best Buddies Kenya is so proud of AAR and other donors through Global Giving who have made and continue to make success of its movement around the country. We would urge the donors to continue with their generous contribution towards this worthy cause as we strive to make a difference in the lives of people with intellectual disabilities.” Said, Enouce Ndeche, Executive Director, Best Buddies Kenya.