On 15th March 2012 just 2 months after school vacation, members of Ngei High School Chapter of Best Buddies gathered for their organization meeting. The meeting took place in one of the Ngei High School’s classrooms. It was a successful meeting with a lively interchange between the 30 peer buddies from Ngei High School and the 30 buddies from Mathare special School. Four associate buddies were also present at the meeting
Every chapter of Best Buddies Kenya is required to have an organizational meeting once a year. Organization meetings serve many purposes, including:
Socializing and Sharing Personal Storing and Mutual Experiences
Reflecting On the Personal Impact of the Best Buddies Program
During the Ngei meeting, the chapter president introduced peer buddy, Samwel Juma and his buddy, John Onyango.. The buddy pairs expressed how meaningful their mutual friendship has become and how much enjoyment and fun their friendship has generated for themselves, their immediate families and their local community. Both expressed confidence that the chapter would be a beacon of friendship and integration for people with and without intellectual disabilities.
Emphasizing the Commitment Needed When Joining a Chapter
During the meeting, the Ngei High School chapter president reminded his fellow peer buddies about the policies and procedures of Best Buddies and that: (1)pear Buddy agrees to be paired for one academic year, (2) make contact once a week either in person, by email, phone or mail; (3) have two one-to-one activities per month ;(4) attend all chapter meetings and group activities throughout the school year; (5) student can join as peer buddies or associate members agree to attend chapter meetings and group activities, but are not matched in a one-to one friendship. Associate members can also join committees to help plan activities or fundraisers.
Explaining the importance of the Best Buddies High School Chapters
The Ngei meeting was attended by the executive Director of Best Buddies Kenya. In his address to the peer buddies and buddies, he explained that Best Buddies fulfill its mission in High Schools by facilitating mutually enriching one-to –one friendship between high school students and their peer in special schools. The Director expressed many thanks to all the donors who have contributed through globalgiving for making everything for BBK a great success
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