Dear All Donors,
Notwithstanding the difficulties of 2014, we have made significant progress in many areas and have been buoyed by these successes. 2014 has been a major milestone in our first cycle of our 10-Year-Program. The kids who started our programs at 8-12 years, 7 years ago, are now 15-19 years old; The Journey of living with and training with this group of kids has been amazing and challenging in equal measure, apart from my role as a coach and mentor, I easily found myself strategizing about highschool friendships, filing questions about sexuality and discussing issues on the news. But when I look at them now I see a kindred spirit and when I talk and train with them, I feel that sense of limitless possibilities that I worked so hard to instill in them. And even though they don’t have much in the way of money and material possessions, I believe they got somethingmuch more valuable; the opportunity to lead a good life and a chance to go to places they could only dreamed of. Three of them already have their sights set on Rio Olympics and even more of them working hard to succeed in different fields, on and off the pitch. But even more assuring is that each one of them is eagerly waiting for their turn to go back to Kibera and give other children the same chances, as they had, out of poverty. Their overwhelming resilience and ability to overcome adversity with unwavering determination and the potential for their transformative change that I see every day is what drives our mission and fuels the passion and commitment to work ever harder. This report outlines the major events and achievements of 2014.
Over the years, I have met many of you who have consistently and generously supported K.S.D.P for many years. It was humbling and inspiring to learn of the commitment, support and trust that you give towards our cause through the good and bad times. And I have been firm in my belief that we have to do better inensuring that we are fully accountable to both the community in Kibera, who make our work possible and donors overseas, who support it. It is indeed timely, that we are now getting a lot of help from Fight For Peace (www.fightforpeace.net), a London based NGO, in developing monitoring and evaluation systems tocapture the evidence of our work and help us learn from it. In this year, we launched ‘The Rising Stars Project’; which seeks to raise $70,000 towards the construction of the initial phase of a Sports Academy in the Kenyanhigh altitude town of Iten, to act as a center that provides specialized training to enable our young athletes compete well at the world stage. Through this project, we want to connect this generation of young people who care deeply about the scandal of poverty in their community, and provide them with the resources to bring change to the very same communities that raised them. I am very convinced that this is a good way to ensure sustainability of the programs moving forward. We also look forward to work with partners who share our vision and our commitment to develop innovative approaches to achieve our mission. We want to harness the continuing commitment of the many that support K.S.D.P and to use modern communications to help people understand the work we do and the impact it has. With your continuing support and intelligent use of our resources we will continue to expose the inherent potential in the poor children to the very last that we can, because the need is still there, and we have the responsibility and the privilege to do what we can to meet that need and to release the potential of these kids to work for a better future for them and the generations after them
Four years after the start of the The Running for Education Project, 2 of our students will be graduating from High School for the first time. These will be our pioneer graduates and are now better able to make decisions on their own. Sharon and Faith have finished their high school education and are now better able to make decisions in life. We hope to secure funding to enable them pursue their post-secondary education. In 2015, 6 more students are set to complete their high school while the programme hopes to get 5 more youths between the ages of 12 and 17 years on the scholarship programme and entails personal development and long term athletic development alongside the educational scholarships. The following are the average scores of all 16 students in our sport for development programme.
It is now 15 months since our sponsored students joined high school, largely enabled by funds that you helped rise through Global giving. The students have grown bigger and wiser, their dreams have evolved and they are even showing more promise for the future. All the parents have mentioned that their child is now more respectful and well-mannered than they were 2 years ago just before they joined the scholarship project and that most of them are now more helpful in bringing up and mentoring their younger and, sometimes, even older siblings. For my organisation, developing these kids into better adults is an on-going process that we commit to do over a period of 10 years, most of them are now between 15-17 years old from about 10-12 years old when we started. Much of our progress assessment of individual growth on assignments such as athletic training, practical work, group or individual projects, presentations, expeditions, placements, and academics reveal the following average scores on a scale of 1 to 5 whereby 1 is Very Good, 2 is Good, 3 is Fair, 4 is Poor and 5 is Very Poor. (report attached)
The Running for Education Project has been able to secure places for 6 of our poor but talented athletes from Kibera slums to join 4 years of earn four years of high school education. The programme also involves 10 other youths between the ages of 12 and 17 years on the scholarship programme and entails personal development and long term athletic development alongside the educational scholarships. All the 16 children go to boarding schools in the Kenyan runner’s town of Iten and stay at the High Altitude Training Camp. The following are the average scores of all 16 students in our sport for development programme.
Five years ago, I started the work of helping poor but talented children from Kibera Slums live a descent life through sports. The most compelling issues - pulled me back home to work on building the community to which I was born and raised up. An underserved place for every child, where young girls and boys face extreme barriers. Parents wake up every day not knowing whether they would get enough food for the family to eat while the children wonder if they will be able to attend high-school in pursuit of their dreams and single mothers often having to sleep with men, to have food on the table for her children. I initially started working with a group of 350 children, and the idea is to train them to become professional athletes, coaches and sports administrators as well as provide them with athletic scholarships to attend high-school. Five years later and even after having lost 68 of them to early marriage, death, drugs and crime, my resolve and commitment to helping these children succeed is even stronger. Every day, the stories of young boys and girls that I work with inspire me. From the story of Kennedy, a young boy born in the confines of a remand-prison 16 years ago, after his mother was arrested for selling, changaa, a traditional brew then considered illegal-which was their only source of income. Born to a father that he never knew, and a terminally ill mother whose health was fast deteriorating, Kennedy assumed the role of a bread-winner at the age of 8, he worked in farms and looked after animals so he could put food on the table for himself and his mother. For 3 years, he worked and took care of his ailing mother while his hopes of going back to school dwindled. In 2009, the ailing mother handed over Kennedy to our organization, just a few days before her death. And from then on, we began the long-journey of putting Ken back on the life-track; we arranged for an alternative family and placed him back at primary school; we patiently and diligently instilled in him the values that we strive to nurture in each and every one of these children; a sense of limitless possibilities. At 11 and having gone through a life-time of incredible toughness, Ken had already put in many years of ‘training-in-necessity’ unknowingly, perhaps, in readiness for an athletic career in the future; and he is currently our finest athlete. Today, he is not only in high school, but he has also learn’t that he can turn his misfortunes earlier in life into jet-fuel for his athletic success. I am always drawn to the power of a single story, like Ken’s, which shows the impact of our work. But each of the children enrolled in our athletic programs, has their own stories. What they experience no ordinary circumstances, but ultimate barriers to their dreams. My organization has always strive to break down these barriers. And, together we are creating change. Inspirational young like Kennedy are the future of their countries. For all of the girls and boys in our programs, sport is an opportunity to find happiness today and hope for tomorrow. We are ever more motivated by our results and our potential to grow. Thank you all for your unwavering dedication. It is because of your enduring support that we can transform the lives of so many children in Kibera through sport. I am proud of the progress we have helped achieve, not only because of its impact on an entire community, but because, in very concrete ways, our work has improved the lives of individual children, families and by extension, the entire community. Our programs prove that where the child sees a barrier, we also see an opportunity. We will continue to push for this—our cause—to overcome barriers, not for ourselves, but for our community and Kennedy, his children and grand-children. And for theirs. NB: Our organisation will soon be known as Beyond Athletics
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