It has been exciting journey to see lives of children being transformed by education, mentorship and inspiration. We organised an inspiration camp for 25 beneficiaries, as a plaform fo them to share their experience, though the overall goal is the same, the journey for each one of them has been different. The inspiration camp was for them to share and learn from each other and as well inspire them to achieve more in the coming years.
Kiandutu slums in Thika is one of the disadvantaged communities with high rate of school drop outs, illiretacy, crime among other social challenges. This intervention aims at offering scholarships to children from this community in order for them to be success stories from the community and for them to inspire other children to follow the same path. We strongly believe that every little bit counts and at the end we shall have a changed community.
During the inspiration camp, one of the beneficiary said that "I am very grateful for the support to go to school, I am now very inspired to do be the best and persue education to the highest level. I am also able to handle the day to day challenges well since the mentorship program has developed me so much in that one year. I want to be useful in my community and help many more disadvantaged children like me"
This postive stories are as a result of your support, we are looking forward to impact more children in 2015.
Kiandutu slums is known for many reasons ranging from high crime rate, high rate of school drop outs, teenage pregnancy, poverty among others. However, Kiandutu slum is now getting to get known for the good reasons through Angaza Education program. This program focuses on three areas; scholarships, mentorship and inspiration. We noted that scholarship alone cannot transform the children and youth, but through weekly mentorship and inspiration programs they are inspired by role models in their community and the country at large. The scholarships beneficiaries, who have undergone through the Education program, facilitate the mentorship and inspiration in schools.
Unlike the normal class work which is formal, mentorship and inspiration in school is informal learning and more enjoyable, kids therefore tend to understand better. One standard eight girl at Kianjau primary said “the mentorship class comes in the evening when we are done with school lessons; I don’t get bored in that class and even understand easily because there is no pressure, no fear of assignment, homework or coming examination on it. It is all about the real things that happen at home and in our community. Unsafe sex, teenage pregnancy, drug abuse, prostitution etc. more importantly we discuss ways to get out of such situations. We are taught by mentors who are not our school teaches but comes weekly and we are even free to ask questions that we cannot ask our teachers or parents”
Since we started the education program, we are excited to have the first lot of beneficiaries finishing this year. It’s a great step in their life’s and also for other many children and youth who are aspiring to join the program or are already in the program.
Angaza Sports and Development Centre strives to improve the education standards in Kiandutu slums by ensuring that girls have access to education. We do this by proving school fees, uniforms, books and mentorship programs to the girls and also boys because development can never be attained in isolation. This month Angaza gave books, uniforms and we were able to have 3 girls continue with their education. This was made possible by our on line givers though global giving platform . The girls and parents were very happy as seen in the photo. Education is the first step to changing the world, a small group of like minded individuals can change the world; it is very exciting to see the girls smile because of this kind of support.
In Angaza we belive in sharing our sucess stories, one of our benefiecieris who is in form three in Broadway secondary school in Thika, joined Angaza in 2009 and since then she has been part of the organisation, "I have personally learned a lot since then and benefited tremendously from Angaza activities in Kiandutu slums. I have traveled to many parts of this country, met many youth of my age and shared a lot through life skill trainings, football events and educational camps and workshops. It has also enabled me to improve my talent and above all, Angaza has taken me through the first level of First Aid training and basic coach education" she says. She continues to narrate her story, "Currently I am one of the Angaza Community leaders as First aider in Angaza community league and also the first girls coach in the Angaza football Academy for U10 girls’ team. I wish to be a good leader in future and develop as a role model in the community especially to other girls. My parents are jobless and this forces me to go out of school for sometimes to help my parents raise my fees. At times I stay out of school for like two weeks, work in hotels and help my parents to pay my school fees. I am now hopeful because I am one of the beneficiaries of Angaza ndoto girls projects that help young leaders like me with education support. Its very challenging living in slums like Kiandutu where we have many social issues like drug abuse, child prostitution, high crime rate etc... But I am grateful to Angaza because it engages children and youth like me to use out time and energy well. I hope many children and youth will be able to benefit as I have in the future".
This is one of many success stories that we have in Angaza, we will continue to share every singe story with you, for a story is never a story unless its told.
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