During this season of thanks giving, we are pleased to provide this update on our project and express our deep appreciation to donors all over the world who have helped us raise 20% of our total monetary goal. We could not have done this without your confidence and generous support!
It has been one year since we first launched our higher education project for the Nyumbani Village graduates, and the stories of lives changing for the better are slowly beginning to emerge.
This past week, the most recent class of high school graduates sat for the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exam. Results of this test are released in February 2014, when students will learn to which tertiary level schools they become eligible to apply. This group in particular has witnessed the opportunities of the first group of graduates from Nyumbani Village, and seen the results of students working hard to better their lives. Having access to funds for higher education is critical for the motivated student with determination to keep him or herself out of poverty.
Agatha’s life was very challenging before she came to Nyumbani Village. “After my parents passed away, we had financial problems. I had been sent home for [lack of] school fees several times within a term, while the other students were in school taking their studies as usual.” Agatha did not have reliable access to the provision of her basic needs once she lost her parents, and as a result, Nyumbani Village took her in. “My life changed completely,” says Agatha. “Not only were my basic needs met and my high school fees paid, but I also got to meet other children who were orphaned from different tribes and backgrounds like me.” At Nyumbani, Agatha had found a peer group sharing similar life circumstances and her hope for the future began to grow. “I learned how to express myself confidently and feel proud” of who I am now, says Agatha. She goes on to say that “after completing my KSCE examination in 2012, I was able to join one of the public universities where I am pursuing a bachelor of science in Human Resource Management. Nyumbani Village changed my life.”
We wish the very best to Agatha and her classmates as they travel this journey into adulthood, armed with an education that will enhance their lives and future opportunities. Without our very generous friends around the globe, Nyumbani could not provide this opportunity for Agatha and her classmates. There is no greater gift than education! Thank you for your confidence in our mission.
Wishing you and yours every blessing for the holiday season!
Many thanks to our increasing number of donors all over the world who have been supporting this very important project! Education is a crucial component for these young adults who are now planning for life beyond Nyumbani. We can't thank you enough for your generosity and prayers!
Recent high school graduate, Lucy Nguli, dreams of studying law. Lucy says that she chose the field of law because she hopes to advocate for the rights of children.
Before Lucy and her siblings were orphaned, her family's main economic activity was farming, which did not pay well. As a result, paying for school fees was almost impossible. After losing their parents, Lucy and her siblings turned to relatives. But they had their own families to support, and life was very difficult.
Since coming to Nyumbani Village several years ago, however, Lucy feels blessed. "Life is so good here," she says with a smile. "We don't have to pay for school fees, and the staff is very supportive. You ask them for guidance, and they give it to you." Just like a real family.
When asked about becoming a lawyer, Lucy says, without skipping a beat, that "I want to serve my fellow citizens, and we have very few lawyers in our country." Its clear within a short amount of time spent with Lucy that she has some natural skills in addition to intelligence. Lucy describes herself as "talkative," explaining that, as a lawyer, "you cannot lack words to say." In addition, Lucy sees herself as "non-judgmental" and seeks ways to make the world more fair. "When I was in school," she explains, "my friends would come to me to settle an issue." While her manner is gentle, there is a resoluteness in her demeanor that quickly becomes apparent. She is a natural leader, who won't quit when the going gets tough; qualities that will serve Kenya well.
Please help Lucy and her fellow secondary school graduates reach as high as they can by giving a gift today!
Once again, we want to begin by thanking our generous donors all over the world who have been supporting this project. Your ongoing commitment to higher education is a critical factor in helping these young adults get on the path to self-sufficiency.
After months of anxiously waiting, the high school graduates have now received their results from the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KSCE). These scores determine which professions they can choose and whether they are able to study at a 2-year college, or a 4-year university. The students are now engaged in following or refocusing their dreams based on these test scores. Many of the students will start their tertiary training in May, others in September, and those who have attained university level have to wait until 2014.
One high school graduate, Fredrick - a smiley and good-humored young man - wants to pursue medicine. His dream is to become a nurse in the hope of serving "local society and even marginalized areas," he says. Fredrick has seen the distress of many Kenyans suffering from disease, but without anyone to care for them or access to adequate health care. Fredrick says he plans to use his medical training to improve access to health care. "I will put effort into helping people who are sick, even those who have no money." He already has plans for a way to accomplish this goal. He says he will form a non-profit through which people can be served. Fredrick believes that building the number of medical practitioners in Kenya will "solve real problems in the world, including HIV/AIDS."
Fredrick is grateful to Nyumbani for encouraging him and helping him to pursue his education. And we at Nyumbani, are grateful to GlobalGiving for providing a venue through which Fredrick, and his fellow high school graduates, can receive support and good wishes from the broader community.
A big 'thank you!' to each of our donors for helping us raise 10% of our project goal so far! While we hope to make even greater gains on our goal in the coming months, we want our donors to know that their ongoing support makes a real and lasting impact on the lives of our students.
As the 37 students wait patiently for the results of the Form Four national exams, which are due out in late February/early March, they are learning computer skills and interning in the various departments in the Village. Hopefully, this experience will provide valuable insight into strenghts and interests for possible careers for these young adults.
Thankfully, as we wait for the results of the exams, we have wonderful news to celebrate. Our Village primary students, whose exam scores were announced just a couple of weeks ago, set a new record for the school's top scores. This is a very encouraging sign of development and growth! Nyumbani students' national test scores are improving from as early on as primary age, showing holistic growth in Nyumbani's education program at all levels.
With your help, our high school students are closer than ever to beginning their paths to secure and stable careers, which will empower them, for the first time in their lives, to provide for themselves. With your help, we can launch the next generation of great teachers, lawyers, and leaders of Kenya! Please continue to support this important project on behalf of the children of Nyumbani Village.
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