Four years ago,I did my final year in primary school. I passed well but my parents could not afford to pay for my school fees. I had to repeat to give my parents time to get money. But after an year, I found myself in the same situation. To tell you a little bit of myself, I am a victim of 2007 post election violence That left alot of Kenyan families displaced. I witnessed women, men and children been beaten and killed. One evening, I heard our neighbors screaming. The mother was pleading with the attackers. But the attackers did not listen. They told them they are unwanted blood and tribe in that region. They were all killed. We were next, but my father managed to destruct the attackers and gave us a chance to run away and hide in the bush. We walked through the bush the whole night. We ended up in a church where we were given a place to sleep for some days. One of our church members took us to his place and gave us a small place to build a place which became our new home.
Our new life was full of challenges; my parents had lost everything and couldn’t afford to build a decent house. We shared a very small room with my 13 siblings, we had a very small kitchen and adjustment to it was my parent’s room.
Going to school was a big challenge, my parents couldn’t afford to buy all necessities. But other pupils and teachers were always kind to help me. My neighbour, who was a retired teacher, would offer to give me extra tuition in the evening and during school holidays. I later realized her daughter was involved with a charity that supports needy students. This how I met Sports for Change.
I have been with them from my first year in secondary school until now. I did my final examination in secondary school last year and passed well. I will be joining university next month to pursue my career dream. A BIG thank you to Sports for Change and other supporters for giving my life a meaning, Without you. I would not be where Iam today. My dreams are now shinning. I have learnt that In life even the worst experience can bring luck and alot blessings.
This was my first meeting with Sports for Change beneficiaries. The purpose of the meeting was to introduce myself to the mentees and for them to introduce themselves.
The session was used to understand what their challenges are at school and then help them to overcome those challenges with a number of ‘real life’ examples of how to develop new learning techniques. For example I encouraged them to always ask the obvious question.I will continue to support the work that Sport for Change have started and follow up on the new learning techniques that we introduced to the children.
I will continue to build a rapport with the children and offer my mentorship skills at future meetings. I’m also willing to offer mentorship on a one to one basis. There is always a need for more mentors so I would encourage further ways of trying to recruit other mentors locally in Nairobi or those who would like to make their Nairobi visit meaningful by doing charity work.
Fundraising is also key to the success of the charity and ultimately the education of the children who are on the programme. Therefore we encourage you, the donors to keep supporting us in all ways you can. We are also looking for more volunteers to develop fundraising ideas that will help in getting more funds to support these activities and pay school fees for these awesome kids.
This holiday student meeting was also meant to celebrate great performance by Beth who achieved a grade B in her final secondary school exam. Amazingly, the students decided to do a 5km run as a celebration.
"Running with our mentors and other beneficiaries to celebrate my achievement was very touching,” said Beth. Four years ago I had lost hope and I never imagined I would be celebrating my great performance with amazing people today. I was once a viction of post election in Kenya. My family and I become internaly diplaced and ended at a fellow church member's house. Thats where my luck started. I heard about Sports for Change, I applied for sponsorship and the rest as they say is just history. My dream of becoming a doctor is is getting closer. Thank you to all who have been part of my great success."
It is very rewarding when you sacrifice money and time to give hope to needy and bright kids and transform their lives. These kids would not be where they are today if it wasnt for all the donors and supporters who motivate them daily in various ways.
There are many children homes in Kenya rural areas that rarely get any support. They rarely get visitors as most people prefer not to travel far or their existence is not known at all. But just like town homes, most of these kids are very needy. Apart from the basic needs they desperately require, they also need a shoulder to lean on, someone to laugh with, someone to play with and someone to reassure them that they are truly adorable and loved.
Our main goal on Christmas day was to visit such a home in a rural area. With great support we got from our supporters, we managed to buy food for 40 kids and 10 staff. They welcomed us with alot of excitement. The kids sang and danced. We joined in and became one happy family.
The women that helped us cook knew exactly what the kids loves, chapati and meat. They had made alot of them. The kids stopped everything when they saw food been served. Their face expression spoke a thousand words. They were clearly enjoying a delicious meal and they felt loved surrounded by many visitors. “Thanks for giving us a good meal for Christmas’ one of the kid said after the food. Another kid held my hand and asked, “Can we play now?” It was very touching. They don’t have a playing ground but they are permitted to use one for a school which is just a few metres away.
We spent the whole afternoon playing different games. Most of them love football and have very good skills. The small girls kept away- they said the boys were playing rough- and formed their own space for songs which was quite interesting to watch.
It was very hard for us to bid them goodbye. We all enjoyed each others company. We wished the day was longer. But it was getting late and we had to leave.
We visited the kids again the weekend before valentines and took some delicous cakes and donated a football.
These kids who are between aged between 7-13 years are in dire need of clothes and shoes. If you are planning to visit Kenya and you can get gently used clothes and shoes, the kids will really appreciate. For those in Kenya, we are planning to go back and visit the kids next month, let us know if you would like to join.
We have touched alot of hearts due to the overwhelming support we get from you, we cannot thank you enough. Continue supporting us to enable us to support even more kids.
I have seen many people suffer in the community where I live. We have no proper hospitals, no clean water and my mother struggles so hard to feed us. I want to work hard in school, become a doctor and help them.
I worked hard in my primary school and achieved 356 marks in the final exams. I wasn’t so happy with my result but I did far much better than kids from rich families who were in nice private boarding schools. My former school is in the middle of a slum called Mukuru wa Ruben in Nairobi and that where I live in one small room with my mother and 4 of my siblings. This small room, we call home, is our bedroom, our sitting room and our kitchen. There is no space for private studies.
I have seen my mother working hard to support us but last year June, things changed when she got an accident, her little business collapsed and she couldn’t support us anymore. We now survive with help from well wishers. This disturbed me and affected my studies. Why can’t I be like the other children who don’t have to worry about basic need like food and education? I could help but wonder why life is tough on us.
Our dad left us when we were very young. He is alive but never visit or support us. I cry alot when I see my mum struggling so much alone. We face alot of difficulties in the slum. Iam now used to this life, but the thought of not proceeding with my studies just because we are poor make me feel so sad and hopeless. I keep wondering why I can’t be like other children who just need to work hard without thinking of life struggles.
In February, I got lucky. I approached one of youth leaders in Mukuru kwa Ruben slum and asked him to help me in any way he could. He called me after some days to say there is a lady who will come to interview me. That night I dint sleep, I kept thinking how the interview will be and if I will get any help. I was very nervous, worried and happy at the same time when she arrived. When the interview started, all I was thinking about was what will happen if I get rejected. I broke down and cried severally forcing them to pause several times. It was a very sad moment as the visitors also cried.
When they left, they promised to call me the following da and they did. I was accepted by Sports for change. My heart was touched, my tears wiped. I smiled hard and said a small prayer. I have no words to thank Sports for Change and all the people that are involved. I promised everyone that I will work hard and mentor young girls in my community.
We have had great achievement with our kids, thanks to you, our supporter. Our holiday mentorsip programs have helped our students both academically and socially. We have noted great improvement in both areas. It’s great to see some students taking initiative of sharing what they learn with those in their schools and villages.
All our students who finished secondary school last year have joined different colleges to start their carrier path.
Julius, joined Kenya Institute of highways and building technology to pursue a diploma course in highway engineering, Beth Wairimu joined Thika institute of business studies to pursue diploma in hotel and catering, Cristine is doing online course on journalism and at the same time earning some cash writing for a local paper while Ann is doing food and nutrition diploma at Nairobi institute of business.
Caroline, one of our students who is pursuing a diploma course in hotel and catering at Thika institute of business studies was accepted in a luxury lodge in Amboseli national park in Kenya for a 3 months intership. This will give her great experience and good opportunity to interact with people from all over the world. She is so happy and thankful to all that made this happen. She is disciplined, very confident, hardworking and very social.
Our August mentorship program was quite fun. Apart from the team building and mentorship programs, the students had an opportunity to experience camping and bonfire for the first time.
Our plan for December holiday is to take them to Tsavo East and West Nation Park for an educational tour. This will be their first time ever to see animals they only read about. We need your support to do this. Buy a gift card for a loved one and touch these students heart. Your donations will give them everlasting memories.
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