As I prepare for the NEW YEAR in Kenya, I want to thank all the wonderful Global Giving donors who made this project successful. Our projects with Street Children have been growing and changing since 1997. The children in the Joseph Waweru Home School are preparing for a new year in school. They make their New Years resolutions to study harder and work smarter. As I look forward to 2011, I see this project continuing with the casual and emergency response feeding program, a permanent Home for children at the Joseph Waweru Home School, and educational support for children. In the wings for further development are some collaborative efforts with others for additional Street Children projects, and business ventures to provide vocational training and income for community members including newly launched children from children’s homes. These ventures would also provide income for the projects of Expanding Opportunities as we work toward sustainability. I consider it a great privilege to be the hands and feet of donors.
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Kenya has two extremely important school examinations. One takes place after the eighth year of school. This exam measures the learning through elementary school. Upon satisfactory completion they receive a Certificate of Primary School Completion. The performance on this examination determines whether a student's formal education ends at this time, or continues on to High School. It also determines which high school a student can attend as each school determines their "cut off" score. The higher the grade on the exam, the more opportunities are open to you.
The second important school examination occurs after four years of high school. This is the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education. They must take examinations in at least seven subjects. Their performance on this Examination opens or closes opportunities for further education. The competition in Kenya's Universities, Colleges and Technical Insitutes is very high. Therefore performance on this examination is critical.
The Joseph Waweru Home School has students taking both the KCPE and the KCSE this year. We wish them well and may all their diligent study of the past years bear fruit! If you would l ike to wish them well, please send an email to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org for high school wishes, and email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org for Primary School Exam Success wishes.
The Joseph Waweru Home School provides a loving home for street children, orphans and other destitute children in Kenya. These are unedited comments from them to you, the donors.
Thanks opportunity for giving me good shelter, food, and clothes.
My name is Amos Kiprono, I say thanks to opportunity for giving me food, shelter, water and clothes
Thanks opportunity for giving me shelter, food and good clothes
Thanks opportunity for giving me shelter, food and clothes.
I say thanks for opportunity because it took care of me when I was small and this time am big , this is because it has give me food, water, shelter and clothes.I say thank you to opportunity.
My name is Enock Kipyegon, I say thanks for Expanding for giving me food, shelter, water and clothes.
My name is Joshua Ndug’u Expanding opportunity thanks because you make me learn many things good then you give food, water, and clothes I love you.
David is one of the beneficiaries of Expanding Opportunities. He has been living in the children's home receiving food, shelter, clothing, education and love for close to four years. We asked "our" boys to write a bit about their experience at the Joseph Waweru Home School in Menegai West, Mangu, Kenya.
This is the report of David Twiga. Oh I should add, Twiga is a loving nickname given to David by one of our volunteers. Twiga means Giraffe. David is the tallest at the home. He is a bit older than others in his class due to the inability to attend school before joining us. He is in 8th grade and will take the exam that will determine his future education in December.
His words were only lightly edited to correct some spelling and punctuation.
"This is D. Twiga I’m very happy when writing about what Expanding Opportunities has done for me and has given me. First, I would like to say I cannot manage to write all of them down but God in heaven knows. Here are some:
1, It has provided all the basic needs
2, Introduced me to new friends like brothers
3, It has given me freedom of expression
4, Made me to be a person of high integrity
5, Made me to value myself not like before
6, It has introduced me to many people, now I’m famous
7, Made me to know who I am
8, Made me to know all the values of a good person
9, Made me to know God
10, Made me to have humanity inside my heart may God bless EXOP
I would really like to narrate more and more of what it has done but I can’t manage only God can. Otherwise I’m very happy and glad to be in Expanding even if I’m here for a season, I’m here for a reason. I hope and know that God will make me reach my destination through my hardworking and Bev’s prayers. May her prayers reach God and ours too. May God bless everyone who has done something about us in one heart. Because of you all I am a person who can stand in front of people and give a speech. I believe I am a man not a ram because of you .Thanks a lot, lots of love.xoxoxox
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