Graduations are just around the corner for our four Seed of Hope centres. Over the next couple of months, students will be working on their final projects and preparing to put in to practice the skills they have learnt in their two years at Seed of Hope. We look forward to posting pictures of their outfits which they will model on graduation day. Some of the centres go as far as to host a fashion show with first year students modelling outfits made by the second years.
Sadly, the food crisis in Kenya has seen unprecedented increases on food prices throughout the countries and as families have to tighten their belts, we have seen a sharp drop in the number of students who have been able to afford their government trade exams this year. This makes our Roots program even more important as it will allow graduates to set up small businesses rather than rely on employment which would require them to provide trade certificates. By equipping our students with Business Skills and Life Skills that build their confidence, we can give them the opportunity to start a business which will allow them to live independently and help themselves and their families in the future.
Our Nairobi Seed of Hope centre has been fortunate enough to gain support from the local organic farmers’ market. Each week, they are invited to collect produce which has been left over after the market and this is used to help with the feeding program that ensures students take lunch each day. Check out Purity’s video to see just how important it is to the girls that they take lunch at school. Over the August holidays, the headteacher of the Nairobi centre received numerous calls from students asking if they could go to school – even if it was just to do some general cleaning. This was because the girls were desperately looking for lunch so that they could ease the burden on their families.
It is times like these that we realise just how important Seed of Hope is to our girls and we really couldn’t keep the centres running without your support. We would like to thank each and every person who has made a donation to this project via GlobalGiving and let you know that your support is offering a bright future to girls who had no hope.
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