This summer has been full of exciting progress, and we're thrilled to share with you the updates below!
Thank you so much for your continued support, encouragement, and contribution to our vision for girls' education, grassroots leadership, & empowered communities!
The Kibera School for Girls pre-K students win poetry competition!
We are excited to announce that this week, students at the Kibera School for Girls competed in the National Poetry and Elocution Festival in Meru, Kenya. Their performance at regionals was outstanding and they qualified to represent the Nairobi province at the national level. They presented two set choral verses: The Monkey (By John Mbiti) and After a Bath (By Aileen Fischer). The festival was a three-day event, and we couldn't be prouder that our pre-K students won FIRST PLACE! They will soon be featured on Kenyan national television performing at the State House in front of President Kibaki. We couldn't be prouder, and are wishing them luck with their performance for the national media!
Summer Institute at the Kibera School for Girls
The Summer Institute is an immersion volunteer program that provides deeply motivated young leaders with on-the-ground teaching experience in Kibera. This year's Institute included thirteen American college students and eight local youth from Kibera. They provided one-on-one academic mentoring to our students, grades pre-K through 3rd, as well as three weeks of extracurricular workshops on topics such as dancing, painting, & sign language. During the Institute, our teaching staff collaborated on curriculum planning with four visiting teachers from New York City's The Chapin School. We're so grateful for the amazing team of Institute volunteers and Chapin teachers who brought such a diverse mix of academic talent and creative energy to the Kibera School for Girls! To learn more, read the Chapin School teachers' Summer Institute blog!
Shining Hope Community Center
Through a partnership with NairoBits Trust, the SHOFCO cyber center will soon double as an Information Communication Technology (ICT) training center, training our youth in employable creative multimedia skills. Nairobits has been training in ICT multimedia for ten years and has a 100% success rate in placing the youth that they train in jobs.
Youth Peer Provider Program: Sexual Health Education
Our partnership with Planned Parenthood International is helping to expand our Youth Peer Provider (YPP) program, which trains local youth to educate their peers about sexual and reproductive health. We've started to make plans for the expansion, which will include turning a floor of our second community center into a YPP dedicated space that will be used for youth meetings, workshops, and distribution of sexual and reproductive health information and materials.
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