I sat for my final primary education exam with no hope of proceeding with my education. My 8 years in school was full of struggles, I was sent home several times due to lack basic things like books. I had more challenges at home, studying was hard as our house is very small. I come from a family of five, I have a younger brother aged 12 years and a younger sister aged 6 years. Both my parents are disabled due to childhood illness. I have to do a lot to help them with home chores.
Even through many struggles I managed to pass my examination well. I wrote an open letter asking different people for help. My plea reached Sports for Change through my father’s relative. They paid for my school fees, other friends and relatives come together and helped to buy uniform and books. I am now in form one at Kangwi secondary school in Nyahururu. Although I joined school late, I have managed to cope well by doing private studies.
Sports for Change team came to visit my family, their trip to visit me in school was cut by bad roads. This could have been my brother’s first visit to my school. But my school principal was kind enough to allow me to go meet them at home the following day. I was very happy to meet them, they brought books and encouraged me a lot. My whole family was very happy to know that there are people out there that care for us so much. I went back to school full of hope for a bright future. I am determined to work hard and get good grades. My dream is to become a doctor and help my community. If my parents had a good doctor when they were young their situation could have been saved and they would not be disabled.
I would like to give special thanks to Sports for Change and all other supporters who give hope to disadvantaged chidren like me.
Like many young artist, I began drawing at an early age. Upon joining school, it was unfortunately that art was not taught in these two particular levels. However, on completing high school, I decide to join Bobea Art Centre to acquire skills to boost born-talent. It was challeging at first due to socila and finicial challeges but Sports for Change rescued me by sponsoring my school fees. Mostly my art is about nature and women’s basic form and their life style. I think because women have sopported me all my life. In ary, I have several things. I thave learnt that,
A picture paints a thousand words…….
Since time immemorial, art has been considered a form of speech. It is through visual images that ideas, moments in time and feelings are expressed. It allows one to express their individuality and to represent their beliefs, imagination and philosophies in acceptable ways.
Mary Baker, a contemporary realistic oil painter once said “A work of art is unique and passionate creation, which not only reflects the soul of the artist, but your soul as well, because you chose it”
What does art do to the individual and for society?
Art Means Work
When you look past the qualities of creativity; self-expression, and communication, art is an expression of the human spirit, and art is the evidence of work carried to the highest level.
Art Means Language
Art is a language of visual images that everyone must learn to read. In addition to making visual images, we also study them. Additionally, these images affect our needs, our daily behavior, our hopes, our opinions, and our ultimate ideals.
Art Means Values
Touching art is touching values: values about our homes and our families, where how we work and play the individual and society, nature and the environment, war and peace, beauty and ugliness, violence and love.
Art Is Therapy
By expressing yourself through art, it helps you process your emotions and eventually leads to healing. Art therapy, therefore, aims to help people express themselves unconsciously and process the meaning afterwards. In conclusion, these are just some of many reasons that art continues to be fundamental in society. It is the creative dialogue that is born between the artist and the owner of their creation. There are many untold stories that live in our hearts. Our minds, or are engrained in our spirits and there is nothing as miraculous as viewing a unique art piece that talks to you and that forever links you to the creative soul.
My long term goal and vision is to start therapy art project in hospitals.
Greetings dear supporters, We have good news for you. Our year has ended with a big achievement and success from our kids. Big thank you for your kind and generous support.
Our oldest “daughter” Caroline who finished her secondary school education last year joined college in September to pursue hotel management which will take her two years to complete. She is looking forwad to complete and join Sports for Change team in helping other disadvantaged kids.
Four of our students, Anna, Beth, Christine and Julius did their final secondary school examination. Paying school fees for these kids was a struggle at the begging. A lot of effort, determination and persistence from Sports for Change team got us through the difficult part. We are happy beyond words. We are done with step one, step two, which is getting them through college and university education will be more challenging. But with efforts from the volunteers, our supporters, and friends we will give them a big reason to smile.
Our little charming girl Asha finished her primary school education. She is waiting to join secondary school education next year. We are certain she will pass with flying colors. More good news, she already has a sponsor to cater for her secondary school education. A reason for us to smile big this Chrsitmas.
Once again thank you for your support. Remember you can support us by buying a gift for your loved one this Christmas.
We wish you and your family a merry Christmas and a happy new year
With more support from you and others, we have managed to support our kids more. During our August holiday, we planned to have the kids with us for two nights instead of one. This helped in many ways 1. The kids -who only meet during this sessions-bonded more with each other 2. We covered more areas which needed to be addressed both in their social and school life 3. We had more time to spend with the kids 4. It was less stressful -we always try to cover a lot within limited time which end up stressing us. 5. The kids had a good break and "tour" this is the only time they get out of their villages for a trip the big city. Most kids are doing very well in school. Those who are still performing poorly have other social issues which we are trying hard to sort out. One of the boys,is forced to do casual jobs during holidays to get some money for his upkeep at home. Of course this destruct his study program. The fact that other kids his age do not have to work to get basic needs makes him feel lesser. This affects his self esteem which reflects in his academic work. Our immediate action on this is to set a kitty aside to cater for "special" needs. This year is very important to us. Not only because we had made great friends through our work, but because four of our kids will be sitting for their final year exam. Much as we are excited about this, we are also the trying to plan on how to pay for their next level of education -colleges or universities-which will require huge amount of money. farley Sawyer, a Global Giving representative was in Kenya to visit Global Giving partners, as one of them, she paid us a visit on the first day of the mentorship weekend.She spent a whole day with our kids, chatted a lot with them and joined in some team building games.We received a certificate as a vetted GG partner. We are looking to our next student meeting which will be December. We always combine this with a party to thank all our friends and supporters. Will you join us?
I loved listening to my sister’s stories after her weekend mentorship sessions with Sports for Change. She talked of great support from Sports for Change members, the facilitator from peak performance but what stole my ears for long was when she started talking about her other family, the other beneficiaries in Sports for Change. She talked about them so passionately I thought she had forgotten me as her real sister. “How are they like?” I kept asking her. Last Christmas she got a lot of cute gifts from her sponsors Dean and Lindy, she tell me a lot of stories about them.
Two 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. 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 distruct 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 a week. One of our church members took us to his place and gave us a small place to build a place to sleep. That how Sports for Change found my family.
My mother decided to apply for my sponsorship in Sports for Change. But she said she cannot be lucky to have two daughters supported by one organization while there are so many kids who need help. I felt hope-less and cried most of the time. Why can’t kids from poor background have same rights as like the rest? This thought never left my mind until my mum got a call that she will have her second daughter supported. That is how I ended up in school.
Like my sister, I joined my other family during last school holiday. It was my first time in the city-thanks to Sports for Change. Everything was so different from village life. Tall building left me gazing. Women dressed in trousers and very short skirts left me wondering. There was water in the house and a toilet in our room. The food we ate was so different and delicious. We chatted and played the whole night, but there is no second I failed to consider myself blessed and lucky to be one of Sports for Change beneficiaries. I promise to work hard in school and help other needy and bright kids.
Without you Sports for Change and your supporters, I would be still be out of school. But I now have hope and dreams for my future. I can not thank you enough.
Sometimes in life even the worst experience can come with luck and blessings.
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