Last weekend -December 8th and 9th -was one of those weekends that our kids treasure. They came to Nairobi (capital city of Kenya) for a mentorship program. A visit to the city is a dream to many kids from remote areas. Thank you for giving them an opportunity to travel, explore and learn more.
The mentorship program is done after every four months. Most of our kids come from very poor backgrounds that make them feel inferior. These sessions are geared towards improving self esteem thus improve their social and academic life.
Our facilitator selected topics based on how the kids had filled out their evaluation forms from August sessions which included:
“Seventeen year old Anne Wambui from Murang’a had this to say about the sessions:
“My body has been changing a lot and I have my final exams next year, it was really great that Cynthia was able to break down how to deal with stress and change, Cynthia’s really cool to talk to, not like some of our strict teachers in school.”
All the kids who attended are teenagers and some will be doing their final exam (Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education) next year so they said topics were very helpful to them. The sessions were very interactive and the kids were able to learn a lot in a comfortable environment. The kids were also encouraged to share with their peers about how their year had been and the challenges they faced and later had an open discussion on how they could overcome these challenges.
We could not have managed to organize this program without your support. The kids could not have had this chance without you. Every single coin you donate means a lot to the kids. We appreciate YOU enormously.
Keep us in YOUR mind and heart during this festive season, as you pray think of us!
Brian is 4 years old. He is schooling in local nursery school in Kigumo Constituency. He loves school and enjoys playing with other kids.
How we meet Brian
Two years ago, sports for Change was approached by a woman who desperately needed help to save her son. At 15 months, her son Brian was diagnosed with rheumatic heart disease which needed urgent surgery. His mother, who is single and job-less had given up looking for funds. She had no hope of raising 5000 USD quoted by a local hospital for operation. Hers was a story of desperation.
Sports for Change members came with an idea. As runners, they decided to sweat to save the baby’s life.
Running to save Baby Brian’s life
The choice was Lewa marathon 2010. A race rated as one of the hardest in the world. One of them won a banner that read "running to save baby Brian's life". This attracted alot of attention. And afterwards support. The cause was supported hugely by various people from all walks of life. Safaricom LTD played a major role. They referred us to Mater hospital which treats kids with heart related cases at low cost. After several x-rays an operation was scheduled. Within a month after the race, Brian was operated and released.
“Seeing Brian recuperating in hospital bed was a moment beyond words, a moment that will linger in my mind forever.” Says Shiku Waithaka
We feel blessed to have him as one of our beneficiaries. Our aim is to support him get the best he can get in life. His story is one of many that prove that small deed done with great love can change the world.
We appreciate our donors through Global Giving and beyond. Your contribution will assist more kids like Brian.
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