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Jun 10, 2020

Thank God, we are Safe!

Everlyne at home
Everlyne at home

Kajiado County so far has 92 of 2,900 confirmed cases of COVID 19 in Kenya, but we thank God that we and our children are still safe.  Schools closed and the curfew & lockdown imposed by the government has affected learning for our children and made access to essential goods difficult.

 

Because we care for the poorest and the most disadvantaged children, the only way we could help them access education at home is through radio while the children of rich families continued schooling through virtual internet platforms and television sets.  Fortunately, the education ministry has made radio lessons available in all subjects, at all levels, therefore our main task was to get in touch with all our children through their parents and guardians and encourage them to tune in and continue learning through radio while at home.

 

Curfew and lockdown has also made travel and access to markets for essential goods a challenge especially for poor families.  Donations from GlobalGiving and friends of Nenkashe have helped us allocate USD 530 to purchase food and deliver to the doorstep of our 11 most vulnerable children and their families. 

 

We were able to purchase 60 packets of maize flour, 140 kilograms of maize, 140 kilograms of beans, 42 litres of cooking oil, 10 litres of hand wash and 10 jars of Vaseline for our most vulnerable children and their families.  Unfortunately, we left out our other 20 families because we could not afford to buy enough food supplies. 

 

During the visit to the families for food distribution, we had an opportunity to explain to them the symptoms of COVID 19, the importance of not touching your mouth, eyes and nose with unwashed hands, the need to wash your hands regularly with soap and the necessity to maintain social distancing.

 

Our urgent need right now is to acquire additional food supplies for distribution to the families of our most vulnerable children.  We request you, as our sponsors, to make contributions for food purchases to Nenkashe Education Centre through GlobalGiving so that we can purchase additional food supplies. 

 

The need for emergency food supplies real will continue into the next few months or maybe more as the national infections from the pandemic continue to increase and have not yet peaked.  Your contribution would help us reach out to our other 20 families which we could not deliver food rations to because we didn’t have enough funds.

 

I do thank you, however, for your contributions which have enabled us to reach out to our most needy families.  Lastly, I am praying that we all stay safe and healthy through this difficult time.

 

Best regards, Leo

Felister and her mother receive food gift
Felister and her mother receive food gift
Maria and her mother receiving food gift
Maria and her mother receiving food gift
Feb 11, 2020

Hope Never Dies

In our line of work as social workers we get an un-paralleled opportunity to see hope being demonstrated in the lives of many young people who we serve.  This month we want to share with you the story of Abigale who overcame high odds to go to school.  First, Abigale is from a single parent family and since her mother could not afford to send her to school on a regular basis, she at one time stayed out of school for an entire year because of lack of school fees.   Abigale never lost hope.

 

She was introduced to Nenkashe Education Centre by our network of teachers who monitor student needs and help connect them to sponsors.  Upon becoming a sponsored student, Abigale continued to prove her academic ability by scoring a B (plain) last year in her secondary final examination.  She is now waiting for placement at a national university where she is interested to study to become a pharmacist.

 

Nenkashe Education Centre aspires to continue instilling hope into the lives of young people that we support.  Our vision remains to have a vocational school where Early Childhood Development Education will be taught as well as Life-skills Training and crafts. 

 

Our Early Childhood Development program is working very well collaborating with parents in providing a secure place to give quality pre-school education to children between the age of 3 to 5 years.  Before the establishment of the Early Childhood Development program, all the children of pre-school going age would remain at home because the nearest ECD program is 7 kilometers away and there is no public transport in the area.  They never had a head start in primary education.  But today, our ECD program ensures that children transition comfortably into primary level education and his helps them enjoy and excel in their early education life because they are better prepared.

 

We appreciate your partnership in helping Nenkashe Education Centre to provide a conducive learning environment for the vulnerable children.

 

Parents at the Pre-School Open Day
Parents at the Pre-School Open Day
Oct 24, 2019

We need a new classroom!

Parents day at Nenkashe ECD
Parents day at Nenkashe ECD

In January 2017 we held an opening ceremony for our Early Childhood Education (ECD) project to share our joy with the community in starting a children’s program.  Early childhood education is beneficial for children ages 3, 4 and 5 years of age. 

Our program ensures that young children get a head start toward a bright future through enhancing their language skills, motor skills, learning and cognitive skills, all of which are necessary skills for children to perform well in primary school.

Parents have seen the benefits of our ECD education on their children and have consequently continued to enroll their children into the program.  We now have 40 children enrolled and 3 teachers tutoring them.  Our single building is now too small and we cannot admit more children because of limited space. 

We have started a microproject with GlobalGiving to raise $12,000 for a new classroom and we request you to partner with us this worthy cause so that children eligible for ECD education will not have to stay home but to be enrolled in school.

 

Thank you for your continued support!

ECD children playing during class recess
ECD children playing during class recess
 
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