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Jun 22, 2016

The Making of a Champion

Teresiah's teachers, Ms. Mwangi & Ms. Sanare
Teresiah's teachers, Ms. Mwangi & Ms. Sanare

Teresiah just turned 16 years old in May this year. When she was 3 years old, her father died. Her mother also fell ill and became so weak that she was not able to provide for her 6 children. Her older sister was given away in marriage at a tender age and when she left for her new far away home, Teresiah took her place in caring for her mother and younger siblings. The bride price that was paid for her sister helped to maintain her older brothers in school but Teresiah had to stay home and take over the responsibility that her sister left. She started missing days and weeks from school. She lived in abject poverty.

One day, a family elder learned that there are plans for Teresiah to undergo circumcision when she was around 9 years old. He knew that if he wouldn’t do anything, Teresiah would go through the circumcision rite and would soon be given away in marriage just like her older sister. This is what he has always seen happen in poor families and he believed that there is a better way. He hoped that if the young girl goes to school, she may be able to care for her family better. So he reported the matter to the local area chief.

Before long, Teresiah was introduced to Nenkashe Education Centre through the Children’s Office and she was returned back to school. Arrangements were made with the family to help take care of her ailing mother. Because of the hardship that Teresiah had gone through at home, she was small for her age. She wasn’t eating properly. At school, she was withdrawn and her school performance was far below average.

Her teachers, worked patiently and diligently with Teresiah to help her catch up on her studies. They also helped her become more sociable to her school mates and helped her discover her special skills. After several years of working with Teresiah, her qualities began to emerge.

Today Teresiah is the Kajiado County Junior Women’s Marathon Champion. She has won many certificates of recognition for her school and won cash awards for excellent sports achievement in athletics. To the delight of her teachers and all of us at Nenkashe Education Centre, Teresiah’s academic performance is now above average.

This year in November, Teresiah is due to sit for her national examinations to enter high school. We expect that she will perform well and be recruited to a good high school. Please pray for her and continue to support her so that she can continue overcoming obstacles and succeed in developing the body, mind and heart of a champion. Thank you for helping build this champion!

Teresiah with mother at home
Teresiah with mother at home
Teresiah before a long distance run
Teresiah before a long distance run
Apr 11, 2016

We are building

Clergy blesses the donated land
Clergy blesses the donated land

We are finally ready to start building the first phase of our life skills and vocational training school. The Management Board of Nenkashe Education Centre sincerely thanks all of our sponsors and well wishers for enabling us to break ground and prepare to build our life skills centre. The centre will serve as a life skills and vocational training centre for youth in Kajiado County and also as a safe house for sponsored girls who are at risk of female circumcision and early marriage if they went home during school holidays.

We held a ground-breaking and consecration ceremony at the 5 acre Nenkashe Education Centre property and celebrated the occasion with the local community; our sponsored children and their teachers, parents and guardians; clergy and political leaders.

Most of the children that we support are in their adolescent years. They are going through a turbulent period filled with new feelings, physical and emotional changes, excitement, many questions and very difficult decisions to make. Last year, 2 girls dropped out of school due to teenage pregnancy. Vocational training will provide a safety net for early school drop outs to have another chance at preparing for a better future.

A life skills program will enable us to help young people develop skills to better cope with problems related to teenage pregnancy and early marriage. We want to build our sponsored children’s skills in three important areas;

• Decision making (e.g. Critical and creative thinking and problem solving)
• Community living (e.g. Resisting peer pressure, building healthy relationships)
• Personal awareness and management (e.g. self-esteem and managing emotions)
• Vocational skills training

Life skills programs go beyond provision of information. They seek to develop young people’s abilities and motivations to make the best use of all types of information which is at their disposal. At its best, life skills programs help young people to grow up and improve the quality of their young adult lives.

Thank you for helping us bridge this gap.

Chairlady, Silole, breaks ground
Chairlady, Silole, breaks ground
Oloshoiborr girls entertaining guests
Oloshoiborr girls entertaining guests
Saida Karin & daughter Annetta at Nenkashe office
Saida Karin & daughter Annetta at Nenkashe office
Feb 2, 2016

There is hope for orphans

Nantayio at her dorm
Nantayio at her dorm

Thank you for your generous support for Nenkashe Education Centre. We had an exceptionally blessed year and we are happy to share with you the joy that you have helped bring into one of our sponsored girl’s life.

Nantayio is 9 years old. Her story has a tragic beginning when her father, who was a night watchman at a primary school in Kajiado town, was murdered by thugs one night when he was on night duty. A year later, her mother died of sickness and now Nantayio is an orphan living at Kajiado Children’s Home but studying at the nearby Kajiado Township Primary School; the school where her father was murdered. She has an older brother called Hosea (15 years old) who is also staying a Kajiado Children’s Home. Nantayio emerged the best student in an interview done last year to vet for class 1 candidates and today she is still performing well in class 2.

Nenkashe Education Centre pays for the upkeep of Nantayio and Hosea at Kajiado Children’s Home. When I visited her recently, she came running to greet me and she joyfully introduced me to her friends and showed me where she does her homework, where she eats and where she sleeps. She is very happy and secure under the protection of Kajiado Children’s Home.

This Valentine’s Day, consider donating to Nenkashe Education Centre as a gift and GlobalGiving promptly will send your loved on a tribute card. Thank you for bringing joy to lives of the children that we serve. Together, we will ensure that young needy children are taken care of and taught to take responsibility over their future lives. Happy Valentines!

Nantayio and friends at Kajiado Children's Home
Nantayio and friends at Kajiado Children's Home
Hosea, Nantayio's brother
Hosea, Nantayio's brother
 
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