Sep 24, 2018

The Fruits of Lifeskills

The girls playing during a past Lifeskills seminar
The girls playing during a past Lifeskills seminar

Schools opened in early September and a total of 75 children reported to their various schools in early childhood development (ECD), primary school and high school.  We added 4 new children to our program this quarter.

 

Sylvia, one of our ECD teachers who herself was a former sponsored child is doing very well preparing young children in her ECD class for Standard One.  Sylvia has been a very good example for our older children in that she has taken up her teaching responsibility very well and her lifestyle exemplifies qualities that we aspire to instill on our children.

 

After schools close on the 25 of October, 2018, Nenkashe Education Centre will hold a 4 day Lifeskills Seminar for 34 older children. We do this regularly because our formal education system prioritizes teaching of academic knowledge. However, it has become increasingly clear that such prioritization of academic knowledge without acquisition of psychosocial skills is an inadequate way of preparing young people for the complex challenges that exist in our world today.

 

Life Skills Seminars are very important for youth because it enables them to develop positive values, attitudes, skills and healthy behaviour in order to help them deal effectively with everyday life challenges they face today.

 

Kindly support our seminar next month by making a donation to Nenkashe Education Centre through GlobalGiving.  Two appropriate dates for you to give in October are the World Teacher’s Day and the International Day of the Girl Child, coming up on October 5th and October 11th, respectively.

 

Lastly, we are pleased to announce to our local and Diaspora donors that GlobalGiving now accepts payments made through M-Pesa.  You can now donate to Nenkashe Education Centre via M-Pesa Pay Bill: 891300, Account: GG18842. 

 

Thank you for your continuing support.

Sylvia in her classroom
Sylvia in her classroom
Jun 25, 2018

We Hosted the Governor!

Nantayio greets the Governor
Nantayio greets the Governor

Following a devastating drought which decimated livestock in Kajiado County and most of the country, rains started early this year and persisted for 3 consecutive months.  Landslides which followed affected a number of homes and schools but spared learning institutions where our children study.  Our 34 sponsored children in various primary and secondary school were able to study in their schools uninterrupted by the effects of heavy rains. 

 

We now officially have 13 children in Standard 1. This is significant because these young children will not have to walk 12 kilometers each day to school and back home.  They, together with 22 pre-school children will get quality education in their community at Nenkashe Education Centre.  A major challenge before us now is to continue building classrooms and expand the school to accommodate the growing demand for primary school education in the area.

 

The Governor of Kajiado County visited Nenkashe Educational Centre to see for himself how the institution is benefitting the community and the county.  The Governor said that Early Childhood Development education is essential in preparing children for primary education.   

 

He lauded the sponsorship program that is supporting 34 students to primary and secondary school because the transition rate of children from primary to secondary school is very low, standing at 54%, according to him.  The Member of County Assembly (MCA) for our ward accompanied the Governor to the school.

 

In the next quarter we will hold our Annual General Board (AGM) meeting to assess our impact and strategize for the continued support of the 34 older children in primary and secondary school and the further development of our pre-primary and primary school project.  It is certain that we shall need your support more in the future as we expand Nenkashe Education Centre to meet the educational needs of our children.

 

We cherish your continued support and prayers!

Chair welcomes the Governor
Chair welcomes the Governor
Sponsored children listen to their Governor
Sponsored children listen to their Governor
Mar 29, 2018

The High Cost of Missing School

Ann at ther school
Ann at ther school

Last year a heartbreaking incident took place in our neighborhood when a 14 year old girl attempted suicide because she has been out of school for two terms for lack of school fees.  Ann drank poison to die because without education, her life would be meaningless.  Fortunately, quick action by relatives managed to rush her to hospital in time for medics to save her life.

Today, Ann is a normal 15 year old enrolled in class 8 at AIC Girls Primary School in Kajiado where she is preparing for her end of year examinations to proceed to high school.  She is maintaining good grades and her zeal for education remains high because she want to become a lawyer.

At the beginning of 2018, Ann received Nenkashe Education Centre sponsorship to ensure that she will finish primary and secondary school.  Ann is receiving counseling and mentorship from Nenkashe’s social workers and her teachers are ensuring she receives a good formal education.  The future now looks bright for Ann at this point in her life.

In addition to giving counseling and mentorship support to 34 older children, Nenkashe Education Centre has a growing Early Childhood Education (ECD) program where 28 pre-school age children are currently being prepared for entry into primary schools. 

Our services now reach 62 children in total and we cherish your continued support as we work to prepare children for a better life.

During this Easter month, we draw your attention to GlobalGiving Foundation’s five-day Little by Little Matching Campaign which will run from April 9 - 13, 2018. During this one week, GlobalGiving will match donations up to $50 at 50% with $50,000 in matching funds. 

There will be an additional 100% match for recurring donations and $3,000 in bonus prizes for projects that raise the most funds from their donors. 

We would appreciate your support in helping us raise funds in the Little by Little Matching Campaign.   Thank you for your loyalty and we wish you a blessed Easter!

Pre-school children playing with stones
Pre-school children playing with stones
Pre-school children with their teacher, Ann
Pre-school children with their teacher, Ann
 
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