In high-density Kibera, open space is rare. For children attending school within Kibera, classrooms are compact and recess time confined to small, enclosed spaces where children typically play with tires and other homemade toys. Throughout the year, St. Vincent's hosts Sports Days to give our nursery school and rescue center children the chance to be active and play unconfined. These days are much anticipated by our children.
On a sunny July morning, students were bussed to a local park along with teachers, older children from the rescue center, and many volunteers. Handmade balls wound with twine and tape, wooden blocks, and ropes filled both the free play time and were used for planned activities. Each child appeared enamored and occupied with the expanse of green grass, opportunity to freely chase and cartwheel, and the chance to win stickers, given out by Teacher Alice for small field day victories. Milk, biscuits, and oranges were handed out, as children waited patiently for their turn after rinsing their hands in water retrieved by volunteers. We wrapped up the day cleaning the green space, children picking up much more waste than belonged to them. The day ultimately left both children and park better than before.
Since the beginning of the first school term in January 2013, students at St. Vincent’s Nursery School had been sharing with the teachers that they are hungry when they come to school each morning. Some of the children were unable to join the class until they received their porridge, a meal intended to be given in the late morning.
Due to rampant inflation and the rising cost of living in Kenya, many families served by St. Vincent’s have had a hard time providing food for their families. Many of the parents of the nursery school students have admitted that the only sure meals their children can depend on are the ones served at the school. With the support of the GlobalGiving holiday food basket microproject, St. Vincent’s was able to surprise families with an Easter package in April 2013. The school provided food packages that would last the families the entire 5-day Easter holiday. The nutritious package included two kilograms of rice, beans, maize, green grams (vegetables), maize flour and porridge flour.
To ensure that each household received its package, each parent was invited to pick up their portion from school. No parent missed this opportunity and some were even accompanied by their neighbors who hoped to benefit from any leftovers the organization had. The parents were very grateful and thanked St. Vincent’s for providing them with food at a time they desperately needed it.
On behalf of the children and community members that St. Vincent’s serves, we would like to pass our appreciation to GlobalGiving for providing the opportunity to support our community with funds contributed by kind donors. We would also like to extend our appreciation to each and every person who made a contribution to make the ‘Holiday Food Basket for Vulnerable Families’ a reality. Thank you all and may you be blessed.
Feb 14, 2013
LOVE St. Vincent's this Valentine's Day
By Christina Stellini - Resource Development Volunteer
What are you doing this Valentine's Day?
Take a minute to vote for St. Vincent's Nursery School & Rescue Center's work to promote LOVE for vulnerable children and families in Kibera, Kenya
St. Vincent's mission is to build a society where all children receive the necessary LOVE and care essential to survive and thrive. We promote love by treating both children and parents with the love and respect needed to flourish.
We are thrilled that this work has been recognized by The Fetzer Institute. St. Vincent's has been selected to participate in the What In The World Are You Doing? contest for its work to promote love and forgiveness.
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The NGO or nonprofit organization that gets the most votes by midnight EST February 28, 2013 will be awarded $5,000 for being the MOST LOVED!