“I want my daughter to have what I did not get. I do what I can so that she can get an education and go beyond where I am in life.” Rael’s mother shared during our annual home visits. Rael’s mother is a casual labourer and supplements those earnings by selling potatoes outside her one roomed house that she shares with Rael and her niece.
Rael’s mother’s story mirrors the story of many of the families we serve. A majority of parents lacked the opportunity to finish school and now rely on casual work to provide for their families. One thing that stands out for most of these families is that despite their minimal earnings they, like Rael’s mother, have opened up their homes to a relative(s). This means that they have taken the risk to spread the little they have even thinner so that one more person could have a shot at improving their lives.
A number of the children we support are beneficiaries of this rare kindness. They have been taken in by relatives and they are supported as they receive an education at Fountain of Hope Primary school.
We are inspired by these acts of bravery and kindness and even as we come to the end of the school year, we celebrate our parents. We celebrate their vision for these children, their resilience and the foundations they have set from which we continue to build on together.
Mahatma Gandhi said “Gentleness, self-sacrifice and generosity are the exclusive possession of no one race or religion” and we dare to add “........of no race, religion or economic status”
Sep 9, 2019
Growing our Impact
By Brenda Kaloki - Field Worker
Play time at Transition School
Imagine having to watch your peers go to school every morning and listen to them sharing stories of their day in the evening yet you have spent your day fetching water for people because your guardian cannot afford to take you to school. It's not an easy picture to paint yet this was the life of Leo for two years before he joined the transition program.
Leo is a quiet 15 year old boy who stands a head taller than all his classmates and loves football. He is the son of a single mother and lives in a single room with his auntie and five other children in Kibera. It’s been a good year for Leo because he finally joins his peers every morning and comes to school and though he had to go back three grades due to being out of school for so long he is learning and catching up.
As the school year comes to an end, we celebrate the strides that our students have made this year despite the many challenges they face out of school. We are excited to see them join formal primary school next year and continue to grow in every way.
Since its inception, the transition program has prepared more than 400 out-of-school transition to primary school and in 2020 we plan to grow our impact by increasing our admission to 50 students per year. We hope that you will continue supporting us as we give children like Leo the gift of education.
Aug 8, 2019
By Brenda Kaloki - Field Worker
On 14th July, 2019 we had the opportunity to host some of Turning Point Trust’s beneficiaries at one of the Centres. The group varied from our first group of beneficiaries to some who completed high school last year. They had the opportunity to serve the students their meals, share memories with each other and some were even brave enough to share their life stories with the entire primary school.
One by one they spoke of how their lives had transformed either because of opportunities taken or missed. They spoke of their time in Turning Point and one thing everyone mentioned apart from the development of infrastructure is how the feeding program was important to them as some joined the education program because of the simple assurance that they will be served of a cup of white porridge every morning. This assurance led them to stay and receive educational support that changed the trajectory of their lives.
These stories carried with them laughter , encouragment, hope and the reminder of how much the feeding program is a part of our story and identity.