The children attending our education programmes represent so many stories. Some stories have the ability to bring tears to your eyes due to the hardships that are experienced by these children. However, as you continue to listen these same stories equally warm your heart as they are punctuated by moments of resilience, courage and hope. The story of Simon wields such power.
We met Simon, now a 15 year old boy in class 6, when he was first admitted to our Wadogo and Wakubwa programme which later became the Kianda transitional Class. He had been rescued from the streets as he was living with his father who was unemployed and could therefore not afford to constantly fend for himself and his son. Simon was later admitted to a government school and when Fountain of Hope was started he became a part of our education programme again.
The education and feeding programme are an important part of Simon’s life. He has managed to stay of the streets because he now attends school and is constantly being exposed to the great possibilities that lie beyond the harsh realities he has had to experience at a young age. The daily breakfast and lunch he receives in School are a great help to Simon’s aunt who is his caregiver after his father sadly passed away.
The life of Simon and many other children in the slum makes them vulnerable to many ills that can easily make them believe that they cannot rise and make something great out of their lives. The opportunity to attend school offers these children exposure to people and programs that gradually change their way of thinking and they begin to see their potential and the great possibility that they can live up to their potential and rewrite their story, their family’s story and that of generations to come.
We celebrate the courage of Simon and, with your support; we continue to work hard towards our vision of seeing these children and their families achieve their God-given potential.
May 16, 2017
By Brenda Kaloki - Field Worker
Playtime at the Transitional School.
It is expected that when a child gets to the age of 3 or 4 years that would join Kindergarten and begin their long exciting journey of learning and growing into individuals who will discover their dreams and passions and pursue them. It is expected that once this child begins this journey then they will only stop when they have attained the requirements needed to get employment or the level they desire.
However, this is not true for many children in Kibera. A walk through the street and alleys reveals the reality that so many children, who are old enough to be in school, are not in school and some spend their days playing on the streets or helping out with the household chores. Their parents either unable to pay the school fees or too absorbed in their addictions to notice their children are missing school.
The youngest in our prep class is always 6 years old and our transitional class is a mix of different ages as the children were once in school but had to drop out. These children have experienced difficulties children their age should not experience and some are grown beyond their age because they had to become caregivers in the absence of their parents.
One would therefore expect to find troublesome and gloomy children but the truth is these children are full of life and laughter. The older children not afraid of playing with the younger ones and the younger ones listen to the older ones. It is a display of how resilient these children are and that they somehow understand the magnitude of the opportunity that this school represents. A second chance to pursue an education and pursue their dreams (and they have big dreams).
Thank you for partnering with us, because of your support, 30 children get a chance every year to go back to school, a second chance to discover and rediscover their dreams and their God given potential.
Their eyes and smiles beam with life.
May 10, 2017
14 Years On.
By Brenda Kaloki - Field Worker
Bonding over lunch
The school feeding program officially marked 14 years this March and we are excited for the far we have come. In 2003, our work in Kibera started with a bowl full of porridge and 5 kids and now we have grown to feeding 151 children two meals a day in two different centres.
We still believe in the power of the feeding programme because the children attending our education programme come from some of the poorest families and therefore they rely on the meals we serve in school since the provision at home is irregular and sometimes hardly enough. This serves to not only keep them regularly attending school but they also get to concentrate in class since they don’t have to deal with hunger.
We also get to celebrate the 14th year with a student council leader, Raphael, who is in charge of the dining, exciting times! He asked a few of his friends why they think the feeding is important and these are the responses they gave him:
“Because it helps us maintain good health”
“Because it makes us strong”
“If we don’t eat we will die”
“It is important because it helps the poor children”
We are looking forward to continuing helping the children stay healthy, strong, alive and realising their potential that will cause them to break from the cycle of poverty.