Meet Delina, a fun-loving and happy young girl. She’s the firstborn of three and lives with her mother. Delina’s father left home during the COVID-19 outbreak, leaving the family when her mother was expecting a baby. During the Christmas holidays, Delina’s mother gave birth and later began experiencing complications. This left Delina no choice but to take care of her sick mother, younger siblings, and the newborn baby. The 10-year-old cleans, cooks, and washes clothes and takes care of everyone at home. Despite having all these responsibilities, she encourages herself to attend school at our Transition Class. Delina has been out of school for some time but has started her journey back to school in our Transition Programme. She will join the Fountains of Hope School in July. Delina is very active both in class and outside and never withdrawn. Despite continuing to face challenges, she has a strong positive will to make it through life.
Delina and her classmates will join the Fountains of Hope School in July which will make way for a new group of children to start their transition back to school. Our Social Workers are beginning the enrolment process now.
Thank you for contributing to Delina's transition back to school. If you would like to help more children get back to school, you can give today towards the new group of children who will join the programme in July.
It has been over a year since the first cases of coronavirus were reported in Kenya, in that time children spent nine months out of school, many people lost jobs and livelihoods, the economic impacts of the pandemic were huge.
We are so grateful to all of you for enabling us to respond to the pandemic in the community that we care so deeply about.
With your help, we were able to:
Provide 4,173 food vouchers to families in Kibera struggling without the free school meals their children normally receive at our centres.
Sustain 19 free handwashing stations to help community members wash their hands regularly despite not having running water in their homes
Support over 100 children to keep learning at home by sending work packs home
Ensure regular check-ins with each family by our social work team
Provide fun, life-skills activity packs to keep children engaged at home
In October 2020, 40 children returned to school and in January 2021 we were able to fully reopen all of our normal programmes. Your donations also helped us to purchase all the PPE and additional handwashing provisions we needed to open our projects safely for our staff and students.
Now that our projects are open again, we are returning our focus to our original goals of providing quality education to vulnerable children in Kibera. We have therefore stopped supporting the handwashing stations around Kibera although many business owners have opted to continue operating them without our support.
Kenya is currently experiencing a third wave of infections and new restrictions are in place, though our education programmes are closed currently due to school holidays anyway but we are confident that the current surge will have improved and the government will reopen schools as planned in May after the school holidays. Also, the vaccine is starting to be rolled out in Kenya and teachers are being prioritised in the first group to receive vaccines.
Thank you so much for supporting our coronavirus response in Kibera.
Feb 9, 2021
Back in Action
By Emily Obiti - Field Worker
In January, schools across Kenya reopened fully after 9 months of closures due to COVID.
At the Fountains of Hope School, we welcomed back over 130 children to school last month. We are delighted to have them all back in class.
We are following the guidelines set by the government to ensure staff and children stay COVID safe at school. This includes wearing masks, washing hands and sitting 1m apart in class. This has meant we've had to provide more textbooks as children used to share one between two, now they have one each. We're also buying a lot more water and soap to keep up with the regular hand washing and cleaning in high-touch points.
The teachers are working hard to help children catch-up after so long out of class. Meanwhile, we have been running art sessions with the children to give them an outlet to process such an unusual, and in some cases traumatic, year.
We are so grateful for your support throughout the school closures and now that we have reopened the school again. Thank you.