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Feb 6, 2020

Hope Restored

The new academic year kicked off in January and it’s always an exciting time for us as we get to welcome new students into our program. However, the excitement is always laced with a hint of sadness as we listen to stories of children who come to seek a place in our education program.

One notable story is that of Cynthia, Cynthia grew up in Nairobi and lived with the father. The father was a provider and this meant that Cynthia had access to education and everything she needed to lead a healthy life. Unfortunately, the father got badly injured during a robbery incident and got hospitalised for a long time. This one incident changed the life of Cynthia; her mother left, she dropped out of school and had to go live with the father at their rural home.

Out of school and with no one to support her, Cynthia’s hopes to have a healthy life appeared to be slowly fading, until her auntie paid them a visit. Moved with compassion, her auntie travelled back to Nairobi with Cynthia. However, her spouse did not support this move and Cynthia did not report to school as the year started, leaving her auntie distraught.

It is at this point that our paths crossed and Cynthia was brought for admission at our transition class. A few weeks into the term and she is slowly adjusting to being back to school. Her presence in school has had a ripple effect; her father can now rest easy knowing her daughter is back in school, her auntie no longer feels like she made the wrong move bringing Cynthia to Nairobi and since Cynthia is paying no school fees and receives two meals in school, her uncle who is a casual labourer doesn’t feel the strain of taking care of an extra child.

Stories like this are reminders of the impact we create through our programs and though Cynthia’s journey is just beginning, we already see the impact of hope restored.

Jan 8, 2020

Growth

 

January is considerably a hot, dry and dusty month in Nairobi but this year it has started off with rain and with rain comes growth. We are excited to be back to school for the new school year and If we had to pick a word to describe the new year at Fountains of Hope Primary School, we would pick growth.

Growth because we all get to move to a new class, turn a year older, learn new things, make new friends and even take up  more responsibilities at school and home.

As we move on to a new class, we celebrate the 21 students transitioning to high school. 76% of the students scored over 250 Marks and the best student scored 368 points out of the possible 500 marks. We are proud of their achievements and we will continue to walk with them, encouraging them to achieve more in high school.

One class exiting means that we get to receive new friends and this year we welcome 12 new students from our Transition program. They spent the past year being prepared to join and re-join primary education and we celebrate this milestone with them.

We plan to not only grow in numbers but also in the academic and extra-curricular activities we engage in, our partnerships and our impact in the community we exist in.

Thank you for supporting us in 2019. We are excited that you still believe and support the vision of our work.

Growth, we hope you also experience growth in this New Year as you walk alongside us.

Happy New Year.

 

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Jan 8, 2020

Education is Freedom

The New Year is always an exciting time for our Transition Program. It’s exciting because as we celebrate the students who have successfully transitioned to Primary School, we open our hands to receive new student.

Since its inception the program has been receiving 30 Students every year but this New Year we open our doors and hearts to 50 students. 30 of these students will be receiving early childhood education and 20 are out-of-school children who will be prepared to re-enter formal primary education next year.

“Education is freedom” Paulo Freire. It’s our hope that we will teach these children to be free. In the classroom we will teach them the freedom to learn and unlearn concepts, the freedom to ask questions when they don’t understand, the freedom to be kind to their classmates, the freedom to expand their vision of their future, the freedom to learn from their mistakes rather than feeling defeated.

In the playground, we will teach them the freedom to be children and play the games that cause them to laugh, to embrace each other’s strength, to learn as they play and to grow their minds and bodies.

We want our students to be free to envision themselves achieving more than those who have gone before them and beyond the invisible limits created by their environment.

Thank you for believing and supporting our vision this far and as we begin this new year we are confident that we can count on your support.

Happy New Year.

Join us in celebrating the moments of freedom all through the year by following us on our social media handles:

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Twitter: @tptrust

 
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