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Jan 3, 2012

Finishing well and starting again

The kids discussing prejudice and stigma
The kids discussing prejudice and stigma

We marked the end of 2011 with a week-long holiday club inviting Transition class along with all the children who have already progressed to primary school. We had an excellent week of fun and amidst the games, drama and crafts we discussed the issue of stigma and prejudice. Many of our children are stigmatised because they are from the slum or because they were 'street kids', this week the kids learnt that those labels are meaningless because each person is special and loved by God. It was a great way to end the year toegther.

After the Christmas break the children are heading back to school and for those children who were in Transition class last year, they are rejoining formal education after working hard to catch up with what they had missed. Many kids have stopped by the compound in Kibera to show off their new school uniforms on their way to school. Meanwhile, we open our doors again to a fresh intake of kids into Transition Class for the new year.

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Sep 26, 2011

The Continuing Journey: Mama's move onto their own land

Rose from the farm tells her story
Rose from the farm tells her story

We are excited to report that mid-way through August, once the children had broken up from school and the finishing touches were added to the new plots, the whole group of mums moved from the Turning Point Farms to their own plots of land. The week of the move was an exciting one for many reasons, the mums took a break from shifting their belongings to their new homes to travel to Nairobi to meet the two cyclists, Mat and Tim, who had pedalled a tandem all the way from Woking in the UK to Nairobi to raise funds for the farm project.

The mums enjoyed the welcoming party in Nairobi and also had the chance to tell their story to the press who had taken an interest in their journey as well as the cycling boys. While the cyclist's efforts are complete, the next journey for the mums is only just beginning. Now they are all settling in to their new surroundings and beginning the hard work of cultivating their land.

Now the Turning Point Farm is being prepared for a new group of mums to start the process again later this year, we hope to have a good crop ready for the next group to harvest when they arrive.

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Sep 24, 2011

Transition Class: Interview with teacher Judy

Dennis (top middle) with friends
Dennis (top middle) with friends

Each child in transition class is unique and progresses in their own way. Today, Judy, one of our teachers told me about two of the children who are benefiting from the Turning Point Project.

“Dennis is 13 and is in class 6, he was a street boy before he joined the class,” says Judy, “at first he was really struggling with reading, he feared reading in front of the other children. He was also quite anti-social not wanting to play with the other children. During break you would just find him studying and not interacting with the others.”

But Dennis' natural inquisitiveness has helped him to overcome his shyness and take part in activities. Everyday our project pastor spends time with the kids sharing stories from the bible.

“Dennis is always so keen in listening when Pastor comes to teach the kids, whenever Pastor invited the children to ask questions Dennis will raise his hand and asks for prayer. Now I've seen Dennis becoming more social, enjoying the other kids company and not always staying alone. He is also so persistent and his reading is improving. He even now has his dream school, he wants to go to Shadrack primary.”

Judy also told me about Evelyn, another class 6 girl,

“Evelyn is someone I can see being a good leader in the future, she shows many leadership qualities and is a very hard worker. Though she has many issues at home she always turns up to class, sometimes tells me she has not eaten at home for days and the only food she is getting is the food we are providing.”

Both Dennis and Evelyn are due to return to primary school in January. Thank you to all who have donated towards the Transition class, you are helping to give these children an opportunity to overcome their current situations and develop their skills and talents to build a better future.

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