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Sep 21, 2011

Sylvester the Fresher

Teaching has begun! Sylvester has paid up his school fees for the first semester which began in September and found himself accommodation in the university halls. He is currently settling into the routine of classes and says he is enjoying the course so far, he also reports that he has made many friends!

Jul 7, 2011

Homes built and ready for moving day!

David, Dikon and Esther run through the fields
David, Dikon and Esther run through the fields

Great progress has been made in fundraising for the mums at the Turning Point farm, though not all of it is reflected here on the GlobalGiving page. Several churches in the UK continue to work towards their pledges while two young men cycle a tandem from Woking to Nairobi to raise much needed awareness and funds for the farm. (see the Turning Point blog for more information on their expedition)

As mentioned in the last update we were able to start purchasing the land and building the houses for the families in April. Turning Point's Pastor Shadrack had a long and exhausting 2 months traveling up to Kinangop to oversee the work, now the building is complete and his wife his very happy to have him back!

The mums are making preparations to move to their own plots of land in August once the schools have closed for the holidays. A team from the UK will be running an annual fun day for the children at the farm at the end of July which will surely be a great day to celebrate and share the excitement as it builds towards moving day. We hope that by September all of the mums will have shifted to their new homes. Thank you to all who have contributed towards this life-changing step for the mums.

Jul 1, 2011

A Positive Alternative

A spot of colouring
A spot of colouring

Thank you to all those who have given towards our Transition class, we have 40 students now in the class working jolly hard to return to primary school. We have very exciting plans in the pipeline for Transition Class as we prepare to launch the second class in a new area of Kibera called Laini Saba. Through extensive research we have identified this village within the slum to have a particularly high number of children wandering the streets during the day rather than attending school. In response, we will be opening a Transition class in the village close to a playing field where many of these children congregate.

We have heard reports of girls in this area turning to prostitution as young as 12, we hope to reach out to such girls in particular through our trained Social Worker. Offering the opportunity to go to school and two good meals everyday will be a positive alternative for these girls.

In Kibera homes are small and shared by many family members, most homes do not have electricity, as such many students have little space and light to study in. We also plan to open an after-school homework club at the new centre with a small library so that kids can focus on their studies in a conducive environment. This will be for children who have passed through Transition class and are studying at local Primary schools.

Again, we want to thank all those who have enabled us to support so many children back to primary school. Please do consider giving towards the building and equipment we need to launch this new centre, by doing so you will offer kids in Kibera an opportunity to take their lives in a new direction.

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