Have you ever imagined where the children who attend Fountains of Hope live? I know there’s plenty of information on the internet on Kibera and together with some of the photo’s we have shared you can vaguely answer the question I posed.
Every year, our social workers take the time to visit the home of every child and get to know where they live and touch base with the parents. I got to join them and visit a few homes and I would like to share some of the lessons and inspirations I picked during that hot dusty day.
One,I never imagined the distance that some of our kids had to walk to come to school. It was a hot day and that made the distance seem longer but I imagined how much harder it is to jump over some alleys when it rains and the paths are not only filled with mud but dirty water. This to me represented children who were determined to gain an education and turn their lives around despite their environment.
The joy we were received with by most parents made it easy for us to feel at ease as we had conversation and filled out our forms. The conversations we had with the parents formed the basis of the second and third lessons I picked that day. Most of the children left their previous schools and sought admission in Fountains of Hope due to their parents’ inability to pay fees and their parents are grateful for the support they receive because their income cannot allow them to educate all their children. Thirdly, the donations you give towards the education of these children has far reaching effects. The fact that a parent doesn’t have to worry about the tuition fee for one or two children means that they can educate a third child or put a third meal on the table or be able to treat their drinking water and this impacts the entire household.
You may never get the opportunity to visits these homes or meet the families of the children you support but this is to remind you yet again that your support translates to so much more and on behalf of these children and their families are grateful for your continued support. We have 20 children sitting their final primary school exams in a few weeks and we envision them transitioning to Secondary school next year. Thank you for walking this journey with them.
Aug 13, 2018
By Brenda Kaloki - Field Worker
The World observed the International Youth Day on 12th August 2018. This day is meant to celebrate the contribution of young people in development and draw attention to the challenges and problems facing the youth.
"Safe spaces for Youth" was this year’s theme and as an organization, we strongly believe that for holistic development for our children to take place, safe spaces are important. These spaces not only enables the children to feel safe but also allows them to freely voice their thoughts and take part in recreational activities without fear.
Our Kianda centre that hosts the transitional and preparation class embodies this belief. Children who have never been to school despite being of age or are returning to school after long periods are often insecure about their capabilities and sometimes identity. Our teachers therefore have the task of helping them prepare to join formal schooling and to do so in an environment that protects their dignity, an environment that children can speak up and a space that is free from bullying even as young and much older children share common space.
We recognise that we have the responsibility to create a safe space in the midst of a community that is rife with various forms of violence against children and we are continually finding ways to keep our children safe in school and out of school by encouraging our parents to do the same at home during our annual parenting course.
You are a big part of this work and we celebrate you for continuously supporting us as we educate the children in an environment that strengthens and empowers them to be change makers.
Aug 13, 2018
By Brenda Kaloki - Field Worker
We are constantly lerning even in the moments we are not intentionally seeking new information or skill. This is the case in our educational centres as learning takes place constantly during the day and mealtimes are not an exception as they present opportunities to learn outside the classroom. One, they get to learn how to follow instructions as they make proper lunch lines and the older children give the younger children the chance to get served first. Secondly, they learn to develop the habit of cleaning their hands before taking their meals and the tap is conveniently placed next to the kitchen.
In addition, we also see the interactions that take place during these breaks between the students and their peers or adults as an important building block of their social skills as they learn to take turns, be respectful and for the much younger ones it contributes to their language development.
The learning that takes place during these breaks is proof that the benefits of the programme go beyond promoting health and encouraging school attendance and concentration in class.
We acknowledge that you are a big part of this learning process and we are truly grateful for your continued generosity.