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Nov 9, 2017

Do small things with great love

Our Super Mama
Our Super Mama's

The school year finally ended and achievements were celebrated as the children who performed and members of staff were given prizes. This year’s prize giving was special not only were the teachers celebrated for their work but also the kitchen staff were recognised.

We have spoken about Mama Judy and Millie before but apart from ensuring the kids take their meals on time, they have been playing another important role. These two women are the first to get in at dawn to prep for breakfast and therefore are among the first to interact with the children when they get to school and at the breakfast and lunch line, as they chat with the kids. It is in these moments that their motherly instincts kick in, they take mental notes of the kids they notice behaving differently or the child who came in crying or moody and they raise these issues with the social workers, Margaret and Daniel.

As we recognise the many meals they have prepared and served for the 117 students the entire year, without fail, we also recognise their passion and love for these children and we are reminded that the feeding program goes beyond ensuring the students are healthy and in school. The programme, through our kitchen staff, provides some of these children the opportunity to be loved on in small but significant ways.

We are truly thankful for your support during the entire year and we are looking forward to continuing our partnership in the coming year. Your partnership, just like Mama Millie and Mama Judy, makes a difference in the lives of each child in our school.

“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.”- Mother Teresa

Happy Holidays!!!

Oct 16, 2017

The Carpenters Journey

Desk and Chair made and donated by Frank
Desk and Chair made and donated by Frank

This desk represents the journey of a young man whose path crossed ours many years ago and whose journey thus far has caused us great joy.

Frank , now 21,came to us as a young boy who could barely read, write and expressing himself was a challenge. He joined Turning Point in Class 4 and first went through our transition class to prepare him for formal schooling as he had missed a few years of schooling. The transition journey was definitely an uphill task but he finally joined primary school. However, due to the poor foundation he had prior to joining our education program, Frank did not perform so well in his final primary exam.

He was determined to not let what would seemingly appear as a major obstacle stop him. He, with Turning Point’s support, began a course in mechanics that took a year. Life would however reveal that his passion did not lie in mechanics and when he stumbled upon carpentry, his passion was ignited.

Frank recently visited Fountain of Hope primary school and he came bearing gifts, a desk and a chair. A very timely gift as we expand to full capacity next year. Full capacity means that we will finally become a full primary school next year and we will have the first class sitting the National Primary exams.

His visit reminded us that the work we do has the ability to change the lives of the children who come our way and when we do all we can do to inspire these children to never give up on themselves, great things can happen.

Aug 14, 2017

The Little Carpenter

Playtime after Class
Playtime after Class

It's a sunny Friday Morning,mid- morning to be exact. The kids at the Transitional Class are excited, for this morning we host our first creative class of the term and as usual our volunteers from Colour My World Kenya are full of energy and excitement.

The first task is getting to know each other, and the kids are asked to write their names, age, favorite colour and career on a piece of paper. It is exciting to see some of the younger kids in Prep class show off their new acquired skills, writing their names, while others still struggle to remember and turn to the volunteers for help while some remeber that Teacher Lilly had written it on their books and so they run and find their books.

One little boy, George, struggled to catch up with the rest but even this coudn't stop him from shouting out his dream. His deskmate, a little older than him offers some help and his name is finally written. The class is slowly coming to an end so the volunteers ask the children to raise their hands and share their dreams/careers.

"Doctor"! "Pilot"! "Teacher"! Those were the common responses and every child's future dream was celebrated. George kept his hand up and he shouted "Carpenter", a few giggles were heard but he was unmoved as he went on to explain what a carpenter does.

The system of education in our Country has for long encouraged the pursuing of formal jobs and little attention is paid to the children's artistic side or dreams that do not fit the white collar jobs criteria. We at Turning Point acknowledge that the dreams of our children are varied and we strive to go the extra mile to encourage our children to not only dream big dreams but to say it out loud.

As we help children like George return to school, we hope that the care, support and the delivery of our classes will help them not only refine their dreams but also know that despite where they come from, their dreams are valid.

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