Aug 18, 2021

The Ripple of kindness

Sootian (5 years ago)
Sootian (5 years ago)

Sootian,a 19 years young Maasai boy  joined Sports For Change family as a full sponsored student in 2016. He was our hiking guide and a night guard during one of our leadership camps in Mt.Suswa with our students. He made bonfire together with our students. We sat around and listened to his stories about his life. We discovered he was the best student in his school that year. His parents had a big financial challenge and his dream to join the national school he had been admitted to was about to crush. 

We promised to get him a sponsor through our sponsor-student program and we were successful. He sat for his final secondary school exam this year and passed very well. He will join university in September to pursue Bachelor Of Science (Health promotion & Sports Science) at Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology. 

His father, a Maasai elder, hosted a thank giving ceremony to celebrate the 5 years Sootian has been with us. This was the first of a kind. We help all our students equally without expecting any reward and his gesture took us by surprise.  

The function was held in Suswa, a Maasai village in Narok county in Kenya. We invited other SFC beneficiaries from the region to celebrate Sootian's success together. They attended with their parents , all dressed in Maasai traditional attires. His father had invited the community to also celebrate with us. It turned out to be a very beutiful Maasai culture themed function. 

A goat was slaughtered and roasted. In African culture, slaughtering a goat for guests signifies respect and honor. We were very humbled by this. The women cooked different types of food. It was a real feast. 

All the parents that were present gave a short speech. Each of them expressed their love and gratitude towards our work. They gave us hand made beads gifts. They sang and prayed. It was beutiful and very touching. 

Sootian's father requested we support him with sponsoring his university education. A request that we accepted. The villagers requested we support more bright young girls from the area. We promised to fundraise and support more. Our hope and dream is to support more girls and boys attain quality education, not only from that area but from other religion too. 

We believe  every child has a right to quality education regardless of their background. The act of kindness we get from different donors has created unimaginable ripple effect. It has proved that we can change the world around us by joining hands and working together.

If you have been part of our success journey, we say a BIG thank you. If you would like to join us, we say a Big welcome to SFC family because as Malcolm X said, “Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today”

We have four students joining university in September. We need your support to make this happen. Donate to us today and help make their dream a reality. Consider sharing our project with your colleagues, friends and family. 

Thank you ! 

 

Sootian (in the middle)
Sootian (in the middle)
Sootian and SFC girls
Sootian and SFC girls
SFC founder & Sootian's mum at their home
SFC founder & Sootian's mum at their home
Sootian little brother on the roof
Sootian little brother on the roof
Sootian & an elder addressing guests
Sootian & an elder addressing guests

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May 5, 2021

My life is bright .

We have amazing testimonies two of our beneficiaries. We have supported on of them from 2009 , she sponsored her secondary school and tertiary  education. She is now working and serving community in her hospitality career. This is what she has to say;

"Since the day I joined the sports for change team, I knew I got myself a family. A family you meet once after a while and the connection is real. You meet kids who are undergoing the same challenges growing up as you. In a way, you can connect with them. Growing up to be a hotelier, which I love, I was taught kindness through this team, sports for change. I always purpose to treat people with kindness regardless of their ethnicity or background. I learned to grab every opportunity that comes my way. Through the leadership groups, we host every holiday with the rest of the kids. I'm forever, grateful. I could not ask for more. I'm happy to be working now as a host, a bed and breakfast facility in Malindi- Kenya. Thanks, Shiku for not giving up on us even when things are difficult. Thanks to the team for believing in the good work you started. You are amazing and I can't thank you enough. Like our family, sports for change continue to grow, I pray that you may never lack. It shall be well. Let's all observe safety measures during this pandemic, and we shall all meet again and celebrate victory"

The second girl was rescued by our team. She is bright and had scored very high marks. But her mother could not afford her school fees. This is what she has to say"

" I would like to express my gratitude to you for sponsoring me ... sincerely speaking, it has been of great help. I would like to thank the whole team of sports for change for changing my life and help me fulfil my dreams. This road to success would not be easy without your support.At school. I'm really working hard and I promise never to disappoint you.

Last term, I was selected as the assistant school president because of my discipline, handwork and leadership qualities. Iam so humbled to be selected as a leader in such a big school. 
Thanks again for giving me an opportunity to shape my future. My future is bright". 

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Dec 2, 2020

My final year in school during Covid

My final year in secondary school has been full of challenges. In a normal year, this would be sitting for my last papers, eager to start a new life. But due to Covid, schools in Kenya were closed in March, I ended up staying home for 7 months.We re-opened school in Oct. I was happy to be back in school. I was loosing hope at home. A lot of youth especially girls got into bad influence and good pregnant. It is sad to witness young promising life getting destroyed. 

Life at home was hard. It was not easy to balance my studies and help my mother in her work. My life in a boarding school is easier and better than at home. We feed at school and my sponsors pay for everything. At home, food is not guaranteed. My mother is a casual laborer in a tea farm. For her to feed us (my two siblings and I) We  help her in picking tea and get paid. She has a small one room house in the farm where we call home. She recently changed her employer. That meant we had to move homes. In the midst of all this, I studied hard preparing for my final exam. I know education will help me in future. My dream is to become a doctor. I want to help my family and the community at large. Iam so grateful to sports for change for supporting my education for the last 4 year. I got overwhelmed with joy when the founder and other members  visited me in school this week. This to me was something big. It shown love and kindness. I felt very lucky .

Covid has changed a lot of things in our school. We got distributed in different classes to help with social distancing. We got new  teachers. It is hard to adapt to the new different way of living at home and then in school. I like and appreciate that we wash hands all the time. Wearing masks all the time is very tiresome but it has reduced infections of other diseases.

I have l learned a lot during this pandemic year. I appreciate my life more. I appreciate my family, my friends and the small house we call home. Iam healthy and Iam surrounded by people who love and care. I appreciate the fact that Iam in one of the best schools in Kenya and I rub shoulders with rich kids. Sports for change has given me a chance to use my academic good grades to get a higher place in school and in life. 
Parents can give their kids a lot of pocket money to make them feel good, but they can't give them marks to defeat me. Iam a hard worker and in the end I will emerge stronger. I don't watch tv at home, we don't have one. I soak myself in books during my free times. 
"The greatest gift you will give us is a good grade." This are words from sports for change founder. Our final exam will be in March and I look forward to make her and everyone else proud. 
I thank Sports for change for the support and love they have given me. Iam hopeful because they welcomed me in their family. I look forward to my next phase in life. 
I wish all sports for change members and supporters a merry Christmas and a happy new year.

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