Nov 27, 2018

Celebrating great success

Margaret
Margaret

We are celebrating great success of one of our beneficiaries Margaret who joined university in August this year.  She joined University of Embu where she is now taking a degree course in Bachelor of Education Sciences, a course that is going to take her 4 years. Margaret joined Sports For Change 3 years ago through her guardian who had heard about the organization love and support for needy and bright students.

Margaret was born and raised in Gaturi village  Muranga County. She attended her primary education at Kiambugi Primary School where she did her KCPE in 2013 and scored 321 marks.With 321 marks she was able to get a place at Githunguri Girls’ high school but unfortunately the parents could not afford the fees charged by the school due to their low income. Her form one fees was paid by a well-wisher who later withdrew. This forced Margaret to drop out from the school of her dream to join a day school with scant earning resources but lower fees which the parent could afford.
Margaret mother got married when she had 4 kids. She is the firstborn. The foster father is quite interested with their mother but has no interest in educating the children. The mother is a peasant farmer who is living from hand to mouth. Being a hardworking girl, Margaret could help  her mother after school with house chores after school. Margaret applied sponsorship with Sports for Change 2015 December when she was in form two. Her humility and her passion she had towards pursuing her dream career inspired us and took her to join the Sports for Change family. she was able to go back to a good boarding school Dr Kamundia Girls’ High School where she could focus more on her education. She sat for her KCSE last year (2017) and successfully completed with a mean grade of C+.

After completing her bachelor education Margaret would like to become
a teacher so that she can be able to give back to the society. We are very thankful for all you, our supporters for continued support. This young lady now has a bright future because you believed in our project and joined hands with us. We will be very greatful if you can consider gifting us this Christas season.

Margaret in green-SFC leadership camp
Margaret in green-SFC leadership camp
Margaret and Lialian, another SFC beneficiary
Margaret and Lialian, another SFC beneficiary
Margaret and other SFC beneficiares
Margaret and other SFC beneficiares
Margaret (in a red skirt) during SFC camp
Margaret (in a red skirt) during SFC camp

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Aug 24, 2018

Reflecting my four years with sports for change

Cythia
Cythia

Four years ago, I joined Sports for change program through what I consider a miracle. I passed my primary final exams with flying colours. I was admitted to a national school. My mum, a single mother of four was not working. She had an accident which left her bedridden. Stuck at home, with no hope of joining school a neighbour told me he was volunteering with an organization that support bright and needy kids. He promised to introduce me to them. Meeting the founder was the best thing that happened to my life.

My name is Cythia and I live with my family, two brothers, one sister and my mother in Mukuru kwa Reuben slum. It is hard to explain to anyone about our daily life in the slum. If you don’t live here you simply can’t understand. What I like is, there is a lot of togetherness. Families are close, possibly because we dont have much to do outside our small iron sheet houses. In our family for example, when we are not lucky to get any casual job, we read together, play together, cook together, do washing together and just sit on water tins to enjoy our meals. Most people wonder how we can live in a slum and still be happy. We don’t know any other life. We have very little in our room which we call home and love it. We don’t have many worries. All we do is read whenever we get a chance.

I always look forward to scholl holiday, not to come home, but to attend Sports for change holidays camps. We usually visit different places. Through them, I have visited areas even my schoolmates from well to do familes havent visited. This gives me a voice when we open school. When other students talk about TV programs and series , I tell them abut new towns and different experiences. In the end my stories get more listeners as they are unique.

My mother struggle a lot to support us, we understand when she don’t have enough to feed us well. I don’t know what she could have managed to educate me and feed us. By helping me, Sports for change supported the whole family.

My real focus in life is to pass well, join university and pursue my dream career of becoming a mechanical engineer.

Joining other Sports for change beneficiaries during holiday mentorship camps has really uplifted my hope in life. Some kids don’t live in a slum but have a lot of challenges. Some are orphans, some got disabled parents. We are all different and special in our own way. And this uniqueness gives us a special bonding as we do take each other as bother and sister from one parent.

 I can’t thank all Sports for change supporters enough. You have planted seeds in our lives that will grow and shine through many generations.

Cythia and her sister
Cythia and her sister
Cythi nad her siblings
Cythi nad her siblings
Cythia and our volunteer at Mukuru slum
Cythia and our volunteer at Mukuru slum
Cythia and her brother
Cythia and her brother
Cythia
Cythia

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May 8, 2018

Restored Hope

Roy
Roy

Hopes of a sixteen year old boy from Nanyuki’s Thingithu Estate of joining a secondary school have been shattered after his mother failed to raise the amount required for fees and other needs.

Roy who was a pupil at Laikipia Air Base primary school where he attained 316 marks was set to join Ngobit Boys secondary school in Laikipia but nothing is forthcoming to show that his dreams of ever joining the school will be realized.

The third born in a family of five whose only bread winner is the mother, he could not even afford the fees required to undergo a rite of passage when his age mate passed this stage Last month and it has taken a group of well wishers to raise funds for the exercise.

The poverty level in his family where they share a single rented room and sleep on a double-decker bed together with his mother Lilian and four other siblings could not even allow him stay there after he was circumcised and a good Samaritan offered part of his store where the boy is being taken care of.

“The boy and his mother had come to look for manual job at my yard when I realized that there was a bigger problem than just looking for job. Upon enquiring they narrated their predicaments and I started looking for people who could help,” said Joseph Kinyua who has offered the house where the boy is recuperating

However he is appealing to well wishers who can come to the rescue of the family especially in getting the boy who is the only hope of the family to school.

The mother said she has tried to apply for bursary but currently none is forthcoming and called on people of good will to come to their rescue.

Sports For Change got informed of the boy from one of our volunteers. We contacted Joseph who was helping the family and arranged to visit them. The family's situation was really bad but we could only manage to help Roy. We promised and committed to sponsor his education. Roy was over the moon when we welcomed him in our SFC family.He joined other students during school holiday camp. He is very ambitious, quiet and shy. His dream is to be a civil engineer. He met one of our beneficiaries Julius, who did a civil engeneerng course and graduated last year. Julius come from avery humble back ground. His story and achievement really inspired Roy and the other students. We are happy to be able to give Roy a chance to education. A right every child should have. We need to raise more money to continue helping Roy and other kids like him. Thank you for your continued support.

Roy and Sariayo during leadership camp
Roy and Sariayo during leadership camp
Roy before meeting Sports For Change
Roy before meeting Sports For Change
Roy at well wisher's house
Roy at well wisher's house
Roy's mum
Roy's mum
 
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