Jan 26, 2018

My future is bright

My name is Julius, 23 years old. I was born in a village called Kanderendu in central Kenya. My siblings and I had a normal family life as village kids until I lost my dad in 2000. I was 6 years then and was just about to start my primary education. Life stopped for a while. My mum struggled to feed us. I had to stay home for one year without having any hope of going to school. I admired other kids who let home every morning to school and came back home in the evening. I did abit of work at home like fetching water and firewood to helpmy mum. My mum got casual jobs, she toiled hard and managed to pay for my class one school fee. It was fun to join other kids in schools. Things dint work out so well. I was sent home for fees many time.This affected my studies a lot. I felt bad but all I could do was wait for mum to get some money. 

In 2008 things changed when the government introduced free education.I managed to continue with my education together with my 3 siblings. Mum continued to work hard to feed us. I completed my primary education and sat for my final exams. I pased well.  But then the worst happened.My mum got ill and passed away.. This was very deverstating. At that tender age, I was left an orphan with 3 siblings to take care of. As the first born, they looked up on me to deliver. I felt a lot of weight on my shoulders. I felt confused and defeated. My hope and meaning in life was loft. I had no option but to drop out of school and stay at home. without knowing my next step. After a few month I decided to go back to class 8 since primary school was free. 

The year was tough but I persevered. I studied very hard despite hardship at home. I sat for final exams and again passed very well. I got stuck again with my seconday school fees. I looked for help frommany places including our then area MP but nothing was promising. Through a local teacher,I got a sponsorship from sport for change. Things changed for me. I dint have to worry about my secondary school fees. I lived with my uncle over school holiday. I attended all sports for change movitational and leadership camps. This restored my hope and dream. I met other very needy kids. We shared our life stories and encouraged each other. We become one big family. After four years I sat for my secondary school final exams. I passed well and chose to do diploma in high way engineering. Sports for change continued to support me until last year when I completed my course. Iam really looking forward to my graduation day. 

For the time being,Iam looking for a job. I would wish to continue with my education to learn more skills. My biggest dream is to start my own construction company. I want to help others by creating employment. 

I can't imagine how my life would be if Sports For Change dint sponsor my education. I can't thank them enough. And to you who believe in their course and donate, You brightened my future. A mllion words can nor explain my gratitude to you.

Julius and other Sports For Change students
Julius and other Sports For Change students
Julius with some SFC girls
Julius with some SFC girls
Julius durig 2013 team building camp
Julius durig 2013 team building camp
Julius during 2014 team building camp
Julius during 2014 team building camp
Juliu with some of SFC boys
Juliu with some of SFC boys

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Oct 2, 2017

Student mentorship weekend

Hiking and sharing
Hiking and sharing

Sports For Change is incredibly passionate about young mentorship. We are driven by a world vision where every child lives to his/her fullest potential have a positive future through access to education and mentorship programs.

Since our inception in 2009 we are extremely proud to have supported 30 children access quality secondary school education through school fees sponsorship. Two of the students are working and 5 are pursuing different courses in different colleges, among them one is doing medicine and another structural engineering. The rest are still in secondary school. We have also supported more than 1000 underprivileged children by supporting their school. We cemented 10 classrooms in Teule children home and distributed books to various children homes and underprovided schools.

 What is beautiful about our  work is that we take pride in catalyzing volunteers’ into action. With each encounter through sporting events  our volunteers become a part of making profound investment in children. What is even more beautiful about our work is the impact we have in children’s lives and in seeing the same sense of pride and accomplishment mirrored in our partners and volunteers.

 We met our students for a young leader’s forum- why the forum?“Simply because the process of becoming a leader holds many valuable lessons in any Childs life”

We have noted that when leadership potential is natured, the ability to relate to others improves and skills in communication, conflict resolution, decision making and goal achievement are redefined. Initiative and responsibility increases and self concept and personal fulfillment flourish-This is our dream and vision for every child and the motivation behind the young leader’s forum program.

Our investment in young leaders-Is to develop Interpersonal skills that are necessary in every aspect of human endeavor. In an ever changing world,

The programming gradually embraces the fact that no education system and school curriculum in its own is sufficient at providing young adults with the necessary tools and resource to adequately nature future work forces, future scholars, and future leaders.

 We incorporated hiking as a sport to make the student open up, share, know each other better and encourage each other. In a session dubbed ‘walk to encourage’ the students were paired after every 30 mins. The team sat in the bush and shared what they have learned about each other.

Our students come from very humble backgrounds ,they appreciate eveny opportunity to travel to know places. Our mentorship program was held in Namanga at the border of Kenya and Tanzania. The student had a chance of visiting the brder and learning how immigration work. They were lucky enough to get a chance to close to the Tanzania border for photos  a feel of another country.The excitement was overwhelming and price-less.

Our students really appreciate this moments, what others take as little, is very big and memorable to them. We appreciate and thank YOU our supporter. We have ACHIEVED alot ,CHANGED alot, given HOPE, all because you have joined hands with us. Our students would really love to viit Mombasa in Dec. We request you to make their dream come true. Make hem smile ts Christmas by donation whatever you can.

We are forever THANKFUL!

The hike
The hike
Namanga hills
Namanga hills
Jun 29, 2017

A proud sports for change student

Graduation Day
Graduation Day

Everyone has a dream that wants to pursue in life but sometimes challenges become a barrier.I found myself  in  this situation after my parent were unable to raise fund I required to take me  to good boarding  school I had worked for.

I come  from Murang’a County,Kigumo District.I was  raised up together with my other 5 siblings  by my two parents who totally depend on casual labour from the  able neighbours.The parents earns approximately a total of 100 usd per month.

I sat for her K.C.P.E exam in 2009 and managed to get 324 points out of possible 500 marks.I secured myself a place at Githunguri Girls High School but unfortunetly my parents could not afford the amount needed for me to enrol at Githunguri.I was taken to a nearby secondary school.  I came  knew about sports for change  while in form one and applied.Luckily  I qualified and set my mind to studies to have an attractive performance as it has been my desire.Since then sports for change has been taking care of my school fees.

In 2013 I  sat for my K.C.S.E exam and managed to get a grade C. In  2014 I enrolled at Thika Institute of Business Studies to pursue a diploma in Hospitality Management. Sports for change is as well continued paying my college fee.My dream is to become the best hotelier  and I love cooking.During  my studies I went for an industrial exposure for three months in 2015 at Sentrim Amboseli hotel and  worked in different departments to improve and gain more skills.

I completed my course on September 2016 and  graduated on 23rd June 2017. Yes… I graduated because sports for change team came along my life and gave me a bright future through their generosity in educating me. Iam a product of work well done by sports for change team and their supporters. Iam so humbled to be one of the beneficiaries.

Thanks to Almighty  God for taking me this far and making me know about sports for change team who are willing to help bright and needy kids who comes from humble background. May God bless you abundantly.

Iam very thankful to sports for change team and my sponsor Elizabeth for their generosity and willingness  to support me through secondary & college education and maintaining me in school till I   graduated.

I would like to appreciate and extend my gratitude to all sports for change supporters  for helping young students to realize their dream and going an extra mile in assisting them to achieve  it and  later help the community.

 

Graduation
Graduation
Beth
Beth
 
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