May 26, 2016

From drugs addiction to scoring high in school

Everyone has dreams that want to pursue in life but sometimes challeges and temptation  block it. This was the case with Patrick. A maasai boy who lives Oloitoktok. Patrick thought his life was shuttered at his tender age.He had to quit schooling at the age of seven after an influence by his peers into drugs.He took khat, tobacco and alcohol and moved to the streets with his friend. Patrick’s parent tried all they could to save him and educate him but he heard nothing of it. All he wanted was to take drugs and more drugs, eventually he was thrown out of home. He was happy to be out of home. All he thought of was the freedom he had to take drugs without any interrupption from his parents.

His friend provided him with drugs but no food or shelter. He slept hungry in cold most of the time. His friend who took stronger drugs like weed never cared about anything. Patrick survivved in the street by stealing and begging food. He was caught by police officers in their town and taken to Teule Childrens Home in Oloitoktok. His friend escaped and continued with street life.

At the children home, patrick continued taking alcohol and influenced other kids. They sneaked out during the day to do casual jobs and at night to use the money for drinking. The home's manager caught them and they were canned harshly. He realized they needed alot of counselling and strict survillance, eventually he fought addiction. But it took him long to give up khat. He would chew to keep awake for long and study.

"I can say khat acted positively in my school life. I studied long hours and passed my exams." he said amid laughter

He realized he could stitch his life back together through education. He got serious in his studies and started performing very well. He sat for his KCPE exams in 2015 and passed very well.

Asked is he has met his parents ever seen he was thrown at home, he said they visit him at the children home but he is not ready yet to join them and the rest of his siblings at home.

 We met patrick during a visit to the children home in Ooitoitok. He stood out as a confident courageous and inspiring kid. He boldlyshared his past experiences. He showed strong passion to progress in his education and we promised to support him. He is an ambitious kid and wants to become an electrical engineer.

 He is now a student in Kangema Boys High School and his performance is promising.He got an A- in his exams last term and promised to get an A in his next exam.

Patrick learned later that his friend was shot dead while stealing. This made him reflect more on drug life.

" I can say freely and openely that drug life had no postive impact in life, I would never want anyone to go through my road of drug addiction. I will do all I can to preach a drug free life to my peers." He said.

Patrick is very thankful to Spots for Change for supporting his secondary school education.

" What can one do without good education?" he asked rhetorically. "I cant thank my supporters enough for giving me a a chance to shine again in life. I now have hope and I cant tell my life will be bright." He added.

We are very proud of Patrick. He is such a inspiration to other youth and we can tell he is destined to big sucess. He joined other students during April leadership camp and was great with leading team building games and sharing life experience. 

Special thanks to all our supporters for helping us help kids like Patrick achieve their goals.                            

Feb 25, 2016

A camping trip changed a massai girl's life

lilian at home
lilian at home

Recentaly we planned a camping trip in Mt. Suswa in Kenya, a double crater volcano with a shield-shaped cone covering an area of about 270km2. Its inner volcano soars to an altitude of 2356m above sea level at its summit. The inner crater, about 5km across, is covered by a forest that is also home to leopards, hyenas, buffaloes, antelopes and other wildlife. By a twist of nature, this inner collapse formed a moat-like trench surrounding a central island in the crater, creating a breath-taking view that has to be seen to be believed.

The outer crater, estimated at about 10km in diameter, is currently dotted with Maasai homesteads. The Maasai graze their livestock on the outer crater and the slopes of the inner volcano, and harvest water for their domestic use from the numerous springs spouting steam and hot water in this area. Lava caves are also found in the outer crater. This is where we met Lilian, a girl who is now one of our students.

We had taken books to donate to one of the schools in the crater. After talking to our guide, he mentioned about a girl who was top in her class, but her father was not willing to invest in her education. The worry was, if this girl miss secondary school, she will end up been married off to an old man who would give her father several goats and cows. Most maasai believe a girl from 13 years of age is good enough to be a wife.

We forgot alittle bit of our hiking misson and decided to search for this girl. Our guide called her father and announced  our visit. We met Lilian and her family in their Manyatta (maasai traditional home) After greeting us, she handed over her exams results. She was clearly very proud of her performance.

Lilian is a first born in a family of sixteen children. He father got 3 wives. There are four houses in the compund, one for each wive and a separate one for the husband. The wives houses are very traditional, there is no bed inside. They all sleep on animal skins. It is very hard to even imagine how Lilian managed to study in this kind of situation.

Her father's house is abit modern,a sitting room, modern bed and a solar lamp. He said that where all wives take food.

We left after a long talk and promised to support Lilian join secondary school. The days that followed we did all we could to get her a good school. Finally we succended. She was accepted in a school where 2 of our students are schooling.

The first day was very hard for her. The culture shock was big and she had alot of first experiences. It was her first time to go out of her home town. Her first time to visit Nairobi city, her first time to be in a boarding school and her first time to sleep on a real bed.

Lilian's dream is be a doctor and help her community. She has already taken her first bold step towards achieving her goal. 

Our dream is to see her go through her education without any intererance. And with the help of our supporters like you, she will be always remember how lucky she is to be discovered by a bunch of hikers with a passion to sweat for change.

Lilian's mother and siblings
Lilian's mother and siblings
Lilian's family
Lilian's family
Some of the hikers
Some of the hikers
Lilian big day in a new environment
Lilian big day in a new environment
Lilian after admisson to a boarding school
Lilian after admisson to a boarding school
Dec 1, 2015

Thank you for your support.

Caro during her graduation day
Caro during her graduation day

We would like to give you some exciting news about one of our students, Carol.

Carol is from Gachocho village in Muranga, Kenya and is a partial orphan. Her father passed away when she was 10 years. Her mother is unemployed and depends on casual labor that she does in their neighbourhood.

Carol joined us 7 years ago, after her mother was unable to pay her school fees. She sat for the 2012 Kenya Certificate of Secondary School (KCSE) and later joined Thika Institute of Business Studies,to do diploma in Food and Nutrition. After studying for an year, she did job training at Kibo amboseli lodge, a luxury lodge at Amboseli national park, The manager was so pleased with her good conduct, hard work, confident and passion in her job that he volunteered to give her free job training after completing her course.

She was among top students in her year that graduated in September 2015. This was great news for us and big inspiration to all our students who always look upon her.

Kibo lodge Manger kept his promise, after her graduation, she joined Kibo staff to start her job training. She is also hoping to get a job with them soon.

More than wanting this girl to be educated we wanted her to be a nice person. To see that she has become both is just wonderful. We are so proud of her.

A big Thank You to all of you that made this happen we could not have done this without your support. Carol now has a bright future ahead of her, because you believed in our project

Caro's nieces during her graduation ceremony
Caro's nieces during her graduation ceremony
Caro with her mum and grandfather
Caro with her mum and grandfather
Caro with Beth,one of our students
Caro with Beth,one of our students
 
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