Most families living in Kibera slum cannot afford 3 meals a stay. This is mainly becuase low income. An average family of 5 depend on an income of $ 1.25 a day. This sitiation makes it difficult for families to take their children to school. A per our recent survey, an average student misses 3 month of school per year because they cannot pay school fees.
Lack of access to quality and afforable education has left many families to deal with the consequences of their children not going to school. Some of the effects include: Early pregancy, drug abuse, crime and violence among others. The Covid-19 situation has made the situation worse, most families lost their sources of income, businesses were shut down and others have been forced to located.
Through your support, Garden of Hope Foundation wil ensure that 30 students remain in school the next 1 year. These students will received full scholarships, mentorship and other school related materials. Our team has ensured that the most needy students are able to access education. Please consider donating to this project in order for more students to get access to quality education.
The Covid-19 pandemic has left many people jobless. In Kenya, over 1.5 million people have lost their jobs since the pandemic started. This means that more and more families cannot be able to get a daily meal or afford basic needs. Women and Children are the most affected.
Rose was married at the age of 19 years. As a young girl with so much dreams, her life was cut short when her parents died. This forced her into early marriage. Unfortunately her "husband" left her with one child in Kibera slum. Rose did not have an option except to start provding for herself and her young child. Because of her low level of education, she could only secure casual jobs which are not well paying.
When the pandemic hit, she was one of the 1.5 million Kenyans who were rendered jobless. Her employer could not allow her to continue with her job. Rose was forced to sleep in the streets with her child for several months. During this time, she knocked on several doors for jobs, but unfortunately nothing was forth-coming.
Rose was later introduced to our young mother's economic empowerment program by one of the well wishers who had heard of her plight. She succefully went through the program and was given a start-up capital to start her business. Rose is currently running a profit making business in Kibra and she is able to provide for her family. Her son just started school.
Apart from her business, Rose has dedicated herselft to mentoring young people on various issues that affect them in the community.
Meet some the needy students you have supported during the covid-19 pandemic to stay in school.
Hard-working form three (Grade 11) students at Shammah splendid high school with a passion for Journalism. She was born and raised in the Kibera slums. She has an interest in drama, football, and choir. She appreciates the support from Garden of Hope because she can see the breakthrough in her studies and future life as result of the shcolarship program.
17 Years Old Shelvin is an intelligent form 2 (Grade 10) student from Trinity Kibera School. With a good academic background and interest in reading inspiring books and motivating others. She lives at Bombolulu in Kibera. The scholarship has given her newfound hope and the motivation needed to complete her high school.
Selina, a firstborn from a family of four, two younger siblings, and her father. She is a Form Two student in Trinity High School who lives in Kibera. She is a girl with a golden foot when it comes to football. She believes that education is the key to success hence her good academic background. She was facing challenges in terms of school fees. She appreciates everyone who is supporting her stay in school.
Wycliff is a Form 3 student studying in St. Christine. He enjoys playing football whenever it is possible to do so. He is interested in pursuing electrical engineering. He would like to thank the Garden of Hope Foundation for assisting me in terms of paying school fees so that he can learn and finish school and better his life.
These just some of the students you have helped transform during the covid-19 pandemic. Thank you for keeping them in school.
Sharon is the first born in a family of 5, she is currently in form four (grade 12). Her parents depend on casual and domestic work for a living. They are both paid Ksh 250. ($ 2.5) per day. This means mean that all her siblings are not able to go to school at the same time and some basic needs cannot be met, these include Sharon's school fees.
We met Sharon through our school mentorship program. Our counsellors heard her story from classmates and decided to support her.The team visited Sharon's home and met with her parents. The reality of the situation was confirmed when the parents said that they had not paid rent of over 1 year.
Sharon was enrolled in our scholarship program, through the support of generous donors like you. Sharon will be graduating from high shcool next year in March.
The ongoing covid-19 pandemic has affected millions of school going children. Majority of them may never go back to school becuase of the effects of the pandemic. In Kibra slum (The second largest informal settlement settlement) school going students have been forced to step in and support their families get food on the table. As a result, most students have found themselves taking up responsibilities that should not be theirs.
Thank you for your continued support, this month we have supported 20 students to remain in school. These students will be supported the whole year with schools fees, school supplies and other basic items needed in school. This means that 20 lives will be transformed as result of your generous giving.
Felix is the first born in a family of 5. His mum is the only bread winner since the father passed two years ago. As the first born, he is sometimes tasked with the responsibility of providing for his family. This has affected his academic performance becuase he would miss school often. Additionally, becuase he lacked school fees he would often be sent home. In 2019, Felix was shortlisted for the scholarship program, by this time, he had stayed home for over 6 months without attending school.
Joining the scholarship program helped him stay in school for the better part of 2019. However, in 2020, the pandemic affected his studies. This was also during a critical time in the academic years, over 1,000,000 students were expected to sit for their final high school exam. With the help of commited supporters like you, we opened our center in Kibera to over 30 students during the pandemic inorder for them to able to catch up with their studies and ensure that we address mental health challenges during the pandemic.
Through the help of proffesional teachers and mentors, the students successfully went through the 7 months program and Felix was one of them. When the results were announced in March 2021, Felix came on top of his class with min grade of B+. This grade is enough to take him straight to university. Felix is part of 20 other students who are part of our scholarship program. Thank you for supporting Felix to achieve his dream
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