2020 was a tough year for me as a student. In March, I had to stop going to school becuase of Covid-19. I had only 1 year left before I graduate from high school. I was confused and anxious, studying at home proved difficult especially in situations where I could not understand different concepts.
In June the same year, my parents lost their sources of income. I had to step in and start supporting my parents, I dropped my studies at and started hawking bananas. My parents would on the other hand do some casual work. I come from a family of 6. I am the second born, the first born has her own family. In a day, we would make $ 3.
I was introduced to Garden of Hope Foundation through the mentorship sessions they run in our school. Seeing that life was difficult. I turned to one place I knew I would get hope, this was GoHF. After sharing my situation with the team from Garden of Hope Foundation, they invited me to join their Covid-19 tuition program. This program was being offered to all the students who could not afford to study at home. Garden of Hope Foundation also provided my family with start-up capital to start a small business.
In January 2021, Garden of Hope Foundation paid my school fees for the term. Though, my mum has secured another job, Dad is still running the business started by Garden of Hope Foundation."
"The impact of Covid-19 hit home when I was given my letter of redudancy in May 2020. As a mother of five children, this news was devastating. My job brought to me fiancial security, though I did not make much, I was able to pay rent, provide food for my children and eventually support them through school. I am widow, so I depend only on one source of income.
I did not know what to tell my children that evening, for one week I left home very early in the morning and came back in the eveninig just like everything was normal. At night, I would ask myself so many questions. What would happen to my 5 children? what would the landlord tell me this month? where will my food come from?. Scchool closing made it more difficult, often I would depend on school to at least provide lunch for the children, but now all the schools are clossed.
When I shared my predicament with a friend, she asked me how much I had saved. I told her that I only had Ksh 2,000 / $ 20. She challenged me to start a small business with the money, but I did not have any business skills, neither did I believe that $ 20 could help me start a business. She refered me to Garden of Hope Foundation where her children are being sposnored through school, luckily they were runnig the economic empowerment program targetting people who had been affected by Covid-19.
Through the training, I was able to start my business of selling soap, fruits and vegatables. I started my businees in June and It has been running for 3 months. The business is able to pay my rent, put food on the table and provide meals. I would like to keep the business even after I get a fulltime job"
Joyce’s family is one of the many families struggling to meet their daily needs now. “Adhiambo, 21, is a young entrepreneur from Kibera slum.
Many high school graduates across the country receive their final results with the hope of joining tertiary institutions to pursue their dream careers. Most parents are left in a dilemma owing to the competing family needs and the limited sources of income. Therefore, some prioritize secondary education over tertiary education for their children.
Joyce's was not lucky to transition to college or university after she graduated from high school, but the skills she got from the leadership developement and entrepreneurship program has transformed her life and her family.
“I joined the three-month Leadership Development and Entrepreneurship program run by Garden of Hope Foundation where I acquired skills in Entrepreneurship, Basic Computer, and Leadership. During my training period, participants were grouped and given Ksh500 to start and run a business for two weeks. This exposes us to a first-hand experience on entrepreneurship. The 500/ $ 5 helps participants to test their business ideas and offers experiential learning. In our group, a member knew how to make the liquid soap so we decided to run with the idea. We were required to return the Sh500 with a profit after the two weeks. In the process, I learnt to make soap on my own and decided to start a small business out of it,”
Joyce is currently making soap to support needy families in Kibera slum during covid-19. In addition, she is also sensitizing the community on Covid-19.
We have been at the forefront to stop the spread of the novel Corona virus by supporting communities living in Kibera to bulld hand washing facilities. We have also been provding them with information on how people can maintain hygiene.
This is a community led initiative where the community seeks to solve the challenges and compliment of efforts of the government in curbing the spread of Covid_19.
Covid-19 is spreading across the globe with 300,000 confirmed cases and over 10,000 deaths, the virus is literary bringing the world to stand still. Simple, everyday things must stop: freedom of movement, mingling with friends, shaking hands with new acquaintances, or even working alongside our colleagues. However, we are not powerless to stop it. We can and must play our part.
We have so far distributed two hand washing stations in Kibra slum supporting over 1,000 people directly. Kibra slum is characterized by overcrowding. The slum also has limited access to clean water and poor sanitation facilities. Our hope is to support over 50,000 people by end of April.
I would like to sincerely extend my sincere appreciation for the support you have accorded us in 2019. Looking back, I am grateful that you shared your gifts with us. Here are some of the impact your support has made this year.
“I joined Garden of Hope Foundation- Mentorship program 2 years ago. The Self-awareness sessions revealed more information that I did not know about myself. As a result, I have learnt to embrace myself and work hard to achieve my dreams. I have experienced a great improvement on my confidence, team leadership and public speaking ability.” Mourice, Mentorship Club
"With the current technology and innovation, the world is transitioning to a digital age. The leadership and entrepreneurship has enhanced my skills on how to use technology to solve challenges in the world. I hope to start a social entrepreneurship venture that will equip informal youth with computers skills. Snyder
“I have acquired skills in entrepreneurship, small business and basic financial management. I have also learnt how to make soap and bake cakes for my children’s birthday as well as selling. These skills have enabled me to start a business where I bake and sell cakes to the Land Mawe community.”Beatrice
"Garden of Hope Foundation through the Leadership development and Entrepreneurship program has provided me with the opportunity to equip young people with basic computer skills and coding. This has enhanced my computing skills".Fednut.
100 youth trained on computers
150 youth trained on entrepreneurship
200 equipped with leadership skills.
230 primary school students can use computers to design their project.
1,800 adolescent boys and girls equipped with basic soft skills in urban slums and rural communities
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