Children
 Kenya
Project #2513

Educating street children in the Mathare slums

by Mathari's Children Fund
Vetted

Dear Friends,

At Mathare Children Fund panairobi (MCFp), we are changing the equation for former street children, teenage mothers, and students in schools, GBV related cases, Mathare community and its environment who need our support to better their lives.

Through exceptional interventions, mitigation strategies and participatory based solutions, we are continuously working towards helping the community, children, teenage mothers and their families understand their current situations and take concrete steps to reach their full potential. As we look into the minds and hearts of all those we serve, we see hope.  As we work together to discover their talents and reclaim their lives, we see their bright future.

Thank you for helping us tackle all these issues with impact and urgency, so we as a society can deliver on our promise to create a better world for all children and the community in Mathare.

In closing, we would like to thank all the help from friends of MCFp for their active participation and support in this partnership. We anticipate and count on your support in 2017 and promise to take the MCFp to a new level of ambition, commensurate with the vision and mission set out. Asante sana as we say in it in Swahili.

Enjoy our report attached below.

Asante sana.


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Dear Friends,

15 years ago, MCFpanairobi embarked on a journey that would impact the lives of former street children, boys and girls from Mathare informal settlements. Because of friends like you, we made a financial commitment to give sponsorship to children whose lives would otherwise have remained mirrors and not windows and thus MCFpanairobi was born.

We have celebrated milestones with many of you and it’s your friendship and support that fuels us in nurturing the next generation of African leaders. On Tuesday, November 29th, MCFpanairobi will be participating in #GivingTuesday, celebrating a #YearsOfImpact and raising money to continue offering more sponsorships to former street children from underprivileged backgrounds. 
 

We invite you to join MCFpanairobi #GivingTuesday campaign where GlobalGiving is offering a 50% match on donations made on #GivingTuesday, November 29th up to the first $1 million raised on GlobalGiving.org. GlobalGiving have $500,000 in matching funds, made available courtesy of generous support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. To go to GlobalGiving website please click on www.globalgiving.org/donate/904/matharis-children-fund/

Thank you for being part of our MCFpanairobi family!

With gratitude, 

Titus Mwangi

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My graduation Day
My graduation Day

My name is Zainabu and I am 6 years old. I may be small in age, but I have so much on my mind that it weighs me down sometimes but today am so excited because for once today, it is all about me!!!

Today I GRADUATE and I will be joining class 1 (1st grade) after a year in kindergarten in 2017. It all started when I was recruited by MCFpanairobi in November 2015 in the sponsorship programme. In January 2016, I was taken to St. James Model Academy where I have been since. Allow me to briefly share my life with you because I think I have lived a full circle than most will but AM NOT GIVING UP, NO AM NOT!

It all started when I was two and a half years old living in Kiamaiko slums in Nairobi, a crime hot spot because of the proliferation of illegal weapons, the supermarket of illegal guns in Nairobi they say. I remember my mum coming home drunk one evening and hitting me with a cooking pot asking me and my siblings to leave the house because my “dad” needed her attention for the evening or else we would not be eating the next day. This I understood happened from the time I was born but being hit by the pot brought me from my childhood fantasy to the real world. I hated it, I hated it, i hated it, i hated sleeping outside and usually would cry myself to sleep while my sister held me tight. My grandmother who lived near our room would take me in at times when it suited her but she also was drunk almost every day. My best friend, my sister left at one point and I later came to know she could not stand my mum marrying her off at night to her male friends and up to now I do not know where she went to. I miss her sometimes but I do not really remember her very well. I have gone through other many things but hey am not here to talk about my past which I believe will NOT define my life, I have moved on since then and have started a new life. I have you to thank for it. Am in school, I have new friends and I love everything about it. I still get sad at times and have strange emotional meltdowns, BUT at least I know I have a good life and that I couldn't ask for more!

I promise you that I will work hard and get a good life for me and help my siblings and all the children who are unfortunate to be born in the slums and difficult situations around the world.

But today, please join me in celebrating my graduation day. Thank you, thank you again. (Zainabu, October 2016)

Zainabu and Friends
Zainabu and Friends
Zainabu with the certificates!!!
Zainabu with the certificates!!!
Zainabu with Brooklyn also under sponsorship
Zainabu with Brooklyn also under sponsorship
ZAINABU
ZAINABU

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Leadership seminar
Leadership seminar

Dear Friends,

“I need to be different, I want to be different, I believe am different. Leadership is about action and not necessary the post…” Kazuri, President of Mukumu Girls High School student’s body.

Currently in Kenya there has been an ongoing high school student unrest where at least 100 schools hav been set alight and property more than $5,000,000 destroyed in the process.  Many schools have been closed with 8,000 students sent home early in the process. Every day, around 5 schools are burned down by students in high schools.  The shocking acts of destruction of school and student property have led the country to seek answers for the causes of this delinquent behavior.

In our project, we have been involved with a pilot project within 5 schools where our students attend school whose major objective is to increase Students’ voices and expressions as responsible citizens who are aware of their rights, their influence and their responsibilities within their schools leading to better performance due to a better learning atmosphere.

This project has seen more than 3150 students engaged with elections of more than 200 student leaders elected on a platform of free and fair elections. 35 student leaders got trained in areas like conflict resolution and management, effective communication, decision making process among others. The life skills acquired helps in reinforcing and promoting positive behavior and attitudes that enable adolescents to overcome challenges associated with growing up.

10 student leaders were then afforded a trip to Germany where they interacted with Christian Herzog Schule student leaders and had even the opportunity to interact with the youth wing of the Social Democratic Party in Heilbronn and visit the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France.

We hope to cascade this to the other schools in the country.

Please visit a blog started by the students http://haveavoicehaveachoice.blogspot.co.ke/2016/06/how-to-make-student-leader-succesfull.html

Asante Sana

Group photo
Group photo
Contributing
Contributing
Debate
Debate
Group Activity
Group Activity
Have a Voice, Have a choice
Have a Voice, Have a choice
Presenting project work
Presenting project work

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Dear Friends,

Meet two teenage mothers who finished high school last year and are off to the university in autumn.

Lorna joined the project 5 years ago. At 17 years she had two girls already and she had up but given up hope. One of the donors to the sponsorship project was visiting and we happened to visit the family. Lorna was taken in for the sponsorship although she did not qualify within the criteria set for sponsorship.

Lorna has not disappointed and last year after sitting for her Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education whose results were announced early this month, March 2016. Lorna was able to score a mean grade of B – (B minus). This gives her straight passage to a public university. We are yet to know what degree she will be taking.

Vivian on the other hand, was a teenage mother within the Teenage Mother’s project from 2014 and graduated with a certificate in Hairdressing after 6 months of training. Vivian had dropped out of school in Form 3 after getting pregnant from a Rape incident in Mathare.

After the 6 months training in Hairdressing, Vivian went back to the village and enrolled back to a day school while working in the evenings and weekends as a hairdresser. This enabled her pay her fees and she too sat for her exams last year and scored a mean score of B – (B Minus). Vivian will be joining a public university in autumn.

Both girls had this to say:

Lorna “yesterday is history, I look at my future with hope, Asante MCFp for indeed my future is bright…”

Vivian “Who would have said a girl from the slums, whose life has always been dark would see the light at the end of the tunnel. Mcfp continue doing this to the most vulnerable and God will always bless you…”

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Mathari's Children Fund

Location: Melrose, MA - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.mathari.org
Project Leader:
Cathal Conaty
Founder
Berlin, Germany

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