Education  Kenya Project #10942

Give needy kids life and hope through education

by sports for change
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Give needy kids life and hope through education
Give needy kids life and hope through education
Give needy kids life and hope through education
Give needy kids life and hope through education
Give needy kids life and hope through education
Give needy kids life and hope through education
Give needy kids life and hope through education
Give needy kids life and hope through education
Give needy kids life and hope through education
Give needy kids life and hope through education
Give needy kids life and hope through education
Give needy kids life and hope through education
Give needy kids life and hope through education
Give needy kids life and hope through education
Give needy kids life and hope through education
Give needy kids life and hope through education
Give needy kids life and hope through education
Give needy kids life and hope through education
Give needy kids life and hope through education
Give needy kids life and hope through education
Give needy kids life and hope through education
Give needy kids life and hope through education
Give needy kids life and hope through education
Give needy kids life and hope through education
Give needy kids life and hope through education
Give needy kids life and hope through education
Give needy kids life and hope through education
Give needy kids life and hope through education
Give needy kids life and hope through education
Give needy kids life and hope through education
Give needy kids life and hope through education
Give needy kids life and hope through education
Give needy kids life and hope through education

My final year in secondary school has been full of challenges. In a normal year, this would be sitting for my last papers, eager to start a new life. But due to Covid, schools in Kenya were closed in March, I ended up staying home for 7 months.We re-opened school in Oct. I was happy to be back in school. I was loosing hope at home. A lot of youth especially girls got into bad influence and good pregnant. It is sad to witness young promising life getting destroyed. 

Life at home was hard. It was not easy to balance my studies and help my mother in her work. My life in a boarding school is easier and better than at home. We feed at school and my sponsors pay for everything. At home, food is not guaranteed. My mother is a casual laborer in a tea farm. For her to feed us (my two siblings and I) We  help her in picking tea and get paid. She has a small one room house in the farm where we call home. She recently changed her employer. That meant we had to move homes. In the midst of all this, I studied hard preparing for my final exam. I know education will help me in future. My dream is to become a doctor. I want to help my family and the community at large. Iam so grateful to sports for change for supporting my education for the last 4 year. I got overwhelmed with joy when the founder and other members  visited me in school this week. This to me was something big. It shown love and kindness. I felt very lucky .

Covid has changed a lot of things in our school. We got distributed in different classes to help with social distancing. We got new  teachers. It is hard to adapt to the new different way of living at home and then in school. I like and appreciate that we wash hands all the time. Wearing masks all the time is very tiresome but it has reduced infections of other diseases.

I have l learned a lot during this pandemic year. I appreciate my life more. I appreciate my family, my friends and the small house we call home. Iam healthy and Iam surrounded by people who love and care. I appreciate the fact that Iam in one of the best schools in Kenya and I rub shoulders with rich kids. Sports for change has given me a chance to use my academic good grades to get a higher place in school and in life. 
Parents can give their kids a lot of pocket money to make them feel good, but they can't give them marks to defeat me. Iam a hard worker and in the end I will emerge stronger. I don't watch tv at home, we don't have one. I soak myself in books during my free times. 
"The greatest gift you will give us is a good grade." This are words from sports for change founder. Our final exam will be in March and I look forward to make her and everyone else proud. 
I thank Sports for change for the support and love they have given me. Iam hopeful because they welcomed me in their family. I look forward to my next phase in life. 
I wish all sports for change members and supporters a merry Christmas and a happy new year.

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Elizabeth during her internship
Elizabeth during her internship

Dear Sports for change supporters,

Iam so glad to inform you that Iam now a certified Clinical Officer after accomplishing 3yrs diploma course in Clinical medicine & surgery and an internship for one year.

I did my internship at Tabaka mission hospital in kisii country -kenya .I worked in four departments, each department was took 3 months. My first duty in surgical ward, I learnt how to perform minor surgeries like removal of ganglion, application of plasters, I did reduction of fractures, suturing of wounds and many other general practices.
My second department was in Pediatric , I learnt how to fix intravenous canulars, resuscitation of new borns and treatment of different conditions.
My third department was in Medical, I managed conditions and emergencies, in gym/OBS department I did deliveries, I worked as an assistance during tubal ligation, uterus evacuation, treatment of abnormal bleeding . At the end I obtained a licence after internship- this document shows that am allowed to work and treat general illness and conditions.

My big dream is to go back to school and complete a degree in medicine and surgery. I know it will take me some years to finish, but Iam so determined and focused to the main goal .

I got my license during the covid-19 pandemic, I feel this is when my services are needed the most. Iam confident and ready to help my community in whatever way. Iam currently volunteering at a local hospital in my village. My main focus is too create more awareness on Covid-19 becuase some people especially the young ones are not taking the diesease serious. My duty is to empahsise on the importance of wearing masks, washing hands and avoid crowrded areas.I tell young people that they have to follow all precautions for the sake of their grandparents. We have alot of old people in the village who must be protected. I get masks donated by friends and distribute them to those who can not afford. 

My special gratitute goes to Dean Pritchard, one of Sports For Change big supporters. He has sponsored my education since form two until I completed my diploma course. I joined Sports For Change young and broken. My family had nothing after been evicted from our home of many years during Kenya's post election violence in 2007/2008. I have been under Sports For Change for 11 years and the support and guidance during holiday leadership camps have made me whole again. Iam ready to give back by serving my community and the world at large.

To anyone who support young people through education,I would like to thank you on behalf of those you support.Iam a testimony of how education can change someone's life. Education is key to opportunities. A ticket out of poverty.  Iam full of hope, my family and my community have hope in me, many generations will benefit out of this kindness and support I got from Dean through Sports for Change. Thank you for investing in my life. 

“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”
– Frederick Douglas

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Elizabeth and her collegue during her internship
Elizabeth and her collegue during her internship
Elizabeth during her internship before covid 19
Elizabeth during her internship before covid 19
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Lucy
Lucy

As each new year, we had the pleasure of taking up Three(3) new students, who are all currently in Form One.

1. LUCY 

Lucy is a 15 year old girl from Ololua village. From a young age, she had a great thirst for education, and had to fight for her rights for the same. Her father was opposed to the idea and would instead send her out to the field to heard sheep and goats, as their culture does not favor girl child education.

Lucy comes from a polygamous family of 8 children, and her 3 older sisters have already been married off. Determined not to meet the same fate, she used her friends to communicate with the local head teacher, who together with the local chief convinced her father to send her to school. Being naturally passionate about school, she always performed well. She however had to keep fighting for her right to education when her father devised another plan to remove her from school in plan to marry her off early. Lucy managed to complete her primary school education at the top of her class in K.C.P.E at Kicharu primary school – Kajiado West in 2019.

Lucy was aware that her parents couldn’t afford her high school fees, hence she decided to approach her primary school chairman for assistance, who then connected her to Sports for Change. She is currently in Form One at Baraka Oontoyie Secondary School courtesy of our great supporters. She dreams of one day becoming a journalist, as she has always been fascinated by the career. Her hobbies include listening to the radio and news, cooking and reading.

2. CHRISTINE

Christine is a 15 year old girl from Kajiado. She is from a polygamous family of 2 wives and 10 children, and is the first born. Her father is a low scale farmer and her mother a housewife. Paying school fees was always a challenge for her in primary school, yet she managed to score 375 out of the total 500, a good performance.

Her uncle connected her to Shiku, our founder. She is excited to be continuing with her education and has joined Form One at Ole Tipis High School.

Christine’s dream career is to be a lecturer as she has always been passionate about teaching others, often taking up the teacher’s role in class when they were absent back in primary school. Her hobbies include reading novels, singing and dancing.

3. JOY

She is 14 years old, the first born in a family of 4. The mother is a casual laborer, hence could not afford to pay for her high school fees. She was delighted to join form one at Kiriaini Girls Secondary School in Kigumo.

Christine
Christine
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Faith
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Lilian and Patrick with other beneficiaries
Lilian and Patrick with other beneficiaries

Four years ago, two lovely Maasai students joined our beneficiary; each with a different story to tell, but both full of hope of a better tomorrow. This year, the two students, Lilian and Patrick, sat for their final K.C.S.E exams (final high school exams determining placement in college/ university). They are currently eagerly waiting for their results, due to be released later this month. It is our hope that they will perform well enough to achieve their desired dreams.

Lilian, who is the first born in a family of 10 kids, dreams of one day becoming a pilot. Patrick, on the other hand, would like to pursue a career in Electrical Engineering. It has been a long great journey for him, since we met him at a children’s’ home, where he had been taken after getting rescued from a life of drugs at a young age.

Sports for Change hopes to continue fueling the dreams of more deserving but under privileged youth, determined to ensure equal education access to all. Our journey with Patrick and Lilian is far from over, as we hope to still be with them next year as they take the next step in life, in their select colleges/university.

We cannot thank our supporters enough for continuously supporting the educational desire of our wonderful kids.

Lilian at home when we first met her.
Lilian at home when we first met her.
Younger Patrick with Shiku (our founder).
Younger Patrick with Shiku (our founder).
Lilian in school uniform.
Lilian in school uniform.
Patrick
Patrick
Patrick at a past Youth Leadership Forum.
Patrick at a past Youth Leadership Forum.
Lilian at a past Youth Leadership Forum
Lilian at a past Youth Leadership Forum

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Purity at home
Purity at home

Meet Purity Wanjiku, an 18-year-old girl with a beautiful smile and zeal for life. She lives in a small tin house; with no electricity, with her mother and two-year-old brother. Their home is located in a place called Gataka an urban slum near Karen estate.. Her mother is an alcoholic who has on many drunken occasions ended up sleeping on the streets, and is un able to take care of her and her two siblings. She had been previously taken into a children’s home together with her older brother, who were educating them. She however faced mistreatment at the home and ended up running away back home to her alcoholic mother. She thus had to drop out of school, and has already missed two terms(semesters). She has been helping the mother by fetching and selling water to feed them, as well as maintaining their house. During our visit, her 3 years old brother had been admitted to hospital and her mother was with him. 

As we speak to her, she is all smiles, happy at a second chance in life. She will be resuming school to form three next week. Purity dreams of one day becoming a doctor. Her final words; “I will not disappoint”.

Purity was introduced to Sports for Change by the organization called ‘Woman’s Hope’. They discovered her through a mentorship program held by the organization targeting girls and young women in the area. She is has joined Sports For Change family. Her initial school fees was donated by Asenati’s birthday fundraiser. Asenati is one of our supporters who came across our organization on facebook. She dedicated her 40th birthday to touch a life of two young girls who had lost hope. The gift she gave will benefit generations to come. What a way to celebrate a big birthday and give a gift for education ! 

We say big thank you to all her friends who came together to celebrate her.

 

Purity with Joy
Purity with Joy

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