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
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
Give needy kids life and hope through education
Simon
Simon


My name is sootian Simon Teketi from mount Suswa conservancy-Kajiado county. My life has been a difficult one in the early age, just like any other child coming from a humble background where non of the parents had any formal education skills, the struggle was real and finite. I studied at a local public primary school that was nearly ten kilometres far from my home , my parents could encourage and motivate me to make me realize the importance of learning and true to their efforts God blessed me with a shrewd brain that I did very good in school topping every examination, parents hardly afforded even the smallest school fee they were required from by the school because of their financial position. in 2016 December I sat for my kcpe examination and passed with a fine grade that was never witnessed since the school was established until then but the worse part of it was the question *so what next* many could predict the end of my academic journey but against the expectations of many in the society that did not value education rather saw me as a ready herdsman for their livestock I met a group of tourists who toured mount Suswa late that month and as a tour tide for the day I shared my story and ardent ambition to study until I become the best doctor in the world. Little did I knew that this same tourism group would be my sponsors for the next levels of education. I came to know this group as *sports for change* an non- government organization that identifies bright students but from vulnerable families and cater for their education up to attaining their dreams. I joined a national high school (Kenyatta high school-taita) and now in one of the top universities found in Kenya (Masinde Muliro University of science and Technology) doing a bachelor's degree in *bsc Health promotion and sports science* my ambition remains to be a great person in the future to serve humanity as the Lord had planned. I have given hope to my parents and the community at large that no man is limited no matter what. I have extended the courage and determination to wanting to study even in abroad countries to prove to every student of such a situation that it is possible

Simon
Simon
Simon
Simon

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Lilian
Lilian

We had a special occasion organized by one of our students , Lllian, Her family, sports for change family, students and friends. attended. Lilian’s father had put everything on hold with one purpose, to drive for more than 5 hours to visit my family, in our village. The aim was to celebrate his daughter's education progress with us. Accompanied by one of his wives and Mt. Suswa Community guide and friends, they brought two sheep and helped our friends from the village to slaughter them. They came dressed in their traditional clothes and made the function so colorful.

I love Maasai attire and I grab every opportunity to dress in one We ate, laughed and celebrated together with alot of love. Lilian is now in Nazarene university, second year first semester pursing bachelor of commerce. She is the first girl in her village to progress this far. We can’t wait for her graduation. It will be BIG. ‘This girl would be married with many children if Sports for Change dint not sponsor her education. Maasai girls get married very early.” Said the guide who connected us with Lilian 6 years ago.

We met Lilian when we went hiking in Mt. Suswa , very close to her village, which is inside a crater. Our guide, Jeremiah, told us of a bright girl who had not joined school for lack of school fees. He said she risked been married off. We acted fast, visited her family to discussed our mission, got her a school and arranged her reporting day.

This was our first student to support in her community. Her family was suspicious but decided to give it a shot. Six years down the line, we have supported a lot of deserving students from her community, earned a lot of trust and respect from her family and the community at large.

“ I can not thank sports for change enough. They are like our second family. We visited Shiku’s family to show our gratitude to her organization. They have helped our daughter achieve her dream . She is now an inspiration to the young girls in the community. We look forward to her graduation and service to the community and the world.’ said Lilian’s father. I

I was touched and very humbled by this gesture. We support our students without expecting anything. Our hope is that once they start earning, they will support other needy students and keep our ripple of kindness going. But Lilian’s father like to say, “Jesus healed ten men and only one of them went back to give thanks."

special thanks to Dean Pritchard and his family for the love, kindness and generosity . This amazing family have supported Lilian and other Sports for change girls whole heartedly. They have touched hearts and changed lives

Sports For Change students
Sports For Change students
Lilian's mum on the right and her friend
Lilian's mum on the right and her friend
Lilian and Faith, one of our students
Lilian and Faith, one of our students
Lilian's family, friends and my family
Lilian's family, friends and my family
Lilians family and sports for change family
Lilians family and sports for change family
A sports for change supporter addressing guests
A sports for change supporter addressing guests

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Eric during his graduation
Eric during his graduation

9 years ago Eric, a shy young man joined our Sports For Change family. He talked very little during our students leadership camps and did not want to interact much with the other students. He volunteered to do a lot of things. With time he become social and talkative and very confident. 

He worked hard through his secondary. Coming from a very humble back ground, he had a lot of other challenges apart from school fees. He worked hard and got a good grade at the end of his secondary years. He got a place in university to do bachelor of science in fisheries and aquaculture technology . A course he did for 4 years. 

He graduated last year Dec and is now on internship. Speaking with him he said , "Am almost done with internship and offering extension services for fish and poultry farmers at an Agrovet." 

Big Congratulations on his well deserved success. 

We can’t thank our supporters enough for been part of his journey. 

Eric’ life is now different because we believed in him and welcomed him in our Sports For Change family. His life is now different because YOU  believed in our project and together we made a big change in his life. 

Eric during students holiday camp
Eric during students holiday camp

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Sootian (5 years ago)
Sootian (5 years ago)

Sootian,a 19 years young Maasai boy  joined Sports For Change family as a full sponsored student in 2016. He was our hiking guide and a night guard during one of our leadership camps in Mt.Suswa with our students. He made bonfire together with our students. We sat around and listened to his stories about his life. We discovered he was the best student in his school that year. His parents had a big financial challenge and his dream to join the national school he had been admitted to was about to crush. 

We promised to get him a sponsor through our sponsor-student program and we were successful. He sat for his final secondary school exam this year and passed very well. He will join university in September to pursue Bachelor Of Science (Health promotion & Sports Science) at Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology. 

His father, a Maasai elder, hosted a thank giving ceremony to celebrate the 5 years Sootian has been with us. This was the first of a kind. We help all our students equally without expecting any reward and his gesture took us by surprise.  

The function was held in Suswa, a Maasai village in Narok county in Kenya. We invited other SFC beneficiaries from the region to celebrate Sootian's success together. They attended with their parents , all dressed in Maasai traditional attires. His father had invited the community to also celebrate with us. It turned out to be a very beutiful Maasai culture themed function. 

A goat was slaughtered and roasted. In African culture, slaughtering a goat for guests signifies respect and honor. We were very humbled by this. The women cooked different types of food. It was a real feast. 

All the parents that were present gave a short speech. Each of them expressed their love and gratitude towards our work. They gave us hand made beads gifts. They sang and prayed. It was beutiful and very touching. 

Sootian's father requested we support him with sponsoring his university education. A request that we accepted. The villagers requested we support more bright young girls from the area. We promised to fundraise and support more. Our hope and dream is to support more girls and boys attain quality education, not only from that area but from other religion too. 

We believe  every child has a right to quality education regardless of their background. The act of kindness we get from different donors has created unimaginable ripple effect. It has proved that we can change the world around us by joining hands and working together.

If you have been part of our success journey, we say a BIG thank you. If you would like to join us, we say a Big welcome to SFC family because as Malcolm X said, “Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today”

We have four students joining university in September. We need your support to make this happen. Donate to us today and help make their dream a reality. Consider sharing our project with your colleagues, friends and family. 

Thank you ! 

 

Sootian (in the middle)
Sootian (in the middle)
Sootian and SFC girls
Sootian and SFC girls
SFC founder & Sootian's mum at their home
SFC founder & Sootian's mum at their home
Sootian little brother on the roof
Sootian little brother on the roof
Sootian & an elder addressing guests
Sootian & an elder addressing guests

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We have amazing testimonies two of our beneficiaries. We have supported on of them from 2009 , she sponsored her secondary school and tertiary  education. She is now working and serving community in her hospitality career. This is what she has to say;

"Since the day I joined the sports for change team, I knew I got myself a family. A family you meet once after a while and the connection is real. You meet kids who are undergoing the same challenges growing up as you. In a way, you can connect with them. Growing up to be a hotelier, which I love, I was taught kindness through this team, sports for change. I always purpose to treat people with kindness regardless of their ethnicity or background. I learned to grab every opportunity that comes my way. Through the leadership groups, we host every holiday with the rest of the kids. I'm forever, grateful. I could not ask for more. I'm happy to be working now as a host, a bed and breakfast facility in Malindi- Kenya. Thanks, Shiku for not giving up on us even when things are difficult. Thanks to the team for believing in the good work you started. You are amazing and I can't thank you enough. Like our family, sports for change continue to grow, I pray that you may never lack. It shall be well. Let's all observe safety measures during this pandemic, and we shall all meet again and celebrate victory"

The second girl was rescued by our team. She is bright and had scored very high marks. But her mother could not afford her school fees. This is what she has to say"

" I would like to express my gratitude to you for sponsoring me ... sincerely speaking, it has been of great help. I would like to thank the whole team of sports for change for changing my life and help me fulfil my dreams. This road to success would not be easy without your support.At school. I'm really working hard and I promise never to disappoint you.

Last term, I was selected as the assistant school president because of my discipline, handwork and leadership qualities. Iam so humbled to be selected as a leader in such a big school. 
Thanks again for giving me an opportunity to shape my future. My future is bright". 

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Location: Nairobi, Karen - Kenya
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Shiku Waithaka
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