Education
 Kenya
Project #10942

Give needy kids life and hope through education

by sports for change

Simon,is a maasai boy who come from Suswa NarokCounty. He is 16 years old ,a first born in a family of five .He has two brothers and two sisters.Wemet him during our trip at maasai land where we had gone to learn maasai culture and experience camping in the wild. He was introduced to us by one of our guide Jeremiah and was his assistant guide and our night guard.As a night guard, he had to sleep ouside with only a blanket. He has done this work before and he say, it helps him get pocket money. 

Simon did his primary final exam  K.C.P.E (Kenya certificate of primary exams) last year and attained 357 marks out of possible 500markswhich was amazing performance. This drew our attention to him. His performance was so good that he got a place in a national school but unfortunatelyhis parents could not afford the amount needed for him to enrol since they have no jobs .They entirely depend on cattles..

We were impressed by his performance ,he is intelligent, bright and very friendly. This earned him a chance in sport for change. He is now in form one at Kenyatta High School at Mwatate.He is enjoying high school life though he says its challenging due to long journey to school. He has to sleep over in Nairobi to make it to school in time during opening day or midterm. A journey that takes him more than 8 hours.

We are very happy to say Simon got a sponsor who is willing to support him until he achieve his dream of becoming a lawyer.

We thanks you all for your generosity and continued support.

Mt. Suswa conservancy
Mt. Suswa conservancy

Eric joined Sports for Change 7 years ago. He was very shy and antisocial. He  liked to stay on his own during our students meetings. Over the years, his self esteemed went up, his confidence increased and he started migling with other students. He also shared his life and school challeges with our motivational coach. All our students come from disadvantaged back ground with different challeges. Sharing personal challeges helps us to mentor and advise them individually.

 

He sat for his KCSE(  (Kenya Certifcate secondary Education) in 2013 but dint not perform very well. His dream was to join university and his grade was low. He decided to try again. That meant going back to school for another whole year.In 2014 he did KCSE again and passed with a B grade. He was admitted to Masinde Muliro's university in Kakamega to do bachelors in Fisheries and Agro-chemistry..

Eric come from a  humble back ground. He is the first born in a family of 4. He was raised by a single mother who struggled to feed and cloth them. His siblings are going throuh the same struggles with the mother but Eic is determined to change this. During school holidays, he helps the mother in her day to day casual jobs. With combined effort they are doing better and can manage to feed  his young siblings. He has become the pillar of hope in his family.

We are proud of the young responsible man he has become. His discipline and hardwork has shown great results.

We thank everyone who have joined us in shaping his future. We could not have done it without your support.

Eric need more support to complete his course. Consider giving a gift of education this Chrsitmas.

Merry Christmass and happy new year!

 Beth Wairimu is a former student of Ikumbi secondary school.she grew up with her siblings in Kinyona,Muranga District.we met her in form one after she sat for her Kenya Certificate of  primary Education and her parents could not raise the funds to cater for her school fees.Being a hardworking girl,Beth could help  her parents afer school with house chores after school.

we paid her a home visit and met her siblings and the parents,who are small scale farmers and totally depends on casual labour.Her humility and desire to pursue her dream inspired us and took her to  join the rest of our sports for change kids.

 She sat for her Kenya Certificate of  Secondary Education and did well.She enrolled in Thika Institute if business studies where she's pursuing a diploma in Hotel and catering management.Her high level of discipline and ambitions has helped  her a gread deal in her studies as its potrayed in her Exams every en of semester.

Beth has been to her industrial training in Sentrim Hotels and lodges in Amboseli,Kajiado county.she is supposed to clear her course come september and be the best of the hoteliers we have as she desires.

Her success so far has been attributed to by our sports for change friends and supporters who has always seen to it that she sticks to school as required by providing school fees in time.

we cant wait to see her succeed as it has always been  our desire to give hope and life to needy kids by investing i their education.

To all our esteemed friends and supporters we are grateful for your continued support and we are looking forward to doing more together and save the whole society by providing  quality education to needy kids.

Beth with the others kids during a mentorship prog
Beth with the others kids during a mentorship prog
during team building activities
during team building activities

Everyone has dreams that want to pursue in life but sometimes challeges and temptation  block it. This was the case with Patrick. A maasai boy who lives Oloitoktok. Patrick thought his life was shuttered at his tender age.He had to quit schooling at the age of seven after an influence by his peers into drugs.He took khat, tobacco and alcohol and moved to the streets with his friend. Patrick’s parent tried all they could to save him and educate him but he heard nothing of it. All he wanted was to take drugs and more drugs, eventually he was thrown out of home. He was happy to be out of home. All he thought of was the freedom he had to take drugs without any interrupption from his parents.

His friend provided him with drugs but no food or shelter. He slept hungry in cold most of the time. His friend who took stronger drugs like weed never cared about anything. Patrick survivved in the street by stealing and begging food. He was caught by police officers in their town and taken to Teule Childrens Home in Oloitoktok. His friend escaped and continued with street life.

At the children home, patrick continued taking alcohol and influenced other kids. They sneaked out during the day to do casual jobs and at night to use the money for drinking. The home's manager caught them and they were canned harshly. He realized they needed alot of counselling and strict survillance, eventually he fought addiction. But it took him long to give up khat. He would chew to keep awake for long and study.

"I can say khat acted positively in my school life. I studied long hours and passed my exams." he said amid laughter

He realized he could stitch his life back together through education. He got serious in his studies and started performing very well. He sat for his KCPE exams in 2015 and passed very well.

Asked is he has met his parents ever seen he was thrown at home, he said they visit him at the children home but he is not ready yet to join them and the rest of his siblings at home.

 We met patrick during a visit to the children home in Ooitoitok. He stood out as a confident courageous and inspiring kid. He boldlyshared his past experiences. He showed strong passion to progress in his education and we promised to support him. He is an ambitious kid and wants to become an electrical engineer.

 He is now a student in Kangema Boys High School and his performance is promising.He got an A- in his exams last term and promised to get an A in his next exam.

Patrick learned later that his friend was shot dead while stealing. This made him reflect more on drug life.

" I can say freely and openely that drug life had no postive impact in life, I would never want anyone to go through my road of drug addiction. I will do all I can to preach a drug free life to my peers." He said.

Patrick is very thankful to Spots for Change for supporting his secondary school education.

" What can one do without good education?" he asked rhetorically. "I cant thank my supporters enough for giving me a a chance to shine again in life. I now have hope and I cant tell my life will be bright." He added.

We are very proud of Patrick. He is such a inspiration to other youth and we can tell he is destined to big sucess. He joined other students during April leadership camp and was great with leading team building games and sharing life experience. 

Special thanks to all our supporters for helping us help kids like Patrick achieve their goals.                            

lilian at home
lilian at home

Recentaly we planned a camping trip in Mt. Suswa in Kenya, a double crater volcano with a shield-shaped cone covering an area of about 270km2. Its inner volcano soars to an altitude of 2356m above sea level at its summit. The inner crater, about 5km across, is covered by a forest that is also home to leopards, hyenas, buffaloes, antelopes and other wildlife. By a twist of nature, this inner collapse formed a moat-like trench surrounding a central island in the crater, creating a breath-taking view that has to be seen to be believed.

The outer crater, estimated at about 10km in diameter, is currently dotted with Maasai homesteads. The Maasai graze their livestock on the outer crater and the slopes of the inner volcano, and harvest water for their domestic use from the numerous springs spouting steam and hot water in this area. Lava caves are also found in the outer crater. This is where we met Lilian, a girl who is now one of our students.

We had taken books to donate to one of the schools in the crater. After talking to our guide, he mentioned about a girl who was top in her class, but her father was not willing to invest in her education. The worry was, if this girl miss secondary school, she will end up been married off to an old man who would give her father several goats and cows. Most maasai believe a girl from 13 years of age is good enough to be a wife.

We forgot alittle bit of our hiking misson and decided to search for this girl. Our guide called her father and announced  our visit. We met Lilian and her family in their Manyatta (maasai traditional home) After greeting us, she handed over her exams results. She was clearly very proud of her performance.

Lilian is a first born in a family of sixteen children. He father got 3 wives. There are four houses in the compund, one for each wive and a separate one for the husband. The wives houses are very traditional, there is no bed inside. They all sleep on animal skins. It is very hard to even imagine how Lilian managed to study in this kind of situation.

Her father's house is abit modern,a sitting room, modern bed and a solar lamp. He said that where all wives take food.

We left after a long talk and promised to support Lilian join secondary school. The days that followed we did all we could to get her a good school. Finally we succended. She was accepted in a school where 2 of our students are schooling.

The first day was very hard for her. The culture shock was big and she had alot of first experiences. It was her first time to go out of her home town. Her first time to visit Nairobi city, her first time to be in a boarding school and her first time to sleep on a real bed.

Lilian's dream is be a doctor and help her community. She has already taken her first bold step towards achieving her goal. 

Our dream is to see her go through her education without any intererance. And with the help of our supporters like you, she will be always remember how lucky she is to be discovered by a bunch of hikers with a passion to sweat for change.

Lilian
Lilian's mother and siblings
Lilian
Lilian's family
Some of the hikers
Some of the hikers
Lilian big day in a new environment
Lilian big day in a new environment
Lilian after admisson to a boarding school
Lilian after admisson to a boarding school
 

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sports for change

Location: Nairobi, Karen - Kenya
Website: http:/​/​www.sports4change.org
Project Leader:
Shiku Waithaka
Nairobi, Kenya

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