Help 50 Maasai girls get education, not husbands

by Nenkashe Education Centre
Help 50 Maasai girls get education, not husbands
Help 50 Maasai girls get education, not husbands
Help 50 Maasai girls get education, not husbands
Help 50 Maasai girls get education, not husbands
Help 50 Maasai girls get education, not husbands
Help 50 Maasai girls get education, not husbands
Help 50 Maasai girls get education, not husbands
Help 50 Maasai girls get education, not husbands
Help 50 Maasai girls get education, not husbands
Help 50 Maasai girls get education, not husbands
Help 50 Maasai girls get education, not husbands
Help 50 Maasai girls get education, not husbands
Help 50 Maasai girls get education, not husbands
Help 50 Maasai girls get education, not husbands
Help 50 Maasai girls get education, not husbands
Help 50 Maasai girls get education, not husbands
Help 50 Maasai girls get education, not husbands
Help 50 Maasai girls get education, not husbands
Help 50 Maasai girls get education, not husbands
Help 50 Maasai girls get education, not husbands
Help 50 Maasai girls get education, not husbands
Help 50 Maasai girls get education, not husbands
Help 50 Maasai girls get education, not husbands
Help 50 Maasai girls get education, not husbands
Help 50 Maasai girls get education, not husbands
Help 50 Maasai girls get education, not husbands
Janet's close-up photo
Janet's close-up photo

Three years ago on April 2019, I wrote a report about a courageous and bright girl called Janet who overcame despair after a horrific accident that left both of her legs amputated.  Janet lost her legs when she was only 7 years old.   

 

I met up with her again at a Life Skills Seminar Nenkashe Education Centre organized for the girls between April 4 and April 7, 2022.  She walks comfortably with her restructured prosthetic legs without the aid of crutches.

 

Janet has made tremendous progress in the last 3 years and the girls were happy to have her join the seminar so that they can interact and bond after a long period of being apart.   

 

Shortly after graduating in December 2018, Janet joined the prestigious Nairobi University and after completing her 3rd year, she was elected student leader and took oath of office as Special Needs Representative to serve students under the University of Nairobi Student Association (UNSA).

 

Janet is well aware that her current role as a student leader is good preparation for her political future, should she decide to take that route.  It is quite common in Kenya that student leaders hone their leadership skills on campus later join national politics to represent their wider constituents.

 

Janet is studying to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology.  She said she chose Geology because Kajiado County is rich in minerals that we need to mine to produce local products and build our economy.  Janet is due to graduate in September 2022.

 

Nenkashe Education Centre highly appreciates our sponsors who give generously to enable us to bring hope and positive change in the lives of needy, courageous and bright young people like Janet.  May God continue to bless you!

Janet joined her home friends at the seminar
Janet joined her home friends at the seminar
Group photo of Janet and her home colleagues
Group photo of Janet and her home colleagues
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Group discussion on self-worth
Group discussion on self-worth

We finally had the opportunity to promote positive self-worth among 18 young sponsored girls in December 2021.  This was long overdue, as we had postponed the seminar several times due to Covid-19 restrictions.

 

On December 27th – 29th, we held a 3-day Life Skills Seminar at Kajiado Children’s Home for the girls as they were on a 10-day Christmas holidays break from school.

 

The goal of the seminar was to promote positive self-worth among the girls as they cope with peer pressure, low self-esteem, effects of Covid-19 and exposure to drugs in schools. 

 

The seminar provided an excellent opportunity for the girls to bond, reflect and improve the course of their lives.  As each group presented their challenges, it became evident that most of them had low self-esteem.  The facilitator defined self-esteem as “self-worth”.   She took the girls through factors what lower one’s self esteem and factors that improves one’s self-esteem. 

 

The second part of the seminar focused on good qualities of a focused girl and outlined the following desirable qualities that the girls were encouraged to embrace:

 

      i.        Deliberate –be sure you are clear and persistent about who you are.

     ii.        Intelligent – this is about knowledge. Be aware of your emotional patterns. Turning obstacles in opportunities.

    iii.        Humble – life is not all about you. It composes of others too. Never see yourself above others.

    iv.        Diligence – This is to be strong and assured in who you are.  Being graceful even in the midst of a challenge and ethical manner (you are self-assured).

     v.        Kindness –This is how you treat, think and speak about others.

    vi.        Composure – this is based on self-control, without it you can be easily manipulated.

  vii.        Courage – being ready to dare in life. Choosing your dreams.

 

We thank our sponsors for enabling Nenkashe Education Centre to hold life skills seminars that are a great success to improving the girls’ self-esteem and setting them up to develop good qualities and become focused young women. 

Naipande and Teresia chat during break
Naipande and Teresia chat during break
Girls bonding and sharing experiences at seminar
Girls bonding and sharing experiences at seminar
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Jackline at her school
Jackline at her school

In April to May 2021, Jackline was among five girls who sat for their Secondary School Examinations.  Nenkashe management called the girls by phone after they had taken their examinations to find out about their desire for the future.  Many were uncertain what they wanted to do so the management arranged a one-day seminar with the girls to help them define a way forward.   

 

Jackline enrolled into Maasai Technical Training Institute in the middle of September 2021 to study for a certificate in Community Development and Social Work.

 

She comes from a large young family of three boys and four girls under the care of a struggling and loving single father.  In 2015, Nenkashe Education Centre started sponsoring Jackline when she was in class 7 and this is the sixth’s year of our journey together.

 

We journeyed together with Jackline through secondary school and through the pandemic where they were out of school for seven months.  Now she is starting a new and challenging life at a tertiary level institution where there are hundreds of young people studying to attain skills in many different technical courses.

 

Your donations help our students to prepare for this moment because we teach them life skills.  Nenkashe mentors youth to develop skills in problem solving, critical thinking, communication skills, creative thinking and interpersonal relationship skills, among others.

 

We cherish your prayers and continued support so that we can continue helping youth shape their lives.

Students who attended the one day seminar
Students who attended the one day seminar
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Twelve children sponsored through Nenkashe Education Centre returned to school in May 2021 in the middle of the pandemic with a lot of anxiety.  Many of our children are anxious because they fell behind in their schoolwork due to lack of technical e-learning equipment at their homes. Our children do not have computers, smart phones and television sets to help them log in to e-learning platforms set up by the government and private schools during the long time that schools were closed. 

 

When the schools finally opened, our children and their parents have expressed fear that they may be exposed to the virus as many children have to travel all over the country to reach their schools. The school curriculum has become shorter as the government tries to accommodate learning amidst Covid-19 challenges.

 

Parents throughout the country complained that mid-term break came only after 10 weeks of learning and this will add to their financial burdens, as they will have to cover travel costs and pocket money upon the return of the children to school.

 

When schools opened in May 2021, Nenkashe Education Centre spent $600 for school fees and travel costs, bought textbooks and personal effects for the 12 children and encouraged them by telling them not to fear because many children in the country are facing similar circumstances and that life will get back to normal soon.

 

We thank our sponsors for their donations that have enabled our children to resume their studies when many parents are having difficulty putting their children through school.  We uphold you in prayer and cherish your prayers for the safety of our children as they learn in faraway schools. 

 

Stay safe!

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Michelle receives her food donation
Michelle receives her food donation

The government finally issued the year 2021 school calendar and 1st term started on January 4, 2021, right in the middle of Covid-19 pandemic.  Obviously, parents and students are all anxious and nervous of what may happen next with the pandemic but a bigger problem facing the country now is the frequent burning of school buildings and property by students.  Since schools opened, 10 secondary schools reported arson incidents and damage to property.

 

This situation is not a surprise because schoolchildren have had a tough year of uncertainty in 2020.  They are worried about the lost year after schools closed in March for nine months due to Covid and they are worried about the upcoming exams that they obviously feel they have not properly prepared for.  All of these factors are contributing to the student unrest in the country.

 

Nenkashe Education Centre has eight children who are all candidates for exams, one in class 8 and seven in Form 4.  Fortunately, none of their schools reported any arson incidents and we pray that they will perform well despite their low level of exam preparation.

 

It has been a challenging quarter for Nenkashe but we managed to complete our second food distribution in October 2020 where we managed to visit all 31 children at their homes and encouraged them to stay safe and continue revising their school lessons the best they can in the absence of teacher guidance.  Your support has helped families reduce the high food bills due to the prolonged stay of children at home.

 

We were not able to hold our Annual Seminar in 2020 due to Covid but we have scheduled to hold it in April 2021 when schools close and another one in August 2021.  It is during these gatherings that Nenkashe counsellors get an opportunity to teach the children life skills to help them make informed decisions, solve problems, think critically and manage their lives in a healthy and productive manner.

 

Thank you for your support.  Please pray that our children will stay safe and that life will get back to normal soon.

Felister and her mother receive food donation
Felister and her mother receive food donation
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Nenkashe Education Centre

Location: Karen, Kenya - Kenya
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leonard mpoke
Kajiado, Kenya
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