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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
Parents day at Nenkashe ECD
Parents day at Nenkashe ECD

In January 2017 we held an opening ceremony for our Early Childhood Education (ECD) project to share our joy with the community in starting a children’s program.  Early childhood education is beneficial for children ages 3, 4 and 5 years of age. 

Our program ensures that young children get a head start toward a bright future through enhancing their language skills, motor skills, learning and cognitive skills, all of which are necessary skills for children to perform well in primary school.

Parents have seen the benefits of our ECD education on their children and have consequently continued to enroll their children into the program.  We now have 40 children enrolled and 3 teachers tutoring them.  Our single building is now too small and we cannot admit more children because of limited space. 

We have started a microproject with GlobalGiving to raise $12,000 for a new classroom and we request you to partner with us this worthy cause so that children eligible for ECD education will not have to stay home but to be enrolled in school.

 

Thank you for your continued support!

ECD children playing during class recess
ECD children playing during class recess

Zipporah was a girl on the verge of giving up in life following several hardships and sufferings in her young life.  She did not get to know her father because he died when she was very young so she had to be brought up by a single mother and later by her older siblings.  Zipporah was a prime candidate for female circumcision in her early teens because if she went through this rite, she would be married off and cease to be a liability to her family and become an asset.  She was to be married off next after her 15-year-old older sister dropped out of school due to early pregnancy and was promptly married off to an old man. 

Zipporah was brave enough to share with her teacher the plans her family had for her. But after getting tuition support from Nenkashe and getting through 2 years of secondary school, Zipporah confessed to her teacher that she was unhappy, stressed, and felt lost in class because she did not understand what was being taught.  Her academic performance was poor and rated at the bottom of her class.

Following counselling and mentoring sessions that all Nenkashe sponsored girls go through, Zipporah discovered that despite her low academic performance, she can still make a good living doing what she likes.  She learned that Vocational Training Centres (VTC’s) provide basic technical skills to youth who may not achieve enough marks to earn them places in middle level colleges or universities.  

Nenkashe Education Centre made arrangements for Zipporah to pursue a course in Hair Dressing and Dress Making at Isinya Youth Polytechnic.  Today Zipporah is an entirely different person.  She is at the top of her class, 2nd out of 36 students, and her colleagues have elected her to be their class representative.

Thank you for helping to change lives for young people like Zipporah who without your assistance would have to face life’s challenges on their own.  

GlobalGiving’s Little by Little Matching Campaign runs this August from 09:00:00 ET on Monday, August 12, 2019, to 23:59:59 ET on Friday, August 16, 2019.  This would be a good time to give because GlobalGiving will be matching donations up to $50 at 50% with $60,000 in matching funds.

Thank you for your partnership and support.

Janet has shown tremendous courage and resilience by not giving up after a horrific accident that left both of her legs amputated.  When Janet was 13 years old, she was run over by a vehicle and after several reconstructive surgeries at a Mission Hospital, she was referred to AIC Child Care Centre for stump wrapping and rehabilitation services.  AIC Child Care Centre later referred Janet to Nenkashe Education Centre to get educational support, counselling and mentorship.  

 

Shortly before her horrific accident, Janet had lost both of her parents so she was already an orphan before losing her legs.  She was inspired so much by the care she received from her doctors and nurses that she decided to ask God to help her become a doctor one day.  She says that she wants to study medicine and become a doctor so that in the future she may be able to give someone hope as she has been given by the doctors that treated her.  Janet graduated from high school last year in December 2018.

 

The best news about Janet is that she is not only courageous and resilient but that she is also an A student who qualifies for enrolment into Medical School.  Nenkashe Education Centre looks forward to your continued support so that together we shall be able to help Janet enrol into Medical School.

 

Girls participating in a Life Skills Seminar
Girls participating in a Life Skills Seminar

The year 2018 ended well for 27 older girls and 38 preschool children sponsored through Nenkashe Education Centre. 

 

5 girls sat for their primary and secondary school final examinations and all performed well.  One girl scored exceptionally high marks and qualified for admission to a top university.

 

As much as the year ended well, it had its challenges.  One girl unfortunately dropped out of school because of early pregnancy.  It is a sad occasion every time a girl drops out but we must comfort and encourage ourselves because the girl was at least a few years older and more mature than she was when she joined NEC several years earlier. 

 

For those who are still enrolled in school, we continue to support and encourage them to complete their studies so that they may reach their full potential. 

 

We held a 5-day Life Skills Seminar for 37 girls when schools closed in November and we invited 14 other girls from neighboring schools to join the training.  The topics covered at the life skills seminar included self-esteem, relationship building, drug abuse, reproductive health, sex and sexuality, sexually transmitted infections and HIV/AIDs.

 

The Seminar was lively because the girls participated actively and the atmosphere was relaxed and cordial.  We also had men and women in leadership positions attend the seminar to talk and encourage the girls.

 

Thank you for your valuable support.

 

Preschool Children Enjoy their New Slides
Preschool Children Enjoy their New Slides
The girls playing during a past Lifeskills seminar
The girls playing during a past Lifeskills seminar

Schools opened in early September and a total of 75 children reported to their various schools in early childhood development (ECD), primary school and high school.  We added 4 new children to our program this quarter.

 

Sylvia, one of our ECD teachers who herself was a former sponsored child is doing very well preparing young children in her ECD class for Standard One.  Sylvia has been a very good example for our older children in that she has taken up her teaching responsibility very well and her lifestyle exemplifies qualities that we aspire to instill on our children.

 

After schools close on the 25 of October, 2018, Nenkashe Education Centre will hold a 4 day Lifeskills Seminar for 34 older children. We do this regularly because our formal education system prioritizes teaching of academic knowledge. However, it has become increasingly clear that such prioritization of academic knowledge without acquisition of psychosocial skills is an inadequate way of preparing young people for the complex challenges that exist in our world today.

 

Life Skills Seminars are very important for youth because it enables them to develop positive values, attitudes, skills and healthy behaviour in order to help them deal effectively with everyday life challenges they face today.

 

Kindly support our seminar next month by making a donation to Nenkashe Education Centre through GlobalGiving.  Two appropriate dates for you to give in October are the World Teacher’s Day and the International Day of the Girl Child, coming up on October 5th and October 11th, respectively.

 

Lastly, we are pleased to announce to our local and Diaspora donors that GlobalGiving now accepts payments made through M-Pesa.  You can now donate to Nenkashe Education Centre via M-Pesa Pay Bill: 891300, Account: GG18842. 

 

Thank you for your continuing support.

Sylvia in her classroom
Sylvia in her classroom
 

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Nenkashe Education Centre

Location: Karen, Kenya - Kenya
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Project Leader:
leonard mpoke
Kajiado, Kenya
$11,441 raised of $15,000 goal
 
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