Holiday Camp for 81 kids from Kenya's Kibera slum

by The Turning Point Trust
Holiday Camp for 81 kids from Kenya's Kibera slum
Holiday Camp for 81 kids from Kenya's Kibera slum
Holiday Camp for 81 kids from Kenya's Kibera slum
Holiday Camp for 81 kids from Kenya's Kibera slum
Holiday Camp for 81 kids from Kenya's Kibera slum
Holiday Camp for 81 kids from Kenya's Kibera slum
Holiday Camp for 81 kids from Kenya's Kibera slum
Holiday Camp for 81 kids from Kenya's Kibera slum

As we outlined in our previous report, the Holiday Camps went ahead as planned in November 2016 and were a great success. We received all the funding we needed in time to make the camps happen and we are incredibly grateful to all who contributed both online and offline.

Many of the children who attended camp are now back in school and continuing with their primary education. Those who finished primary school received their marks in December and are now making plans to join secondary school. We hope that all of them are carrying their memories from camp and the lessons they learned into the new year.

We are now closing this project on GlobalGiving as it is both fully funded and complete. Mission Accomplished!

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The classic water balancing challenge
The classic water balancing challenge

We just have 6 weeks remaining to prepare for Holiday Camps in November. The biggest challenge, finding a venue, is now over. We have booked up a lovely little boarding school not far out of Nairobi with a swimming pool and great facilities for sports and outdoor games. We're looking forward to a week out of the city in beautiful surroundings!

The next biggest challenge has been to focus in on a theme for the week's teaching. This past term we've had the sad and challenging task of seeing one of our students enter a drug rehabilitation centre to overcome her addictions. She was in her final years of primary school but now her education is interupted while she gets her life back on a good track.

This was a painful experience for our staff who have loved and cared for this girl for several years as she has grown through our project. But peer pressure from the young people she has been hanging out with outside of school just got the better of her. Its a painful challenge that we must respond to. We are more determined than ever to ensure other children in our project do not follow the same route.

For this reason, we've decided to do things a little bit differently this year at camps. Our two Pastors will work together to develop bible teaching around the issues of standing firm against peer pressure. Then we will also invite guest speakers who are experts on the topics of drugs and alcohol abuse. We hope to include some guests who can share personal testimonies about the consequences of addictions in their lives and how they overcame them.

We hope that together the pastors and guests will be a powerful and challenging teaching team and that our teens will really hear their message.

So camp has a serious focus this year but we're also planning for a lot of fun activities to keep the teens entertained with lots of time to bond with their friends.

Thank you so much for supporting a child, or more than one child, to come to camp with us this year. We are really praying that this camp will have a long-lasting impact and steer our teens away from habits that could rob them of the great opportunities and potential that lies ahead of them.

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The Turning Point Trust

Location: Woking, Surrey - United Kingdom
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Twitter: @tptrust
Project Leader:
Emily Smith
Woking, Surrey United Kingdom

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