Imam has been at JWHS for a few years. He was found on the streets of Nakuru. He was brought there by his sickly grandmother to leave him with his street hardened, drug addicted uncle as the only relative. Active and mischievous with a twinkle in his eye, he settled into the routine. He had been unable to attend school regularly, and struggled in the beginning. But now he is catching up and performing well.
He and his best buddy Amos work hard and play hard. It is great to see brothers, not by blood but by love, working and playing and even squabbling together.
He did not have a sponsor until recently. Now a church sponsors his monthly needs. We are so grateful when sponsors step forward and accept the expenses of a child. We are then able to accept more children.
These images are of Amos. He has been at the JWHS since 2007. His mother had passed away. He was living in a small mud house with an aging demtia grandfather. The grandfather loves him but is unable to care for him. He is growing fast and active. He and his friend Imam are often together finding mischief.
Amos is struggling in school but this year, 2011, he is receiving individual tutoring along with his attendance at school.
Everything at the Joseph Waweru Home School is settling in for 2011. Benard, our high school graduate, is now working while he awaits the scores on his KCSE to consider further education, John is a Form 4, (senior) in high school and excited to consider this his last year, Langat is a Form 3, junior, in High School, Mbougua is a Sophomore, Form 2, David is a freshman, Form 1. Tell me where did all that time go? I remember bringing young boys into the home. The other boys are settled into their school for another year. The drought is deep as we all await the rains. The seed lies in the ground waiting. I thank all of you for your donations. We have had to purchase water four times at $69.00 for each truckload. This is an extra expense we do not usually have to expend as the rains fill the cistern. Food expenses are higher due to the drought. Thanks to you, we are able to settle in and wait for the drought to end. As I was told one time - "Rain is a blessing and God's blessings know no time." Thank you for helping us through this difficult time.
As I prepare for the NEW YEAR in Kenya, I want to thank all the wonderful Global Giving donors who made this project successful. Our projects with Street Children have been growing and changing since 1997. The children in the Joseph Waweru Home School are preparing for a new year in school. They make their New Years resolutions to study harder and work smarter. As I look forward to 2011, I see this project continuing with the casual and emergency response feeding program, a permanent Home for children at the Joseph Waweru Home School, and educational support for children. In the wings for further development are some collaborative efforts with others for additional Street Children projects, and business ventures to provide vocational training and income for community members including newly launched children from children’s homes. These ventures would also provide income for the projects of Expanding Opportunities as we work toward sustainability. I consider it a great privilege to be the hands and feet of donors.
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Kenya has two extremely important school examinations. One takes place after the eighth year of school. This exam measures the learning through elementary school. Upon satisfactory completion they receive a Certificate of Primary School Completion. The performance on this examination determines whether a student's formal education ends at this time, or continues on to High School. It also determines which high school a student can attend as each school determines their "cut off" score. The higher the grade on the exam, the more opportunities are open to you.
The second important school examination occurs after four years of high school. This is the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education. They must take examinations in at least seven subjects. Their performance on this Examination opens or closes opportunities for further education. The competition in Kenya's Universities, Colleges and Technical Insitutes is very high. Therefore performance on this examination is critical.
The Joseph Waweru Home School has students taking both the KCPE and the KCSE this year. We wish them well and may all their diligent study of the past years bear fruit! If you would l ike to wish them well, please send an email to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org for high school wishes, and email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org for Primary School Exam Success wishes.
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