Education  Kenya Project #25776

Live and Learn in Kenya Int'l Sponsorship Program

by Leben und Lernen in Kenia e.V.
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Live and Learn in Kenya Int'l Sponsorship Program
Live and Learn in Kenya Int'l Sponsorship Program
Live and Learn in Kenya Int'l Sponsorship Program
Live and Learn in Kenya Int'l Sponsorship Program
Live and Learn in Kenya Int'l Sponsorship Program
Live and Learn in Kenya Int'l Sponsorship Program
Live and Learn in Kenya Int'l Sponsorship Program
Live and Learn in Kenya Int'l Sponsorship Program
Live and Learn in Kenya Int'l Sponsorship Program
Luciana's Graduation Day
Luciana's Graduation Day

Nineteen years ago - when those little nursery school-aged children were brought to the LIve and Learn in Kenya office by parents or guardians nobody would have imagined that the skinny, hungry and raggedly dressed children would be wearing caps and gowns and being handed over their well-earned diplomas at renowned Kenyan universities! 

These four university students from our project graduated! The lovely and very intelligent Luciana graduated with a Bachelor of Education degree in Christian Religious Education and Kiswahili. James graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and Mathematics. Titus graduated with a Bachelor of Education degree in Mathematics and Chemistry and Erick graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Mass Communication and Journalism. We are so proud of all of them. At the moment there are 12 LLK students at various Kenyan universities. One of them will be graduating in April 2020.

Of course not all of Live and Learn in Kenya International's children are able to go on to university. We are able to give all of the children the possibility to be all that they can be - no matter what that may be! Hundreds of our project's children have gone on to colleges and vocational training and are learning to be their dream - or have already dreamt their dream and made it a reality... Sometimes a young woman just wants to be married and have children of her own - and that's all right too. But they will have a better understanding of what education means because they can read and write and give their own children the same possibilities.

This is what sponsorship means - receiving everything to be all that you can be - and then passing it forward to others and to future generations.

Who is making it all possible? YOU!

We at Live and Learn in Kenya wish all of you a bright, loving, healthy and peaceful 2020!

Asante sana - thank you so much!

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The 2019 Graduates
The 2019 Graduates

Sometimes things happen and children must leave the program - this is usually a sad occasion, but it happens and that's life. Every educational organization (and many parents all over the world) just have to accept that. Four students are leaving the Live and Learn in Kenya International program in November - and we aren't sad at all !!!  Erick will be graduating from university with a B+ grade average and a Bachelor of Journalism and Mass Communication degree. Luciana will be graduating university with a teaching degree and will be a High School teacher. She is graduating with a B- grade average. Lydia is graduating from college with a C grade average with a degree in ECD (Early Childhood Development).Tyson will graduate from vocational training where he learned wiring - and will now be able to find a good job.

These young adults were registered onto the Live and Learn in Kenya program when they were kindergarten kids! They came from extremely poor and desolate homes and would have, most likely ended up without any education at all and possibly on the streets. Now they are self-sufficient, well-educated people who can not only stand on their own feet - they will be passing their knowledge forward to their own children - and the generations after!

THAT is what Live and Learn in Kenya is all about - PASSING IT FORWARD. Our and we are doing everything in our power to give these children everything that they need to 

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Megan as a little girl
Megan as a little girl

It’s a lovely early June day. The sun is shining bright and hot and the children at the Live and Learn in Kenya Education Center in Nakuru are swinging on swings, playing pirates in the cubby-house and sliding down the sliding board, playing ball games or just relaxing with a storybook during their lunch break in the playground after enjoying a hearty meal in the new dining hall.

Megan happily comes to the Center after being called in by our secretary, Rebecca. She has a letter waiting for her. Megan successfully graduated from high school after attending 12 years of school through Live and Learn in Kenya’s sponsorship program. Megan’s sponsors, Carmen and Thomas, have bee supporting her education for 12 years now and are just as excited as Megan is to receive news about her future. Megan is elated. She has been accepted into the Maseno University. She is destined to be still another “LLK child” to attend university. She is proud of herself and everyone is proud of her. But along with the letter of admission came the fee structure for the first and second semesters. She can only attend university if her sponsors are able to pay the fees. We immediately wrote to Carmen and Thomas, who were also thrilled about the news, but sorry to say, they are financially unable to pay more than the annual sponsorship fee of about US$ 360 including Christmas present fund. University fees are a minimum of US$ 1460 annually and that doesn’t even cover books, school materials and the mandatory laptop that every student must have. Megan is heartbroken with the news. What could we do besides ask for donations? Live and Learn in Kenya Int’l cannot afford these costs.

Megan would be so happy if a way could be found to raise her up and make the next 4 years of university what it should be – carefree and ready to concentrate on getting the best possible grades in order to graduate and go on to live a life that could only be dreamt of by most of the children living in the Nakuru slums…

Megan was filmed today, talking about her need for support. Have a look at the 33 second film: https://youtu.be/33drIwGl0Ro

Together we can make a life-changing difference in the future of a child!

Harambee! is the Swahili word for "Joining hand and working together for a common goal!"

Megan as a high school student
Megan as a high school student
Megan's university admission letter
Megan's university admission letter
Megan's university fee structure
Megan's university fee structure
Megan today
Megan today

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Getting ready for Int'l Day of Sport & Peace Day
Getting ready for Int'l Day of Sport & Peace Day

April 6, 2019 is the International Day of Sport for Developement and Peace. We at Live and Learn in Kenya International take this important day very seriously. The importance of sport for children is becoming more and more obvious - not only because of keeping children fit - but also for keeping them alert throughout the day - and happy. Children have a compulsion to move and react. They want to MOVE and have fun at the same time. They also want to prove themselves - to themselves and to their friends, teachers and parents. We acknowledge that competition is important in life. It is good to see how far you can go in comparision to others - but it is also important to learn how to accept losses and wins in a peaceful and respectful way. That is what we are thriving to achieve at the Live and Learn in Kenya Education Center in Nakuru, Kenya.

It is all too easy to just allow children to play sports by themselves on the playground at break time and fight out their indifferences. We find it important to always have adult supervision during all sports activities. Besides the weekly sports and activities Saturdays every week, we organize at least two formal Sport Days every year, which is open to all of our 451 Live and Learn in Kenya children and youths. April 6th and the first Sunday of the end of the school year break in October. These days are filled with sports, fun and laughter. This year April 6th will be different. We have decided to invite pupils of a partner school to enjoy the day with our children and also eat a meal together. All of this under the motto “What does peace mean to you?”.

We are looking forward to the answers we receive – both from our guests and our own children.

The Live and Learn in Kenya Kids are preparing for the event with a colorful array of games, sports and awards. Alone the preparation is reason to smile!

We now have 451 children on the Live and Learn in Kenya International program – 236 girls and 215 boys. 270 children are attending our own school and kindergarten.

We have finished the construction of the dining / multi-purpose hall at the Live and Learn in Kenya Education Center and are now working to raise funds for its furniture. The old furniture that we are still using, is far too large and wide, making it difficult to seat many children at once for a meal.

Most of our children and youths are doing very well at school and nearly all of the children – with the few exception of children with learning challenges – attending our own school are receiving above average exam marks and report cards.

From the 451 children, only 5 of them are not yet sponsored.

We are very proud and satisfied with “our” children’s doing their best to be all that they can be. Your support has helped to make this possible.

Asante sana - thank you for your assistance!

Rope Tugging
Rope Tugging
Working Together - Having Fun Together
Working Together - Having Fun Together
Moving & Smiling!
Moving & Smiling!
The furniture that needs to be financed and built
The furniture that needs to be financed and built
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Parents at the Zero Tolerance for FGM Day Meeting
Parents at the Zero Tolerance for FGM Day Meeting

We took the first steps toward ending Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). We organized and held a parent and guardian meeting at the Live and Learn in Kenya Education Center in Nakuru, Kenya with a guest speaker Dr. GK Mbuguah on Wednesday, 6. February 2019.

The meeting began with a talk about general health and hygiene. Then Dr. GK Mbuguah went on to speak about FGM and the hall went quiet... The more than 300 parents filling the hall and still others listening from outside hadn't expected this!

Many parents may not have come to the meeting if they had known exactly what it was about. Especially the parents coming from tribes that still practice "cutting" as a normal fact of life.

We are very grateful to Dr. GK Mbuguah for his sympathetic, yet very clear speech CUTTING IS NOT ONLY NOT NECESSARY AND ILLEGAL - IT IS BRUTAL CHILD ABUSE!

Many parents left the hall quiet and thoughtful - many certain that what they heard was true.

We can only hope that the message came through - and if only one of our girls is saved from FGM, it was worth it!

Dr. GK Mbuguah speaking to the parents
Dr. GK Mbuguah speaking to the parents
Dr. GK Mbuguah and Kenneth Branda with parents
Dr. GK Mbuguah and Kenneth Branda with parents

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