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
Reason to Smile!
Reason to Smile!

Wednesday, 6, February 2019 is the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation 2019!

"On this Day of Zero Tolerance, I call for increased, concerted and global action to end female genital mutilation and fully uphold the human rights of all women and girls." — UN Secretary-General Antònio Guterres

The abhorable tradition of Femal Genital Mutilation (FGM) is so deep-rooted in so many cultures that it is so difficult for people to understand why it is not only illegal in many countries - including Kenya - but the pain and agony of this physical and mental abuse leaves the (little) girls and women powerless. It is a very sensitive subject that many people and organizations would rather just ignore.

We have decided to take our first steps towards zero tolerance for FGM and will hold 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.

We realize that an informative meeting with Dr. GK Mbuguahwill not end FGM - but it will open some eyes - and if only one girl is saved from this agony, it will be worth it! With over 200 girls on our program who are possible future victims - it is time to cry out for them before it is too late!

During a visit to Kenya some years ago I was invited to a primary school where the principal spoke about the different causes of HIV/AIDS and mentioned that FGM was a major cause of the breakout - "but what else could be done so that the girls don't run around like dogs in heat?". I could not believe my ears. Here was an educated woman who truly believed in the necessity of FGM.

We are all about education - but education is not only about reading, writing and arithmatic - it's also about LIFE and what the respect and caring of our fellow human beings means. And one major form of respect and caring is not inflicting pain on one another - and realizing that FGM is only a sexist form of keeping women powerless in a society that desperately seeks and realizes the necessity of empowerment of girls and women.

We are proud to be in the position to open some eyes to the indignity of this practice. We can only hope that many will follow.

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Proud Preschool on Graduation Day at LLK Ed Center
Proud Preschool on Graduation Day at LLK Ed Center

30 gorgeous and amazingly proud preschoolers wearing caps and gowns held their heads up high as they danced in front of the crowd of over 800 guests, parents, family members, siblings, teachers, schoolmates and even the Chief and the Kenyan TV. They took their places in line to receive their certificates, were adorned with decorations hung around their necks by their in tears of pride and happiness parents and relatives as photos were taken and the crowd applauded as each name was called.

This is a very usual scene in the wealthy areas of Kenya. Graduating from Preschool into first grade is serious business and wearing those caps and gowns only happens when graduating preschool and university. But this fabulous ceremony did not take place in one of Kenya's wealthy areas where the parents are more than happy to pour thousands of KSH into their child's preschool education. No, this graduation ceremony took place in the midst of the Barut slums of Nakuru, Kenya - at a school where parents pay nothing for their child's education - because they have nothing to pay. When you are living on about $2 a day, you can't afford to send your child to a high-end school - or any school at all for that matter. Alone the mandatory uniform leaves a family without rent money for a month or two. This is what Live and Learn in Kenya International is all about. We provide high quality education to the children who need it the most - the children who need to rise above poverty - remember where their roots are - and one day be enpowered to be the change that we all want to see in this world - FOR FREE.

Giving Tuesday provides the perfect possibility to truly make a difference in the lives of these and about 450 other children who are on the Live and Learn in Kenya International program. With GlobalGiving's donation match on November 27th you could even make double the difference with your donation.

Our children are not only provided with education - they receive free warm lunches, uniforms, free-time clothing, holiday gifts, dental, medical and emergency care, free time activities: girl's and boy's clubs, sports, dance, singing, art and art appreciation possibilities, youth and young adult workshops in hygiene and AIDS prevention and self defense.

We are giving the children the chance to be all that they can be - and are so thankful for your generosity

Asante sana - thank you so much!

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Handmade Pencil Cases Filled with Love and Care
Handmade Pencil Cases Filled with Love and Care

443 Live and Learn in Kenya International Children and Youths are beginning their last term of the school year this week. 233 girls and 210 are bursting and ready to begin learning again after the break. We presently have 241 children attending our own Live and Learn in Kenya School in Nakuru - ranging from day care class to 5th grade. The remaining 202 children and youths are attending partnering local school, colleges, trade schools and universities. We are very proud of our children because we know that they are doing their best to break away from the vicious circle of poverty through education.

As the last term of the year begins, we are already preparing for the children who will be graduating from our preschool class and beginning their school career at the Live and Learn in Kenya School in January 2019. The school year ends on October 26, 2018 and their graduation ceremony will take place on November 3, 2018 with pomp and ceremony during our annual visit to Kenya. They will receive graduation  presents, a "Zuckertüte" - which is a German tradition for children starting 1st grade. It is a large paper cone filled with sweets and small toys and school materials. They will also receive their new pencil cases and school bags - all set for the future!

We will also be welcoming 30 new little 3-year olds into our school along with their parents into the Live and Learn in Kenya Community in November. They will be our future Day Care children and will be taught the basics in a fun and happy way. Our trained day care teacher will teach them games and songs and little dances. We will be needing 30 new sponsors for these children as of November 2018.

Our work is as never-ending as our joy and pride of being able to guide these children along the path of eduation into a brighter future - with your help!

Asante sana - thank you so much!

Our 5th Grade Girl Scouts
Our 5th Grade Girl Scouts

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The Winning Team at the Musical Festival
The Winning Team at the Musical Festival

It is a wonderful thing to be able to provide needy children with everything they need to go to school and get a good education for a brighter future, medical and dental care so that they can experience a healthy childhood, warm and nutritious meals so that they can grow, thrive and concentrate at school, playgrounds, sports and games so that childhood is a joy - but what about music and art?

The children attending the Live and Learn in Kenya Primary School in Nakuru, Kenya are now finding out what it means to be a part of a society that accepts them as they are and not as "pitiful slum rats"! Which was a common way of seeing the very poor by the very wealthy.

Our pupils excelled at the Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology's National Music Festival at the Nakuru West Sub-County competition on May 30, 2018 being awarded first and second prizes!

To say the least, we are very proud of these children and their ability to participate against all of the other school - rich and poor - with their heads up high and the self-confidence that a strong and able child should always have.

We would like to thank our donors for helping us to make this possible for the children through your kind and continued donations to our cause.

Now that the children have won the sub-county competition - they will be off to the regional competition soon!

Tabitha won 1st place in her age group
Tabitha won 1st place in her age group
Gloria won 1st place in her age group
Gloria won 1st place in her age group
First place as a group
First place as a group
2nd place as a group
2nd place as a group

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A Strong and Proud Young Man
A Strong and Proud Young Man

Not only have we been watching Live and Learn in Kenya grow for the past 17 years - we are also watching the children grow into self-sufficient adults. It amazing to see the children change from scared little kindergarten children, happy for a warm meal and new clothes, into strong and proud young people. Today I would like to give Erick the chance to tell his story.

*Myself*

My name is Erick. I was born in the year 1994, and I am 23 years old at the present. Currently I am a student at Kibabii University pursuing a Bachelor Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. I am in my 3rd year of studies, second semester.


*Experience with Live and Learn in Kenya Int'l - aka LLK*


My experience with LLK is beyond my own words to explain. To be frank LLK Int. has been the core provider for my entire education.  Without LLK I could not have made any steps into my academic career. I would most likely be roaming around in streets - having no life. Big thanks to LLK for the change they have made in my entire life. From the provision of basic needs, health care to secondary needs, it has always been LLK. Importantly, I have also learned a lot from the organization while going through primary school, high school and currently at universit - that hardwork, discipline and obedience is what I need to have in order to succeed in life.


*LLK's  impact on me and my family*


Our family is made up of five cousins, my aunt and uncle and myself. The influence which LLK has made in my life is too significant for words to describe for me and my family. By paying my school fees and all school costs, health care and many other things, LLK brought a great change in life. My family has always been joyful and thankful for all that LLK has done to help me to achieve my goals and objectives in life. LLK has made a big difference in my family's lives through my education. My aunt believes that education is the light and key for a brighter future. Thus, they are full of gratitude to Live and Learn in Kenya International for all that they have done for me and for my family as a whole.


*What I intend to do with my education*


So far I can say I have made education the foundation of my life. As soon as I graduate, I will be utilizing my professional skills in various activities both in radio and television production. My ambition is to be a senior business reporter, video editor and television program producer. Lastly, I am intending to give back to the society through different means with my education.

Erick  - April 26, 2018

 

Erick came to Live and Learn in Kenya as a small child. The family has a low income, making it difficult for the children to access basic needs, especially education.  He is currently at university studying Bachelor of Journalism and Mass Communication.  He has a B+ grade average!

You can be the light in a child's darkness by supporting the Live and Learn in Kenya International's sponsorship program.

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Leben und Lernen in Kenia e.V.

Location: Selb - Germany
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Debra aka Brique Zeiner
Selb, Germany
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