Martha as a self-confident young teacher
Good is what good does - and Success is what success does and we are seeing this happen every day at the Live and Learn in Kenya Education Center! Of course there will always be ups and downs, but when we take a broad look at all of the success stories over the past nearly 17 years that Leben und Lernen in Kenia e.V. and Live and Learn in Kenya Int'l have been catering to the needs of extremely poor and desolate children in the slums of Nakuru, Kenya, they certainly overweigh the relatively few mishaps over the years. Providing not only food, medical and health care and uniform - but especially education, LLK has been able to raise hundreds of children out of the claws of poverty and giving them the possibility to stand up for themselves, work and build up a life out of the slums and into a better life for themselves, their families and their future families. Our project children not only attend elementary school, high school and vocational training institutes - they are also attending colleges and universities - and graduating with honors.
I would like to introduce a young woman - Martha - and two young men - Philip and Martin.
Martha is the only girl in a family of 3 children. Her single mother who was the sole breadwinner had no stable source of income and therefore the family had a low and unreliable income to sustain the 3 children with their basic needs. Martha was on the Live and Learn in Kenya program from 2001 until she graduated from college in 2015. She has changed her life and the lives of her mother and two brothers.
Here is her story:
I am Martha from Nakuru, Kenya. I am a beneficiary of Live and learn in Kenya organisation. I
am among those who have greatly benefited from this program. I joined the organisation in
the year 2001 when I was in kindergarten. I later attended Eileen Ng'ochoch Primary School, where I met
other children who were being sponsored by the same organisation. I have benefited a lot from the organisation because I was provided with lunch, uniform and textbooks until I completed my primary level education. In 2010 I was admitted into Afraha HighSchool for my secondary education. The organisation was even more helpful. It provided my school fees and other personal needs for the four years. I was never sent home for lack of school fees or late payment as were many of my school mates on a daily basis.
After completing secondary education, I joined Nakuru Teachers Training College for my college level education, where I went through my training as a primary school teacher. Again this was ony possible because of the organisation. All requirements wer paid for by Live and Learn in Kenya Int'l. I am currently working as a volunteer teacher at Live and learn in Kenya Primary School. The children who attend this school are sponsored by the organisation. I am glad to work as a volunteer in this organisation because it feels good to give back something to the society which made my present life possible and show the children what hard work and studying can mean to them in the future.
My experience with the LLK has really inspired me. I have seen people's lives changed. Needy children are now able to access quality education. I am now proud to be a full fledged teacher - thanks to Live and Learn in Kenya Int'l and Leben und Lernen in Kenia e.V.
The management is fair and transparent. It is dedicated to provide help to those who need it - but especially education.
Philip's single mother died of AIDS when he was only 5 years old. His aunt and uncle took him in to live with them along with his 2 brothers and sister. They lived in a very small shack together with his cousins. Philip's aunt registered him at Live and Learn in Kenya International. He was provided with everything that he needed to go from kindergarten through college. He is now an electrician.
Dear Mama Brique,
RE:THE LLK INT'L - SUPPORT FOR MY LIFE
I, Philip, in Kenya being a former sponsored child at the Live and Learn Int'l project, hereby gladly and cheerfully write this letter to express my gratitude to what the project has done for me. l joined the LLK INT'L project in the year 2000. This was when I officially started my pre-unit education level. The project provided me with all the learning materials; i.e. books, pens, school fees, uniform and shoes, school lunches etc. ln the year 2002 I joined the primary school level after learning for two years at the pre-unit level. At this level, the project used to pay my school fees, everything that I needed to have for school and provided me with my basic needs without forgetting my birthday gifts and Merry Christmas presents.
Luckily and successfully l graduated from my primary school to the next level. The LLK INT'L project continued supporting me during high school and college levels to the fullest. I secured a job with the Green Energy Geothermal Company (GEG) after l had completed my Electrical and Electronics Engineering Course at the Kenya Industrial Training Institute(KITI).
Fortunately, I am able to provide myself and support my relatives, making me independent. I also look forward to helping other children achieve their goals and create an impact in the society because that's what the world really needs - people who can make a change and touch other people's lives in a substantial way. I hereby stand as a good fruit of the work the LLK INT'L Project together with all the individuals concerned who effectively run the Project's affairs both direct and indirect. I sincerely express my appreciation to all of them. May God bless all of you abundantly.
Thank you and kind regards, Philip
Martin comes from a family of 4 children, 2 boys and 2 girls. His single mother was the family's sole breadwinner. She works in households to support her children in the best way possible. The family had a low and inadequate income to ensure children's access to basic needs. Martin's mother registered him at Live and Learn in Kenya Int'l when he was he was a little boy. LLK provided him with all of his educational needs. After realizing how profoundly intelligent he was - especially in the subjects Math and Chemistry - LLK provided funds to put him through university. After graduating from Afraha High School he went on to major in Math and Chemistry at Kisii University and graduated with honors in 2015. He is now a high school teacher in Kisii where he also lives. Poverty is his past - and his teacher!
Philip and Brique - still very close
Martin's graduation photo with his proud mother
Martin in his element as a high school teacher
Martha as a young girl
Philip as a young boy