You have to think hard
Yes, it's true. Our exam results are not just good, they are amazing. Of the 150 children who took the exams (the others are too young) only four failed to meet government expectations for their age and those four have very special needs. Many of the other children have special needs and have been receiving extra support AND they have all met government expections. The majority of our children achieved grades high enough to get them into the top secondary schools if they maintain the current level. My teachers are not just pleased they are elated and so are we. When you live in an urban area quality education is essential if your future is to change. Our teachers have worked so hard and have adapted their teaching strategies (with the help of in-service training from me) and now we are seeing the results.
That said we haven't been to Kenya for 10 months for health reasons but shall be going for six weeks at the end of September. Such a lot to do but very exciting. Last year Sonal raised funds for us by climbing Kilimanjaro and we are going out to spend it! Furniture for the staff room and and the new classroom and also some new laptops and a projector.We also hope to get the electricity supply connected and a bore hole dug. Our greatest need is to get a classroom completed for next January.The basic structure is there and my nephew managed to raise over half the money needed for finishing so we are urgently trying to raise the necessary £1,500.
The school is not our only project of course. We support women and the youth through sport. Results here, particularly with the youth, are not generally so tangible. You might imagine our delight to receive an email, part of which is below.
'I wish to sincerely pass my gratitude to you for the kindness and generosity you’ve been showing us and our club (Kos Boxing Club, Mombasa- Kenya). ... the club has been flourishing so much that we‘ve been receiving recognition not only in Mombasa... but worldwide through social media! . friends in South Africa, Argentina and USA ..keenly following our progress online.'
'We would only have dreamt ... but when you came, you made those ...dreams a reality! Boxers are so enthusiastic and so motivated ...look at themselves from a different perspective: playing top rank boxing sir! The juniors are really sharpening their claws! We’ve also incorporated a football team of young boys of under 14 years training at the same venue (grounds) with boxers.'
There was lots more but you get the drift. Such a change from the begging emails we often get!
Should be lots to tell in the next update. Until then a big thank you to everyone who has supported us in the past. You can see what a huge difference you have made.
And have fun
You can learn through play
Shame they don't smile!