The Turning Point Children's Centre in the Kibera slum, Kenya helps children who have dropped out of school prepare to return to school. We provide daily meals, counselling, a safe place to play and education programmes to prepare them to return to school.
Charles dropped out of school because his single-mother couldn't afford to support him. Instead Charles spent his days on the streets of Nairobi begging for money or food. Charles' story is not unique. Kibera is a vast overcrowded slum with high rates of unemployment and poverty. Many children drop out of school as a result of hunger, going to the streets in search of food. Turning Point works to get these children back into the classroom.
Charles spent one year in our specialist educational classes preparing to return to school. He received free breakfast and lunch every day, he made new friends and received counseling with a social worker. After a year, Charles had caught up on the schooling he had missed and returned to primary school. At Turning Point, we work with many children every year with similar stories to Charles and ensure that each one returns to school.
After 12 months, the children join Turning Point's Primary School and receive a full free primary education. This sets each child on a new path to a positive future. We have returned over 400 children to school over the last 16 years. Children who have come through this programme have progressed through primary school, to secondary school and even to university.