Education  Kenya Project #16965

Return 50 street children from Kibera to School

by The Turning Point Trust
Return 50 street children from Kibera to School
Return 50 street children from Kibera to School
Return 50 street children from Kibera to School
Return 50 street children from Kibera to School
Return 50 street children from Kibera to School
Return 50 street children from Kibera to School
Return 50 street children from Kibera to School
Return 50 street children from Kibera to School
Return 50 street children from Kibera to School
Return 50 street children from Kibera to School

The School Transition Programme reopened its doors on the 4th January to welcome children after a 9-month break.

We are picking up where we left off with 35 children in our school preparation and transition classes.

The government had opted for a phased reopening of schools. So five children successfully moved from the transition programme into the Fountains of Hope School in October last year.

The children are excited to be back with their friends and to have lots of activities to do each day after a long time of being at home with little to do.

We're following the government's guidelines to keep children COVID-safe. All children and staff wear masks and sit 1m apart in class, we've also added more handwashing stations to ensure all kids keep washing hands regularly.

Thank you to everyone who has supported us over the past year to provide food vouchers and home learning resources to children while they were out of school. We are so grateful for your partnership.

While the schools were closed, we were able to rebuild some of our classrooms after one of the walls crumbled. We're delighted with the extra space and bright environment that's been created. 

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It's a new term, but schools in Kenya remain closed. Normally, we would be gathering for our start of term planning meetings and catching up with all our students, hearing all they got up to in the holidays. But sadly, we will have to wait until January when we hope the schools will reopen again.

In the meantime, we remain busy. Our teachers are supporting children's learning at home by sending worksheets home regularly for children to work on and return. Our partners, Vitabu Vyetu and Dignitas, are helping us with learning resources. The government have said that all children will have to repeat the year when schools reopen in January. As a result, some children are losing interest in their studies.

We are keen to keep the children engaged in positive activities so we have joined in the My Home My Playground Campaign run by Futbolmas Kenya. Our football coaches send out activity sheets to families each week full of games, craft activities and life skills lessons for the children to do at home with their family.

The social work team continue to check-in with each family's wellbeing and we have occasionally met up with small groups of children to check-in with how they are doing at home. Life is tough for many of our students at this time. All are missing their school friends, some are facing difficult situations at home, our staff are doing their best to ensure each child knows that we are still here for them.

Finally, with your help, we have been able to provide food vouchers to families every week throughout the school closures. So many parents have lost their jobs, these vouchers make sure our students don’t go hungry and relieve just a bit of the stress that parents are facing at this time.

Thank you so much for standing with us throughout this time. In a couple of weeks, from the 14-18 September, GlobalGiving will be matching all small donations (less than $50) by 50%. If you want to help us continue supporting our students as they remain home until January 2020. Please do make a small donation during that week on GlobalGiving. We are so grateful for your support.

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One of our student's mums making masks
One of our student's mums making masks

Kenya recorded its first case of coronavirus in March 2020. In a bid to slow the spread of this virus, the Kenyan Government temporarily closed all learning institutions. This meant we also closed our programmes for the time being.

This abrupt turn of events also caused a sudden shift in the lives of our beneficiaries. The measures taken to curb the spread of the virus have adverse effects in their community. The closure of schools has meant that our beneficiaries can no longer rely on the feeding program offered in our programmes. The work from home directive translates to a loss of income for most of our parents who rely on casual work.

We have, therefore, shifted our focus to support our beneficiaries and the community during this period. Our current activities are geared towards reducing hunger and promoting health amongst vulnerable families worst hit by the pandemic and reducing the spread of coronavirus in Kibera.

We’ve set up a food voucher system to support the 150 vulnerable families that we serve. We provide a weekly food voucher that enables families to purchase essentials from the local shops we have partnered with. This system ensures that our beneficiaries don’t walk long distances to do their shopping and we also support local businesses in Kibera.

Funds that would normally be used to run our School Transition Programme are being put towards these food vouchers. It’s a lot cheaper to buy food in bulk and cater for a school than to provide food for individual households so we’re also raising additional funds to make these vouchers go further, you can support our coronavirus response directly through this GlobalGiving project page

Regular handwashing is one way to slow down the spreading virus but in a community with no piped water, where residents have to purchase water daily, in an already strained economy, this is a challenge. Our solution has been to set up handwashing stations around the community and provide soap and water at no extra cost. This activity is also creating an income for some of our parents and community groups that supply us with soap.

Social distancing in a densely-populated area is not possible and the use of face masks cannot be downplayed. We are currently providing face masks to our beneficiaries and their households. We hope that, with your help, we can be able to provide masks to more community members at no cost. These masks are made by our parents who have tailoring skills and they are therefore able to earn an income. We have also partnered with an organisation that has trained some of our parents to provide kid-sized masks.

We look forward to resuming all our normal programmes soon. Until then, your giving ensures that the families of the children we returned to school this year remain healthy and safe. We've been blown away by our friends' support for this so far, we are so grateful for the community of supporters standing with us at this time.

“None of us is safe until all of us are safe and no one is left behind” Ahunna Eziakonwa.

Handwashing point provided for the community
Handwashing point provided for the community
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The New Year is always an exciting time for our Transition Program. It’s exciting because as we celebrate the students who have successfully transitioned to Primary School, we open our hands to receive new student.

Since its inception the program has been receiving 30 Students every year but this New Year we open our doors and hearts to 50 students. 30 of these students will be receiving early childhood education and 20 are out-of-school children who will be prepared to re-enter formal primary education next year.

“Education is freedom” Paulo Freire. It’s our hope that we will teach these children to be free. In the classroom we will teach them the freedom to learn and unlearn concepts, the freedom to ask questions when they don’t understand, the freedom to be kind to their classmates, the freedom to expand their vision of their future, the freedom to learn from their mistakes rather than feeling defeated.

In the playground, we will teach them the freedom to be children and play the games that cause them to laugh, to embrace each other’s strength, to learn as they play and to grow their minds and bodies.

We want our students to be free to envision themselves achieving more than those who have gone before them and beyond the invisible limits created by their environment.

Thank you for believing and supporting our vision this far and as we begin this new year we are confident that we can count on your support.

Happy New Year.

Join us in celebrating the moments of freedom all through the year by following us on our social media handles:

Instagram: @tptrustkenya

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Play time at Transition School
Play time at Transition School

Imagine having to watch your peers go to school every morning and listen to them sharing stories of their day in the evening yet you have spent your day fetching water for people because your guardian cannot afford to take you to school. It's not an easy picture to paint yet this was the life of Leo for two years before he joined the transition program.

Leo is a quiet 15 year old boy who stands a head taller than all his classmates and loves football. He is the son of a single mother and lives in a single room with his auntie and five other children in Kibera. It’s been a good year for Leo because he finally joins his peers every morning and comes to school and though he had to go back three grades due to being out of school for so long he is  learning and catching up.

As the school year comes to an end, we celebrate the strides that our students have made this year despite the many challenges they face out of school. We are excited to see them join formal primary school next year and continue to grow in every way.

Since its inception, the transition program has prepared more than 400 out-of-school transition to primary school and in 2020 we plan to grow our impact by increasing our admission to 50 students per year. We hope that you will continue supporting us as we give children like Leo the gift of education.

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The Turning Point Trust

Location: Woking, Surrey - United Kingdom
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Twitter: @tptrust
Project Leader:
Judy Akoth
Yaya Centre, Nairobi Kenya
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