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
Zawadi's very neat exercise book
Zawadi's very neat exercise book

This morning I visited the Turning Point Prep class in the Kianda area of Kibera. I nearly got lost on my way though,  the main dirt road that leads down into Kibera near our project is being paved to make a tarmac road. The road will cross the slum and join the newly built Southern Bypass on the other side. Buildings that lined the road have been demolished and cleared and the landmark I usually look out for to know which tiny alley to turn into is gone! Luckily my internal GPS kicked in and I found my way.

It was a chilly, damp and muddy morning and I joined the kids huddled in Prep class working on some Maths. I checked out Zawadi’s Kiswahili exercise book (because I’m not a big fan of maths) and saw some of the greetings she had been learning. I never knew there were so many ways to say hello in Kenya! It makes sense really as greetings are important in Kenya. People are more important than tasks or things and therefore a hearty greeting is a neccessity. It makes sense to have several greeting options up your sleeve, thanks to Zawadi, now I can add a few to my arsenal of salutations.

So here are a few from Zawadi’s list:

Greeting: Hujambo   Response: Sijambo

Greeting: Habari  Response: Nzuri

Greeting: Shikamoo  Response: Marahaba

Kiswahili is one of five subjects that Zawadi is catching up on so that she can join the Fountains of Hope school in January along with her other prep classmates. Teacher Magdalene was happy to report that all the kids are on track to be ready to join school in January which is great news.

Thanks Zawadi and friends for the lesson!

Swahili Textbook
Swahili Textbook
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Kevin and friends enjoying the annual Holiday Camp
Kevin and friends enjoying the annual Holiday Camp

Some street children live on the streets while others have homes to go to at night but spend their days roaming the streets, fuelled by hunger and boredom, looking for food to eat and something fun to do.

Most of the children in Turning Point's programmes come from that second category, they were out of school but have parents or guardians providing shelter and some of their basic needs.

Kevin was different, he is a total orphan and he was living on the streets, completely homeless with no one to take care of him and no home to sleep in at night.

Turning Point was able to reconnect Kevin with an uncle, the brother of his single-mother who passed away when he was very young. Kevin now lives with this uncle and Turning Point is supporting him to attend a local primary school.

Kevin was way behind in his education, but its never too late to make a change. At 16 he was unable to read or write but Kevin is a humble and determined young man and he was happy to join primary school despite being older than the other children in his class. He has persevered and shown amazing progress and is now in Class 7.

Outside of school, Kevin is a great song-writer and footballer.

Life has been hard on Kevin, Turning Point social workers meet up with him often in the school holidays to offer counselling and encouragement and they are so proud of the progress he has achieved. It is a testament to his strong character that he has overcome a very difficult childhood and is growing into hard-working and determined young man.

Thank you for partnering with us as we work with children and young people like Kevin to turn their lives around and start on a path towards a different future.

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It is always exciting A jovial Clinton in one of the school's activitiesto see a child who has been supported by Turning Point for several years reach a key milestone. Meet Clinton, who came from the streets and returned to school through Turning Point's Transition Programme years ago. After eight years of attending primary school, Clinton has finally cleared his class eight education, the final level of the Kenyan primary education system.

Clinton is an example of many children whose lives have been changed by Turning Point's Transition Class. Awaiting his exam results in early 2015, the always joyful Clinton cannot hide his joy as he awaits admission into secondary school to pursue his dreams further.

Born to a large family where the father was largely absent, Clinton had no place to go for help. In the absence of a responsible father, his mother had to take care of him and his siblings. Clinton had not formerly entered a classroom until his mother heard of Turning Point from a friend.

At Turning Point, Clinton found a class where he could learn, and above all, a family that genuinely loved and appreciated him. Clinton could now continue with education without worrying about school fees which was fully catered for by the trust.

Clinton, a jovial playful boy enjoys camping, swimming and playing football with his friends. He also enjoys making new friends.

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We have found over time that if we try to send a child who has been living on the streets back to school, he will often only last a few weeks. Life on the streets may have been tough, but it also contained an element of freedom: on the streets there's no-one telling you what to do; you don't have to sit still in a classroom for more than an hour without a break; you can beg or steal to get money for food so you're not always aware of the pain in your belly from hunger.

So we now spend a lot of time helping these kids to transition from their street way of life to one that will give them more opportunities in the future. And whereas we do address the basic needs of these kids, and we don't force them to sit still in a classroom for hours, we also do some fun stuff with them, like aerobics!

And guess what, they love it! It's when you see the widest smiles, and hear shrieks and cries of laughter, often because they're watching each other trying and failing to do some pretty weird moves.

But it's all part of what helps keep these kids off the streets, well-fed, in education, and with a future that is brighter.

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Ready to go to school
Ready to go to school

January marks the start of the school year in Kenya, so Jackson and others from last year's Transition Class are now enrolled in school.

Without your support to this project, many of these kids would return to the streets, as there is often little or no food at home, and sometimes an alcoholic parent to cope with as well.

The kids don't want to be on the streets.

They want to go to school. They want to learn.

They have hopes and dreams just like kids all over the world. Some want to be doctors, others teachers, others accountants. We have one child supported in school who wants to be the president!

Your support helps to give these kids the chance to choose education and a future over life on the streets. Thank you for any amount you are able to give.


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Location: Woking, Surrey - United Kingdom
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Judy Akoth
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