Seed of Hope students are as busy as ever. There are government exams to register and prepare for and second year students are starting to think about the designs for their final project – an outfit for their graduation which will take place in the final term.
On a recent visit to our Kariti centre in Murang’a, we found both the hairdressing and dressmaking students were working hard with their studies. They are also having success with their land as recent rains have meant the shamba (land for agriculture) is very green with maize and Napier grass. Once harvested, the maize will help with the centre’s feeding program while the Napier grass can be used to feed their cows with excess being sold to generate further income. When we visited the project last week with a group of visitors from the UK, headteacher Njambi proudly showed off some of the craft work that had been done by students including printing, knitting, weaving and leather work. We were then guided around the classrooms and shamba before being treated to some musical entertainment from the students. It was great to watch the confidence with which they performed and the pride that teachers and students take in their school. One of the most astounding facts for the visitors was that some girls walk 10km to get to school each day and the same to get home again at night. These are girls who really must value the education that Seed of Hope is offering them.
Our centre in Nyamache, Kisii, will be the second centre to add a hair and beauty course to its curriculum. Thanks to a donation from the Caledonian Society in Kenya, the initial start up materials will be purchased in the near future and the course can get underway once a teacher has been employed. This fee-paying course will help to generate income to subsidize the costs for the students who are in desperate need and are unable to pay for education after leaving primary school.
Thank you to everyone who has contributed to Seed of Hope through GlobalGiving. We really appreciate every donation that is made as the funds raised through GlobalGiving make it possible for us to keep our centres running and give our students hope for the future.
Wednesday June 15th is BONUS DAY on GlobalGiving. Every donation received by this project will be matched at 30% by our dear friends at GlobalGiving. Please spread the word to your friends, family and co-workers and help us make the most of this very generous offer.
Together we can create brighter futures!
Cooking Lunch - maize and beans