Teacher Florence with a student
On behalf of the staff and students at Seed of Hope we would like to wish all our Global Giving supporters a Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.
Throughout the year that has passed we have been very grateful for all the donations that have been made through Global Giving. These have been a real lifeline and allowed us to continue in our goal of educating young girls who have no hope of attending secondary school and are in desperate need of assistance.
The year has gone well at all four centres despite many challenges faced. We have been delighted at the efforts each centre has made in terms of setting up income generating activities and striving to make their own contribution towards their running costs. From school uniform production to using the land to grow crops, every centre has worked on its own projects rather than sit back waiting for 100% funding.
The Crafted enterprise run by our Nairobi centre has taken off in 2010. Orders for clothing have been consistently coming in and have featured in a few fashion shows. The most recent of these was organised by a British expat lady who had been introduced to Crafted clothing at another event and decided she would like to help raise awareness of the brand and the work of Seed of Hope. The event was a fantastic success and brought in several orders as well as raising funds through raffles, ticket sales etc.
This year was the first time that graduations took place in September for our second year students after they sat their Grade 2 government trade exams. The graduates are now busy in their own businesses or jobs they have secured since passing their exams. Our first year students have just completed their Grade 3 exams and are now on holiday until the New Year. Florence, headteacher of one of the centres, said that the last term had gone well and that she was very happy with the work the girls had done and with their high level of attendance in class.
Towards the end of the term, the enrolment process was kicked off with teachers starting to get word out in local communities that places would be available from January. The new year will see a new group of girls enrolled at each centre giving them hope for an independent future.
Our thanks go to everyone who has supported Seed of Hope this year through Global Giving and we look forward to bringing you further updates in the New Year.
If you are looking for a gift, check out Global Giving’s “Gifts for Good” where you’ll find a bracelet made by some of our girls!!
Crafted clothing on display at a fashion show