Educate an Orphan in Rural Western Kenya

by Tumaini Miles of Smiles Centre
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Educate an Orphan in Rural Western Kenya
Educate an Orphan in Rural Western Kenya
Educate an Orphan in Rural Western Kenya
Educate an Orphan in Rural Western Kenya
Educate an Orphan in Rural Western Kenya
Educate an Orphan in Rural Western Kenya
Educate an Orphan in Rural Western Kenya
Educate an Orphan in Rural Western Kenya
Educate an Orphan in Rural Western Kenya
Educate an Orphan in Rural Western Kenya
Educate an Orphan in Rural Western Kenya
Educate an Orphan in Rural Western Kenya
Educate an Orphan in Rural Western Kenya
Educate an Orphan in Rural Western Kenya
Educate an Orphan in Rural Western Kenya
Educate an Orphan in Rural Western Kenya
Educate an Orphan in Rural Western Kenya
Educate an Orphan in Rural Western Kenya
Educate an Orphan in Rural Western Kenya
Educate an Orphan in Rural Western Kenya
Educate an Orphan in Rural Western Kenya

This year has been different from all the other academic years. This is because we lost one year (2020) due to covid and we had to recover everything to enable  students cover the syllabus. 
we had four semesters and one week break in between. We have our national exams for 8th grade and form four set for next month (November). Our last semester has just started, we had a one  week break and we are looking forward to going back to our normal academic calendar next year. 

Our students have never missed school and they are working hard. School fees was paid and all the other needs and all the children have remained in school all the time. No students was sent home due to unpaid fees. We are so much grateful  for the great work you are doing in the lives of the vulnerable. 

we have 32 pupils who will be joining high schynext year and we have 30 who will be finishing high school.  This is happening because of your generosity.  As we approach the end of the year its our prayer and hope that you will consider sharing our cause with family members and friends. GlobalGiving is matching funds and its a good opportunity for new monthly donors.  Consider to invite frinds to grow our family. 

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Children back to school
Children back to school

Welcome again to our reports!  This is a very interesting year! We started our new academic year in May instead of January. Our 8th grade students sat for their National exams in March and joined high school in May, our pupils in Primary School joined new class grades in May and they have three semesters in the next six months.  That means every semester will be two months instead of three months.  Our government is trying hard to make sure that we are back to our normal academic calendar next year.

 

However we are glad that all our students in 8th grade performed very well in their exams and have been admitted in good schools in different counties. We are happy to report that 100% of our students who sat for the National exams have been able to join high school. 

We have 32 students who are preparing for their National exams in December and they are working so hard to make sure that they perform well. We confidently report that YOU have enabled us to have very committed teachers who are working tirelessly to make sure that the pupils are covering all the syllabuses. There are always positive changes in the lives of the children you support.

We are happy to share with you Ruth’s story. She came joined us in the year 2008 when her parents were displaced due to election violence.  Ruth was 5 years old and now she is in High school.  She is in form two and will be completing her high school education in two years’ time.

This year we have admitted new children who have lost their fathers and they live with their mothers. Your prayers and support will help us not only give education to these children but to support and empower their entire families.

Once again thank you for bringing a lasting positive change in the lives of the orphaned and vulnerable families.

Ruth at 5 years
Ruth at 5 years
Ruth now
Ruth now
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Our new classes are ready
Our new classes are ready

We have successfully finished our first month since we reopened the school after the Christmas holidays.  The holiday was very short and we didn't have our national exams due to a change in the academic calendar. The learners had one week off school, we are happy that they all reported on the first day happy and healthy.

We have been working hard because we have only two months to exams, our 8th-grade learners will be taking their national exams in March and their timetable is very tight. The lessons that have to be covered within three months are supposed to be covered within two months which has really been hard, but we are happy to report that they are doing well.  They have taken some trial exams and they have done very well, we are therefore expecting good results.

This is because you have given them a good learning environment and they are happy to be back in school. They are always looking forward to coming back to school and this is because of your efforts and commitment to give hope and change a life. The lunch provided at school, the love, and committed teachers give these learners the desire to learn.

After the exams, the school will close for the holidays and we will start a new academic year in April.  The 8th-grade students who will have finished their exams will be joining the high school in May. Our sponsorship program has enabled us to give the best we can and the children are happy at school and home.

We are not only providing education and food at school but since last year we have made efforts to visit our homes and support where necessary. The challenge is that our sponsorship program on GlobalGiving is not growing therefore we are not admitting new orphans in school. We have several files of death applications but we can't have them all. We are hoping that this year we will have more people come on board to enable us to admit a few orphans this in April when we reopen schools.

We gave our girls the washable pads and they were very happy.  We are making our own reusable pads and this is helping our girls. They don't need to worry during their periods.  Once again thank for making it all happen.  Together we are changing communities

Our girls receiving their reusable pads kits
Our girls receiving their reusable pads kits
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The academic calendar is not the same and our education department worked out a plan to help us get back to the normal calendar by the year 2023.  This plan is tight and our school holidays changed to one week with no mid-term breaks. We cant wait to get back to our normal academic calendar.

However we are glad that there are no more curfews and lockdowns, the number of cases has gone down and we are encouraged to keep all the measures that were put in place to avoid infections.  The government has encouraged all the young people to go for vaccinations, many people haven't gone for it but the government is putting some measures in place to make sure everyone has been vaccinated.

We have not had any cases in our school and we are happy to report that all our children are safe and healthy.  We had some cases within the community but they were curbed and it's safe. 

We are preparing our 8th-grade students for their exams and we are confident that they will pass with good grades. Your continued support has enabled us to get where we are, we have enough teachers and they are doing very well.

We have not been able to finish our new classrooms, the lower primary students are still using the temporary classes.  These are classes are good during the dry season but they become pathetic during the rain season. We are hoping to finish the classes when we have funds so that our learners can have a good environment and be safe.

As always words will never be enough, YOUR continued support has enabled us to work and bring hope in so many lives. Your names are always on our lips, every testimony is about you. You are changing lives and communities.

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Learners back to school
Learners back to school

We have had the shortest school holidays ever!  The schools were closed  for 8 days and the learners are back to  school!  Normally Our shortest school holidays go for four weeks but covid 19 pandemic paralyzed everything.   Our government has come up with a new calendar to help us catch  come back to our notmal academic calendar come year 2023.

Our pupils are  on marathon with the exams and other things.  Those who completed their primary studies are joining high school this month. We have anither primary exam in march and November then we will get back to our normal calendar. 
Our 8th grade students did very well in their exams and have been admitted in very good schools. Our next class has 35 pupils, this is a large number and we are looking forward to good results in March. 

our new curriculum system is going on well and by the end of  2023 the old system will have ended. We will conduct the first exam end of 2022 then the students will proceed to junior secondary, no 7th and 8th grade. We are looking forward to seeing the unfolding of this new journey. 
We have more than 200 students who have no sponsorship. Looking back to our project we are very few and this is affecting our us in different ways. As you all know sponsoring a child changes a life forever. It is one of  the best ways for bringing a lasting positive change in a child/family's  life. 
To help us kindly share with your friends and family about the good work you are doing. You have done a wonderful job and we cant wait to see growth. 

Thank you for your continued support and prayers. 

New classrooms
New classrooms
All these learners have been admitted in high scho
All these learners have been admitted in high scho
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