Return 35 street-children from Kibera to school

by The Turning Point Trust
Return 35 street-children from Kibera to school
Return 35 street-children from Kibera to school
Return 35 street-children from Kibera to school
Return 35 street-children from Kibera to school
Return 35 street-children from Kibera to school
Return 35 street-children from Kibera to school
Return 35 street-children from Kibera to school
Return 35 street-children from Kibera to school
Return 35 street-children from Kibera to school
Return 35 street-children from Kibera to school
Return 35 street-children from Kibera to school
Return 35 street-children from Kibera to school
Return 35 street-children from Kibera to school
Return 35 street-children from Kibera to school
Return 35 street-children from Kibera to school
Return 35 street-children from Kibera to school
Kids being kids in the Turning Point Centre
Kids being kids in the Turning Point Centre

We are so pleased to announce that the 'Return 35 street-children from Kibera to school' has now been fully funded. We are so grateful to everyone who has supported us to get this far.

Nancy lost both of her parents to HIV/AIDs and was sent to live with relatives. She was passed around different uncles and aunts, none of whom were able to send her to school. One of aunt's, Judy, noticed that whenever she went to visit one uncle she came home very depressed and withdrawn. Judy soon discovered that the uncle had been abusing Nancy and immediatly put a stop to it. She brought Nancy to Turning Point where she joined Transition Class and is now catching up on the studies that she has missed. In January 2015, she will be ready to rejoin formal education. For Nancy, the Turning Point centre is a place of safety, a place to belong, a place where she knows people care about her and will protect her.

Thank you all who have donated to support this Turning Point programme to keep running and growing to help more kids like Nancy. On their behalf, thank you.

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The new year has begun and Transition class is ready to admit new children, already new children are turning up, including some who were turned away last year because the Transition class was over-subscribed.

Mercy is one of these children who was waiting for the new school year to begin so that she could join the transition class. As she was welcomed to the class she reported that she had reached Standard Four in Primary School, however when she was asked her name and the spelling, she was unable to spell her name. When given a pen, she was barely able to hold it correctly to write. Teachers suspect that Mercy has some learning difficulties, unfortunately these are rarely picked up in local Primary schools and children are allowed to get far behind their fellow students.

In Transition class, Mercy will have the individual support she needs to catch up with the other children and teachers will do all they can to encourage her and restore her confidence. 2014 will be a year of great change for Mercy now she has new hope to return to school and get an education.

Thank you for your support for the Transition class, your contributions ensure that children like Mercy get the education that is their right.

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Mid-term is here and we are happy to report that the mid-term exams are in progress in our Transition Classes.

Exams in Kenya are an important part of the education system. Exams assist teachers to evaluate and monitor the children's progress academically. Throughout the term the teachers have been teaching a total of five compulsary subjects (Mathematics, English, Kiswahili, Social Studies and Science) this is what the children get examined in.

This being the third and last term of the year, the kids have to prove themselves capable and ready to go to the locally available formal public school which they are expected to join next year. Both the teachers and pupils are positive that the results will be excellent.We at Turning Point are excited with the progress and growth being witnessed in these children's lives.

We are grateful for your continued support from the beginning of the year in keeping our Transition classes up and and running. We could not have succeded if it were not for your constant and continued support. God bless you and make your cups overflow.

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We are very excited to report that the new transition class in Kianda has gained a new teacher, Caroline. The class was becoming too large for teacher Magdalene to provide quality care for every child so Caroline has stepped in to focus on the older children while Magdalene continues to teach the younger children.

This is a very exciting development because it means we can keep our doors open to kids from the streets who want to go school. We prepare them to return to school by catching them up on studies that they have missed, according to their age or according to the level of education that they have reached.

We welcome Caroline to the team and we say a huge thank you to our supporters who have enabled us to employ another teacher in order to keep growing the Transition class and keep reaching more children.

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Today was the first day of term two, this academic year. Our Transition classes were open again after the holidays and the compound was filled with the chatter of school children.

We currently have 22 children studying in Transition, split between our centres in Kianda and Mashimoni villages of Kibera. By the end of last term, they had settled into the daily routine and life back in the classroom environment, some having spent many months out of school. They are progressing well and were happy to be back in class today.

Next week, our social workers and project mamas will be busy selecting 20 more children to be admitted to the classes: 10 to Kianda and 10 to Mashimoni. We never go actively looking for children, instead children find us, either brought by their parents, concerned neighbours or come via word of mouth from their friends on the street. We deliberately stagger admittance to our class to create time for parents/guardians to find ways of  getting children into local primary schools themselves, meaning only the really desperate cases come our way. It also allows time for our teachers and social workers to really get alongside and work with each child individually.

Our centre in Kianda only opened a Transition class in January this year. The first term of the new class has gone well and Mary (project mama) has been excited to have the Kianda compound filled with more children. Teacher Magdalene, who has been with Turning Point for 8 years now and so is very experienced in the format of our classes, transferred from our Mashimoni centre to Kianda to help establish the class over there. It is running smoothly, and children who were coming to Kianda centre for just breakfast last year are happy to now be in class
learning.

So we look forward to the new term, welcome back to children who were with us last term and a new welcome to those who will join us next week.

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The Turning Point Trust

Location: Woking, Surrey - United Kingdom
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Project Leader:
Jon Parsons
Yaya Centre, Nairobi Kenya

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