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 Education  Kenya Project #15285

A quality education for 150 kids in Kibera, Kenya

by The Turning Point Trust
A quality education for 150 kids in Kibera, Kenya
A quality education for 150 kids in Kibera, Kenya
A quality education for 150 kids in Kibera, Kenya
A quality education for 150 kids in Kibera, Kenya
A quality education for 150 kids in Kibera, Kenya
A quality education for 150 kids in Kibera, Kenya
A quality education for 150 kids in Kibera, Kenya
A quality education for 150 kids in Kibera, Kenya
A quality education for 150 kids in Kibera, Kenya
A quality education for 150 kids in Kibera, Kenya
A quality education for 150 kids in Kibera, Kenya
A quality education for 150 kids in Kibera, Kenya
A quality education for 150 kids in Kibera, Kenya
A quality education for 150 kids in Kibera, Kenya
Handwashing point provided for the community
Handwashing point provided for the community

Kenya recorded its first case of coronavirus in March 2020. In a bid to slow the spread of this virus, the Kenyan Government temporarily closed all learning institutions. This meant we also closed our programmes for the time being.

This abrupt turn of events also caused a sudden shift in the lives of our beneficiaries. The measures taken to curb the spread of the virus have adverse effects in their community. The closure of schools has meant that our beneficiaries can no longer rely on the feeding program offered in our programmes. The work from home directive translates to a loss of income for most of our parents who rely on casual work.

We have, therefore, shifted our focus to support our beneficiaries and the community during this period. Our current activities are geared towards reducing hunger and promoting health amongst vulnerable families worst hit by the pandemic and reducing the spread of coronavirus in Kibera.

We’ve set up a food voucher system to support the 150 vulnerable families that we serve. We provide a weekly food voucher that enables families to purchase essentials from the local shops we have partnered with. This system ensures that our beneficiaries don’t walk long distances to do their shopping and we also support local businesses in Kibera.

Funds that would normally be used to run our free primary school are being put towards these food vouchers. It’s a lot cheaper to buy food in bulk and cater for a school than to provide food for individual households so we’re also raising additional funds to make these vouchers go further, you can support our coronavirus response directly through this GlobalGiving project page

We are deeply concerned about our students who are now out of school due to the pandemic. Our teachers and social workers are checking in with each family regularly. We also have plans to support the children to continue learning at home. This is a real challenge as the majority have no internet access, but we are finding creative solutions!

Regular handwashing is one way to slow down the spreading virus but in a community with no piped water, where residents have to purchase water daily, in an already strained economy, this is a challenge. Our solution has been to set up handwashing stations around the community and provide soap and water at no extra cost. This activity is also creating an income for some of our parents and community groups that supply us with soap.

Social distancing in a densely-populated area is not possible and the use of face masks cannot be downplayed. We are currently providing face masks to our beneficiaries and their households. We hope that, with your help, we can be able to provide masks to more community members at no cost. These masks are made by our parents who have tailoring skills and they are therefore able to earn an income. We have also partnered with an organisation that has trained some of our parents to provide kid-sized masks.

We look forward to resuming all our normal programmes soon. Until then, your giving ensures that the families of the children we returned to school this year remain healthy and safe. We've been blown away by our friends' support for this so far, we are so grateful for the community of supporters standing with us at this time.

“None of us is safe until all of us are safe and no one is left behind” Ahunna Eziakonwa.

A student's mum whose been making face masks
A student's mum whose been making face masks
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January is considerably a hot, dry and dusty month in Nairobi but this year it has started off with rain and with rain comes growth. We are excited to be back to school for the new school year and If we had to pick a word to describe the new year at Fountains of Hope Primary School, we would pick growth.

Growth because we all get to move to a new class, turn a year older, learn new things, make new friends and even take up  more responsibilities at school and home.

As we move on to a new class, we celebrate the 21 students transitioning to high school. 76% of the students scored over 250 Marks and the best student scored 368 points out of the possible 500 marks. We are proud of their achievements and we will continue to walk with them, encouraging them to achieve more in high school.

One class exiting means that we get to receive new friends and this year we welcome 12 new students from our Transition program. They spent the past year being prepared to join and re-join primary education and we celebrate this milestone with them.

We plan to not only grow in numbers but also in the academic and extra-curricular activities we engage in, our partnerships and our impact in the community we exist in.

Thank you for supporting us in 2019. We are excited that you still believe and support the vision of our work.

Growth, we hope you also experience growth in this New Year as you walk alongside us.

Happy New Year.

 

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“I want my daughter to have what I did not get. I do what I can so that she can get an education and go beyond where I am in life.” Rael’s mother shared during our annual home visits. Rael’s mother is a casual labourer and supplements those earnings by selling potatoes outside her one roomed house that she shares with Rael and her niece.

Rael’s mother’s story mirrors the story of many of the families we serve. A majority of parents lacked the opportunity to finish school and now rely on casual work to provide for their families. One thing that stands out for most of these families is that despite their minimal earnings they, like Rael’s mother, have opened up their homes to a relative(s). This means that they have taken the risk to spread the little they have even thinner so that one more person could have a shot at improving their lives.

A number of the children we support are beneficiaries of this rare kindness. They have been taken in by relatives and they are supported as they receive an education at Fountain of Hope Primary school.

We are inspired by these acts of bravery and kindness and even as we come to the end of the school year, we celebrate our parents. We celebrate their vision for these children, their resilience and the foundations they have set from which we continue to build on together.

Mahatma Gandhi said “Gentleness, self-sacrifice and generosity are the exclusive possession of no one race or religion” and we dare to add “........of no race, religion or economic status”

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Facilitator: “Does anyone want to share how they've put to practice any of the teachings we’ve learnt the past 8 weeks?”

Carol: “I want to share how I applied the teachings from last week’s class on reconciliation. I  had a falling out with a friend who sells groceries and because of anger I told a few more friends to stop buying groceries from her kibanda (small stall) because she wasn’t observing hygiene. Last week after class, I visited her, asked for forgiveness, started buying groceries from her and even went back to some of my friends and clarified the issue. I feel relieved.”

This was a part of a conversation we had as we finished our 8 week parenting course. One of our values as Turning Point is “Relational”; we strongly believe that positive relationships fuel positive change. Our parenting course is driven by this value and also our vision of not only serving the children but the families they come from.

We only spend a few hours with the children in our education centres and a majority of their time is spent at home so we work to support parents as they create nurturing and positive environments at home. In addition, by equipping a parent with tools to create a thriving environment at home we impact more children than the ones we have contact with.

"Families can be the greatest source of support for children but also – under unfortunate circumstances – the greatest source of harm. Children’s well-being is therefore inextricably linked to parental well-being…” UNICEF

We are committed to working with our parents and the community to ensure that we create an enabling environment for children, in and out of school, so that they can develop their full God given potential in the hope that they will not only overcome the challenges that living in Kibera presents them but   they will also come back and change their community.

The support you give to us has a beautiful ripple effect. Asante Sana!

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It’s been an exciting first term and as we start our April holidays, we look back and celebrate the partnerships that have made this term successful and exciting.

All through the term, our partners Vitabu Vyetu have continued supporting our teachers by offering the children in Grade 1-3 extra literacy and numeracy classes. The presence of the volunteers in the school is something that the children look forward to every week. In January, they brought along more friends who gave each child exercise books and stationery to use during the term.

In February, our friends at Tin Roof Foundation supported us by offering our school leadership the opportunity to go through training in child protection and behaviour management. Child protection is a key element in our work because we believe that if the school represents a child friendly safe space, then our vision of seeing children develop holistically will be achieved.

This term also brought along new friendships as a team from an insurance company visited the school and gave each student a new sweater. This was a huge relief for many of the students because they’ll stay warm as the cold season approaches.

We cannot celebrate our partners and not celebrate you, thank you for supporting our work through the first term of this school year. We look forward to continuing this journey with you.

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The Turning Point Trust

Location: Woking, Surrey - United Kingdom
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Judy Akoth
Woking, Surrey United Kingdom

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