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
Grade 4 student in donated mask ready to learn!
Grade 4 student in donated mask ready to learn!

This week over 30 children have returned to the Fountains of Hope School!

Our doors have been closed since March 2020 and it looked as though they would remain so until next January but on 6th October, the government announced that two age-groups in primary schools could return to school from October 12th!

On Monday, children in Grade 4, aged 10-11 years and Class 8, aged 14-16 years came back to school. 

We are following the Ministry of Education's guidelines to make our school COVID safe. This includes all children and staff wearing masks, children sitting at desks 1m apart and everyone having temperature checks when they enter the school. The school will also be thoroughly cleaned at the end of each day.

We are delighted to be able to meet with our learners  (masked) face-to-(masked) face again and we look forward to welcoming more students back soon. The government have suggested that other students may return to school in the coming weeks so we are preparing ourselves for that. In the meantime, we continue to provide food vouchers and home learning materials to our students who are yet to return to school.

Thank you so much for your support over these last few months of school closures. We are very aware of how challenging this year has been for people everywhere, thank you for thinking of us and standing with us. 

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It's a new term, but schools in Kenya remain closed. Normally, we would be gathering for our start of term planning meetings and catching up with all our students, hearing all they got up to in the holidays. But sadly, we will have to wait until January when we hope the schools will reopen again.


In the meantime, we remain busy. Our teachers are supporting children's learning at home by sending worksheets home regularly for children to work on and return. Our partners, Vitabu Vyetu and Dignitas, are helping us with learning resources. The government have said that all children will have to repeat the year when schools reopen in January. As a result, some children are losing interest in their studies.


We are keen to keep the children engaged in positive activities so we have joined in the My Home My Playground Campaign run by Futbolmas Kenya. Our football coaches send out activity sheets to families each week full of games, craft activities and life skills lessons for the children to do at home with their family.


The social work team continue to check-in with each family's wellbeing and we have occasionally met up with small groups of children to check-in with how they are doing at home. Life is tough for many of our students at this time. All are missing their school friends, some are facing difficult situations at home, our staff are doing their best to ensure each child knows that we are still here for them.


Finally, with your help, we have been able to provide food vouchers to families every week throughout the school closures. So many parents have lost their jobs, these vouchers make sure our students don’t go hungry and relieve just a bit of the stress that parents are facing at this time.


Thank you so much for standing with us throughout this time. In a couple of weeks, from the 14-18 September, GlobalGiving will be matching all small donations (less than $50) by 50%. If you want to help us continue supporting our students as they remain home until January 2020. Please do make a small donation during that week on GlobalGiving. We are so grateful for your support.

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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.

 

We welcome you to share in the moments we create this year by following us on social media:

Instagram:@tptrustkenya

Facebook: The Turning Point Trust

Twitter: @tptrust

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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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Judy Akoth
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