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 Education  Kenya Project #15285

A quality education for 161 kids in Kibera, Kenya

by The Turning Point Trust
A quality education for 161 kids in Kibera, Kenya
A quality education for 161 kids in Kibera, Kenya
A quality education for 161 kids in Kibera, Kenya
A quality education for 161 kids in Kibera, Kenya
A quality education for 161 kids in Kibera, Kenya
A quality education for 161 kids in Kibera, Kenya
A quality education for 161 kids in Kibera, Kenya
A quality education for 161 kids in Kibera, Kenya
A quality education for 161 kids in Kibera, Kenya
A quality education for 161 kids in Kibera, Kenya
A quality education for 161 kids in Kibera, Kenya
A quality education for 161 kids in Kibera, Kenya
A quality education for 161 kids in Kibera, Kenya
A quality education for 161 kids in Kibera, Kenya

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!

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.

The last year ended on a high note at Fountain of Hope Primary School. Over the the past four years we have been supporting our students in different schools as they sit for their final primary school exam but last year we had our first class sitting the exam at the school.

Out of the 20 candidates who sat the exam, 90% of the students attained above 250 points out of the possible 500 points with our highest score being 352/500. This was truly commendable and we are excited that all the students received admission letters to different secondary schools and we cannot wait to see them learn new things and grow in this new phase of their lives.

We are also excited that two of our students who went through our education program and received support during their secondary school education achieved grades that will guarantee them placement at a public University. We hope that their success will encourage those who have just joined secondary school to pursue their very best.

These stories of achievement have truly stirred us up to not only continue doing our best but to also find new ways to become better and inspire our students to achieve more in this new school year. 

Thank you for continually being part of our community and we hope that you too will have stories of achievement to celebrate with your community this new year.

Thank You!!
Thank You!!

Have you ever imagined where the children who attend Fountains of Hope live? I know there’s plenty of information on the internet on Kibera and together with some of the photo’s we have shared you can vaguely answer the question I posed.

Every year, our social workers take the time to visit the home of every child and get to know where they live and touch base with the parents. I got to join them and visit a few homes and I would like to share some of the lessons and inspirations I picked during that hot dusty day.

One,I never imagined the distance that some of our kids had to walk to come to school. It was a hot day and that made the distance seem longer but I imagined how much harder it is to jump over some alleys when it rains and the paths are not only filled with mud but dirty water. This to me represented children who were determined to gain an education and turn their lives around despite their environment.

The joy we were received with by most parents made it easy for us to feel at ease as we had conversation and filled out our forms. The conversations we had with the parents formed the basis of the second and third lessons I picked that day. Most of the children left their previous schools and sought admission in Fountains of Hope due to their parents’ inability to pay fees and their parents are grateful for the support they receive because their income cannot allow them to educate all their children. Thirdly, the donations you give towards the education of these children has far reaching effects. The fact that a parent doesn’t have to worry about the tuition fee for one or two children means that they can educate a third child or put a third meal on the table or be able to treat their drinking water and this impacts the entire household.

You may never get the opportunity to visits these homes or meet the families of the children you support but this is to remind you yet again that your support translates to so much more and on behalf of these children and their families are grateful for your continued support. We have 20 children sitting their final primary school exams in a few weeks and we envision them transitioning to Secondary school next year. Thank you for walking this journey with them.

The football fever has been high and we expect nothing less with the World Cup games and their surprising outcomes. However, for us our football fever has another reason.

Football has been a part of our education program for a long time because we believe that allowing our children to express themselves in sports and nurture their talents is one way of raising holistic children. Last year, the girls’ team was born and we brought on board a female coach who has not only been helpful in training but has also been a friend who has allowed the girls to open up about many issues facing them.

In the last two months, the girls have played in four tournaments and have performed exceptionally well. In one of the biggest tournaments that brought together 17 primary schools in Kibera, the team managed to take the second position and the best female player!!

We are truly proud of our students and we believe that the investment you enable us to put in the sports program will greatly impact these young minds and remind them that they have the ability to achieve great things!

Our girls in action
Our girls in action
Proud of our achievement.
Proud of our achievement.
 

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The Turning Point Trust

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

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