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

“Joe is now playing at the national youth league with Cheza Sports! And 2 other boys have joined the Cheza Sports Academy, one of the top football academies in Kenya!” reported the coach of the Turning Point Football Club (TPFC) during a recent managers meeting. There was celebration and awe at this news.

The TPFC is a football programme for children at the Fountains of Hope School who are passionate about football. The club has 51 players in categories under – 12, 13 and 15 years old.

The club’s main objectives are to build the character of the players, to nurture their talent in football and to promote the growth of the players through partnerships with football organisations, schools and academies with the aim of seeing them reach their full potential in football.

Julliet, a former pupil at the Fountains of Hope School, did very well in her final primary school exam and because of her passion and skills in football she was able to get full sponsorship into a local girls football secondary school a couple of weeks ago.

Extra-curricular activities like football, mentorship, journalism etc have contributed to the holistic development of the children at the Fountains of Hope School.

Thanks to your support, many children have developed their passion, skills and talent in different areas and children like Joe and Julliet are on the right path to achieve their full potential in football.

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The countdown is on to the end of the school year and the end of school KCPE exams for our Class 8 students. The 19 students will sit their exams in March and then it will be time to launch them off into their next step in education. That could be secondary school or vocational training. 

Meanwhile our social work team are preparing to take in a new group of children who have dropped out of school to join our transition programme and begin their journey back to school. 

We set up a new computer lab in the school in October 2021 and the students have loved using the space.

Lara, in Class 5, said, “it is important to learn computers because then you can do what you want. You can be an accountant or a shopkeeper or any other thing.”

Lara’s group are getting to grips with a coding game where the players use code to advance their character through the game.

Teacher Kelvin brought his Class 5 students to the lab to research a recycling project. The students googled ideas for ornaments they could make out of waste materials before making various recycled creations. We hope to integrate I.T. in all our classes in this way, making use of the lab in small ways to teach all subjects. 

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Desktops for the new computer lab
Desktops for the new computer lab

Barack stood in the middle of the room, he was the sun. Mercy slowly moved around Barack, pretending to be the earth while Anna span as fast as she could around Mercy. Anna was the moon trying hard to keep up with the earth as Mercy rotated around the sun but it was hard work. Anna collapsed into a chair as the world spun around her. 

"So what does orbit mean?"

"To spin around!" the class called back.

Science lessons don't always involve getting dizzy but this was a fun way to explain the orbiting planets. Our students have just completed the first term of the current school year. Without the Fountains of Hope School, these young people would not be in school learning about stars and planets. Most would be at home caring for siblings, out working or on the streets.

Thanks to a great response to our microproject, we are setting up a computer lab at the school. We have 11 new desktop computers packed with learning resources and apps. We are busy doing repairs, wiring and fitting furniture while the students are on a two-week break. They will find the computer lab set up and ready to go when they return to school. 

The lab will mean our students will gain the I.T. skills that will open the door to many more jobs in the future as well as boosting their learning across the board as they can access rich and varied digital learning resources.

Thank you so much for your support to the Fountains of Hope School!

Students celebrate the end of term prize-giving
Students celebrate the end of term prize-giving
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Fountains of Hope Students in assembly pre-COVID
Fountains of Hope Students in assembly pre-COVID

Despite the odds, the Fountains Of Hope student's achieved a personal best in their KCPE exams this year. The Standard Eight students had a seven-month pause in learning due to COVID and just three months to catch up and prepare for their end-of-school exams. Our teaching team worked hard during the school closures to keep children learning and clearly, their efforts paid off. The 20 young students achieved a mean score of 294, which is over 20 points higher than last year's results and our best score since we started running exams in our school in 2016. These exams dictate what options are open to them after primary school.

As the class approached the end of their time at the Fountains of Hope School, we gathered in March to remember great moments on the journey and pray for the road ahead. What was planned as a one-hour prayer time for the students, became a joyous two and a half hours of celebration and showering those students with encouragements. It was brilliant!

Each class teacher shared fond memories of the class, offered wise words and wished them the best. Students from both class Seven and Eight performed songs and danced in unison, inviting their teachers to join them. They performed poems, bible verses and dramas as we celebrated how far they have come. The dramas had the whole room in stitches. As the class representative, Lucy, thanked the teachers for their support, she also turned to her fellow students to remind them of their class motto – everyone can make it.

They will also leave the school with great memories of football tournaments, school trips, music competitions, holiday clubs and camps, all sorts of fun experiences. They also leave with firm friendships and with a whole team of TP staff who will remain their biggest cheerleaders. We will miss this wonderful class of kids but we’re excited to see where their journey will take them next.

Thanks to your support, these 20 young people have completed their primary education. Something that almost one in four children in Nairobi's slums do not achieve. Thank you so much for enabling us to provide free and quality education to children who otherwise would not complete their primary education.

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In January, schools across Kenya reopened fully after 9 months of closures due to COVID. 

At the Fountains of Hope School, we welcomed back over 130 children to school last month. We are delighted to have them all back in class.

We are following the guidelines set by the government to ensure staff and children stay COVID safe at school. This includes wearing masks, washing hands and sitting 1m apart in class. This has meant we've had to provide more textbooks as children used to share one between two, now they have one each. We're also buying a lot more water and soap to keep up with the regular hand washing and cleaning in high-touch points. 

The teachers are working hard to help children catch-up after so long out of class. Meanwhile, we have been running art sessions with the children to give them an outlet to process such an unusual, and in some cases traumatic, year.

We are so grateful for your support throughout the school closures and now that we have reopened the school again. Thank you. 

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Judy Akoth
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