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
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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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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