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!