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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
Sustainable Development Goals
Sustainable Development Goals

The start of April holiday marked the beginning of an exciting week for class 5-8 students at Fountain of Hope primary school. The 87 students together with their teachers and volunteers from Colour my World gathered for a week of fun and learning that took place during the holiday club.

This year was special, aside from the teachings and drama facilitated by our teachers, Colour My World took the time to teach the children on the Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs), they dubbed it “The Super Heroes Camp”.

 It was interesting to hear the children shout out whom they considered super heroes, they mentioned cartoon characters, founding fathers of the nation, their parents and leaders they considered as powerful influencers. The volunteers then took the time to journey with the children, slowly helping them not only understand some of the SDGs but also making them realise that they had the power to make a difference in their community by addressing some of the goals and thus become “service heroes”.

The children learnt about the relationship between SDGs and  the issues facing their community. They were able to identify the problems in their communities and listed them down. The challenge they were given throughout the clubs involved picking solutions that would work for their community and visualize it through art or drama. This was definitely a highlight for the students, as they begun to realize that they had the ability to become service heroes in their community. It was also a highlight for the volunteers and teachers because they had the opportunity to realize how brilliant the children were and how capable they were when entrusted with tasks.

Each student received a service hero band on the last day as a reminder of what they had achieved that week. It is our hope that we will continue inspiring our students to realize the power they hold, the power to change their community and that of the world they live in.

 Your support and contribution makes a difference by helping us work towards quality education, and for this, you are our super hero.

Connecting Community issues to SDGs
Connecting Community issues to SDGs
Visualizing a better community
Visualizing a better community
Service Heroes
Service Heroes
Some of our new students!
Some of our new students!

Happy New Year! We know it might be a little late but here in our school, that’s our official greeting for everyone we haven’t met.

We hope that your year has started on an exciting note as ours has and we want to share some of the reasons for our excitement. 

Firstly, we are back to school after the long Christmas break that lasted a whole two months. We had truly missed our friends and school and we are grateful that they are well and alive.

Secondly, we are super excited that we get to move a class higher; new challenges, new concepts, new achievements , new discoveries and lots more that we are sure we have not yet imagined. As we move up we create room for the new students joining us from our prep and transitional class in Kianda. 

Finally, Our biggest source of excitement is that we finally get to have our first class sitting the primary national exam. In previous years, Class 8 students moved to a different school to complete their primary education. We are proud and thankful of this major milestone and we are confident that our qualified teachers will do all they can to prepare our students for their first major exam in their educational journey. Our school is growing and we are excited that we get to share our journey this year with you.

Thank you for the support you gave in 2017 and we will be honoured if you continue to support us and ultimately be part of the transformation that these children experience through education.

Happy New Year and may yours be an exciting year!

Desk and Chair made and donated by Frank
Desk and Chair made and donated by Frank

This desk represents the journey of a young man whose path crossed ours many years ago and whose journey thus far has caused us great joy.

Frank , now 21,came to us as a young boy who could barely read, write and expressing himself was a challenge. He joined Turning Point in Class 4 and first went through our transition class to prepare him for formal schooling as he had missed a few years of schooling. The transition journey was definitely an uphill task but he finally joined primary school. However, due to the poor foundation he had prior to joining our education program, Frank did not perform so well in his final primary exam.

He was determined to not let what would seemingly appear as a major obstacle stop him. He, with Turning Point’s support, began a course in mechanics that took a year. Life would however reveal that his passion did not lie in mechanics and when he stumbled upon carpentry, his passion was ignited.

Frank recently visited Fountain of Hope primary school and he came bearing gifts, a desk and a chair. A very timely gift as we expand to full capacity next year. Full capacity means that we will finally become a full primary school next year and we will have the first class sitting the National Primary exams.

His visit reminded us that the work we do has the ability to change the lives of the children who come our way and when we do all we can do to inspire these children to never give up on themselves, great things can happen.

Class in session
Class in session

The children attending our education programmes represent so many stories.  Some stories have the ability to bring tears to your eyes due to the hardships that are experienced by these children. However, as you continue to listen these same stories equally warm your heart as they are punctuated by moments of resilience, courage and hope. The story of Simon wields such power.

We met Simon, now a 15 year old boy in class 6, when he was first admitted to our Wadogo and Wakubwa programme which later became the Kianda transitional Class. He had been rescued from the streets as he was living with his father who was unemployed and could therefore not afford to constantly fend for himself and his son. Simon was later admitted to a government school and when Fountain of Hope was started he became a part of our education programme again.

The education and feeding programme are an important part of Simon’s life. He has managed to stay of the streets because he now attends school and is constantly being exposed to the great possibilities that lie beyond the harsh realities he has had to experience at a young age. The daily breakfast and lunch he receives in School are a great help to Simon’s aunt who is his caregiver after his father sadly passed away.

The life of Simon and many other children in the slum makes them vulnerable to many ills that can easily make them believe that they cannot rise and make something great out of their lives. The opportunity to attend school offers these children exposure to people and programs that gradually change their way of thinking and they begin to see their potential and the great possibility that they can live up to their potential and rewrite their story, their family’s story and that of generations to come.

We celebrate the courage of Simon and, with your support; we continue to work hard towards our vision of seeing these children and their families achieve their God-given potential.

Break time at Fountain of Hope is an exciting time, exciting because it reminds us that no matter the challenges the children are facing outside the school gates, they still resonate with joy and happiness. It reminds us that we are not only educating the minds of the children but we also have a responsibility to educate their hearts. To help them learn values that will strengthen their characters and help them unlearn negative lessons that have been unconsciously imprinted on their minds due to the harsh realities slum life.

The playground is a place where we see creativity, friendships blossom, team work, laughter, excitement, conflict resolution and so much more. It is the place where we are daily reminded that these children are resilient and strong and that they have the ability to change the narrative of their families and their community.

"When educating the minds of our youth,we must not forget to educate their hearts." Dalai Lama

 

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The Turning Point Trust

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

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