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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
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

End of term celebrations in Oct 2016
End of term celebrations in Oct 2016

The new school year began on January 4th. Each year we add a new class as we grow into a full primary school and this year sees us adding Class 7.

At our end of year celebration in October, teachers awarded the best pupils in the school - some scored over 450 out of a possible 500 in their end of year exams. An astounding result for kids who have been out of school and had to play catch up. Teachers also reported improved average test scores in every class. Our teaching team are doing an excellent job.

We take a holistic approach in our school and aim to invest in the whole child - not just their academics. For this reason, we ran a successful parenting course in June/July to encourage, support and challenge parents in their role. Throughout 2016, the upper primary students also enjoyed weekly I.T. lessons to promote their digital literacy. Children also had the opportunity to take part in an after-school football club competing in a local league in addition to their P.E. classes during school time.

This year we're excited to have a new volunteer involved who will be teaching creative arts. This will include arts, crafts, creative writing, music and drama. We want to value and nurture our pupil's creativity and give them opportunities to express themselves in new ways. We've seen the benefits of these art classes in the past and we're excited to have a new long-term volunteer to enable us to continue to provide these classes.

There is much to celebrate both looking back and looking forward but we continue to seek solutions to challenges we've been facing over the past year. Some of the families we work with have such low incomes that even though we're able to offer free schooling and daily meals, they continue to struggle to meet their children's other basic needs and opt to move to an upcountry home where the costs are fewer but so are the opportunities for the children to attend school.

We continue to experiment with ways to involve parents more in their children's education - this is a challenge when many are so busy trying to make ends meet they have little time to spare. Some only attained very basic education or none at all, others just show little interest in their children's progress. These are some of the challenges we bring forward into the new year.

We are grateful to our donors and friends for their ongoing support to the Fountains of Hope School. Together we’re empowering children in Kibera to reach their full God-given potential. Thank you.

 

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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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