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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
Old shared classrooms will be replaced
Old shared classrooms will be replaced

The students in the Fountains of Hope school finished their end-of-year exams and closed school early this month for a long Christmas Break. Its longer than usual this year because we're completely renovating our compound and building new school buildings.

The old mud and iron sheet structures have already been demolished and deep foundations have been laid for a new two-storey building.

We're constructing 10 new classrooms so that we'll have room to offer all eight years of Primary education in eight classrooms as well as offering I.T. classes in a fully equipped computer lab and creative arts in a dedicated arts room. We'll also be renovating our kitchen and several offices in the process.

Its such an exciting time for the school and the students can't wait to see their new school when they return in January.

This building has been made possible thanks to a generous legacy left by a faithful Turning Point supporter. And what a wonderful legacy to leave behind - a school that will provide education, with all the opportunities that education brings, to hundreds of kids from Kibera over the coming years.

While the school is closed we took the opportunity to run some teacher training. This term we focussed on monitoring student progress and reporting. It was a very positive session and we learnt that many students are showing great effort and improving academically each term. We 're also pleased to see the majority of students showing excellent attendance. We are still a young school, learning as we go, and we hope that this training will help the teachers to keep reflecting on their practice and developing their expertise every year.

Touching the elephants
Touching the elephants

We are four weeks into the final term of the year in Kenya and the pupils of the Fountains of Hope school are continuing to work hard and prepare for their end of year exams in November.

Since Turning Point received a donation of laptops earlier this year our pupils have started to learn how to use computers. Once they master the basics, they will be able to access all kinds of information online and play different educational games.

Early in September all the pupils went on an exciting day trip to the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage in the Nairobi National Park. Here the children saw the baby elephants being fed, playing football and having a mud bath. The keepers told the children stories about each orphaned elephant and taught the kids more about elephant conservation. The children even got to reach out and touch the baby elephants. This was an amazing experience for them all and they enjoyed it so much. We aim to take the kids on such trips every term to learn and experience more of the world beyond Kibera.

Your donations to the Fountains of Hope school make these trips possible. Thank you.

Baby elephants at the David Sheldrick orphanage
Baby elephants at the David Sheldrick orphanage
Engrossed by stories of the orphaned elephants
Engrossed by stories of the orphaned elephants

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Working hard in class
Working hard in class

Growing up as an orphan is not easy. Beyond the material needs, each one of us needs love and affection from people we can trust and rely on every and any time.

Mwamuli is a class six student at Chemichemi la Tumaini School. He lost his parents at a tender age and was left in the care of his maternal aunt. Life wasn’t easy for Mwamuli since the aunt sent much of her time in police custody on different charges. To meet his basic needs, Mwamuli would have to move from one relative to another as a mode of survival.

While staying with one of his aunts, Mwamuli was introduced and admitted as a student at the school. At the school he found new friends and a family that appreciated him and held him closer. At TPT, he found brothers, sisters, mothers and fathers who were ready to help him achieve his goals.

At the school, Mwamuli has been able to perfect his drama skills and above all he has learned how to read and write. His grades have also improved and he is always one of the students topping his class during exams. He enjoys the holiday clubs and camps which he says are his favourite times of the year.

Boniface in 2007
Boniface in 2007

Four years ago, Turning Point were about to register Boniface for secondary school. He had been with us since 2004, and had scored well in his final primary school exams. But his mum had other ideas. She didn't want him going to the school we used, and instead had found a school much further away that she wanted him to go to. We sat and discussed the issues with her, how she'd have to shoulder the extra costs herself, not insignificant, but she was adamant. We admired her determination to get the best for her son, and agreed with her request.

So it is with great delight that we are thrilled to announce that Boniface has scored an overall grade A in his secondary school final exams. It is an amazing achievement and will provide him with many opportunities in the future. For one, he will definitely go to university, where he hopes to study International Relations, and because he scored so high he will qualify for a government-funded loan to cover his studies.

It will also mark him out when it comes to interviewing for jobs, as not many achieve a grade A. Well done Boniface, and well done to his mum for her belief in him.

Boniface would not have been able to receive his education without the support of people like you, so on his behalf we at Turning Point say thank you. Your support really does provide children like Boniface the opportunities to break free from the poverty they have grown up in.

Boniface in 2015
Boniface in 2015

Last year was the first year of running our primary school, and through the year we were having to make small changes to our operations to try to ensure we were servig the neediest kids. Because of that, we weren't running at capacity.

However, we are very please to report that within the first couple of weeks of opening our doors in 2015, we are almost full having 68 kids attending every day at the time of writing. As well as receiving quality academic education from our fully qualified staff of teachers, they also benefit from the opportunity to get involved in music, art, drama & sports activities. This means that all kids, not just the academic ones, get the chance to shine.

And they shine brightly, with big smiles lighting up their faces as they pick up a recorder and play some notes, or a paintbrush and fill a sheet of paper with colour.

We are excited to have Derek and Joseph with us, seen in the picture studying hard. They are brothers and compete to outdo each other in class - both trying to end each term with the highest marks in their class. They have made the transition from the streets, where they used to go every day to scavenge for food and beg for money, through our transition class, and now into our school. They both love Maths, and hope to pursue careers in banking when they're older.

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

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