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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
Pupils enjoying their new classrooms and books
Pupils enjoying their new classrooms and books

Last year 95% of the Fountains of Hope Pupils scored over 250 marks in their end of year exams. To put this in context, if our pupils continue to get grades over 250 marks, they will be supported by Turning Point to go to Secondary School. Compare this to the 50% of pupils Turning Point currently supports in Government schools who scored over 250 marks in their final Primary School exams in December 2015. Already the Fountains of Hope school is having better learning outcomes than the over-stretched and under-resourced Government schools.

When we opened the Fountains of Hope school in January 2014, we started with what we had – four teachers and four classrooms. But our dream was to run a full school providing all eight years of primary education so that we can ensure children receive a quality education and move on to secondary school.

The school closed early for the Christmas holidays in November 2015 for a building project to build new classrooms. Builders and labourers from the local area worked alongside Turning Point staff to do the building which was completed on 31st December. We officially opened the buildings on 11th January and were joined by representatives from Turning Point's Kenyan Board of Directors, the school parents and the local community. The children performed poems, memory verses and songs before they went to explore their new school and enjoy a celebratory lunch of rice and stew.

The new two-storey buildings provide 15 rooms including eight classrooms, a creative arts room and an I.T. suite, five offices for various staff and the microfinance programme. There is also a refurbished kitchen and assembly hall that the Mashimoni Outreach Community Church, our long-term partner, uses for their Sunday meetings.

This building project has provided space for us to grow. This year we are offering six years of primary school to 91 pupils and by 2018 we will have achieved our goal of providing all eight years of primary education.

Opening the New Buildings
Opening the New Buildings
Spacious and bright new classrooms
Spacious and bright new classrooms
The lunch queue
The lunch queue
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
 

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The Turning Point Trust

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Judy Akoth
Woking, Surrey United Kingdom
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