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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

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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Just how far will these kids go?
Just how far will these kids go?

Its the end of term and the Fountains of Hope School is finishing its first year as a school. What a wonderful achievement! Once the kids had finished their end-of-year exams, teachers, parents and pupils all gathered together to celebrate the successful first year. The event included a prize-giving for teachers and pupils for their hard work during the year.

One of the best-performing students in the school, Jane, had never attended school before she joined Turning Point. She lives with both her parents in Kibera but, being unemployed, they were unable to afford school fees for her to go to school. Jane joined Turning Point's children's centre in Kianda and started to catch up on their education she had missed. She is incredibly bright and has caught up very quickly. In fact, at the beginning of the year she joined Class 3 at the Fountains of Hope School but mid-way through the year she was bumped up to Class 4 because she was performing so well.

Jane is a great example of a young life full of potential that was going to waste, but today that potential is just starting to be unleashed as she learns and grows under the care and guidance of the Turning Point team. It is such a privilidge to work with kids like Jane and see the transformation taking place in her life.

At the end of this first year as a school, we are so grateful to all those who have partnered with us to get the school up and running. We still have a long way to go and we invite you to continue this journey with us and see just how far kids like Jane and her friends will go.

Pupils kissing the giraffes!
Pupils kissing the giraffes!

It has been a fun-packed term for the kids at the Fountains of Hope School in Kibera. Every week the children enjoy art, music and drama lessons as well as sports on our small playing area alongside their lessons in the core subjects of Maths, Science, English, Swahili and Social Studies.

But thats not all, earlier this term the kids went to a local international school, Kenton College, for a fun day where they did arts and crafts painting plant pots, games and sports with the kids in the school. Later in the week the whole school went to the Giraffe Centre here in Nairobi to see live Giraffes. They learnt all about the giraffes, fed them and even kissed them! The kids took time to draw the giraffes and warthogs as part of their Noah's Ark art project. This trip was facilitated by volunteers from Serge who have been teaching art in the school every week.

At the Fountains of Hope school we aim to nurture our pupil's curiosity and creativity with new experiences like these trips and we're so grateful to the volunteers and partnering schools who have made these experiences possible.

This balance between fun and games and hard work seems to be paying off. After the mid-term exams held earlier in the year, the teachers reported good progress in the student's grades and were very pleased with how the kids are getting on.

Thank you to all our supporters who have given generously to support the running and development of the Fountains of Hope School. GlobalGiving are running a Bonus Week from 2pm on monday 1st September through to 2pm on monday 8th September. During this week, GlobalGiving will match donations by 50% while funds last. So if you're thinking of making a further donation to the Fountains of Hope School, the upcoming Bonus Week would be a great opportunity to multiply your impact.

Fun with friends on a school trip
Fun with friends on a school trip
Class 4 students in their uniforms
Class 4 students in their uniforms

The Fountains of Hope school is well into the second term of the school year and things are developing really well. It has taken time for all of the students to get uniform but now nearly everyone turns up smart each morning in their red and blue uniform. We have gradually been able to add the resources that the school needs like whiteboards to replace the gloomy blackboards, a basketball net for outdoor games and art materials for art classes. God has also blessed the school with volunteers who have and are giving their time to teach art and music, helping us to fulfil our vision of providing a well-rounded education for our pupils.

Children's welfare overseer and co-founder of Turning Point, Eunice, says that she is starting to now see a change in the children in the school. Some of the parents who visit the school have also reported a change in their children's behaviour. They come straight home from school rather than roaming the streets, they are respectful and take good care of their cleanliness. It is really encouraging to hear such reports from parents especially. The teachers will give the children mid-term exams in the coming weeks which will help them to monitor their pupil's academic progress and identify areas of strength and weakness.

The children have plenty to look forward to after they finish their exams as they have two school trips planned the week after exams including a trip to the Giraffe centre to see and draw the giraffes.

Football in the playground
Football in the playground

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The kids who will benefit from these funds
The kids who will benefit from these funds

What an amazing week of fundraising for the new school last week, you raised a total of £5,379 which helped us swipe second place in the leaderboard and earned us £862 in bonus funding. Giving a grand total of £6,241! This is an amazing amount to have raised in one week and we are so grateful for everyone who jumped at the chance to support our school in Kibera.

To give an idea of what you have helped to achieve this week, here's what we could do with the total money raised:

  • Buy 112 textbooks.

  • Buy 21 desks and blackboards

  • Buy 12 good quality footballs

  • Provide breakfast and lunch for 25 children for 9 weeks

  • Pay exam fees for 75 children

  • Contribute towards a teacher's salary for 9 months

  • Provide breakfast and lunch to 60 children for 2 school terms

Now we don't actually need 21 desks and blackboards (not yet at least) so the funds will not literally be assigned in this way. But when you put all those numbers together it shows just how far these funds will go to support the school with the vital inputs it needs to serve the children.

Thank you so much everyone who has given so generously this week, we're blown away by the support that you've shown. Some of you are already regular givers but chose to give above and beyond, others have given to Turning Point for the first time, thanks! We hope that you feel your gift was worth it, because joined with the gifts of others its going a very long way.

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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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