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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 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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Our teachers are ready and excited to start class
Our teachers are ready and excited to start class

The countdown has begun to the launch of Chemi Chemi ya Tumaini (Fountains of Hope) school in Kibera next week. There's lots of final jobs to get done in time before the gates open on monday and we greet our first students.

Initially the school will serve 70 children in Standards 1 to 4, then each subsequent year we will add another Standard to ofer the full 8 Standards of primary school. Class sizes will limited to an optimum of 25 kids to one teacher, this should give the children a much better experience than in the schools they are coming from where up to 50 kids were packed in a classroom with one teacher.

Our dream is to offer quality education and holistic care to each child so that each one can develop to their full potential both academically and as a whole person.

This is a very exciting time and we really appreciate your support and contributions to the launch of the school.

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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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