Joy Obiya is a post-secondary case worker at NRCF. She joined the organization in November 2014. Her work is to ensure that the secondary graduates enroll in the Post-Secondary Program and prepare them for college and ultimately the job market. She as well meets with the students either individually or in a group and helps them decide on a career within their reach. Also she helps students gain greater self-awareness in areas such as interests, values, abilities and personality style. [Read more…]
Archives for January 2015
Camp 2015 Volunteer Travel Grant
Emily Gleason and Turner Cobden will be providing a $1000 partial travel grant for the Friends of Ngong Road August Camp in 2015. This grant will be awarded to a candidate they believe will best contribute to the holiday camp and to the mission of the charity: to provide education and support for Nairobi children living in poverty whose families are affected by HIV/AIDS so they can transform their lives. [Read more…]
This has been a busy time here in Nairobi at Ngong Road Children’s Foundation.
A new school year
At this time of the year we must get all the children ready for the new school year which begins in January or February. It is a lot of work because every child gets a new school uniform and new school supplies.
For the new Form 1 (9th graders) it means finding a new high school which is a boarding school and leaving home for the first time. They all get a trunk full of everything they need for the year.
Success on our KCPE results
We had 51 children who sat for KCPE (Kenya Comprehensive Primary Exam) in 2014. We are happy to report that the results were very good because for the first time we will have more than seven students who will be able to join National Schools. Our average score this year was 295. This is the first year that we had such a big number of students taking the exam and qualifying for a National High School.
We are proud that 24 students had 300 marks and above which is a big achievement. In total we had 39 students were above the average mark which is 251. Another remarkable thing is that for the first we have had the highest score of 396 compared with other years. We are also happy to report that about 40 students will also be accepted in higher-quality government-funded secondary schools which is the highest number we have ever got.
Getting the kids ready for high school
The program that we have come up with for the eighth grade graduates of KCPE is as follows: They normally sit for the exams in November, exams results are out the 1st. week of January, school selections are done in the last week of January, second selections is done 1st. week of February, They report to school in mid-February, In the first week of March they are all supposed to be in school and finally we are able to compile an accurate report of where they have all reported 2nd. week of March.
Post-secondary program is now complete
We are happy to report that we have now finalized the post-secondary program which has details of when the student graduates to the time they are enrolled in post-secondary programs which include computer classes which are very important in Kenya in furthering ones career. When they are supposed to get the identification papers and participate in seminars in the office as well as resume writing, communication skills and career assessment , when they are supposed to get the final marks from schools and the process that will include the Scholarship Committee. We have also come up with processes of how they will be enrolled in post-secondary programs and the follow up needed.
Welcome to our new post-secondary department leader
Joy, who has a Diploma in Community Development and has worked with teenagers with similar backgrounds like our children’s, has been employed to work with our children and make sure the above is accomplished for the post-secondary students. Since her first day with NRCF on the 3rd. of November she has proved to be a very hard working lady who will make sure the above is accomplished.
Thank you for all you do for us here in Nairobi.
Executive Director, Ngong Road Children’s Foundation
Hello all –
It’s been busy here in Nairobi! To describe the atmosphere in our office as chaotic is the understatement of the decade. We have 51 students getting deployed to various high schools. Before they report they invariably come to the office with their parent or guardian to get their trunk and mattress. So the office is FULL of kids, guardians and stuff. In addition to these KCPE finishers we have 37 high school graduates hanging around – attending computer lab, checking out books in the library, etc. The place is buzzing with activity. Peter, Naomi and Tunda are all dealing with issues of one kind or another. [Read more…]