We here in Nairobi take this opportunity to thank all the Friends of Ngong Road, our donors both known and anonymous, our supporters and partners. You cannot imagine the difference you are making in the children’s lives. Through your generous support, we currently have 114 children in primary school, 146 in secondary school, 94 in various Kenyan universities and colleges, and 37 alumni adding to a total of 391 children. It is our hope that through your support, and the support of your friends and other well-wishers, we will be able to increase the number of children sponsored by 30 or more by the end of 2017 as there are still many more vulnerable children out there who need your support.
Holidays in Kenya
Currently, the primary and secondary (Form One to Form Three/Ninth through Eleventh grade) children are on a long holiday that will end on 3rd January 2017 as schools resume on 4th January. During these long holidays, children are very happy to receive breakfast and lunch which they would not have gotten were it not for your generous contribution to NRCF. Since the holiday period is long, we have modified the Saturday Program so that the children can engage to fully exploit and realize their talents effectively. The Saturday Program is divided into four broad categories that are geared towards the complete development of the children, namely;
- Psychosocial health improvement: Yoga, cheers, singing and fun, brain games, talent contests, team building and spirit, and health check
- Cognitive development: Arts and crafts, book reading, debates and presentations, crosswords, puzzles, and acrostic poems
- Social development: Participating in various clubs and societies e.g. drama and music, scouts, dance club, journalism and arts, St. John ambulance, and STEM (Science, technology, economics, and maths)
- Physical development: Soccer, Katie, taekwondo, rugby, volleyball, handball, and athletics
The children also enjoy a well-balanced lunch that is part of the nutrition program. After lunch the children go for breakout sessions; they are normally divided into two groups (girls and boys) and further by the primary and high school where group mentorship takes place on issues of reproductive health, personal hygiene, and how to overcome peer pressure, among others. The children really enjoy these sessions.
Class Eight students have finished the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) exam and the Form Four students (12th grade) are sitting for their final exams, the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE), which they will finish by the end of November. We are expecting good grades from both the Class Eight and Form Four candidates that are currently sitting for their final exams.
This year from the 9th to the 22nd of August we had three exciting and successful camps held at St. Francis Xavier Girls School in Naivasha (i.e. Grammar Camp, Senior Camp, and Leadership Camp). We also had Little Kids Camp at Destiny Gardens, Rock City, Kiambu (an amusement park that has a swimming pool and beautiful gardens). We had 98% attendance of children in all four camps. Children interacted with each other and with visiting guests including the NRCF board chair and NRCF staff. The children had lots of fun through competitive sports and games, arts and crafts, career development sessions, swimming, a visit to the lake, boat riding, and hiking. They also had an opportunity to eat three balanced meals per day throughout camp. Thanks to the camp founder, Tom Gleason, and all the other sponsors who made this happen. We also appreciate Tulane University for its great support during camp.
Thank you all for making a big difference in the lives of these little ones and we believe that they will go to great heights.
Ngong Road Children’s Foundation