ALL SMILES FOR NGONG ROAD CHILDREN AND THEIR FAMILIES. The year 2017 started with a bang at Ngong Road Children’s Foundation (NRCF). A total of 260 families and their children received a New Year’s present of food packs from our supporters comprising a full chicken, 4kgs of maize flour, 1 kg of sugar, 1 kg of rice,1 kg of beans, and 1 kg of cooking fat. The package is so appreciated since the majority of the parents are manual laborers who earn below a dollar a day. It was all smiles for the children and their families since they were going to have a meal that most had not enjoyed for a long time. One woman was heard saying, “I am very grateful to Ngong Road Children’s Foundation since I am going to have chicken with my family, a delicacy I have not had for the past two years.”
The event was special since it brought together all the families, the NRCF Board of Directors, NRCF staff, BIMEDA Managers, and Chris Adams, one of our top Kenya sponsors and donors. We are very grateful to BIMEDA and Kenchic who jointly donated 260 chickens, NRCF and Karibu Loo Limited (KLL) Board Chairs Rajpreet and Raj Bains who jointly donated maize flour, Chris Adams, Langata West Primary School, Jonathan Njeru and Ben Waweru who jointly donated sugar, rice, beans and cooking fat. Without our supporters, the day will not have been a possibility.
Plans for Improving School Relationships
Some supporters do not realize that we do not run our own schools, Rather we’ve found it more beneficial to partner with schools in the local area that show good student outcomes.
One of our goals for 2017 is to improve the relationship with the schools we are working with to enable close monitoring of our student’s performance and ultimate improvement in grades. We are planning to achieve this through:
- Monitoring and evaluating students’ performance throughout the year and recommending whether it’s advisable to admit new students to that school.
- Visiting existing well-performing schools to strengthen the relationship.
- Identifying and building new relationships with other institutions that perform well.
- Working hand in hand with the school administration of our focus schools when called upon and during school visits to address any issues and also motivate students as they progress in their studies.
In our effort to improve secondary students’ performance and break the poverty cycle, we are planning to take them through study skills training using the expertise of our NRCF Board Member, Robert Murimi. Robert trained the staff and students of a Kenyan school whose performance ranking improved from 87 to 25 in the country in the annual Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination.
Plans for Study Skills Training
We plan to train our primary and high school children on effective study skills. The training entails: wise time management, good listening skills, being well organized, class attendance, use of study groups, taking short notes, setting and achieving goals, effective writing skills, approaching studies with the right attitude, choosing the right environment, minimizing destruction and setting realistic schedules.
Our plan is that the training should commence in March for the primary school children and our caseworkers, and then for high school children in April. Our long-term plan is to incorporate skills training in the August camp and has regular mentorship sessions throughout the year. It is our hope that our children’s final grades will improve after the training.
All of this work is possible because of the hundreds of individuals, organizations, and companies across the world who believe in children and are making a difference.
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