We have so much to be thankful for! The following people and organizations have generously donated their time, services, products, and other talents to further the mission of Friends of Ngong Road and Ngong Road Children Association.
ALL SMILES FOR NGONG ROAD CHILDREN AND THEIR FAMILIES. The year 2017 started with a bang at Ngong Road Children Association (NRCA). A total of 260 families and their children received a New Year’s present of food packs comprising of 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 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 Association 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 NRCA Board of Directors, NRCA 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, NRCA 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 possible.
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 who 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 students’ performance and ultimate improvement in grades. We are planning to achieve this through:
- Monitoring and evaluating student’s performance throughout the year and recommending whether it’s advisable to admit new students in 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 the secondary student’s performance and break the poverty cycle, we are planning to take them through a study skills training using the expertise of our NRCA Board Members, 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 have 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 the children and are making a difference.
Ngong Road Children Association
Ted and Kathy Truscott have agreed to provide a match to the Friends of Ngong Road Annual Appeal for the sixth year in a row. Ted and Kathy first became involved when Ted learned that his colleague and friend from Ameriprise, Paula Meyer, was founding the organization. A few years later, another colleague of Ted’s, Amy Johnson, also joined the board and became heavily involved in setting up a program to provide life transformation for children through education.
Ted and Kathy believe in the power of education to transform lives. They both studied languages abroad and met while in college. Ted said, “Education brings awareness and choice to a person’s life. We support Friends of Ngong Road because lives are being completely transformed and without this program these kids otherwise wouldn’t have a chance. Paula and donor’s commitment to the students makes us proud partners with Friends of Ngong Road.”
Friends of Ngong Road sponsorships cover the education portion of the program including school fees, uniforms, and books. The Annual Appeal ensures all kids have access to other program elements such as the computer lab, library, caseworker support and holiday food packets for especially needy families. To learn more about the Annual Appeal or to get more involved, please email Lacey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you to those who joined us at the 2016 Annual Gathering held October 24 at the Pourhouse in Minneapolis. Paula Meyer and the Ngong Road Children Association Board Chair from Kenya, Rajpreet Bains, provided program updates and shared stories of what our kids “can do.” Elisha can become a civil engineer. Michael can lead others. Winnie can read. Mary can transform her life. We are proud of our kids!
And just as our kids can do so much, we thank and applaud our sponsors, donors and partners for all you can and have done. Your support has made education possible for nearly 400 children. Your support gives children the chance to say “I Can” both today and in the future.
A special shout out to event volunteers and to the band Six Still Standing for providing entertainment at this year’s event. We hope to see everyone next year!
Kate, a 13 year old soccer player from Minnetonka MN, for the 2nd year in a row has collected soccer cleats with her summer soccer team to send to our kids in Kenya! Thank you Kate and team! Soccer (football) is a favorite sport among our kids, and they excited to receive the shoes!