The stories of two sponsored kids from Nairobi. So wonderful to read what KCE has meant to them

LILIAN
I am Lilian Monyani,born and brought up in Kibera slums from a family of seven with both parents.At this time our futures were uncertain, due to the huge number of siblings and the poverty state, my parents were unable to support all of us hence living from hand to mouth. Luckily at a young age through the school we were at, my sister and I got scholarship from an organization which has been able to support us all through. It has taken us through the education system furthermore provided us with food and some of our basic needs.We do not have to be great to start, but start to be great. Kibera Children Educational center (KCE) does this best by providing children both physical,emotional, psychological and financial needs,hence reducing drugs and substance abuse from youths.Most times children are at the center either doing art work, studying,games and even competitions among themselves. The organization provides books, playing games like football,ludos e.t.c. furthermore there are teachers who coach pupils every now and then, all this personally has enabled me to grow and also transition from my childhood to adulthood.It has enabled not only me but also other children to have strong minds and equip all of us with skills needed to create an equitable chance to academic success.It instills confidence, creative problem solving skills, communication skills and resilience to life challenges. In the slums there are lots of challenges but with KCE organization one is able to cope and transition successfuly.Personally I’ve gone through CBC, Primary,secondary and tertiary education through the help of KCE, being an alumni of it,it has taught me to keep moving,be strong and put my head up. At the moment I have a course in Community health and social work and granting my services back to the community its a pleasure. Always remember to stay motivated. The power to be the change we want to see is on our hands.We have liberty to choose our actions.Liberty to see opportunities out of challenges.No matter what you are going through always remember to stay motivated and true to your self,stay blessed as you persue your goals,strive to be a better you than yesterday and remember to keep the right circle with you.

IRENE
I was taken to the center as a kid beacuse it was a source of hope for kids in the slum. I was taught how to read, write and speak good English. My education was catered for from lower primary until university where I completed my bachelor’s degree in Hospitality management. A kid from the slum who had no hope now works and able to earn a decent salary. I am aiming higher at my career level and with the knowledge gained through help from KCE I believe I Will attain all my goals. Thanks to Kibera Children Education center for continually touching vulnerable kid’s lives.

ForumCiv membership

We are now proud to be members of ForumCiv, a development cooperation organisation with around 170 members from Swedish civil society. ForumCiv works with human and civil rights and facilitates popular participation around the globe. KCE is looking forward to being part of this work, to learn from the experience of other organisations and develope with the help of ForumCiv.

Susanne Jacobsson

“My first visit to Nairobi and the large slum area called Kibera was in 2004. Of course I was saddened by the poverty and overcrowding, but I was also filled with hope when meeting the children. They were curious, filled with energy and dreams about a better future. To support KCE centre has been a way to support some of these children, my husband and I have also sponsored a girl through both primary and secondary school and now she isĀ  studying Information Technology at the university! A small monthly contribution for us has probably been life changing for her and her family. I am so happy to be part of KCE.”

A new garden at the new centre

On Saturday kids and staff work to improve the garden at the new centre. Cleaning up the backyard and decorating so we can have a nice playground for the children who visit us. The tires will be home for plants!

HAPPY CHRISTMAS AT KCE

Thanks to our sponsors we had a great Christmas party at the center and also could give our sponsored children food packages for Christmas. A lot of Children came and a lot of Pilau was served!

Kibera Children Education KCE centre has moved!

The old place was sold so we found a new place nearby. A bit bigger and really nice. The staff is very pleased with it and the kids are thrilled. More room for kids! The children will help improve the outdoor premises and we will need new furniture so the kids can sit while doing homework, reading, painting, or eat the small meal we provide after school.

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The KCE centre is open!

From November we have been able to open KCE centre in Kibera. We only allow 20 children due to corona still being a threat in Nairobi, but it feels good to be able to provide a safe and fun place for children during these dark times. Schools are still mainly closed in Nairobi so it is also important that the children can come and study with the help of our staff including two teachers. At the moment we are open during the day and also serve a small meal since times are even tougher than usual for the children. We also provide food packages for some families and we hope to have a small Christmas party at the end of the term!

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