Newsletter July 2019
We are grateful to you Nenkashe Denmark for yet again managing to send the girls’ school fees on time and as a result, all the girls reported back to their respective schools on time on the 2nd January 2019.
This year, Nenkashe has 12 Primary School girls and 2 boys, 12 Secondary School girls and 1 boy. 2 girls in college.
Two of the girls graduated from Secondary School in December 2018.
Janet Reson who was in Baraka Ontoyie Secondary School passed with a high Grade B Plain. This Grade qualifies Janet for a part governmental sponsorship. Unfortunatly it does not automatically open doors for her preferred Course which is Medicine. The Ministry of Education will place her according to availability of courses. This can be demoralizing for the bright kid. We await to see where she will be placed. She is admitted to University of Nairobi and starts in September 2019.
Jackline Semperuan was the 2nd girl to complete Secondary in Musa Gitau. Her interest is in Enviromental studies and awaits for a vacancy at a college based on her grade.
Two girls, Apofia Mpaada and Ann Resianoi both from the AIC school and one boy completed Class 8 level and all 3 joined form one successfully at the beginning of this year.
Brenda and Sylvia are both making good progress with their courses in college.
The school was also opened on 2nd January 2019. Most of the pupils reported on time.
The school now has play group, pp1, pp2, Grade 1 and Grade3, the total number of children is 40 pupil.
We wish you all a continued good summer and success in the coming loppemarked.
NENKASHE EDUCATION CENTRE was privileged to be identified by the leading Telecommunication Company in Kenya called SAFARICOM to join together on a campaign called WEZESHA (to enable, to empower). NEC official were given a chance to select one girl school to be provided with sanitary towels. Oloyiangalani Girls’secondary School where two of our girls are was selected. It was a fun day, with encouraging talks from the Safaricom team.
NEC also benefited from the campaign for getting several boxes of sanitary towel to be given out on the seminar day on November 2019.
Newsletter December 2018
So comes the end of our 7th year partnership with Støtteforeningen Denmark. It has been a journey with its ups and downs where 55 girls have gone through school education under your sponsorship. Many of the girls have gone through Primary School and onto Secondary School. Unfortunately some of the girls have dropped out of school along the journey because they got pregnant or that they chose marriage rather than school. It is a sad occasion for every time a girl drops out. We comfort and encourage ourselves to note that in each case, the parents have shown regret that the girls have had to drop out. Sad as it is to see these girls leave school, we must appreciate that they are at least years older and more mature than they were when they joined NEC several years earlier.
All the 27 girls have progressed satisfactorily throughout the last 6 months of the year.
3 of the Primary School children have completed Class 8 examination in October 2018 and all three attained marks for entry into Secondary School at the beginning of 2019.
2 of the Secondary School girls went through end of secondary school examination in November. One of the girls got top grades and is sure to be admitted to a top University. The 2nd girl has a challenging time ahead while she decides what option to take. She is ambitious and focused. Both girls have a bright future.
The 3 College girls are doing well. Brenda has recently completed the last examination and is now doing the last attachment (praktik) and then graduate for the diploma in June 2019. Sylvia continues at the Teachers’ Training College for the Certificate course for Early Childhood Education in April 2019. She continues to teach (praktik) at the Nenkashe Nursery School in between courses.
Zipporah who is training in Tailoring begins her 2nd year of the Vocational Course in January 2019. She continues to do well and enjoys the course.
Seminar November 2018
The annual girls’ seminar was finally held at the AIC school from the 5th to the 9th November. There were 23 Nenkashe girls and 14 girls from 2 different schools, all rescued from FGM, early marriage and child labour. The girls stayed at the AIC so the girls had opportunity to catch up and discuss the events of the day.
The girls’ expectations were matched with the facilitators’ and the Trainers’: Livelihood Skills, Selfesteem, Relationship, Drug Abuse, Reproductive Health, Sex and Sexuality, Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) HIV/AIDs
The Seminar was lively, the girls participated actively and the atmosphere was relaxed and cordial.
The methodology used was: presentation by facilitators, group presentation and discussions and evaluation including team building games.
Several women who had Leadership status and originated from backgrounds similar to the girls’ including 2 young men had been invited to talk and encourage the girls. At the end of the Seminar, it was decided that 4 days were not adequate and the Seminar should be held at least twice a year.
The Nursery School
The Nenkashe Nursery School continues to grow and there were 38 children enrolled by the end of the year. Discussions continue for the eventual transfer of the School to the County’s Ministry of Education.
There were several visitors’ to the School during this year, amongst them, Marianne Widemann who visited in February, bringing with her many gifts of toys, games and material to be used for the Adult Classes when a promised teacher by the County becomes available. Marianne interacted with the children despite the language barrier.
Another girl dropped out of the Nenkashe system in August as she was pregnant. Fortunately the girl had graduated from Secondary School and was about to enter a technical college. This had to be postponed until after delivery.
My visit to Denmark in September during and around the Fundraising event was as usual inspiring to see you at work. It is an enormous task and impressive for me as an outsider at how well you work, coordinate and cooperate the tasks at hand. I admire you. I am very grateful for the hard work that goes into raising funds for school fees and shopping for all the many girls.
The Nenkashe Kenya thanks each one of you for your dedication.
We wish you all a Happy New Year and continued friendship throughout 2019.
Newsletter December 2017
The Nenkashe Management Committee thanks each one of you for your generous donation that has enabled 29 children continue with their education for another full year. 18 children in Secondary Schools, 11 in Primary Schools and 2 girls in College.
The Primary school pupils went through the three semesters of the year uneventfully. Their holidays, spent at their respective homes went well and each one of them reported back to their boarding schools in time escorted by the parents. Three (3) girls sat for end of Primary School Examination Class 8 National Examination. One of them performed fairly well and will be offered a National Secondary School at the beginning of 2018. The other 2 might be offered vacancies at District Secondary School
Seneyia has completed Form 4 and is now waiting for the examination results. She is fortunate to have been offered a job as a saleswoman and training on the job. The examination results will determine the next step.
Nasieku who was in St. Gabriel Secondary School dropped out of school to get married during the 2nd semester of her last year in Secondary School.
Brenda has completed 2 semesters in Kabete College where she is taking a course in Human Resources. She will be doing attachment in the next semester. Resiato is happy with her course, training as an Early Childhood Education teacher. Resiato will as from January 2018 have an opportunity of doing her attachment at the Nenkashe Nursery School as part of her training.
All the children are spending the Christmas Holidays in their respective homes.
The Nursery School
The Nursery school continues to grow and had 21 children at the close of the last semester.
Construction of the 2nd Phase:
The Organization has finally acquired the many Authorization Certificates that are required before construction is allowed to proceed.
Future Activities for the 1st 6 months of 2018
- All public schools open on the 2nd January 2018
The NEC takes Six (6) NEW needy girls between the ages of 10 to 12 years from January. The girls have been referred to the NEC by the Head of Schools and Village elders.
- Pay school fees for all the children and facilitate shopping and transport back to school where necessary.
- Initiate Adult Education using the Nursery School classrooms in the afternoons as the venue for learning how to read, write, sewing, knitting, hygiene, reproductive health and prevention of communicable diseases.
- Organize the annual fundraising event for April 2018.
- Organize the annual Girls Seminar for April 2018.
Thank you all for your support. I am looking forward to continued partnership in the year 2018.
We wish you warm greetings for the Holiday Season and wish you the best in 2018.