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August 2013

News from EFAC Graduate Joyce W

Cleaning at Kijabe Mission Hospital

Cleaning at Kijabe Mission Hospital

I am excited to let you know that I will be joining University soon. According to the Kenyan Joint Admission Board, I have been selected to take a Bachelor of Science at a University in Nairobi.

I am finishing the 9-month Global Give Back Circle course (GGBC) at Starehe Girls School on August 29th. During the GGBC course, I have taken all the accounting exams and I have one remaining IT paper. It has been a tough journey and a long one.

The past 7 months while still with GGBC, I have been doing voluntary service. At Kijabe Mission Hospital I have done cleaning, feeding patients, dusting, arranging wards, and planting trees. And at Kiambu Primary School, I have worked in the Feeding Program. Kiambu Primary School is a public school with vulnerable Children in the society. Either they are orphans and live in streets home or they live with the grandparents who can hardly provide three meals for them. We have visited some of their homes with help of the Kenya Red Cross Kiambu.

I am so grateful for what EFAChas done to me. I have grown to be whom I am due to the devotion and kindness from all the blessed hearts of its supporters and well wishers. To all the founder members there is no precious heart of kindness than what I have found in you. If the whole world wasmade up of people like you, the world would be a best and beautiful place. We cant repay you for the much you have done for us but deep in our hearts we are truly grateful.

Preparing food at Kiambu Primary School

Preparing food at Kiambu Primary School

 

 

 

June 2013

Update from A Recent EFAC Graduate

Evans at the VG School for Children with Special Needs

Evans at the VG School for Children with Special Needs

For his community service project, Evans worked at the Vanessa Grant School for Children with Special Needs and the Vanessa Grant Vocational School. When we visited the school with him, the students at the school crowded around Evans, and it was clear that they loved being with him. Naomi, the head teacher, gave us a tour of the facilities and proudly pointed out all the work that Evans had done in the gardens as well. The EFAC community service requirement was from January through March, but Evans has enjoyed his work so much he decided to extend his commitment at the Vanessa Grant School until he goes to University. Here is a recent update from him:

Evans in the VG School gardens

Evans in the VG School gardens

Jambo! That’s our Kiswahili greetings! It has been a great time for us because the rains have begun. There have been a heavy down pour and now I'm very busy. I had prepared some nursery beds for spinach at the Vanessa Grant Vocational School, and they have come out nicely. Now I have transplanted them into the greenhouse I prepared during my community service project. The plants are now 2 days old and they are growing healthy.

Thank you to Nancy, Rod and EFAC for coming up with the Community Service Programme. It has equipped me with the BEST survival that I do not think I would have gotten elsewhere in this planet earth. I have really loved this programme.


Post Secondary Mentoring Update

The mentoring program is off to a good start based on our first quarterly updates. Many of the mentors and students seem to be finding a genuine and meaningful connection.

Many of the students taught in primary and secondary school during their community service period .They talked about their self-confidence and their pride in sharing what they had learned with their community. One student said,” we were looked down on because we are so poor but now the children listen and call me teacher-teacher.” Several are considering education as a career. All took their community service obligation to heart and worked hard in hospitals, clinics, schools and various other venues during their three month break.

I have been surprised how much of their communication is via email and Facebook as opposed to text. What I learned is that their email and Facebook posts appear on their phone, like a text message. Therefore email and Facebook have replaced text as their platform of choice. The added benefit is that email communication with the states is cheaper than text.

Sending a message to you costs something. Some of our kids have no money and therefore are hesitant to write back. We hope to solve this in the future by giving those who need it a communication allowance. But they see your message for free and love that you are sending it to them.

Most of the graduates are on Facebook which is a great way to communicate. You can send private email to their page which is better than posting to their wall which everyone sees. You also get to see who their friends are and what they are talking about. You can even add a comment or two to their discussion. Try doing that with our US teenagers!

If you do communicate on Facebook, you will see most of their conversation between each other is in a language called Sheng, a combination of English and Swahili that actually started in Kenya and has spread across Africa. They will use English with you.

Thank you all for the love and caring you put into the mentoring program. These kids really appreciate their connection with you.

Rod 


Worth, Thanks and Appreciation

At the farewell dinner of the Career & Computer Course for our first class of EFAC graduates, Joshua, Gibson, Emmanuel, and Francis presented a poem of thanks to EFAC and their sponsors and mentors. Their words brought tears to my eyes. Thank you to all who have made their educations possible. 

Worth, Thanks, and Appreciation
Have come a long way,
Have passed through all it means,
Had fun together in joy and pleasure,
People of different ways yet compatible.

As brothers and sisters we have trekked together,
In harmony, kindness and hospitality,
With one common goal in mind,
We were born to shine not to die insignificantly.

First of all we would avoid,
To thank Rod and Nancy,
The father-mother of EFAC.
Thanks to you. You are worth it.

Maybe our appreciation counts nothing,
What you have done we will never be able to pay.
But in us you have struck a heart,
A heart of giving, a heart of appreciation.

Our sponsors, people who have hearts of love
People who never knew us in any way.
Not by distant relationship, not by blood,
Yet they invested in us in sacrifice and toil.

Thanks to you all, accept our words,
We promise we will hold on the same,
We will fight to change as many lives,
Before we die, we will have something for joy.

Together as one we will fight not with guns,
Not with arms or crude tools,
We will fight with heart and soul,
Suffering will be no more coz we were born to prosper.

Thanks our mentors you are great,
You taught us to survive and surely we have,
Thanks all, thanks everyone,
And forever EFAC will remain our sacred home.

Presented by:
Joshua Angwenyi, Francis Mbugua, Gibson Kigen and Emmanuel Orangi

May 2013

Founders Attend First Annual Career & Computer Course for EFAC Graduates

Nancy, Rod and Sheila recently returned from a wonderful and exhausting 2-week trip to Kenya to attend a few days of the Career and Computer Course for the first class of EFAC graduates, visit the EFAC partner schools and meet all the new EFAC students. 

All 45 members of the EFAC University Class of 2013 attended the 2-week Career and Computer Course at Africa Nazarene University where they attended workshops and presentations on career planning, reproductive  health, basic computer skills, personal budgeting, and more. 

"I wish words could describe the love and sharing at the recent Career and Computer course at ANU. Forty-five graduating EFAC students coming together with a shared sense of anticipation and empowerment. With it, of course, a sense of loss knowing they will never again all be together in one room. But at the same time, a sense of excitement as they begin the process of figuring out what they will now do with the rest of their lives. The two weeks culminated in a farewell dinner of fun, dancing and sharing. I so wish you all could have been there. Thank you for making this all possible." Rod Van Sciver

Congratulations to the Class of 2013 and thank you to their sponsors.

Click here to view photos from the course. 

EFAC University Class of 2013 at the First Annual Career and Computer Course

EFAC University Class of 2013 at the First Annual Career and Computer Course

March 2013

Girl Rising: Take Action

  Thank you to everyone who was able to join us for the screening of Girl Rising at The Music Hall. It was an unforgettable film about the power of education to change the world. 

As we learned, millions of girls around the world face barriers to education. But when girls are allowed to go to school, they have a significant impact on their family and community. When you educate a girl she will earn up to 25 percent more and reinvest 90 percent of her income in her family. Her children will be more likely to go to school and be immunized, leading to healthier, more productive individuals and communities. 

"When girls go to school and get an education, they stay healthy. They save money. They speak up. They build businesses. Then they pass it all on...and poverty declines," Richard Robbins, Director of Girl Rising.

So how can you help? 

Sponsor a girl in the EFAC freshman class; we currently have 11 girls who need sponsors to finish high school. 

In Kenya, where high school in not free, many families cannot afford to educate their daughters beyond eighth grade. To address this challenge, EFAC identifies impoverished girls who excel in primary school and provides mentoring and scholarships to attend top Kenyan secondary schools. These students are then paired with sponsors like you to fund their education and provide support and friendship.

Miriam, EFAC Class of 2017

Miriam, EFAC Class of 2017

To learn more about the 11 girls who need funding, visit our Class of 2017 webpage where you will meet Annah, Benta, Miriam and others. In her application for a scholarship, Miriam says, "When I grow up, I would like to be a civil engineer and help the needy." Together we can help Miriam and other girls like her realize their dreams. 

An EFAC sponsorship is $800 a year for four years or for $100 a year per person, you can join 7 of your family and friends to form a group to sponsor a child through high school. To help you form a group, you can download a sample letter from our website to send to friends to ask them to join you in sponsorship.

As an EFAC sponsor, you will have the chance to get to know your sponsored student through the regular exchange of letters. Imagine the impact you would make on the life of a girl who would otherwise be forced into early marriage or become a victim of human trafficking.

To sign up for a sponsorship, visit our Donate webpage, send an email to info@educationforallchildren.org or call 603-436-3826. 

Thank you.


Kelvin Continues To Shine

Kelvin has been busy during his Gap Period with both his community service project and his computer studies. For his community service outreach he chose to teach math and science at a nearby primary school for several hours each morning. He then attends his computer course later each day. "The teaching stuff is a whole lot more fun than I ever imagined. The pupils there are so cooperative and always ready to learn," Kelvin says. He tells EFAC he chose this government (public) school because they traditionally offer a lower quality education and so he felt he could make a difference for the students.

"Since joining the school I have acquired self-esteem and boldness to face people. Before I was very shy. The only challenge I face is waking up every day at 5 in the morning, but I am getting used to it."

Kelvin has just learned his KCSE score and we want to congratulate him on his great grade. We are very proud of you, Kelvin!


KCSE Results Are In and Our Students Did Very Well

Source: http://blog.theonlinekenyan.com/kcse-2011-results-analysis

Source: http://blog.theonlinekenyan.com/kcse-2011-results-analysis

We don't have 2012 overall results yet but in 2011, 412,000 graduating students took the KCSE exam. Only 120,000, or about 30%, scored C+ and above. This year, 96% of the EFAC students scored C+ or above. That is impressive!

In 2011, only 7% of the students scored B+ or above, qualifying them for a university scholarship. This year 42% of the EFAC students qualified.

While I know that some of our students are disappointed that they didn’t do better, I think the class of EFAC class of 2013 has distinguished itself as an outstanding group of young adults ready to move to the next level.

Congratulations to all.


“Educate Girls. Change the World.”

Please join us on March 20 for the Portsmouth, NH premiere of Girl Rising at The Music Hall.

Girl Rising, directed by Academy Award-nominated director Richard E. Robbins, spotlights the stories of nine unforgettable girls born into unforgiving circumstances. Girls like Sokha, an orphan who rises from a life in the garbage dump in Phnom Penh, Cambodia to become a star student and an accomplished dancer; Suma, who writes songs that help her endure forced servitude in Nepal and today crusades to free others; and Ruksana, an Indian “pavement-dweller” whose father sacrifices his own basic needs for his daughter’s dreams.

The Music Hall's screening of Girl Rising will be followed by a panel discussing moderated by Cynthia Fenneman, President and CEO of American Public Television and will include: Tom Yellin, Executive Producer at 10x10; Karin Barndollar, EFAC Board Member; Hope Mbabazi, a student from Uganda who benefited from an education scholarship; and Bess Palmisciano, Founding Director of Rain for the Sahel & Sahara.

There will be a special pre-screening reception at The Music Hall Loft for holders of VIP tickets.

Tickets: $10.50/general admission; $75 for VIP reception at The Loft at 5 PM
Time: 7 PM- 9 PM
Location: The Music Hall, 28 Chestnut Street, Portsmouth NH 03801
PURCHASE TICKETS: http://www.themusichall.org/calendar/event/girl_rising