This year Sadili Oval Sports Academy is targeting out of school children to ensure that they get back to school and with that we identified three schools .St Vincent De Paul Rehabilitation and Rescue Center, Undugu society and Bridge of Hope located in Kibera who are doing an awesome job in rehabilitating this children and giving them hope that tomorrow will be better.
Undugu Society was started by a priest who had passion in helping street children, because they were old enough that is 12 years and above and could not go to formal schools he started a non formal system and looked for a curriculum tailored to suit these children .They undergo classes where they are taught literacy and numeracy for 4 years there after they go for short technical courses where they get different skills for self reliance ,however the school noticed that they could prevent this children from becoming street children by taking them in when they are young and integrating them to formal schools after a while. Despite the good work that they are doing they also face challenges as there is no parental support most parent neglect their children, there is peer influence some street children go back to the streets, integrating the children to the formal system is a problem, unfriendly environment and community interference in their activities but Mr. Kamau Ngugi the head teacher of the school is determined to bring change and help the community with the few he is working with. His motivation comes from the few who successfully finished their courses and are now running their own businesses and are self-reliant.
St Vincent De Paul is run by a group volunteers connected with St Vincent De Paul the organization caters for a maximum of 30 children aged 3-6years and in there criteria of admitting new children, they give the first priority to total orphans, HIV positive parents and children to reduce stigma in the community, young mothers and the destitute they achieve this by the help of social workers. “We encourage equality thus we provide school uniforms for all to promote uniformity and food for lunch and tea break we also economically empower our parents who are unable to support their children by giving them initial capital to start up a business to support their families, we have beautiful classrooms to help the children forget all the problems that they go through at home and experience a new environment and even after our children are done with Nursery school we always follow-up with them to ensure that they successfully join class one and we offer scholarships to those who are unable. Our essential areas are Love, Nutrition and Education to ensure positive growth of the children” said Edwin Ariz who is the school administrator.
We as Sadili are super excited to be partnering with these schools by using sports and life skills to teach them various WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) practices to improve their health, education and later their future.
|St Vincent De Paul classroom|
|St Vincent De Paul library|
|Bridge of hope classrooom|
|Children rights as designed by Undugu|