This year has been different to all the previous ones because it was the first time we made grant applications and were successful with them! We were given a grant for four workshops and another grant for running costs until the end of the year. This meant we were able to do forward planning for a change and could do more than ever before!
From January, we continued to sponsor 14 of our teenagers through secondary education while two were awarded full scholarships by Equity Bank and another was supported by her local church. Two of our older boys also started 2 year mechanics courses funded by us.
Our library has got all the necessary school text books in it and the teenagers are using it for their studies. Before exams they go there in small groups to revise and borrow books the rest of the time.
In the April school holidays we held a 10 day residential theatre & art therapy workshop, followed by a four day music workshop with more than 40 of our youngsters. In May there was a two day sharing workshop for the guardians.
In August we ran two sexual health workshops, one for our guardians and members of the wider community, and the other for all our teenagers 11yrs+. This was in collaboration with the ABCs of Sex Education who did a fantastic job, bringing a great sense of humour into an otherwise serious topic. This was followed by a six day counselling workshop for our teenage boys.
Theatre, art, music and counselling through group workshops is having a transformative effect on all our children. They are noticeably less depressed, more confident, and building strong relationships with their peers and guardians.
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This month we received a wonderful donation of solar lights from Jaguar Land Rover, enough for all our children and guardians. This will make a huge difference - it means the children can study in the evenings and other chores can be done much more easily after it gets dark.