Our goal is to change the face of the Kibera slums through education. Our vision is that gaining an education will become the norm for the children of Kibera, rather than the exception. Construction of the new Blessed Hope Primary School was only the first step on our journey.
Blessed Hope Primary School was founded in 2012 by Elsa Atieno (School director) and the school has grown from 1 student on that first day to over 200 students today. The children are aged from 2 ½ - 11 years old and they are divided into the following eight classes: Baby class, Nursery class, Pre-unit class, and Class 1 - 6. The school curriculum consists of Mathematics, English, Social Studies, Science and Swahili.
In 2016, Michael volunteered as a teacher at the original school, which had dirt floors and no walls between the various classes. He was shocked at the conditions but amazed at the way the children turned up every day with beaming smiles, almost oblivious to their dire surroundings. The five weeks with these children helped change his outlook on life so much, he promised the children he taught, and the teachers with whom he taught, that he would find a way to build them a school they could be proud of. The Blessed Hope Project was born. In January of 2019, we delivered on Michael’s promise.
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
— Nelson MandelA
What is next?
THE NEXT STEPS FOR THE BLESSED HOPE PROJECT ARE TO:
Establish a Creative Learning studio that will allow students to develop skills with computers, art & musical instruments – cost $30,000 (2019 target completion)
Purchase and enclose the adjacent plot of land to provide the children with a safer and controlled play area – cost $50,000 (2020 target completion)
100% Sponsorship of our students at Blessed Hope to cover school fees and meals (2020 target completion)
Launch a purpose-built sports academy for students at Blessed Hope, and other talented children from the slums who have a passion for sports – cost $200,000 (2021 target completion)
The majority of Kibera residents earn less than this per day
The monthly cost of tuition at Blessed Hope
Parents of children enrolled at Blessed Hope that cannot afford to pay for tuition
Blessed Hope is the cheapest primary school to attend in the Kibera slums with a meal program (per Networks for Voluntary Services – Kenya), and still, the parents struggle to pay.
To combat this constant financial stress, we have launched a child sponsorship program, which you can apply for through this website. One of Blessed Hope’s “priority” students can be sponsored for as little as $10 USD per month ($35 per term/$105 per year). The sponsorship money will fully cover the cost of tuition and the meal program (2 meals per day).
If you have any interest in sponsoring a child or donating directly to our school project, please click on the link below.
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