Today we have a little success story for you 🥳🎊 And a reminder that university may seem the most obvious, but by far is not the only path one can take after secondary!
This is about Tommy, who joined milele Elimu Centre in 2013 when the school first opened 🏡📚 until he cleared class 8.
We have been supportive of his ongoing education all through Secondary School.
After that, he decided to join the National Youth Service of Kenya from where he regularly updates us on how much he likes it and that he was allowed to develop very positively there. 🙌🏼✨
Recently he cleared level 1, now he still has two other levels to clear. 🤗
National youth service (NYS) core main duty is to train and mentor kenya's youth through: paramilitary and regimentation / National building programs / technical and vocational training in various skills and trades. This training is highly regarded for future job searches.☺️🤸🏾♀️
We are very happy that Tommy has found something he likes to do and where he feels comfortable and wish him all the best for his future!🎊🥰
Closing Dinner 2021
March 28. 2021
On 28.03. Nadja and Mark bid farewell to our graduating class to their future challenge at secondary school with a "Fancy Lunch".
There was eating and laughing, but of course also a few good pieces of advice to the children for their further path in life.
In a week's time, the results of the KCPE final examination will be available and it will become clear at which secondary school the children will be able to continue their education.
With one laughing and one crying eye, we wish them all the best in their new phase of life!
Open day at Alliance francaise
February 23. 2021
Yesterday the Milele Elimu Centre was lucky to have a French open day at Alliance Francaise Mombasa with some of our kids learning a little French.
This has also been an introduction to our partnership with the institution in various areas like teacher training, kids and staff participation in events held at the institution, and many more to come.
Our kids had a memorable, educative and fun-filled day!
Great appreciation goes to the Af director and the entire staff who made the day a succes.
Moja - Stitch for education Visit
October 20. 2020
This month at the Milele Elimu Centre we had a visit from Moja - Stitch for education, an organisation working on the empowerment of girls and women.
They held a workshop with our girls and teachers. Very generously they also brought some reusable sanitary towels for the girls and other hygiene products for our teachers.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you very much for your visit.
Forever Kids Kenya Workshop 2020
October 3. 2020
Last Friday we were able to hold our Forever Kids Kenya Workshop. We discussed our strategy for the coming months and redistributed the main tasks in our NGO. For the first time our new team member Wanatcha Andres participated in the workshop. We would like to officially welcome her to our association.
We also used the opportunity to take the new official photos for our website. We thank our man at the camera Marcel for giving us his talent for free this afternoon. You can find more of Marcel at https://www.marcelrenggli.com
UNFPA Kenya "Welcoming girls to womenhood"
September 2. 2020
We would love to express our gratitude to UNFPA Kenya(United Nations fund for population activities Kenya), who held an event in Mombasa with the theme of welcoming girls to womenhood. Among other students from other schools in Mombasa, our class 6, 7 and 8 girls were invited and participated at this event, after which they happily went home with a big back pack of free given toiletries.
"UNFPA Kenya aims to deliver a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young persons' potential is fulfilled".
wow Tapes video - Who is Forever Kids Kenya
April 20, 2020
Some time ago our friends from
@wowtapes visited our partner school Milele Elimu Centre and created this wonderful, inspiring video for us.
To see our kids during this hard time makes us miss them even more.
Shortly we will post a Corona-Situation update how we support our kids and their families during lock down.
In the meantime we hope all of you stay healthy and safe.
A day at the beach
February 2, 2020
This years class 8 are the candidates who will do their KCPE exams by end of October this year, means they will finish their 8 year primary education and then next year hopefully continue with the secondary education. It is well known that the class 8 works extra hard in their last year, studying more than ever, using up most of their free time. That's why a very spontaneous visit to the beach on a Saturday afternoon was a very welcome and fun change! Moments and memories that will be kept forever! And this is what happens when the kids take over my camera...
After a little over a year we are back with our children and employees. Despite the short two weeks we enjoy the moments with everyone at the Milele Elimu Centre. How we missed them! A lot has already happened in the first week and we already had some events that we will show in a later post. Here are some beautiful impressions from school in Mombasa!
We are proud to announce that our graduating class has successfully passed their KCPE exams!
All of our students have done well, we are especially celebrating with Elijah who has achieved the best result of the whole last five graduating classes. This makes him our current top scorer! Congratulations Elijah!
The KCPE results are an important first milestone towards a successful future for Kenyan students and we are happy to see that the results of our alumni are improving year on year.
We hope that we can accompany and support as many of them as possible on their further journey at secondary school!
On our Youtube Channel and in our Video section, our students tell you what they will miss most about MEC.
Nadja and Mark Visit MEC
March 22. 2021
The time has come, our association president Nadja Kaufmann and her husband Mark Tipatet, the former headmaster of Milele Elimu Centre, have finally found their way back to their beloved school.
Together with guests Felicetta Guerra and her partner Lorenzo, they visited the MEC at the beginning of the week before the students were released for the school holidays.
Currently, our 8th graders are still writing their final exams until Wednesday before they too can start their holidays!
November 9. 2020
Some of our kids at Milele Elimu Centre took the time to write essays about their experience at the school and also life in Kenya during the pandemic. You can find the letters on Facebook: www.facebook.com/foreverkidskenya
Please help us to continue the support for the children and their families nothing in the world is more valuable than a child's well-being.
Click the link gf.me/u/y2p4wf to get to our GoFundMe and find out how you can help and share.
Art for the kids at MEC
October 18. 2020
Patrick Kutilo, teacher at Milele Elimu Centre and passionate artist has made it his mission in this school free times to train some of the students in Arts. As you can see in the picture the first attempts were already very successful!
Even before the COVID 19 pandemic, life in the Shauri Yako slum in Mombasa was hard and built on unstable foundations. The misery and poverty of these families have been catapulted to the next level since the lockdown. Since the Kenyan government has decided that all schools may not be reopened until 2021, children spend more time on the streets.
Our main concern is to help the poorest families in this difficult situation. Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have regularly sent food parcels to our families while the schools are closed. Our teachers and local staff regularly visit and support the families and make sure that the welfare of our children is guaranteed.
We are eagerly awaiting the reopening of our school, as many challenges have to be overcome. The conditions under which the government will allow schools to reopen next year are strict and can only be met with further financial support.
We are thankful for every little support that helps us to reopen the doors of our school in 2021, so that we can continue to offer our children the possibility of an education.
How can you support our partner school?
Tell your friends, relatives, work colleagues, neighbours and acquaintances the following link to our "Go fund me" page:
Covid-19 is still very present in the every day life in Kenya. The children weren't able to go to school since mid March this year, and the government announced that they will open schools again in January 2021 where all classes will have to repeat. This means that the 2020 academic school year is actually a "lost" year. As the children are just staying at home, they are exposed to the every day slum life, for a very long time..
We try to keep in touch with our children and their parents regularly, even with home visits. To keep our kids busy, we distribute some homework on a weekly base so that they continue learning. This time, we asked some of them to express their feelings and thoughts in these difficult times through drawings, and this is what we got.
March 25, 2020
Unfortunately, Kenya was not spared from the corona virus either. On the same day as Switzerland, the Kenyan President ordered the closure of all schools throughout the country. The children will stay at home until further notice. We hope that the situation there will not worsen too much and that they have taken precautions early enough. But before the schools were closed, we had an encouraging event to report: Taekwondo lessons were introduced! A first insight and a some trial lessons for interested students. We hope that the Milele Elimu Centre will soon be able to resume normal school life and thus the Taekwondo lessons can be intensified! The first lessons were already very exciting for our children!
After the opening of our partner school Milele Elimu Centre in 2013, Kelvin was in the pioneer class that in 2015 finished class 8 and therefore primary education. Not only that, but from there he continued to secondary education, and four years later he is among our pioneer students who finished secondary just last November! During the four years of secondary school he used to come and visit the Milele Elimu Centre quite often, during his school vacation or during end year, and specially also for the christmas parties held yearly in school. As he says, the Milele school is a family and the kids become very attached to it. Once Milele, always Milele!
We are proud of all of you who finished secondary education and will continue to support in any way we can, hoping for a bright future for all of you!
While the children and their parents usually long for the big Christmas celebration at our partner school Milele Elimu Centre, the staff look forward to the year-end outing trip! For two years now, not just a day trip but an overnight trip has been planned. We want to give the hard working staff a break where they can relax and mostly have fun with each other! Because the success of our students comes with them! Ahsanteni sana!!
More pictures can be found on our Facebook page.
April 1. 2021
About a fortnight ago, Nadja and Mark met with some MEC alumni who are currently attending secondary school mainly those who are still financially supported by our association.
They were given some good advice and motivating words, and were once again encouraged in their goal of being able to continue their studies at a university after secondary school.
MEC students at University
March 7. 2021
We are very proud to announce two alumnis of Milele Elimu Centre took up their university education in January 2021.
Joel (on the left) studies "Bachelor of Science" in Biochemistry at Kenyatta University in Nairobi.
Iptisam (on the right) studies "Bachelor of Arts" in Kiswahili at Moi University in Eldoret.
We congratulate Joel and Iptisam and wish them continued enjoyment and success in their ongoing education!
Charity Event 2020 cancelled
October 24. 2020
Unfortunately the virus is not only making life difficult for our pupils in Kenya but also here in Switzerland and so, with a heavy heart, we have to cancel the charity event we had planned for November 29th because of the current corona situation. We had been looking forward to welcoming many eager card-players again, but unfortunately we can only hope that we can make up for this event next year.
But you can rejoice nevertheless, because instead we are currently working on an upcoming online event. What exactly this event will look like we will announce shortly!
Until then we wish you all good health and thank you for your support!
Ahsante Sana !
Letters written by our kids
October 11. 2020
Hello there - how is everybody doing while staying at home? How do you spend your time? We keep our students that are staying safely in their family homes busy with writing letters to each other. In the picture is an example sent by Elijah to John In it he describes life in Mombasa during COVID times.
Safe and Sound - Last Friday we spent a wonderful evening at the Openair Charity Concert in Menziken. Before we started with the really good musicians of the evening Black Cat's Smoking, Paolafuerte & SilverBlue, we were allowed to introduce our association briefly, because the donations of this year's event were handed over to us. We would like to express our thanks and appreciation to all donors and interested people of this event! It was big fun and brought us a lot of joy!
A special thanks goes to SilverBlue and the Huus 74, who made this very successful event possible.
April 27. 2020
Corona is still present in our lives here in Switzerland. But we are lucky to say that it looks like we are on our way to have controlled the situation and things are slowly getting better here. Not so in Kenya, where the numbers of infections are still rising. Since one month the country is in lockdown and last Friday the President just announced at least another 3 weeks of lockdown. Since the lockdown all schools are closed, which means that all children now stay at home and the burden to feed the children now lies on their parents instead of the schools. To add another burden to the parents, many of them are affected by the lockdown, which means they can't do their normal jobs and therefore have less or even no income compared to times before Corona.
Our partner school Milele Elimu Centre has almost 300 children and in these times of global crisis, which affects the poorest the most, we need to stand up and support them not only with education, but with the basic needs to survive in terms of nourishment and hygiene.
A while ago we gave out the first batch of urgent basic foods and hygiene to the most needy families.
With the second batch of distribution following soon we will be able to add more families to the program.
Two beautiful weeks in Mombasa
February 11, 2020
"Two beautiful and very memorable weeks spent at school, with my family, my friends, my kids, my loved ones. So happy to see how they're growing up, getting matured and how they can't forget me. My heart belongs to them. Not much words to say, the pictures will tell you everything. Until we meet again soon... I left Mombasa with a heart full of new memories ~ and I will be coming back for more."
Just after we arrived in Mombasa we had our first official meeting with our former primary students. Those who graduated with our partner school Milele Elimu Centre and proceeded to secondary school or did other courses. We just made it in time to meet everyone in Mombasa before they went back to school in the first or second week of January. Many of them go to a boarding school far away from Mombasa and just come home when there is a long vacation or the school year is over. It was a great pleasure to meet most of them again. We had nice talks and shared some more memories together! Even if they leave our primary school they are still part of the Milele Family and always will be! They always find an open door at our school and are very welcome for visits anytime. Milele Elimu Centre keeps in touch with them personally 2 - 3 times every year.
Ibtisam and Joel, who are among the first ever students of ours to finish the secondary education, are awaiting the invitation letters to the university, which will follow only in a few months. For the time being, we gave them the opportunity to gain some work experience and make a first living for themselves as intern teachers in our primary school. The first two weeks have passed and both of them are doing very well in teaching their younger students! We are proud of you!