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Class 8 farewell

November 3, 2019

"To our dearest Class 8, who just finished their final exams (KCPE) a few days ago:

You can now proudly say that you have finished your 8 year primary education, and we can proudly say that we have prepared you in all the possible ways for your future educational path. We have gone through ups and downs together, but most important: we have always helped each other and have always been there for each other.The natural result of this is a deep bond, not only with teachers, but between everybody involved with the Milele Elimu Centre, that will surely last for a long time. Class 8, you have been and will always be a part of the Milele Family. You are always welcome back "home" to visit us. We would love to hear from you in the coming years. When our school started in 2013, a few of you were already with us, you were then in Class 2. Now you're all grown up - and ready for the next step. We wish you a lot of success for whatever comes across your path!"

The video can be found here:  https://youtu.be/lBLZYzxMsnA

Last school day of the year 2019

October 27, 2019

ow time flies! Another school year has ended... Last Friday was the closing day of the school year 2019. The parents always attend the closing days as they are being informed about any important topic going on in our school. As always the 3 best performed kids of every class got a small present and this time round the teachers and students who participated in the National Music Festival finals 2019 in Nakuru were awarded with the official certificate of the festival, which they proudly received.

For next week we wish our Class 8, who will sit for their KCPE (Kenya Certificate of Primary Education) exams all the success and wish them well as they will leave our school to hopefully continue with their further education.

Also "our oldest kids", the pioneers, who already went through 4 years of secondary education after they left us end of 2015, are going to sit for their KCSE (Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education) exams next week.

We wish ALL of our kids just the best and hope that they succeed in their exams to continue in the next path that is waiting for them! We believe in you!

More pictures can be found on our Facebook page.

Fundraising of the Third World Group Würenlos

October 21, 2019

A huge thank you to the "Drittweltgruppe Würenlos", especially to Karl and Mario, who support us in cooperation with the primary and secondary school Würenlos in this year's fundraising campaign!

Sandra Senn and Nadja Kaufmann were invited to tell the children and teachers of the school in Würenlos about our organization and our partner school Milele Elimu Centre in Mombasa. Everyone listened eagerly, participated diligently in the quiz and asked countless questions about life in Kenya. The children will now individually collect donations for us until the International Day of the Child on 20 November 2019. We wish you much success!

It was a very exciting and instructive day in Würenlos and we thank all participants who made this day possible!

International teachers day

October 5, 2019

To our dear teachers of Milele Elimu Centre

Thank you for guiding our kids from Kindergarten to 8th grade through good and bad times.
Thank you for all your support to achieve their goals.
Thank you for inspiring them to become great students.
Thank you for teaching them valuable lessons for their future.

Without you on our side Forever Kids Kenya and Milele Elimu Centre wouldn't be where they are now!

Ahsanteni sana! Happy teacher's day to you and all other teachers around the world!
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Posted Story on Facebook: We hired our actual teacher Madam Ruth as a 19-year-old inexperienced teacher because we believed in her and wanted to give her a chance. Back then she started teaching 4th grade. These children are now in 8th grade and will write their primary school final exams at the end of October so that hopefully many of them will be able to go on to secondary school in January next year. Madam Ruth has grown incredibly in her role as a teacher and mentor for the children, today she is the mother of a 2 year old daughter. Hats off to her and thank you for the last 5 years with our partner school Milele Elimu Centre!

Musicfestival 2019

August 20, 2019

This year, for the first time, our school achieved their best result ever, reaching the national level! For most, the 650km trip from Mombasa to Nakuru was the travel of a lifetime!

Not every day do you get to pack your bags for 4 days, where you're away from your family members, not every day do you get to travel with the brand new SGR train, connecting Mombasa to Nairobi, not every day does a special service bus with private chauffeur tour you around Nairobi and Nakuru...

 

For some it was the first time to travel at all, 650km, halfway across the country. First time to ride the SGR train, first time to go on a safari though the national park, first time to see some of the big 5's, first time to put a foot step into a university (at Nakuru), where this year's music festival on the national level was held.

 

120 of our kids participated in 5 different categories from tribal and sacred songs, dances, english & french poems. All of them made it from the 1st to the 2nd round, two of them made it to 3rd round, and 1 group made it to the last round, THE NATIONAL COMPETITION!! Coming out 7th position of 14 participants in our category, we are so happy that our kids have even achieved this level, thinking of Kenya having hundreds of schools participating through all levels to reach to the nationals! The winner of this level gets to perform for the president, who knows, maybe next year it could be us...!

 

WE ARE VERY PROUD OF YOU, MILELE KIDS! 🎉 🎉 🎉

~ THE SKY IS OUR LIMIT ~

Watch the video here: https://youtu.be/XndqLn8HcDw

Project weeks Class 8

July 14, 2019

Today we want to show you, what grade 8 has been up to during the community project weeks:

A visit to "Wana wa Mola" children's home in Mombasa, which takes in boys who lived on the streets, right now they have boys aged 5 to 20 years old. Besides finding a loving home and a new family, they are also supported to go to school and encouraged to nurture their talents in their free time: their biggest passion is about dancing and acrobatics. So our children came to visit these youths and experience a different way of living, socializing, making new friendships and having a full morning of fun together. What the Wana wa mola kids were able to teach our Milele kids? See for yourself in the pictures and then in the following post in the video, pure awesomeness!!! 😄👏🎉💃🕺

Oh, and as visitors in Kenya you never come empty handed, so our kids brought a few bags of goodies with foods, clothes etc. to the children's home and were happy to present the bags to them after a joyful morning together!

More pictures can be found on our Facebook page.

Together We're Better

June 22, 2019

Forever Kids Kenya was nomitated for the "Together we're better" Future Award Switzerland 2019, organized by the DEZA/SECO and awarded at the Swiss Annual Conference for Development & Cooperation. Our team was on site, exchanged ideas in a lively, for us very constructive and unusual environment and discussed courageous projects for a better future with young and dynamic people.

We did not win, but as Norah Wilhelm of Collaboratio Helvetica said during her inspiring speech: "If everyone wanted to shoot the goal, nobody will shoot a goal. We have to learn to put our ego back and work together for a common goal. For a humane future with curiosity, compassion and courage."

More pictures can be found on our Facebook page.

Solidarity day at the Bezirksschule Mellingen-Wohlenschwil

June 16, 2019

Eight classes of the Bezirksschule Mellingen-Wohlenschwil (2nd and 3rd Bezirksschule) have donated a part of their income from the annual solidarity day to our association. Our vice-president Pia Claire Kaufmann Padilla was given a huge check at the school.

Thank you very much for your generous contribution to the welfare of the children of our partner school Milele Elimu Centre in Mombasa, Kenya 🌍

Here's the online report:

https://www.schule-mewo.ch/bezirksschule/news.html/566/news/430

More projects

June 11, 2019

We continue with our community project weeks! This time we want to show you what Grade 1 & Grade 2 have been up to. Read here!
 

The teachers took Grade 1 to visit the Cannan Orphanage Home & School at Bombolulu, Mombasa. Here children find shelter, who were living on the streets or were abandoned by their parents or relatives. Besides giving them a loving home they also provide a daycare centre and a kindergarten school. The older kids are taken to nearby primary schools for their basic education. The kids spent some happy moments together where they interacted with games and other various activities.

Grade 2 went to visit Ronald Ngala Special School for Handicapped Children in Mombasa Town. This is a government primary school for the physically and mentally challenged children. This project was chosen to create awareness about these children and that they should not be treated differently. In the end they are all children who love to play and interact with other children. So much, that they didn't want our children to leave them anymore after spending the whole morning together!

More pictures can be found on our Facebook page.

Project weeks

May 10, 2019

The community project weeks were created to bring the community together, to do good, to make friendships, to create awareness, to socialize and help each other. For this project, each class teacher had to look for a place to visit with a suitable purpose. Let us show you what Kindergarden classes 1 and 2 were up to!

 

The “little sisters of the poor” is a home for elderly people, who have either been abandoned by their families, don’t have families at all or the families are very poor and not able to take care of them. Located at Tudor, Mombasa and run by the catholic church sisters, it is the home of around 50 elders. Our kids came to meet them, talk to them and sing for them and play with them. The elders were happy to have visitors around who care for them. It was a one of a kind memorable day for everyone!

More pictures can be found on our Facebook page.

Soliswiss

March 27, 2019

Hooray!

 

Soliswiss has published the story of our President Nadja Kaufmann Padilla!

Would you like to know how it all started? And how we managed to get almost 300 children in the slums of Mombasa to enjoy primary school education (in fact they enjoy school very much, don't even want to go home any more) and how we get them a warm meal every day?

Nadja tells the story in her own words!

Here is the link to the story:

https://forum.soliswiss.ch/berichte/1413/?fbclid=IwAR2i7ySc7oQGLkCjU40X084iyULPaIAjw_T2FEiwqb0-FtmNdCvvc0zE_CE

Hello school trips!

March 12, 2019

After almost 3 years of waiting our kids were able to go for the second round of school trips for all the primary students in the history of our school.

Grade 1 - 5 were sent on a Safari and visit their first ever National Park in their own country (of which Kenya is famous for, there are 54 National Parks): the Shimba Hills, a 1 1/2 hour drive from Mombasa. The park is thick with bushes and trees, so animals were hard to find. But the highlight was the short but tough hike to the secret spot with the waterfalls, which the kids saw for the first time and where they enjoyed a spontaneous swim too!

 

Grade 6 - 8 came to enjoy a 3-hour trip from Mombasa to visit the Gedi Ruins (near Watamu, along the north coast of Kenya), a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Kenya's oldest known towns from the past, dating from the 12th century. Also, they visited the company Kensalt, where they were given a tour and learned where the salt in Kenya comes from and how it is processed before it lands on everybody's food.

A big thank you goes out to the Secondary Classes Niederweningen, who made all this possible for us. Ahsanteni sana!!

More pictures can be found on our Facebook page.

Visit from Switzerland

February 27, 2019

One of our long-time supporters travelled to Kenya and visited our partner school Milele Elimu Centre right away! It was a very nice experience for all sides, the special guest was received with a small entertainment block and could visit all classes as well as exchange himself with the employees. A planned short visit turned into several hours. Maybe it was not the last visit 😊

Thank you Herbert Winiger and karibu sana tena (welcome back any time again)! 👏

Pictures can be found on our Facebook page.

Secondary scholarships

February 18, 2019

We are very happy to be able to continue our secondary school programme for some primary school leavers from our partner school Milele Elimu Centre! Also this year in January/February we were able to send a few new students to the secondary school and support them financially. Here is Damaris, the oldest of 6 children of a single mother. She brings pride to the family with this opportunity and will hopefully be a role model for the younger siblings! All the best to Damaris for the next 4 years in secondary school! 📚📖

Would you like to help us maintain the secondary school program?

👉 Check out our homepage for donation opportunities!

A huge thank you to all who have already made this possible! 👏

https://www.foreverkidskenya.com/donations

Find more pictures on our Facebook page.

Activities during school vacation

January 24, 2019

The new school year has started and everybody is almost back to school ^_^ But what happened when school was closed for the 2 months vacations? We always look for activities for the kids to participate. This time round we are very pleased to have hosted "MOJA - Stitch for education" in cooperation with the local "Soweto youth initiative Nairobi". They came for counselling about everything that comes with puberty, for example general sex education, talking about HIV/AIDS, preventing teen pregnancies, address taboos and prejudices. In the end they even distributed reusable sanitary pads to our girls, which they were so thankful for.

We thank you guys for your time and efforts, karibu sana tena!

More pictures can be seen on our Facebook page.

Happy new year!

January 6, 2019

The staff of our partner school Milele Elimu Centre play a very important role in the education of our almost 300 children. They have worked very hard and reached the school goals that were set for 2018! Congratulations everybody, you really deserved this weekend treat in Diani (awarded as one of the most beautiful beach in Africa!!)!

We wish everybody a happy, healthy and a successful 2019! 🎊🎉🎈

See the pictures on our Facebook page.

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