Maji Mazuri’s 2016 Highlights

By Janet Kabue

702. This is the number of Children & youth Maji Mazuri has directly and positively impacted this year, and you have made this possible. Your support through the sponsorship program, scholarships, visits, and donations, made it possible for these children have access to a better, happy life and a bright future. Thank you. Below find highlights from the Maji Mazuri projects in 2016:

Maji Mazuri Children’s Centre:
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The home continues to provide care to orphans, vulnerable children, and special needs children. 18 of them being High school students. Everything you have done to make these children smile is highly appreciated.
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Headstart Academy:
The school population has continued to grow and by close of the 2016 academic year the school had a population of 573 pupils.
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Maji Mazuri has started the process of registering the school with the ministry of education under the Alternative providers of basic education and training (APBET) framework. The ministry officials have already visited the school and certified the teachers’ qualification documents. They recommended some temporary renovations on the building facilities as fundraising for a permanent structure for the school continues.
19 pupils sat for their KCPE this year and have recorded very good results in the just released results. The class had a mean score of 269.8 while 6 pupils scored above 300 marks and 12 pupils scored above 250 marks.
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The school continues to offer a meal a day to all pupils in the school. However, to sustain this program has been one of the greatest challenges in the school due to the rising cost of foodstuff and the growing pupils’ population in the school.
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The school has also actively participated in co-curriculum activities this year including inter-schools football, volleyball and netball competitions for both boys and girls. This year the Rotary club of Muthaiga established/chartered an interact club in our school. The club is going to greatly benefit the pupils through mentorship. The club also supports pupils to develop leadership skills at an early age.
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The talent develop club known as young kids has continued to expand its network and recognition. The club currently performs at the Kenya National Theatre every last Thursday of the month. This exposure has greatly developed the children’s confidence and self-esteem. The club also performed at one of the biggest Kenyan poetry festivals known as the slum festival. These activities have greatly helped in developing the teens confidence and self-esteem.
The Talent Program has been featured in the local dailies. (Newspaper article below: Powerful poetry from Maji Mazuri Headstart Pupils).

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Challenges/Needs
• The cost of sustaining the feeding program is high due to the increasing pupils’ population and rise in foodstuff prices.
• The school building facility need to be built of permanent structure to create a safer space for the children.

Maji Mazuri Kiserian Schools and Farm
Due to the rising costs of farming, and challenges in meeting operational costs of the High school and primary school, Maji Mazuri has been leasing these facilities to professionals in the fields of farming and education who share a common goal of empowering vulnerable children through these projects. The next lease takes effect on 20th December 2016.

Youth Program

1. ICT CENTRE
This year we started a partnership with Youth caffe to offer ICT training for Youth between the ages of 18-24 years. The training focuses on web design and development, computer programing, graphic design and animation. Between June and December this year 15 Youth have received ICT training, entrepreneurship and life skills training.

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The ICT Centre is now located at Maji Mazuri’s Community Centre in Mathare. A facility that will continue to raise funds through monthly rent to support its continued construction and Maji Mazuri Activities in Mathare Valley. The second floor is currently under construction, and will be ready for use by the end of January 2017.
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Youth Group
The youth group continues to carry out different activities every Sunday. The activities range from capacity building, life skills training, entrepreneurship training, peace awareness campaigns, campaign against drugs and substance abuse among many other activities.
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This year the group through funding supported 18 Youth with scholarships to study different technical courses of their choice. Many Youth have also continued to develop their talents through participation in the talent development groups such as poetry, music, drama and art.
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Green heroes
The green heroes team had started a Hotel and a cyber café as an income generating project to support their activities but due to several challenges the team closed the businesses and is evaluating other business ideas to invest in. This will help create employment for the members and generate income to support the various activities. The team continues to carry community awareness on good waste
management through the weekly community clean ups.

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This project has seen many community members appreciate the importance of keeping their environment clean, an achievement that has created a clean Community and Cohesion in Mathare Valley.

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Maji Mazuri Staff (pictured below) thank you for having given your time and resources, your support has made it possible for the children and youth of Maji Mazuri to shine bright with the hope of a fulfilled life and empowered futures. Thank you!

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Happy Holidays from Maji Mazuri!
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