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At the beginning of this new school year we have introduced a mentorship programme to further the atmosphere of a caring family within the Karen Street Children’s group.
Each of the students leaving school after four years and going into college will be mentoring one specific young student coming into the programme and look after them for the next four years helping with both school and social problems. The aim is to cement the group into a tight-knit and supportive “family”. The idea has been very well received by all.
Our annual Christmas party and awards ceremony was a chance to celebrate our children’s successes and reflect on the opportunities and challenges the year ahead will bring. In this we were helped by an inspi- rational guest speaker in the form of Mr Anthony Muriithi. Anthony, an alumnus of the prestigious Alliance High School and Nairobi University, now works as a Team Leader with Safaricom and is married with a baby boy; achievements any of us would be proud of, but Anthony has done all this despite becoming disabled at the age of just two after suffering from polio. His unbounded enthusiasm was a tonic to us all.
Stephen Kamau - given a new life
Stephen joined us two years ago. He was the oldest of eight children living in dire poverty. He was very shy and would barely open his mouth. When he did it was evident that his teeth were in a poor state and stained deep brown from the excessive fluoride in the local water supply. This was the main cause of his great lack of confidence. He started at a local boarding school and went to see Dr Pete Griffiths, our kind dentist who cares for our children at no charge. He described Stephen as a “walking dental disaster” but agreed to work to give him his smile. After a year of extensive work this is a photo of the new confident Stephen and his brilliant smile. Pete has given Stephen his life and a whole new future. We are so grateful to him for his immense kindness.