Happy new year friends. To start off the year I want to share a story that show how big an impact your donations to Hands of Love make. Last year, 16 children who graduated from Hands of Love in 2012 sat for their Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examinations. These examinations determine transition into high school and are therefore hugely important in a child’s education and future career prospects.
Since the examinations results came out on November 18, 2018, I have been able to track down seven of the 16. What I have found out is very heartwarming and encouraging. Of the seven one had 403 points out of a possible 500 points, three had between 351 and 399, two had between 300 and 350, and one had 287 points.
Meet Precious Nyanguthii.
Precious left Hands of Love after completing 2nd grade and joined third grade at a nearby public primary school. She had been with us for five years at the time she left. She scored 403 points in last years exams, emerging top ten in Kasarani school district. This good. Very good indeed.
To put it into perspective the top student countrywide scored 453 points and out of 1,052,364 children who sat for the exams only 12,373 had 400 points and above. Slightly more than one percent. She will be joining Alliance Girls High School, a top tier national school and one of the best performing girls school in Kenya.
Precious’s mum attributes her success to – in her own words – “the good education foundation that my daughter received at Hand of Love.” She says that her daughter would probably have missed out on early childhood education because the family couldn’t afford it. She is very thankful for the contribution Hands of Love continues to make in her children’s education. Two of her other children Emanuel Mureithi (grade 1) and Maryann Wanjiru (grade 2) school with us.
For over 150 children like Precious and her siblings at Hands of Love, a good education is the only way they can break free from grasp of poverty. We are their best chance at a good foundation that will enable them successfully navigate the public education system. Our work with them reminds me of my favorite Nelson Mandela quote – “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” At Hands of Love I believe that we are changing our community, and by extension the world, one child at a time.
You can be part of our mission to be a school for those without. By donating just $1 a day, you can send a child to our school for a full year. This will not only provide education, but will feed and provide basic healthcare as well. Please consider donating $365 – or any other amount.