When we visited in June 2012 to see progress Linda Harwood (UK trustee) spent time with our partner project Friends of Dagoretti (FOD)
This charity FOD helps children from the slums to continue education where that is appropriate after primary school. This might be University or vocational training. We discovered a number of youngsters with the qualifications to proceed to Nursing but without the £2,000 per annum to do so. We mentioned this in our June 2012 newsletter and the response has been amazing. Based on pledges so far we can support 2 nurses for the next 3 years.
We are partnering with FOD because of the obvious linkages to our school work.
Becoming a nurse sets up these young adults for life -
If you would like to help drop me a line. Abigail is candidate no 1 and her story is below and her picture to the left
There are some others in need and I can pass on details.
June 2013 -
Today Abigail Nthenya’s smile, once so rare, now shines out with the optimism of a future she once never believed she had. Abigail is one of FDC’s greatest success stories. She came to us in 2008 – a candidate with potential but with a family background of neglect and poverty, where she was never going to be able to find school fees or the emotional support she would need to take her through secondary school. With our backing she started Form 1. She didn’t flourish in her first school and was then moved to Tara Girls’, which she successfully completed in 2011 – achieving an admirable C+ for her KCSE, despite her mother dying shortly before Christmas. She has just completed 3 months voluntary work at the Cardinal Maurice Otunga empowerment centre for disadvantaged girls, assisting the Matron and heading up the beading class. She is now keen to pursue a career in nursing and after visiting Kijabe Hospital with our social worker, applied to the Kenya Medical Training College (KMTC), the Mater Hospital and Kijabe. Assistance in funding an expensive nursing course is now a priority as she has just been accepted for a diploma course at the Mater Hospital, which is fabulous news!