‘Be bold and be brave and tell yourself, ‘I can do this!’’

These were the words of Pastor Henry Muteti of Nairobi Mission Church this morning as he addressed the students of Fountains of Hope School.

Pastor Henry visited with his wife Rachel to present medals and gifts to the top performing students in the school.

I am constantly amazed by the bravery shown by the kids at Fountains of Hope. Like Stacey, one of the girls receiving an award today. Stacey’s mum left her and her two brothers with her father who works as a security guard. He leaves early in the morning to start work at 6am and returns after dark. Stacey is the little mum in their house, she gets her brothers up and ready for school. She cooks and cleans and does the laundry. It’s not safe for a girl her age to be alone in Kibera and for long hours her father is not around to protect her. She does all this and then manages to be one of the top three students in her class. That takes bravery and lot of hard work. Every day I imagine she has to tell herself ‘you can do this’. What an amazing young lady.

Pastor Henry and Rachel Muteti
Pastor Henry and Rachel Muteti

The aim of today’s prize-giving was to encourage and honour those who are doing well and motivate those who are lagging behind. Above all the aim was inspire the children that it doesn’t matter where they have come from, each of them has God-given potential and with a lot of hard work they can achieve their dreams. As Pastor Henry said, ‘your dreams are valid and your dreams can be achieved’.

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Medals for the top performers
Medals for the top performers

We are so grateful to have support from people like Henry and Rachel. Rachel has also supported us in running our parenting course and seminars for our teens.

Each child at the Fountains of Hope School has their own story and their own struggles. Each of them faces struggles at home which distract them from their school work. We all need encouragement now and then, but these guys especially need such cheerleaders to spur them on to keep working hard to overcome their challenges.