1. Eleven children are now included in the project
Side by Side’s original goal of providing education through at least high school for 10 children has been met and surpassed. At this point, we are coming alongside eleven individuals ages 8-20 offering educational support in school fees, books and uniforms as well as additional supports as needed individually.
2. Five girls are enrolled in the program
Orphaned girls face additional challenges as they grow into maturity and forge their place in the community. This year, Mercyline and Lilian were joined by Blessing, Claudia and Marie more than doubling our enrollment of young women.
3. Staff is growing and going further
As part of her broader duties at Nairobi Gospel Centres International (NGCI), the project has welcomed Jackie, an Administrative Professional to assist Enock in managing the program. The Embakasi Project has grown with Jackie and is now able to document and centralize more measurable data, such as school records, and personal information like career goals, and even favorite foods and music. Jackie’s addition to the team has freed time for Enock to mentor participants in the program and provide emotional support.
4. Bigger goals have been set
Side by Side has set sights higher with a new goal to support 15 children through at least high school.
5. Impact is spreading
A school in Embakasi, run by NGCI, has adopted the Embakasi Project model for their scholarship application and assessment process to support vulnerable children. The church currently supports 15 students, providing impactful education for vulnerable children.
Many teachers at the school also attended Side by Side’s initial teacher trainings. The 20 kindergarten students who attended the school at the beginning of Side by Side’s partnership in Embakasi has grown to 180 students. Now, the Kenyan government is working to introduce a new curriculum, a challenge for the academy that we believe they will meet beautifully.