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5 Things to Celebrate in Embakasi

Some of the students and their mothers and guardians gather after first term.

Some of the students and their mothers and guardians gather after first term.

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.

Side by Side board visits Mercyline at Kimana Secondary School for Girls

Side by Side board visits Mercyline at Kimana Secondary School for Girls

Side by Side and NGCI visiting Lilian at her school, Gideon's Memorial Academy

Side by Side and NGCI visiting Lilian at her school, Gideon's Memorial Academy

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, as the coordinator for the Embakasi Project. 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.

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.

Students enrolled in the Embakasi Project who attend King's Academy

Students enrolled in the Embakasi Project who attend King's Academy

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.

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