Akonkwa visiting CVC

Akonkwa, one of the founders of CVC who now lives in the US, recently visited Kenya with his wife Jennifer and friend Brittany. We were very happy to see them and would like to thank them for continuing to support the school

Akonkwa, Jennifer and Brittany with CVC staff

Akonkwa, Jennifer and Brittany with CVC staff

 

New School Year Begins

On Wednesday 4 January we opened for the new school year. The pictures show Porfirio, our friend from the US, giving out the school supplies he donated to the children. Thank you Porfirio!

Porfirio giving out school supplies

Porfirio giving out school supplies

We would like to wish all our friends and supporters around the world a happy and successful 2017!

Porfirio giving out school supplies

Porfirio giving out school supplies

 

CVC Christmas Party

On 22 December we held a Christmas party at CVC. There was an inflatable play area, face painting and food, and everyone had a lot of fun! The children also received a free medical check.

The inflatable playground

The inflatable playground

The event was made possible due to the generous support of Porfirio Ramirez, an American friend of the school who is visiting Kenya. Thank you Porfirio!

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Do you have business skills? Can you help us make the school self-sufficient?

We already keep a few pigs and sell the piglets, and grow vegetables to make some money for the school, but the amount we are making is relatively small and we still rely on donations to keep the school running.

CVC pigs

One of our pigs with her piglets

While we are very grateful to all our donors and hope they will continue to support us, our long-term goal is to become self-sufficient. We are looking to keep more pigs and a friend is fundraising so that we can have a greenhouse to increase the amount of vegetables we grow. We are also open to other business ideas.

The pig sheds and the land where vegetables are grown

The pig sheds and the land where we grow vegetables

Please contact us if you can help us to create an overall strategy for self-sufficiency, advise us on how to expand our existing businesses or have ideas for new ones that we could start. While all assistance will be greatly appreciated, we would particularly welcome input from people who have practical experience with businesses in Kenya or other developing countries.

Giving out donated clothes at the end of the school year

Yesterday was the end of the school year so we held a closing day event where  we talked to the children about progress and the results of the exams they all took last week.

Children with donated clothes

Children with donated clothes

The most exciting part of the event came at the end when we gave out clothes donated by a Canadian organisation called Partage International which the children were very happy to receive. Thank you!

The school will reopen on 4 January.

Would you like to sponsor a child at our school?

Sponsorship gives you the opportunity to form a personal connection with a child at our school. We will send you updates including a letter or picture from them twice a year and you may write to them as often as you wish. If you are visiting Kenya you are welcome to visit the school and meet your sponsored child.

Nzinza Gentillea refugee from D. R. Congo living with her aunty and her sick mother. She is a 13 year old class four student

Nzinza Gentille is one of the children looking for a sponsor

Sponsorship costs US$30 a month and you can choose to pay monthly, quarterly or yearly.

Sponsored children do not pay school fees and your money benefits the whole school by being used to buy items such as food, books and education materials, and to pay our teachers.

Please go to the Sponsor a Child page to see a list of children looking for sponsors and to complete the application form.

Exams are Finished

Our class 8 students have finished their exams today so will be leaving CVC. We wish them good luck with their results and with their studies at secondary school next year!

Class 8 students after their exams

Class 8 students after their exams

Donate through our new Fundraising Page

We have a new fundraising page on M-Changa at https://secure.changa.co.ke/myweb/share/8348

CVC school children

CVC school children

Please share it with your friends and family and consider making a donation if you are able to do so. Kenyans can donate through M-Pesa and other mobile money services while international donors can send money through PayPal. Thank you for your support 🙂

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The reason for moving to a new fundraising site is that on 1 November 2016, Betterplace are closing all fundraising pages that do not belong to organisations registered as tax-exempt in Germany or Austria. This is due to changes in German law.

KCPE Exams Next Week

Good luck to our Class 8 students who will be taking their KCPE exams next week!

Class 8 students studying with one of their teachers

Class 8 students studying with one of their teachers

These exams are taken by all Kenyan children in their final year of primary school. They will join secondary school next year.

Would you like to link with our School?

Do you work at, or know of, a school or children’s/youth group that would like to exchange letters with the children at our school or work on joint projects? If so, please get in contact with us.

Children in class

Children in class

Christ’s Victory Centre is a mixed nursery and primary school located in the Githurai area of Nairobi run by a registered Community Based Organisation. We have 200 students aged between 3 and 20. In Kenya children normally leave primary school at age 13/14, but some of ours are older as they have missed out on education and are catching up. Around 60% are refugees, the majority from DR Congo and South Sudan, and the rest are Kenyan, mostly from poorer families.

Children in class

Children in class

Linking with us is a great way for children to make new friends and learn about different countries and cultures, the reality of life in Kenya, and the additional challenges faced by refugees. As our name suggests, the school runs on Christian principles but we accept children whatever their religious beliefs and are happy to link with schools/groups from any or no religion. As we do not have computers at school, we would prefer to exchange letters by post.

We are not expecting schools/groups to fundraise for us (although they can if they wish to) but as a school with very limited resources we do request help with the cost of postage.

Please share this with anyone you know who may be interested!