Victorine

Everyone at KFACE was so pleased to receive a wonderful letter from one of our students, Victorine, who is in her third year of an environmental studies program at Pwani University.

It was past mid year of 2010 that the reality of my joining a secondary school struck my family. My performance was steady and my constant stories and desire to be the 1st child in my family to study up to tertiary levels amongst my 8 sisters that were married either from class 7 dropouts or at class 8 level, some as worse as class 6.

 “I wonder how you maintain the desire to pursue education in the house of illiterate people, history will simply repeat itself, how I wish you could pray for a good husband to marry you after your KCPE, besides, we are in abject poverty we can’t afford however much we could wish to do so” my mother assertively said by the fire place as we prepared supper.

 Remorsefully affirming to these attributes of our family in my heart, I angrily replied, I must join the secondary or else I will sue you of denying my right to education as your child and there I cried and never took the supper meals.

This kept on and on and on as frequent as I could share my desire to pursue my education with either of my parents.

 My role model was my English Teacher Mrs. Ko’tonde, who could always advice me to never get into the abyss of hopelessness besides my family waves. “ Vicky , come on!! Stop crying, I know it hurts but I will always insist to you that you do your potential at best and surrender all to  God our Father, He’ll never forsake you.” This was a certain Friday at games time when I dodged just to pity my situation behind our class.

 Dawns and dusks!  The results were out, I was happy but nobody celebrated me so I knew the candle had gone off. After some 3 days, I was requested to go visit my elder sister. This was rare and traditionally ladies who were ready to get married could be sent to their elder sisters or aunts and get their husbands from there. Sadly I left home, but promised my heart that am not going to be anything less than what I have ever desired in my life .

 At my sister’s place now and different men stream in especially in the afternoon to make stories together. I never showed the attitude of disgust. Resilience was my best virtue.

One night after several tosses, sleeplessness, agony and hopelessness. I remembered the prayer day when our parish priest said, whoever will get 350/500 to go to him to seek his further directives to sponsorship.

I had 317/500 and I was sorry for myself. As a drowning man always clutch the straw and without sharing my thought with any one. I wake up early and on foot matched to the parish which was a round 5km away from my sister’s house. I shared with him in remorse though pretended to be very happy. He handled me with you don’t deserve this attitude as he mentioned that he only wanted 350 marks and above.

 On my way back to my sister’s place, I offered several prayers, some audibly and others in soliloquys for this was the only last hope I could cliffy hold on. The able relatives were not surfacing any where, I wished they could help me cross this valley but all in vain.

From an empty page of life, you (KFACE) reached out to my weary soul and hands. I could smile, then for several reasons I could never name to the full stop.

Since then we’ve journeyed together, at my flaws you’ve always accommodated me, at my failures you’ve always encouraged me. The visits you paid me in high school and at my home. The laptop….Oh my God, the greatest gift I ever posses in my life. Talking about this is a whole day that I promise I will have to. My studies are easier and hope I never disappoint these efforts.

Am not afraid to say, my life is never the same again, I celebrate you so so so much!! My English Teacher Mrs. Lucy Ko’tonde and myself for keeping strong.  At the university my class always celebrate me as the most diplomatic class representative.

My dream is to change the face of our home, our ugly traditional houses and compound to some small beautiful houses and compound that my parents may celebrate the fruit of my perseverance and ABOVE ALL to assist the other Victorines in my country.

The Gratitude

The memory of my heart

Am grateful.

Lots of love,

From Victorine

 

Kenya Visit 2017

One of KFACE’s directors, Erma Weernink, visited Homa Bay this past summer to check on the program and visit with our students.  The high point was when Erma hosted a gathering of the university students for lunch and an afternoon celebration.  The girls, and one boy, chatted, compared notes, wrote letters to their sponsors and all in all had a fabulous time.  Thank you Erma!

 

Mourine Atieno Odongo – Maseno University

 

Saline Matengo – Baraton University

 

Sharon Okella Adhiambo – Ederton University

 

Atieno Anyango Vivian – Technical University

 

Emelda Achieng Ochieng – Egerton University

Vida Beryl – Moi University

 

Chrisine Akinyi – Mt. Kenya University

 

Irene Adhiambo – Moi University

 

Faith Oyugi – Kabianga University

 

Ogolla Molline Achieng – Jaramogi Oginga Odinga

 

Sharon Atieno Omino – Musinde Muliro University

 

Tracy Bala Akoth – Musinde Muliro University

 

Atieno Monica – University of Nairobi

 

Linda Awuor – Meru University

 

Valary Pesla – Zetech University

 

Akoth Victorine – Pwani University

 

Odeta Akinyi Javela – Laikipia University

 

Molvine Dibogo – Kisumu National Polytechnics

 

Roney Ogutu – Kenyatta University

 

Millicent Akinyi Ogutu – Tom Mboya University

 

Maxine – Sori High School

Director’s Message

The Director’s of KFACE wish to express our sincere condolences to Erma Weernink, fellow director, field agent and sponsor, on the loss of her dear father, Albert Weernink on September 5.

African Dinner

KFACE would like to thank everyone who attended our fundraiser on Thursday June 1.  The African Dinner was a great success and we raised over $2,700!!

A big thank you to Nash and all his staff at Jambo Grill for the delicious food!!  Thanks to Landsea Tours & Adventures, Ken Bailey at the Sea to Sky Gondola, the Vancouver Art Gallery, Samantha Hembroff, Margherita Repetto, and the Jewish Community Centre for donating prizes for our raffle.

 Thank you to Peter Kostaps for designing a beautiful poster for the event, and special thanks to our MC Paul Chiarenza who always has everyone laughing, and also organizes basketball tournaments to benefit KFACE with his students at Southridge Secondary School!

2017 African Feast

KFACE is hosting our African Dinner on Thursday June 1, 2017 at 6:00pm.  We hope to see everyone there again this year for another fun night and delicious food at Jambo Grill!

2017 KFACE Annual General Meeting

The Kenya Foundation to Aid Children through Education will be holding their Annual General Meeting on Tuesday April 18, 2017.

Our First Post-Secondary Graduation!

KFACE is excited to announce that Rahema is our first post-secondary graduate student!!  She recently graduated from Asumbi Teachers’ College and we are very proud of her!

Well done Rahema!

KFACE KLASSIC 2017

On the weekend of January 27 28, the Southridge Senior Girls Basketball Team, the Storm, hosted for the third time the KFACE KLASSIC, an exciting basketball tournament for the best teams across the province.  As the name of the tournament illustrates, the players, their coach Paul, the parents and other volunteers work tirelessly to organize the tournament as a benefit for KFACE.

We are so grateful to them all for their generosity and hard work.  We are also deeply impressed with the example the school provides and the opportunity it gives its students to be involved in such a meaningful way with their peers in far away Africa.

The Southridge players distinguished themselves with an impressive second place finish, losing only to Langley Christian.  Congratulations to the winners and all the players and wonderful people who participated in this generous event.

New Sponsors

We started working six years ago with high school students, 16 of whom were accepted last year at university.  Thanks to our generous sponsors, they are now able to take advantage of this opportunity to attend University and pursue a career.

However, this year, because of a recent change in requirements, we have seven more candidates than we have sponsors.  That so many qualified is wonderful news, but we urgently need new sponsors.

It takes $700 a year to sponsor a girl in university.  Additionally, we try to provide a few items she will need when she leaves, as well as a short course in computer training.  We are looking for sponsors ($700 a year for four years), or co-sponsors ($350 a year), or contributions for computer training ($100) or initial shopping expenses ($100).

Any donations are greatly appreciated!!

2016 Annual Bridge Tournament

On November 19 KFACE hosted our Annual Bridge Tournament at the Vancouver Bridge Club.  It was another successful event for us and we raised $2,000.00 for our foundation!

A huge thank you to Ken Lochang, Mike and Vicki Moffat, Julie Smith, Rhoda Taffler, and Susan Peters for their help with this year’s tournament!!

Looking forward to next year’s tournament!!