Student Council End of term Christmas Boxes
At the end of last term thanks to everyone’s fantastic kindness and contributions our Student Council was able to take Christmas boxes to Shiner’s, a local orphanage.
Here is our Student Council President’s report of the occasion.
"On the last day of school the student council went to Shiners in Tom Mboya, to finally give all your hearty donations☺. It was a great experience, we got to see so many children who were less fortunate than us, and make them happy with a Christmas gift. It was so touching to all the children so grateful, with something small.
A news paper reporter also came and took a couple of pictures and we came in the newspaper 2 days later!
Thank you, Mama Samson for arranging this trip"
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CHRISTMAS BUCKETS 2013
This year’s Christmas bucket collection was organised by Miss Mikuska and Mr Swais! Each Key stage was given a different project to raise funds for Key stage 1 students where collecting buckets for the Braeburn Ancillary staff. The Key stage winners were 2B
(15 Buckets) and 5J.
Key stage 2 collected buckets for the KUYG Special Needs Youth group and Shauriyako village; KS winners were 4B with 15 buckets.
Key stage 3 collected for the Team Thunder FC and the Kawangware car wash. KS winners were 7B with 27 buckets.
Braeburn Ancillary Staff
There are over 60 staff members who make up the ground staff, cooking staff, security staff and cleaners who work at Braeburn who do so much every day just to keep the school up and running. KS1 showed their appreciation by collecting as many buckets as they could for them.
Key stage 2:
KUYG Youth Group & Shauriyako village:
Charles Wanjiro, a youth worker who set up The Kawangware Urumwe Youth Group and The Watoto Pamoja Youth group in order to educate people on disability and extinguish the old tradition of looking down upon and mistreating young disabled children in Kawangware. He is a great guy who has made a great contribution to the community mainly off his own back and small donations.
I have to be honest with you guys, when I first met up with Charles I explained to him that I had not seen many children with disabilities in Kawangware, to which he horribly replied that many of the disabled children often either get tied up to their beds or locked in their houses as the parents are too ashamed to let their child out. Now although a lot of this has stopped due to Charles’s intervention and education unfortunately it still happens quite often!
Shaoriyako Village is located in rural Dagoretti in the middle of a forest; the village has no school or shop and are usually forgotten about. Simple things like water and electricity are hard to find so the locals are in a tough situation. Let’s make this a Christmas they will remember and collect as many buckets as we can for them.
Key stage 3:
Kawangware is next door! It has hundreds of thousands of residents, many of whom are children. Water supplied by the city authority is not available every day. Safe drinking water is expensive in Kawangware so most people drink dirty infected water.
Many children in the slum do not attend school. The population is ethnically diverse. Many persons in Kawangware are HIV-positive. Kawangware has a medical clinic. Most people there live on less than 80KSH a day so Christmas presents are out of the question but we can put a smile on their face by collecting as many buckets as possible for them!
Team Thunder FC was set up when the Slumdwellers Football academy discarded its youth mindset, the aim of the team is to provide free football training and fixtures to the children of Kawangware.
The Team is coached by Laban and Wanjera who offer their free time to help out boys from 8-17 years of age, The teams are made up of Under 12’s, Under 14’s and an Under 17 team (overall around 70 boys), there are 2 coaches (Laban and Wanjera) who offer free training to the boys every evening to try keep them off the street and give them something to look forward to every day. The coaches do this free of charge even though they themselves come from poor backgrounds.
The area where the boys train is a small sandy/stony area around 40x40 and most of the boys play barefoot, In regards to equipment they only have 1 ball, about 5 cones and no bibs!
All of the above Projects are linked with the Thunder Foundation.
Thank you for making Christmas 2013 a meaningful and joyous occasion for all the recipients of the Christmas buckets.
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UNIQUE CHRISTMAS GIFT: CANVAS PHOTOGRAPH BY SHANNON HARDISTY
SUPPORT THE WATAMU TURTLE WATCH
|A newly hatched Green Turtle on the edge of the sea. Only 1 out of 1000 hatchlings will make it to adulthood. The Hatchlings are surprisingly strong and must swim past the reef before they reach their feeding grounds and begin their ‘Lost Years’.|
The mangroves of Mida Creek are part of a major feeding ground for Juvenile Hawksbill Turtles and some Greens. Watamu Turtle Watch: Local Ocean Trust is hoping to plant their 100,000th mangrove seedling by the end of the year.
Sunrise over Kilifi bridge, the moment of stillness at the end of a long nights work for many fishermen.
|A newly hatched Green Turtle makes its way to the sea. Turtles rarely hatch during the day, however I was lucky enough to see it happen twice. Only Green and Oliver Ridley turtles lay their nests on the Kenyan coastline.|
Squidglet is a 72kg Loggerhead turtle that was caught beyond the reef by fishermen. It is very rare to have a Loggerhead this close to the Kenyan coast, especially such a large adult.
Watamu Turtle Watch: Local Ocean Trust
Watamu Turtle Watch is a non-profit organisation dedicated to the protection of the world’s turtle population. There are many different facets to this project:
|WTW works hand in hand with the fishermen in and around the Watamu Marine Park. If a turtle becomes caught in a net or caught by a speargun, the fishermen call WTW so that the project can come and record data, make sure the turtle is healthy and then release it back into the ocean a safe distance from the fishing grounds. If the turtle is deemed unwell, it is taken back to the project and put into rehab where it receives the care it needs then released into the wild.|
Education and Conservation
The project not only thinks of the turtles but also of the community and how much it can, and does, affect the well-being of the marine park. Watamu Turtle Watch works with many schools and women’s groups from around the marine park to help spread the message of conservation as well as holding regular mangrove, beach and poaching surveys.
All Proceeds from these photos go to Watamu Turtle Watch
BRAEBURN KISUMU INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL
At the end of last term our Student Council went to a local Children’s Remand Home to distribute various items the students bought with the Ksh30,000/- they raised on the Fun Day. It is always sad when children are remanded in custody in any country, but even more so in Kenya, where the conditions are poor. I realise that the children may have committed crimes, but regardless of this we must rocgnise that giving the children sanitary wear, soap and blankets is quite simply a Human Right and I was therefore proud that the Student Council chose this worthy cause. Here is a couple of accounts of their day.
Carmel O’Dolan, Headteacher
On the way to the Remand home there was a lot of litter. When we were there we were introduced to the children that live there. We were shown round the young boys and girls rooms and the older boys and girls’ rooms. When we saw the boys toilets the manager told us that the boys broke through the wall and escaped the remand home. Because of that accident, the manager decided to make a wall and add two metal gates/doors to make sure that the children won’t escape from the remand home. After that the manager showed us the lunch room, class rooms and the TV room. The small boys and big girls did some singing and dancing for us, then we all introduced ourselves. After that we gave out bed sheets and blankets, soap, biscuits and juice. Then we left and went back to school.
By Miriam Bechtel
The Student Council visited a children’s remand home in Kisumu on the first Saturday of the vacation. Reindert and Annie gave speeches and we all introduced ourselves to the kids. They were aged 5 to 18 and were all there because the police arrested them. It is meant as a temporary holding area for juvenile offenders until their court cases are processed. We distributed soap and blankets to the kids and donated some juice and biscuits for a snack. We all learned a great deal and had fun interacting with the children there many of whom were our own ages.
A few weeks back, Braeburn School U13 A’s played the Slumdwellers Football Academy from Kawangware. We wanted to give the children from SFA an opportunity to interact with the Braeburn pupils and also a chance for the SFA boys to play on a grass pitch! Prior to the start of the match, the boys sang the Kenyan National Anthem and all players shook hands. From the start it was obvious that the SFA boys had amazing touch and composure and in no time they were 3-0 up. Braeburn battled back, but the first half ended 4-0. At this stage it would have been easy for the Braeburn boys to loose faith and give up, however they kept on battling throughout the second half and were unlucky not to score a consolation goal as the SFA ran out 8-0 winners!
The Slumdwellers Football Academy is located in Kawangware. They have many teams from U18 and below, offering the street kids of Kawangware the chance to do something productive with their days instead of walking the streets. As well as the coaching, the children are offered a meal (for most the only meal of the day) and for a fortunate few, the SFA offer them short term accommodation to make them feel special. Although they manage to play amazing football when they train they only have 5 balls, 10 bibs and 10 cones to work with!
After the match both sets of players came together and the mutual respect was evident to see and although the Braeburn boys were hammered they were very gracious in defeat and learnt a lot from the game and the experience.
Raad Swais - Braeburn Schools Primary
Village of Hope Centre - Ngando (off Ngong Road) were delighted to receive a donation of children books from Braeburn Schools.
The Centre offers after-school tuition to primary school children, and often provide activities during the school holidays.
SAFARI NJEMA – Circus Show
Braeburn Theatre, Sunday 3 February 2013
Braeburn Supports the Development of Arts and Culture in Kenya
Sarakasi Trust is a performing arts development organisation working toward building capacity in the performing arts sector in Kenya. The organisations' core stems from a firm belief in the use of Culture for Development and the positive role that culture can play to eradicate poverty.
Since its establishment in 2001 the Trust has run a training and outreach program that continues to touch lives of thousands of children and young adults growing up in the slums of Nairobi every year. In addition Sarakasi's lively and now famous international exchange and performance program has seen literally hundreds of artists benefit from the experience and often the financial benefits that performing on the world's stages can offer.
Arts and Culture for a better world!
To develop, facilitate, support and promote performing arts and culture for social and economic advancement of society.
FAB (Friends at Braeburn) VISIT NAIVASHA KSPCA
Saturday 2 February 2013
Braeburn Supports the Kenya Society for the Protection and Care of Animals
On Saturday 2nd February we went with a small delegation of (FAB) parents and students from Braeburn to the KSPCA in Naivasha. The reason for our visit was to hand over a donation of Ksh93,162/-, raised through a number of different FAB fundraising events held in 2012.
The Naivasha branch of the KSPCA was the lucky recipient of this money as a result of a survey asking the Braeburn School students which projects they would like to support. As FAB already helps a lot of schools, social organisations and orphanages, the students decided they also wanted to help the rescue animals!
The KSPCA will use the funds for rebuilding the old kennels for the dogs and they have already bought hay for the donkeys.
The kittens and the puppies were particularly favoured by the students. All these animals still need to find a nice home……..! The KSPCA can always use any donation of animal food, toys for animals, blankets, etc. So if you are going to Naivasha just pass by, they are on the South Lake Road.
FAB Charities Sub-Committee