The first week of the holiday programme is almost over. It has been a busy week, but it has been nice to have a different schedule and more activities. In addition to what we have been doing before, now we have also classes on acting and photography. Venna’s first acting class was quite much fun and I also took part in it. The youth also seemed to have a lot of fun and enjoy the different activities and games we did during the class. I felt like it was a good way to just let go and have fun and laugh. We did laugh a lot that is true. My drawing classes on Monday and Tuesday and my life skills class yesterday all went very well, so I am happy and content about the first week.
The youth in my drawing class is showing a lot of talent. Especially Boni and George are all doing really well and discovering their own style. William and Brian need to practice on their patience, but they are doing really nice too. The books are going to great I am sure of that! I am so happy I have the opportunity to do this with the youth. I am not perfect at drawing myself, but I enjoy it and that is the most important thing. I will be happy if even one person will remember a tip or advice I have given them about drawing. That is evidence of an impact I have made.
The School Fee campaign ended this week on Wednesday the 31st of October. 24 hours before the end of the campaign we were 15 000 SEK away from our 70 000 SEK goal. It seemed like we were not going to reach the goal, but it was still a good number though. However, in the end we reached the goal and even went over it. The final number was 87 759 SEK which is around 7500 euros. That is more than what was needed, but the surplus is going to be saved for next year. Around 260 euros, which is the price for one year in high school, might seem like a small amount of money for many people, since in Europe for example, people can use that money for a phone, for a purse, for shoes, for a vacation and so on. For these nine young students however, it means another year in school, which means they are getting one step closer to their future dreams, whatever they might be.
Happiness and Evette are good examples of the positive impact of the School Fee Campaign. They have been a part of it since high school and continue to be now during their university studies. Through education they have been able to find their academic interests and pursue more specific studies in university. Happiness is 20 years old and she is studying sociology in the Zetech University. Evette is 21 years old and she is also studying sociology, but in the University of Nairobi. The combination of studying at a university and working at Wale Wale, gives the girls a perfect combination of theory and practice. These are both valuable experiences. These two incredible ladies are also a perfect example for the younger kids at Wale. They come from the same social environment, but through education they have been able to learn, discover their interests, they have become great leaders and mentors and they have become confident young adults.
Below you can see more of the photos I have taken of these incredible and inspiring young people for the school fee campaign.