Did you know that our Giraffe Education Centre’s (GEC) secondary students all receive a cursory level of agricultural study in Form 1 which then becomes optional at higher level forms? We have a small agricultural plot used for practical study located on rented property next to GEC - near a small town, Joska, south-east of … Continue reading The GEC farm!
Having passed my high school national exam, I automatically received admission to Moi university, a public university located in Eldoret, a small town in the north rift of Kenya, to study for a four-year bachelor’s degree in Business Management majoring in the management of sports. Now I am in my last year and must say it really … Continue reading Eric’s dream for the future
Our family has been a Giraffe Project sponsor for years and we’ve always wanted to visit the schools in Nairobi. Finally, we got our chance when my parents invited us on a safari to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary – in Kenya! We arranged to arrive in Nairobi a couple of days early, and Jackie … Continue reading The Vermeylen family visits Mathare
Joan and her sister are orphans and both grew up knowing much hardship. However, Joan’s life was transformed when she was taken onto the Giraffe sponsorship programme and she is now looking for her first job after graduating with a degree from the Technical University of Kenya - independent and secure at last with a … Continue reading Joan’s Journey
After years of desire and a full term of planning, the long awaited date finally came. The two day tour was going to be one of a kind. We set off early in the morning with great expectations. Along the way were numerous sites and features to behold. We alighted occasionally at points of interest … Continue reading GEC Trip to Nakuru
Hujambo, I am Matilda Muthoni, a 23-year-old nursing student at Kenya Medical Training College (KMTC) Kenya at Lodwar Turkanu County. Lodwar, the capital of Turkana County, is the largest town in North-western Kenya located near Lake Turkana and is one of the places in Kenya with extremely high temperatures; the maximum temperature readings being … Continue reading Working as a student nurse
When I was in school I always thought of what I would do to repay The Giraffe not only for their kindness but also generosity. After finishing Secondary School, I decided to volunteer in the Giraffe office which as a privilege and when the sponsorship coordinator Jackie and John said they were coming, three of … Continue reading A new experience
C. was the little girl whose mother left to find work in another country leaving her children behind. You can read her story in the Poster Girl blog. What I didn't say was that C. had an older sister, also part of the Giraffe programme, and at the time all this was going on, she … Continue reading Behind the scenes
Sponsors get a great deal out of the relationship with their sponsored child — but sponsorship has its critics too. The Giraffe Project works primarily through direct financial support of individual children by individual sponsors. For the sponsor, this brings a close, personal connection with a specific individual that they (often as a family) can genuinely and consistently … Continue reading Sponsorship – does it work?
I want to introduce you to some of the people who have inspired us at Giraffe. So meet C, having her photo taken outside her school. She smiles and gives a thumbs up, a little bundle of giggles and mischief. Out of shot, her teacher stands, a reassuring presence, but C doesn't need any reassurance. … Continue reading Poster girl…