Hope Alive Kids Fest



15TH DECEMBER, 2015, Homa Bay, Kenya…..As the country celebrated its 52nd anniversary on 12thDecember, 600 young pupils at Nyatwere Primary School, in Oyugis, Homa Bay County, received food donations and a fun-filled treat from Julie and Tony Gichuru under the Hope Alive Kids Fest.

The couple has been supporting the school since 2014, under the School Feeding Cup of Uji program to ensure that children have a meal daily while at school.  Last year, they also provided the school with 50Early Childhood Education desks for the pre-primary pupils.

“It doesn’t sound right for children to be limited from pursuing education due to lack of food. These are the leaders we shall rely on for the future and so we should play our part in raising them,” said Julie at the event.

The couple has also sponsored 4 children, two girls and two boys through high school. The girls are Patricia Achieng and Terry-Lucy Atieno who school at Kereri Girls High School Kisii and Sudi Girls respectively.  The two boys, Patrick Ochieng and Peter Owili both study at Ringa Boys, Kisumu. The bright students each receive school fees, pocket money and shopping so that they are able to concentrate on their studies.

Nyatwere Primary School is a public mixed day primary school located in Kachien Location, Kasipul Division, Kasipul Kabondo Constituency in Homa Bay County. The school offers education to children from the surrounding community, some of whom are orphaned or raised by their grandparents.

On his part, School Head Teacher Berrit Kalolo appreciated the noble gesture and encouraged the pupils to perform better in order to succeed in life. He also called upon the community to support the school by encouraging the children to go to school.

“Food has been a challenge to the pupils because some come from home without a single meal. This certainly affects their concentration in class. Asante sana to our sponsors for supporting us since last year and we appeal to others to see how they can make a difference and step in. we have seen less children fall ill and some are performing well in school,” he noted.

The Hope Kids Alive is a charity run by Arimus Media to reach out to the less fortunate community across the country. Every year, the Fest visits children supported under the initiative to be able to uplift the lives of the community.

The event was also graced by Former Miss Tourism, Homa Bay County, Dena Achieng.

The children were treated to childhood pleasures such as face-painting, playing football, catwalking, singing, dancing and also having mchongoano moments that left everyone in stitches. Some of the children had their first encounter with a bouncing castle. To crown the day, all the students and  guests shared a mouthwatering meal of nyama choma, rice, chapati, stew, and snacks.

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