Simenya Journey of Hope School
par St. Paul's United Church Scarborough
- vendredi, 09 juin 2017 de 10:28 Après-midi à dimanche, 31 décembre 2017 10:26 Après-midi (HNA)
- 200 McIntosh Street , Toronto, ON M4L 3G2
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In a small village in western Kenya, young children are getting a better start in life through the “St. Paul’s Journey of Hope School.” Every morning, some 100 children arrive in time for an early breakfast before beginning the day’s classes in arithmetic, science, languages (English, Swahili, and the local dialect), and other subjects. Education, indeed, is opening their eyes, their minds, and doors of opportunity.
Founded in 2009 by Chris Omira and St. Paul’s United Church (Scarborough), the school has been a force for transformation, not just in the lives of the children themselves, but the whole community. Chris understands first-hand the power of education to develop, transform, and liberate the child. Born in this same village of Simenya, his parents sacrificed and struggled to send him to school, where he proved himself a gifted scholar. His studies eventually brought him to the nursing program at Lambton College in Sarnia, Ontario. Now a practicing nurse and educator in London, Ontario, Chris works with St. Paul’s help the “Journey of Hope” to continue.
Working with the leadership and community in Simenya, St. Paul’s joined with Chris in helping construct the school and fund the daily programs. Since 2009 we have seen more hundreds of children finish their primary schooling and go on to further education in high school, college, and university. Through the generosity of St. Paul’s members, our neighbourhood community, local merchants, and other fund-raising efforts, St. Paul’s has helped:
- build a school
- build a day-care addition for toddlers
- provide desks, chairs, and other furnishings
- support a daily breakfast program for the children
- purchase uniforms and supplies for the students
- pay the monthly salaries of the teachers.
The community of St. Paul’s, inspired by the enthusiastic children who eagerly attend classes at the Journey of Hope School, is deeply committed to the long-term sustainability of education in Simenya. New and future projects include improved access to clean water, communal garden plots, and support for secondary education.
A major source of our fundraising is through our Fall Walkathon (Saturday, October 3rd, 2015). Please walk or sponsor a walker; your contribution will make a world of difference to a young scholar in Simenya. See our Canada Helps profile for pictures of the school classroom, the graduating class of 2014, and pictures of some of our members walking in last year's walkathon.