Narok Children Event
Excitement, joy, play, dance and extra ordinary energy characterized 31st July and 1st August 2014 at Shiners Academy in Narok. Not even the dull weather could dampen this mood! On these days, about 350 school children and about 20 community children, all aged between 4 & 15 got a chance to discover and express their God given talents and gifting. Shiners Academy is a Christian school owned by Pastor Alex Karia (one of the key partner church leaders who work with Possibilities Africa). The school is located in Ntulele (a rural set up) in Narok County.
Besides the normal school educational curriculum, it also seeks to provide a platform for holistic mentorship to children. PA believes that the transformation of Africa in a generation is pegged on mentoring the children of Africa today. This is the reason such events are organized, to invest in the children of Africa for a better and responsible future.
Themed “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength” – Philippians 4:13, the fun-filled two days were graced by skits, dance, songs, from students and teaching from Shiners Academy teachers and PA team of staff and volunteers. PA’s had a limited role of guiding the leaders in this community to understand and own the child mentorship agenda.
The fun was so much that the children didn’t want to miss out on any activity even for a second; they had their meals in record time for fear of losing out on any activity! Scenes of children competing for the best sitting spots in the church hall (venue of the activities due to a chilly weather) were the order of the days. The main activities of the days were teachings centered on Godly and Christian values. Bible scriptures were used to support the teachings. Besides the bible teachings, older girls had separate session with PA’s Costa and Sylvia together with teachers from the school to talk about Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in effort to insulate the girls against this retrogressive cultural practice. The girls were taught about- FGM and its negative impact to the girl child; what to do if threatened with FGM at home /community level (teachers gave their support and willingness to help the girls if they approached them for help); what to do if one has already been forced to undergo FGM; finding their identity in God as young girls, His good plans for their lives and pursuing their dreams. They also had a prayer session with the girls where they asked God to empower and protect the vulnerable girls.
Other activities by the children included doing memory verses, skits, dance and song. According to Pastor Alex Karia, the parents appreciated the event. They noted that:
- The event was good because it brought to the fore the talents and abilities of the children
- The event was instrumental in instilling good values in the children. It was also a perfect platform to provide holistic mentorship to the children.
- The event enhanced the self-esteem and confidence of the children. They got an opportunity to speak and showcase their unique talents in front of their peers and teachers.
This event was indeed a great self-initiated and fully funded by the community pointing to the growth that has happened in communities now able to plan, fund and implement their own community transformation programs. With leaders like Pastor Alex being equipped and supported to work for the transformation of their communities we are convinced that many lives, individuals, and communities in Kenya and Africa will surely be transformed.
With God all things are possible!