BUCKNER KENYA

Transforming lives and Building strong families.

Changing the lives of our vulnerable communities using innovative and progressive means.

About Buckner Kenya

Buckner Kenya is registered in Kenya as an NGO to transform the lives of vulnerable children, and build strong families. Since 2001 Buckner Kenya has maximized on resources and leadership and witnessed exponential growth and expansion in service delivery to the vulnerable.

About Us

Empowerment Programs

Providing focused holistic training and opportunities for sustainable livelihood.

Family Programs

We engage, equip, elevate and strengthen families in our Hope Centres.

Community Programs

 Providing  highly specialized community driven approaches in health, education, business skills and family coaching services.


HOPE SHINES HERE®. EVERYONE. EVERYWHERE.

We are Buckner Kenya, a non-profit organization that offers a variety of services to children and families to build socio-economic skills  to succeed in life.

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  • Internship opportunities
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How You Can Help

We acknowledge that offering educational scholarships, medical supplies, clothing, foodstuff, stationery and sanitary towels to children and families through Buckner Kenya is the first step of their transformational journey. Donate today!

News from Our Blog

  • 13/01/2021 - Bertha Lutome 0 Comments
    Learners All Set for School Amidst the Pandemic

    4th January 2021, marked the start of the new term two dates placed by the Ministry of Education, after the closure of schools in Kenya, in March 2020, due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases, a situation that has forced learners to put off the old term dates, and focus on the new academic calendar.

     

    All learners from Buckner Kenya schools reported to their respective schools, eager to learn and interact with their peers and teachers. The empty class rooms, dinning halls and play grounds that were experienced for close to a year, are now occupied; with class eight learners placing their best foot forward, as they prepare for the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examination, set for March this year.

     

    Aisha Abdalla, a class eight pupil at Seed of Hope Academy in Kitale is optimistic that the resumption of physical classes will make learning fun and easy, since they can easily seek guidance from the teachers.

     

    “We are happy that physical learning is taking place. We can easily interact with our teachers and did our exams in school. Most of us are happy because we posted good results from the previous exams, compared to the exams that were conducted online. We appreciate our teachers for being there for us, and for always training us, even when we were at home. We are looking forward to posting good grades in the final exams, and make Buckner Kenya proud,” said Aisha.

     

    The Ministry of Education has placed stringent measures to help combat the spread of the virus in schools, including; wearing of facemasks at all time, observing social distancing by reducing the number of learners in a classroom, installing several taps with soap and clean running water, to encourage the practice of handwashing and restricting school visits, including interschool competition such as, music, drama festivals, games and science congress, among others, until further notice.

     

    2021 Term Dates for Learners

    Activity               Opening Dates          Closing Dates            Duration
    Term 2                       4/1/2021            19/03/2021              11 weeks
    Holiday                     20/03/2021         9/5/2021                  7 weeks
    Term 3                       10/5/2021          16/07/2021             10 weeks
    Halfterm Break  3/6/2021               7/6/2021                3 Days
    Holiday  17/7/2021            25/7/2021               1 week


    2021 Term Dates for Learners.

    Activity                    Opening              Dates Closing        Dates Duration
    Term 1                  26/7/2021                 1/10/2021                10 weeks
    Halfterm Break      26/8/2021                29/8/2021                   3 days
    Holiday                  2/10/2021                10/10/2021                1 week
    Term 2                 11/10/2021                 23/12/2021             11 weeks
    Christmas/Holiday  24/12/2021                2/1/2022               10 days
    Term 3                   3/1/2022                     4/3/2022                9 weeks
    KCPE                     7/3/2022                    10/3/2022                4 days
    KCSE                      11/3/2022                   1/4/2022         3 weeks 1 day
    KCSE MARKING     4/4/2022                   22/4/2022                3 weeks
     

     

     

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  • 08/12/2020 - Bertha Lutome 0 Comments
    Learning in the Pandemic

    The reopening of schools for grade four and class eight learners revealed hope at the end of the tunnel for most learners, after staying home from March this year, following the unexpected closure of schools by the government, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

     

    Learners from Buckner Kenya schools were more than excited to resume classes, with most of them visiting the school before the actual opening to evaluate the situation at the school. Teachers were quick to ensure that all COVID-19 protocols set by the Ministry of Education are adhered to. More taps were installed and the number of learners occupying a class reduced by half, for them to observe social distancing.

     

    However, the learners had already adjusted to the new normal since teachers at various Buckner Kenya schools were conducting classes virtually.  This, however, was tough for most learners, especially those that come from vulnerable families, whose parents cannot afford mobile phones or did not have enough money to purchase internet bundles daily.

     

    “Almost all of our students lack the capacity needed for online learning. They don’t have the devices, and if they did, most parents could not afford to stream classes or even lack electricity at home. Finding a balance between learning and safety has been a challenge,” said a teacher at Hope Buckner Community School in Bungoma

     

    Learners also found it hard to consult their teachers, especially on the topics that they did not understand, or points that they missed out on during class time, due to unavoidable circumstances.

     

    13-year-old Praxidis Wambaya, a class eight pupil at Hope Buckner Community School in Bungoma, is happy to have reported back to school after a long wait.

     

    “When the schools closed, we were told to review what we had learned and study at home, but I found most topics difficult to understand without a teacher. I also didn’t have time to read as I have to help my parents on the farm all day. Now that we are back and preparing for the national exams, I hope we will get through.  I am excited because we now have our teachers around and we can consult them any day, any time,” said Praxidis

     

    All class eight learners have now placed their best foot forward as they await to seat for their Kenya Certificate of Primary Education in March 2021.

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  • 17/11/2020 - Bertha Lutome 0 Comments
    Dilemma of Choosing Between Life and Livelihood

    A visit to Nairobi’s Dandora slum, on one chilly morning, lead Buckner Nairobi Family Hope Centre case managers into long, hectic walks, forcing them to pass through several secret routes and jump over countless, filthy, wide trenches, polluted with polythene bags and waste products from different parts of the city, in search for a lasting solution for most vulnerable families residing in this part of the county.

     

    The case managers placed their best foot forward and played the role of social entrepreneurs, offering the most sustainable channels for creating a long-lasting impact. It is here that they first interacted with Janet Nduko, a single mother of two boys, residing in an old, single-roomed story building, whose exterior had gone to ruin for lack of upkeep.

     

    Underneath the broken windows, peeled paint, and rotting siding, was a bed, kitchen area, and living room, situated under one roof, leaving no room for someone to relax comfortably.

     

    The announcement of the first COVID-19 case in Kenya and the stringent measures put in place by the government left Janet in limbo, on choosing between life and livelihood. She lost her full-time job and found refuge in doing laundry for her neighbors, generating as little as Kshs. 400 (4 dollars) on lucky days.

     

    The pandemic forced her to live from hand to mouth, with the closure of schools, and initiated dusk to dawn curfew placing a hot nail on her fresh wound. Her children eat one meal a day and would go to bed on an empty stomach since she earned peanuts.

     

    “This pandemic has changed my life to the worst,  I survive with the little I get from good wishers and might at most times prepare porridge for my children as their daily meal,” said Janet, further stating that  “ It hurts me when I see my children crying for food while tugging on my cloth, yet I have nothing to offer,”

     

    Buckner Kenya heed to her plea and offered her facemasks and manna packs to ensure that her family stays healthy, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Her children can comfortably wear a smile on their face and play around with their agemates,  since they now have facemasks, an essential that they couldn’t afford.

     

    “I am grateful to Buckner Kenya for providing me with facemasks and food. The manna packs have immensely contributed to the growth of my children during this tough time,” concluded Janet.

     

     

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