More than 100 Buckner Kenya school's pupils complete primary school education.
“With Buckner, the gift of shoes can be the first step in a transformational journey,” BSFOS. Thousands of pupils from Buckner Kenya Schools in the Western Region received new shoes and socks from Buckner Kenya, courtesy of Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls.
Buckner Kenya's Reynolds Community School in Cherangany has emerged winners of this year's Insha writing competition. The annual event saw all the 36 candidates compete for the top price, with three students emerging among the top ten in Western region. This is the second time that Reynolds School has produced top students in the essay writing competition.
The second term of every academic calendar year gives learners in primary, secondary and institutions of higher learning a golden opportunity to showcase their talents and the African culture through Music festivals.
Students compete and interact with their colleagues from different learning institutions at the zonal, county, regional and National levels. The three month event consists of musical activities such as oral verses (solo and choral), public speaking, singing games, folk songs and set pieces.
Alex Abwabu, the Head teacher of Baptist Preparatory School in Nairobi concurs with the Ministry of Education by encouraging students to
participate in the event.
“We give our students a chance to participate in the music festivals because it is part of the new curriculum. Students also utilize their talents through song, dance and recitation of choral and solo verses,” says Teacher Alex
Buckner Kenya schools (Baptist Preparatory School in Nairobi, Hope Buckner Community School in Bungoma, Seed of Hope Academy in Kitale, Reynolds Community School in Cherangany and Mudoma ECDE in Busia) have participated in the competition for more than a decade.
“The event also promotes interaction and exchange of forums.This has over the years created an impact in the lives of the students, they can now express themselves fluently and with confidence," says Teacher Alex.
Kenya Schools Music Festival has been in existence for 92 years with the 93rd National Music festivals set for 5th of August at Kabarak University in Nakuru county.
Travel with Buke Tours& Travel to the hub of salt-mining Elephants, beautiful sceneries of caves and spectacular waterfalls bisected by the border of Kenya and Uganda.
Mount Elgon National Park in the Western part of Kenya is one of the highly visited tourist attraction areas; owing to its unique cross border tourism feature, making it the ideal place for hiking.
Tourists have the option of climbing the Mountain from the Kenyan side and sliding to Uganda or vice versa! Interesting right! The 169 Km² Park’s forest has distinct vegetation zones including;
The Lush Montane Forest (2000m-2500m): This is a dry, highland, evergreen type forest of forest that has more than 100 species of epiphytic orchids, ferns and trailing lianas.
Mixed Bamboo and Podocapus Zone (3000m-3500m): This zone has varieties of plants and animals in the mountain.
Heath Zone (3000m-3500m): It consists of shrubby bush and beautiful wildflowers.
Moorland Zone (3500m-4321m): This zone enjoys possession of different species of endemic plants on the mountain.
When to go
The park being on a mountain means there is a lot of rain experienced all year round. The best month to visit the park is December and February.
What to take with you during the hike
Plenty of drinking water, picnic items, waterproof gear, warm clothing, walking boots, and camping equipment’s.
Park entry fee
Citizen- Adult’s ksh 300, Children ksh215, Non-Resident- adults $ 26, children $17
Joy bursts on the face of 62 year old Marita Wamukota as shares her transformational journey- A renewal she almost lost to poverty.
Today, Marita is a happy and healthy widow leaving in an iron sheet thatched house, caring for her 8 grandchildren. A dream she thought would never be a reality before she enrolled for family coaching at Buckner Bungoma Family Hope Center in Bisunu village.
“I am so happy that I was introduced to Buckner Kenya. My life has been transformed and my neighbours can bear me witness. Leaving in a grass thatched house with cracked walls and a leaking roof was a night mare for my grandchildren and I,” Marita says.
“The social workers at the FHC empowered me economically, they taught me how to venture into profit making business and take care of my family.That gives me the zeal and energy to run my business daily.”
Buckner Kenya‘s mission of transforming lives and building strong families is made possible through empowerment programs conducted by social workers in all Family Hope Centres located in 5 central counties in Kenya.
Buckner Kenya is giving families like Marita’s the skills and resources needed to generate income and make ends meet for their families.
“We engage with most families that are almost giving up with life because they are not able to meet their demands. Step by step we walk with them in the journey towards transformation and encourage them to believe in themselves because they hold the key to a bright future on their hands,” Says Robinson, team leader Bungoma FHC.
Robinson acknowledges that the clients are taught on the importance of saving as an essential element in life.
“Most families that enrolled for coaching in this facility are now running their businesses. The profit acquired from their businesses is then saved in the Buckner SACCO. They are then allowed to apply for loans to expand their businesses thereafter.” He says
For Marita, saving the profit she acquired from subsistence farming with Buckner SACCO has enabled her to build a new house, increased her livestock and bought goats as well pay school fees for her grandchildren.
“I am glad that I now leave in a comfortable house, the financial empowerment knowledge I received from Buckner Kenya as well as a loan from the SACCO has enabled me to provide for my grandchildren. I am able to run my business well.” she says
Buckner Kenya has schools located in all the Family Hope Centers located across the country.
Located in the Aberdare mountain range is the Aberdare National Park.
Buke Tours and Travel now has the Aberdare package. The five day safari includes interesting activities like morning safari drive in Aberdare National Park, bush culinary experience, nature walks, bird watching, golf, hiking, horse riding, drive to Solio Game ranch and Ol Pajeta.
East African Residents (adults) 1500 KSh
East African students and children 500 KSh
Non-resident adult USD$52
Non-resident students and children $26
Best time to plan for this safari
Long dry season between July and October is the best for a safari at the Aberdare ranges.
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Family fun day is important as it builds a strong family identity. Buckner Kenya looks at this special event as one that brings together clients undergoing family coaching, hence building a lifetime bound. Everyone looks forward to this day. It is one that you can't afford to miss!
This concept is simply a group funding strategy where members of a group meet occasionally, place their savings, loan repayments and other contributions on the table before them and then proceed to borrow immediately either as long or short-term loans according to individual interest.