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  • 25/04/2022 - Bertha Lutome 0 Comments
    Hope Shines at Hope Buckner Community School

    Faith, hope, patience, and persistence are what give learners and teachers of Hope Buckner Community School in Bungoma the desire to push and win. The school emerged among the top-performing schools in Bungoma County, in the 2021 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) with a mean score of 322.


     “We are proud of our teachers and all the 31 learners who sat for their national examination this year. It warms our hearts that none of them scored below 270 marks out of the possible 500 and they will all join great schools like Chewoyet Boys, Bungoma High school, and Bunyore Girls among others,” says Henry Namisano, headteacher


    The school not only offers education and mentorship sessions to the learners but also empowers them with the power of self-identity, hence boosting their self-esteem.


    “This school has taught me to accept myself, know who I am, and everything that I can do well. I am grateful to everyone who took me through the journey of self-realization and ignited my dream of becoming an engineer in the future so that I can have a better life. I am requesting my teachers to keep nurturing the leaders of tomorrow and keep up with the good work,” says Alphine Simiyu, a top pupil at Hope Buckner Community School.


    Buckner Kenya aims at improving the lives of the people of Bisunu village, by offering quality and affordable education services. The school offers a conducive learning environment for the learners by offering them comfortable seats and desks, certified teachers, a playground, and learning materials.


    “Education is the best gift that we can offer to the people of Bisunu village, the power of education is strong since it can take our children to places that we could not go and also make them meet people that we are not able to meet, and as we all know, your network, is your net worth. Therefore, Buckner Kenya will offer the top learners’ cheques to encourage them to work hard in school and become successful people in the society,” says Masindano, Executive Country Director, Buckner Kenya.


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  • 21/04/2022 - Bertha Lutome 0 Comments
    Reynolds Community School Shines in Cherang’any

    Buckner Kenya celebrates Reynolds Community School’s Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) class of 2021 for their excellent performance and emerging top school in Cherang’any Sub-County, for the fourth time in a row.


    The class of 51 learners had a mean score of 313 marks, with the top students joining St Joseph's National School Kitale, Friends School Kamusinga, St Monicah’s Kitale, St Joseph’s Girls Kitale, St. Marks Cherang’any, and St. Anthony’s Kitale among others. They were awarded one term of fully paid school fees from Buckner Kenya’s Executive Country Director, Dickson Masindano.


    “Congratulations to the class of 2021 and thank you for making Buckner proud. Our dream is to see our children excel in their education and that is why our teachers lay a strong foundation for them. A foundation that is not just based on education but also on spiritual values. We are excited that we have a 100 percent form one transition since our learners performed well. I, therefore, wish to congratulate them by paying for their school fees for the first term, so that they report to their respective secondary schools,” Says Masindano


    According to Victor Wasilwa, a former student at the school, consistent success comes from putting God first in everything, passion to learn new things, support from the teachers and non-teaching staff as well as discipline. 


    “I have had the best experience in this school and I must admit that I was lucky to secure a place at Reynolds as a learner. We received support from our teachers and other members of staff here, even during the COVID-19 pandemic. These people made education fun and we would all look forward to reporting to school. Our teachers trained us to work smart and always aim high, this is one great lesson that I will take with me to high school and other levels of education,” says Victor


    “I am proud to be an alumnus of Reynolds community school and will forever be great full to my teachers and the entire Buckner fraternity for being a pillar that we would lean on every day. The school had the best facilities and a conducive environment that every learner would want to study in. God bless Buckner Kenya,” says Sharon


    The ECD also stated that the school is preparing for Junior high, according to the new Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC). A move that will see the construction of new classes to accommodate learners. 


    “We are preparing ourselves for junior high and the first step to that is constructing new classrooms that will accommodate current learners who are transitioning to junior high. Charity begins at home, and that is why we contracted someone from this community to help oversee and spearhead the project. This will be easy for us because the contractor understands clearly the challenges that people from Hututu and its environs encounter. The only legacy that we can leave behind is educating our children. They will build this nation and appreciate where they come from,” says Masindano


    Reynolds Community school has a fully equipped library, computer lab, adequate classrooms, comfortable desks, and playground and offers transportation services to learners.


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  • 07/03/2022 - Bertha Lutome 0 Comments
    Pre-primary two Graduation Ceremony

    27 Preprimary two (PP2) learners have today graduated from Buckner Kenya’s Baptist Preparatory School in Nairobi, after the successful completion of Pre primary 1 (PP1) and 2 levels of the Competence-Based Curriculum.  The one-day event was graced by Dickson Masindano, the Executive Country Director, and Rosemary Wasilwa, Buckner Kenya’s Director of Programs.


    The graduation ceremony was a beehive of activities, with learners showcasing their talents and levels of creativity through songs, dance, and memory verses. Buckner Kenya aims at providing quality and affordable education to children from vulnerable families across the country as well as laying a strong Christian foundation.


    “We will ensure that our learners learn well. Our teachers will give them all that they need so that they succeed in life. This is the best environment for your child to study because all our teachers are qualified and certified, the school environment is also conducive, and above all, we ensure that they are taught the word of God, hence developing a firm Christian foundation for our children,” Said Masindano


    PP1 and PP2 are early levels of education in the new curriculum in Kenya and learners are taken through key subjects like; Christian Religious Education (CRE), Language Activities, Islamic Activities, Psychomotor – Creative Arts, Environmental Activities, Kiswahili Language Activities, and Mathematical Activities. These subjects are key in helping them communicate with people from different cultures as well as boost their levels of creativity and nurture talents.


    “We try to make them independent when they are in PP2 so that they can know early enough how to solve issues as well as become responsible citizens. We have taught them to share, to say sorry when they wrong someone and also say thank you,” said Christine, a teacher at Baptist Preparatory School.


    Buckner Kenya team wishes all graduands the very best in life.

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  • 01/12/2021 - Bertha Lutome 0 Comments
    ‘End inequalities. End AIDS’- World Aids Day

    December 1st is celebrated as World Aids Day, across the globe. This is a special day to raise awareness about the disease and celebrate lives of those who succumbed to it. World Health Organization (WHO) has raised the need to end inequalities when gaining access to essential HIV services like receiving drugs. Lack of awareness and social taboos worsen the condition of those that are infected.


    Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) gets into the immune system and weakens its ability to defend the body against infections, hence tampering with the proper functioning of the immune cells. The infection then transitions to become acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) if not diagnosed and treated at an early stage.  


    A report published by WHO reveals that the disease is still a major global health issue, that has led to the death of 36.3 million people, with approximately 37.7 million people living with the disease as at the end of 2020. Over two-thirds of the population were diagnosed in WHO African countries.


    "Although the world has made significant progress in recent decades,  important global targets for 2020 were not met. Division, disparity and disregard for human rights are among the failures that allowed HIV to become and remain a global health crisis. Now, COVID-19 is exacerbating inequities and disruptions to services,  making the lives of many people living with HIV more challenging," WHO


    How is it transmitted?

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention attributes the transmission of HIV to factors like; practicing unprotected sexual intercourse with an infected person, sharing sharp objects like needles and razors and receiving blood from an infected person. The virus can also be transmitted from mother to child during pregnancy, at birth or breastfeeding.



    The most common symptoms of AIDS include; Fever, chills, rash, night sweats, muscle aches, sore throat, fatigue, swollen lymph nodes, mouth ulcers, drastic weight loss and diarrhea that lasts for more than two weeks.


    Preventive measures

    The spread of HIV can be prevented through practicing protected sexual intercourse, avoid sharing sharp objects and preventing mother to child transmission. It is also important to get tested and take drugs, as recommended by the doctor.


    Scientists and researchers are still looking for vaccines and cure for the disease, however, increased access to information about HIV prevention measures, diagnosis, treatment and care has enabled people to live healthy with the disease for many years.




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  • 29/11/2021 - Bertha Lutome 0 Comments
    Every Child Deserves a Family- Celebrating National Adoption Month

    Buckner Kenya Adoption Services celebrates Kenyans whose lives have been impacted through Adoption. The adoption agency celebrates those that have grown through adoption and recognize many children in the country who are waiting for their placement.


    Placing a child under alternative care, does not only provide a permanent home for the child but also helps him/ her gain emotional support, and grow up in a family set-up.


    Adoption Process

    1.Place your interest in adopting a child at an adoption agency


    2. Case committee- A case committee meets once in a month to vet all applications for adoption.


    3. Case committee decision- Case committee members study and discuss all applications and related reports and make decisions to either reject, differ or approve an application. The decision, together with reasons for the same are given in writing.


    4. Counselling- After approval by the case committee, a mandatory counselling session must be done prior to identification of a child. Prospective parents will be referred to a professional counsellor for this purpose.


    5. Identification of a child- Next, prospective parents will be referred to children's homes for identification and subsequent placement of a child. Parents MUST obtain and present a referral letter before identification is done.


     6. Bonding period- After identifying a child, the applicant (S) will be required to make at least 6 visits to the relevant home over a 1–2-week period.


    7. Placement period- After the two weeks bonding process, the child is discharged to the prospective parent(s) who then begin the placement process for three months.


    8.Follow up Assessments- During the three months placement period, social workers will conduct three follow-ups to assess the progress of the child in the new family.


     9. The legal process- This is the final stage of adoption process. The legal process involves three hearing (but could be more). Both the prospective parents and the child MUST be present for the court sessions.


    10. Adoption order- The adoption order is granted by the court to finalize the adoption.


    Buckner Kenya Adoption Society believes that every minute matters, every child matter and therefore, every childhood matters.



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  • 18/10/2021 - Bertha Lutome 0 Comments
    COVID-19 Vaccines to Save Lives

    The Kenyan government alongside the ministry of heath has called upon Kenyans from all walks of life, to get vaccinated against Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and save lives. This comes barely one year after the country received vaccines donations from different parts of the world.


    Statistics published in the Ministry of Health website show that 6.1 % of Kenyans have received at least one dose of the vaccine, while 2.2 % have been fully vaccinated, with the elderly, frontline workers and people with special health conditions given priority.


    Importance of getting vaccinated

    The center for Disease Control and Prevention advocates for the administration of vaccines to protects individuals from the variants of the virus that causes COVID-19 hence reduce COVID-19 related deaths, and combat it’s spread. However, those that are fully vaccinated are advised to wear face masks while in public.


    How to access the vaccine

    Kenyans can access AstraZeneca, ‎Pfizer, Johnson and Johnson and Moderna vaccines free of charge at different health care facilities in their respective counties. The first step is registering your details on  https://portal.health.go.ke/by selecting an identification type (ID, Passport, Birth Certificate, Alien ID or Military ID) then submitting your identification number, email address, telephone number. The sign-up process comes to an end after setting a password that can be used to access the portal.


    Ones this is done, visit any hospital facility to receive your first doze.


    Possible side effects of the vaccines

    People experience different side effects depending on the vaccine administered and the body’s immune system. Some of the reported side effects include; fever, fatigue, headache, muscle pain, chills, diarrhea and pain on the arm.

    Remember to stay hydrated by consuming a lot of fluids, except alcohol and eat fruits and vegetables.


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  • 26/06/2021 - Bertha Lutome 0 Comments
    Blessed is the Hand that Giveth

    Acts 20:35 “In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work, we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”


    The word of God teaches us on the importance of supporting the vulnerable by providing them with food, clothes, education, medication and a place they can call home. This not only helps improve someone’s life from dependency to self-reliance, but also boosts the country’s economy.


    How Jesus helped the poor

    Jesus showed mercy to the poor in several instances as written in Bible, he gave sight to the blind, touched the leper and healed the sick. He interacted freely with the poor and people that were neglected by the community.


    Verses that talk about helping the poor

    Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act. Do not say to your neighbor, "Come back tomorrow and I’ll give it to you"—when you already have it with you. Proverbs 3:27-28


    Give generously to [the poor] and do so without a grudging heart, then because of this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to. There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore, I command you to be openhanded toward your fellow Israelites who are poor and needy in your land. — Deuteronomy 15:10-11


    Today’s word teaches us to take care of the vulnerable, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic that has seen many people loose their livelihood.



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  • 09/06/2021 - Bertha Lutome 0 Comments
    Indian COVID-19 Variant in Kenya

    The detection of the Indian COVID-19 variant in Kenya has left several people in limbo, especially at the time when most Kenyans were in relaxation mode, owing to the reduction of the COVID-19 cases in the country. It was business as usual for several people, trying to make ends meet and recover the lose they incurred last year. The economy was slowly opening up, students resumed physical learning, curfew hours ranged from 10:00 pm to 4:00am while lockdown in the affected counties, was lifted.



    Just like the commonly known COVID-19 virus, the Indian variant is transmitted when cough and sneezing droplets of an infected person gets into contact with another person, through the nose, mouth or eyes.


    Signs and symptoms

    High temperatures

    Persistent cough

    Loss of taste and smell



    Get vaccinated

    Eat healthy food

    Put on your face mask properly

    Maintain social distancing when visiting crowded places

    Sanitize your hands with alcohol-based sanitizer or wash them with soap and clean, running water

    Avoid shaking hands


    Kenya has recorded several cases of the Indian COVID-19 variant, over the past two months, with the number of infected patients increasing tremendously this week, and counties from the lake region being the most affected, after hosting the 58th Madaraka day celebration, on 1st of June.

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  • 13/05/2021 - Bertha Lutome 0 Comments
    Being Our Brother’s Keeper during the Pandemic

    Buckner Kenya continues to support other organizations taking care of vulnerable children and families in Kenya, by providing them with manna packs, shoes, school supplies, clothes, and water filter buckets, during a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has rendered most people hopeless. 


    The organizations are situated in different parts of Nairobi, and just like Buckner Kenya, they also provide temporal shelter to children who are in dire need of care and protection, as they look for a permanent solution for them.


    According to a representative of Imani Rehabilitation Agency, most children under their care lacked well-fitting shoes and enough school supplies that would see them attend classes comfortably when schools reopen.


    “We are great full to Buckner Kenya for the support they have granted us, during this pandemic. The children that we care for are excited and happy to receive new shoes, that shows them that there is light at the end of the tunnel, and school supplies that they will use when schools reopen,” said a representative from Imani Rehabilitation Agency in Nairobi


    Light and Hope Initiative is also an organization that takes care of vulnerable families in Kenya, by offering them food and clothing. 


    “The donation you gave went a long way in lifting the families we serve, some who would have gone without food, were it not for the Buckner Kenya,” said a representative from the organization


    Why children stay in residential facilities


    Several vulnerable children in Kenya have gone through residential care because they lost their parents at a tender age and other family members couldn’t take care of them because of the poverty level in the family, while other children are abandoned in hospitals, market places, public parks, thickets, and even pit latrines and litter collection sites due to several factors such as Disabilities, HIV, poverty, unplanned pregnancies, rape or incest and lack of knowledge on parenting. 

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  • 13/04/2021 - Bertha Lutome 0 Comments
    The Power of the ‘Jembe’ in Boosting Food Security

    Agriculture is the back bone of Kenya’s economy, with thousands of people, situated in different parts of the country relying fully on agriculture, to make ends meet. Buckner Kenya not only empowers vulnerable people from the community but also educates them on the best agricultural practices that will result in high yields.


    Buckner Kenya’s Nairobi Family Hope Centre (BCC) ventures in an agribusiness enterprise that sees children and members of staff, benefit from fresh, organic food, from the farm. The food is also sold to people from the nearby community, at an affordable price.


    According to Fridah Aura, Business Development Manager, the farm also plays an essential role in training Family Coaching clients on the importance of giving back to the community as well learning the best agricultural practices that will boost food security.


    “Agribusiness provides employment and volunteer opportunities to the clients to ensure that they meet their daily needs as well as benchmark on various agricultural activities from the demonstration farms since the clients are involved in the ploughing, planting, weeding and harvesting process. Agribusiness also improves the quality of lives in many vulnerable homes threatened by exclusion and vulnerability due to poverty,” said Fridah


    Family coaching clients are also taught how to practice farming on various segments such as; poultry farming, livestock farming, fish farming and growing of crops such as bananas, kales, cabbages, capsicum, onions, tomatoes, maize and sugarcane among others.


    Making ends meet through farming

    Several family coaching clients make ends meet through the power of agriculture. Families no longer sleep on an empty stomach, they receive proper medical care, children can comfortably attend classes and they as well live healthy lives due to the consumption of fresh produce from their farm.


    Those that do not have enough space are encouraged to use improvised materials such as sucks, to grow vegetables such as kales and spinach.


    Florence Namalwa, a family coaching beneficiary from Buckner Cherangany Family Hope Centre (Reynolds) is amongst the FHC clients that have benefited from family coaching classes on entrepreneurship. She is an active farmer in Cherangany, who is passionate about poultry and livestock farming.


    “The training I received from Reynolds has been of help to me. My children no longer go to bed on an empty stomach since part of the profit generated from the farming business enables me to purchase food as well as cater for the other basic needs,” said Florence


    Buckner Kenya, through its programs, looks forward to building strong and healthy families, through agriculture.


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  • 23/03/2021 - Bertha Lutome 0 Comments
    Seating for the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education in the Pandemic

    The D-day is finally here, and class eight pupils from different schools in the country are seating for their Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examination, an examination that will see them transition from primary school to secondary school level.


    The three-day examination kicked off on Monday, and will run for three days, consecutively, with the learners being examined on key subjects such as; Mathematics, English language, English composition, Science, Kiswahili Lugha, Kiswahili Insha, Social studies, and Religious Education.


    More than 100 learners from Buckner Kenya run schools are seating for the examination and are hoping for the best, since they were forced to stay home for close to a year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic that led to the closure of learning institutions in the country.


    “We are glad that schools reopened although things were quite different. Our teachers came in handy to prepare us for our KCPE examination, we did several examinations before this one and we scored good grades and we are optimistic that we will achieve good grades and make our teachers, parents and the Buckner Kenya family proud,” said Aisha Abdalla, a candidate from Seed of Hope Academy in Kitale.


    1,187,517 candidates from different schools in the country are also seating for the examinations, with tough measures put in place by the Ministry of Education to curb exam irregularities. The leaners are expected to observe COVID-19 prevention protocols by seating two meters apart, wearing facemasks, washing hands and having their body temperature checked before entering the examination room.

    New Term Dates

    The Ministry of Education in Kenya updated the new term dates for all learners, after the closure of schools in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This will see all learners start their first term in July, instead of January.


    Class eight and form four learners will also seat for their Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) and Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination, going to High school in March, instead of November and December as it was in the previous school calendar.

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  • 19/02/2021 - Bertha Lutome 0 Comments
    Going Above and Beyond to Boost Food Security during the Pandemic

    Agriculture is the backbone of Kenya’s economy, with approximately 75% of Kenyans in the rural set-up, relying fully on agriculture as their source of income. Buckner Kenya transforms lives and builds strong families by empowering people from vulnerable families to adopt the practice of modern technology in farming, to make ends meet.


    A broad smile covers Jenifer Khavere’s face, as she ploughs her farm and feeds chicken in Liyavo village, Kitale town. A smile that she could not afford two years ago, before the inception of Buckner Kenya, through Buckner Kitale Family Hope Centre- Seed of Hope.


    Jennifer’s life took a different twist when she enrolled for family coaching classes at Buckner Kitale Family Hope Centre, where she was empowered on better parenting, economic strengthening, faith and finance and volunteering.


    The announcement of the first COVID-19 positive case in Kenya in March last year, prompted Jenifer to venture fully into farming, so that she can fend for her family. She used the knowledge acquired from the program to grow maize, beans, sweet potatoes as well as practice poultry farming. 


    “Iam grateful to Buckner Kenya for  training me on various aspects of life, most of which I did not have an idea, the knowledge that I received from the program came in handy, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, since I am able to provide for my family, solemnly, by selling food crop and chicken,” said Jeniffer.


    According to Phanice Simiyu, the program manager, many families that enroll for training have the desire to practice farming, but lack knowledge on how to handle finance or even the best way to practice farming, hence the need for social workers at the facility to create goals and walk them through the journey of making their dream a reality.


    “It warms our hearts when we see clients who have gone through family coaching classes in our program, become successful in life, the transformation seen in different families gives us hope that indeed there is light at the end of the tunnel,” said Phanice


    The program also provides the clients with seeds, fertilizer and pesticides.

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  • 11/02/2021 - Bertha Lutome 0 Comments
    The Power of Shoes in Transforming Lives

    Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls thrives on the mantra that the gift of shoes can be the first step in a transformational journey. Buckner Kenya echoes this sentiment by providing new shoes to thousands of vulnerable children and families in different parts of the country.


    More than 400 street families from Nairobi, Kenya, received shoes from Buckner Kenya, courtesy of Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls. The children, most of whom are aged below 18 years, have spent the better part of their lives in the streets, owing to tough living conditions experienced in different homes.


    Majority of the children ended up in the streets after they were rejected by their parents, due to lack of enough money to take care of their needs, some were driven away by family issues such as violence, while others are orphaned. A huge percentage of street kids are attracted to dangerous behavior and the freedom to dictate their lives, as it is in the street; while others are not willing to attend school and abide by the set regulations in their home.


    “I left home six months ago, after I was forced to go school, something that I did not like. I am one person who does not like living under rules and regulations, I love having a free life, however, life in the streets has not been as smooth as I expected. I sleep outside in the cold, I wear torn clothes and spend most days hungry, I am however grateful to Buckner Kenya for offering me with a new pair of shoes, this has given me hope that someone cares for me,” said a street child.


    Shoes shine hope in the lives of many children as well as keeps them healthy, since they are protected from infections such as jiggers. The children can also attend school daily and connect the families with different Buckner Kenya family Hope Centers, in Nairobi, Cherangany, Busia, Bungoma and Kitale.



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  • 05/02/2021 - Bertha Lutome 0 Comments
    New Beginning

    Buckner Kenya believes in a new beginning, even after the COVID-19 pandemic rendered most people hopeless and got different countries across the globe on their knees. The first step to the journey towards a fresh beginning is by forgetting the past and focusing on the future.


    The book of Isaiah 43:18-19 emphasizes on the importance of forgetting the past, since the Lord has promised us a bright future. “Forget the former things, do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.,"


    Just like the Lord spoke to Isaiah about letting his past go, he simply tells us that we can learn from our mistakes, make changes, ask for forgiveness and move on. This does not only apply to the mistakes made, but also the challenges that one encountered in the past years. The second part on His intention to do new things in our lives teaches us that letting go the past, gives room for new and great things, and the best way for us to accomplish that, is by fixing our eyes on Christ, the author and perfecter of our faith.


    This is a word of encouragement to everyone who had lost hope in life due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many people lost their livelihoods and loved ones, schools were closed and the prices of goods and services went up. However, people should forget about what happened last year, and focus on having a new and brighter 2021. The Lord promise us that he will help us go through the challenges and emerge victorious.

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  • 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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  • 13/11/2020 - Bertha Lutome 0 Comments
    Maintaining a Healthy Diet during the COVID-19 Pandemic

    The announcement of the first corona virus positive case in Kenya early this year forced the head of state to take stronger measures to contain the spread of the virus. Those arriving in the country were put on mandatory self-quarantine for fourteen days, schools were closed, there was the cessation of movement in and out of major cities, including Nairobi and Mombasa, with the dusk to dawn curfew initiated in the whole country. 


    It is now nine months down the line, and Kenyans have adjusted to the new normal, the bleeding economy is slowly healing, with most people running their businesses as usual. No sooner had everyone thought that the number of infected cases had reduced, than Kenya started experiencing the ‘second wave’, with an increasing number of deaths, reported daily.


    Research conducted by the World Health Organization reveals that consumption of a well-balanced diet during this pandemic plays a crucial role in boosting our immune system.


    “Good nutrition is crucial for  our health, particularly in times when the immune system might need to fight back. It is also important for everyone to remain physically active, for optimal health,” WHO


    It is also recommended that people should consume plenty of vegetables, fruits, sesame, peanuts,  whole grains and  low-fat dairy sources. Avoid sugary drinks and processed foods with high calories and salt. It is also important for one to stay hydrated.


    How the coronavirus affects the body

    Coronavirus gets into the body via the nose, mouth, or eyes, it then flows into the healthy cells and creates multiple virus particles which inactivate the cells and make them dormant.


    The body tries to fight the infection in vain, hence causing inflammation, making it hard for the virus to duplicate. A situation that makes most people experience COVID-19 symptoms such as; Fever, dry cough, tiredness, aches and pains, sore throat, diarrhea, conjunctivitis, headache, loss of taste or smell, a rash on the skin, or discoloration of fingers or toes, difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, chest pain or pressure and loss of speech or movement.


    The virus makes its way down to the lung to become inflamed, hence causing pneumonia. Fluid leakage into tiny air sacs in the lungs can result in Adult Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) which makes it difficult for the lung to move oxygen from the air in the lungs to the bloodstream.


    COVID-19 prevention measures

    Prevention is better than cure, therefore, the spread of the virus can be combated through maintaining social distancing, washing hands regularly with soap and running water for not less than 20 seconds, and wearing your facemask.  


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  • 21/09/2020 - Bertha Lutome 0 Comments
    The Dawning Reality of COVID-19 Pandemic

    Tears, sad faces, and malnourished bodies welcome us to Jeniffer Lukoye's house in Nairobi's Dandora slum. She is a woman in distress, following the current situation that has grown drastically from an epidemic to a pandemic, rendering her jobless, hopeless, and frustrated.


    Lack of enough food for the family sounds like a luxury, compared to spending the night and day on an empty stomach, due to the COVID-19 pandemic that has brought the country and the world at large on their knees.


    The closure of learning institutions by the government placed a hot nail on her fresh wound. She now has nine mouths to feed, despite living from hand to mouth, before the pandemic. Two of her children were also rendered jobless, and her husband works as a casual laborer to make ends meet reports to work on countable occasions, due to strict measures on social distancing that was installed by the government.


    "I am a woman in distress. This pandemic has made me loose hope and trust in everything, including God. I am hopeless. I moved from living from hand to mouth to spending most of my days on an empty stomach. My grandchildren are malnourished since they don't eat a balanced diet," said Jenifer.


    Not knowing any other best way to express their feelings, the children are always in tears demanding food, currently a rare commodity in the homestead. On a lucky day, they can afford two meals a day, and it does not count whether they adhere to nutritional value or not; of importance is to ease the discomfort caused by hunger.


     She can no longer seek help from relatives since movement is restricted, and each day presents its challenges. Running out of options, Jennifer made a call to the Nairobi Family Hope Centre, seeking help for her current need, which was food.


    Bearing in mind the current hard economic times, Buckner Kenya's Nairobi Family Hope Centre, responded immediately to her situation and offered her food for the family. Jennifer received three packets of manna packs, three parcels of maize flour, and two packages of green grams as a short-term solution to the prevailing circumstance. Members of her family could not hold but bear the tears of joy that rolled down their cheeks, upon the foodstuff's receipt. Her grandchildren were overwhelmed by the fact that they will have something to eat, not just for the day, but weeks to come.


    "I am very greatful to Buckner Kenya for providing me with food. I am glad that my family has something to eat, after spending days on an empty stomach. Most of us had lost hope in life, but your help has revealed to us that their is light at the end of the tunnel and our future is bright," said Jeniffer.


    Buckner Nairobi Family Hope Centre is optimistic that Jeniffer's family will acquire good health as they try to make lemonades from lemons. 



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  • 14/09/2020 - Bertha Lutome 0 Comments
    Virtual Learning Made Fun and Easy

    Buckner Kenya echoes sentiments by former South African President, Nelson Mandela, that “Education is the only weapon that can be used to transform the world,” Just as the Not for profit organization looks forward to transforming lives and building strong families, the education sector has been made fun and easy, despite the COVID-19 pandemic that led to the closure of schools in the country, in March this year.


    Thousands of pupils schooling in different Buckner schools at Hope Buckner Community School in Bungoma, Mudoma ECDE in Busia, Baptist Preparatory School in Nairobi, Seed of Hope Academy in Kitale, and Reynolds Community school in Cherangany have received equal access to learning materials, through various social media platforms.


    The learners, interact freely with their teachers, through text messages, phone calls and videos shared on WhatsApp. The fact that most people living in these areas live below the poverty line leaves many students in limbo, especially those whose parents cannot afford smartphones, however, Buckner Kenya has encouraged the practice of sharing gadgets, to ensure that all learners gain access to learning materials as well as submit assignments online.


    “All our learners have gone through virtual training, during this pandemic, to ensure that most of them are up to date, as well as reduce chances of engaging in misleading acts, now that most children are at home, and as you all know, an idle mind is the devil's workshop. They receive assignments through social media platforms and interact with their teachers, online. A move that has enabled us to cover the better part of our syllabus.” Said Henry, headteacher at Hope Buckner Community School in Bungoma.


    The grade eight learners at all the schools sat for Buckner Kenya schools’ exams, with most of the learners, posting excellent results in Mathematics, English, Kiswahili, Science, and Social Studies.


    Buckner Kenya provides access to quality affordable education, to most children from vulnerable families across the country.


    The rising number of COVID-19 cases in Kenya has left most learners in limbo, with those expected to seat for their national examination this year, being the most affected, since the schools have been shut down for the better part of the year.


    A report submitted to the Ministry of Health however reveals light at the end of the tunnel, as the grade eight candidates are likely to report to school in October this year, and seat for their national examination in April next year.  

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  • 11/09/2020 - Bertha Lutome 0 Comments
    Offering Psychosocial Support to Families Suffering under the Yoke of Poverty

    The sudden change in trends of life has drastically affected the lives of many, as everyone struggles to adjust to the new normal. Kenya has experienced an increased number of domestic violence cases, with the majority of the affected families, blaming it on the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic that has left many people depressed.


    Buckner Kenya, through its programs located in Bungoma, Busia, Nairobi, and Trans Nzoia (Kitale and Cherangany) counties continues to provide thousands of families suffering under the yoke of poverty, a shoulder to lean on. Case managers provide the affected families with skills for economic independence and grant them room for social participation. They secure existential needs to ensure that they acquire good health, hygiene, nutrition, and shelter, as well as take them through stress management skills.


    Imelda Simiyu is a 25-year-old resident of Bungoma county. The mother of seven suffered depression for the better part of her life, with getting married at an early age being the foundation of her entangling state. The choking poverty that sought ‘refuge’ at their homestead prompted her to get married to several people while looking for a soft landing.


    One in every four women experience domestic violence in their lifetime, yet this is still one of the most under-recognized pandemics of our time, with even less consideration given to how it affects the children who witness or suffer through it. For Imelda and her children, the effect was their separation at that critical stage when children needed their mother the most. 


    Her interaction with Buckner Bungoma Family Hope Centre revealed light at the end of the tunnel. She went through several counselling sessions that have enabled her to make lemonades from lemons and grow tougher when life gets tough.


    “Life was very tough for me, before my interaction with Buckner Kenya. Lack of a stable source of income led me into a depression since I was the sole breadwinner of my family. I am grateful to Buckner Kenya for walking with me through my journey to success. I have developed a tough skin and can comfortably handle what I thought was impossible,” said Imelda. 


    Buckner Bungoma Family Hope Centre keeps shining hope in the lives of thousands of people, the young, old, ladies, and gentlemen. All of them have been offered humanitarian aid, to ensure they live healthy lives, during this pandemic.


    “Buckner Bungoma Family Hope Centre continues to cultivate quality relationships with communities as we represent the image of Christ in modeling hope withing Bungoma County.” Said Pamela, a case manager at Buckner Bungoma Family Hope Centre. Adding, “We have and continue to support vulnerable families through humanitarian aid, a bridge through which solid relations have been founded and cemented as we pursue potential family coaching clients in our quest to transform lives,”


    More than 2,000 individuals have benefited from food support, facemasks, clean water for domestic use, hand washing soap as well as cash support via mobile money transfers (M-PESA). A move that has transformed the lives of thousands of people and reduced the crime rate in most affected areas in the county.


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  • 04/09/2020 - Bertha Lutome 0 Comments
    Standing with the Hopeless During Tough Times

    Imagine life when cessation of movement in and out of  several parts of the country is the order of the day. Life when we all have to get home before curfew hours, life when we all have to wear facemasks and maintain social distancing when visiting public places and life when we all cannot hug our loved ones, during tough economic times. Yes, this is the life that most people have adjusted to, the new normal!


    The unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic has brought about several changes in the lives of many people, residing in different parts of the globe. Thousands have lost their livelihood, and are surviving from hand to mouth. The majority of them  cannot afford a meal a day, hence spending their nights on an empty stomach.


    Buckner Kenya, through its programs situated in different parts of the country, offers humanitarian aid to COVID-19 hard-hit families, through the food distribution exercise that has seen thousands of families receive maize, maize flour, beans, manna packs, and seeds, to keep them going, during this tough time.


    Justine Nanjala, a resident of TransNzoia County, can comfortably put a smile on her face, thanks to the food distribution exercise at Buckner Kitale Family Hope Centre. The mother of five has been struggling to make ends meet since the announcement of the first COVID-19 positive case in the country, that rendered her jobless by default.


    “I am very grateful to Buckner Kenya for their continued support during these tough times. They have changed my way of thinking and given me a reason to live each day. The food distribution exercise offered to my family has played a big role in ensuring that we eat three meals a day and lead a healthy life,” said Justine


    Phanice Simuyu, the case manager at Buckner Kitale Family Hope Centre-Seed of Hope, acknowledges the fact that most people residing in TransNzoia county live below the poverty line and therefore, the pandemic has rendered most of the hopeless and depressed, even though TransNzoia county is the leading producer of maize in Kenya.


    “The move by Buckner Kenya to offer food to most of our clients has shinned hope in the lives of many vulnerable people in TransNzoia county. More than 1000 individuals receive maize and beans monthly, while more than 50 children have benefitted from the education fund, since April this year,” Said Phanice, adding, “We thank God that most of these families no longer go to bed on empty stomachs,"


    Kenya is amongst the most affected countries in Africa, with more than 30,000 COVID-19 positive cases and more than 500 COVID-19 related deaths, since March this year. The economy of the country has been dwindling since the announcement of the first case, with the increased number of unemployment rates leaving Kenyans of different age groups depressed and worried about what the future holds.

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  • 03/08/2020 - Bertha Lutome 0 Comments
    Cash Transfer Elicit Smiles to Families Hit Hard by COVID-19

    A bubbly smile filled the face of Caroline Wandera, a 67-year-old grandmother of five and a resident of Nambale Sublocation in Busia county, after receiving COVID-19 relief funds from Buckner Kenya, amidst the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic.

    A small mud structured house and iron sheeted roof, on a small piece of land, is where Caroline and her family call home. Her husband has been bedridden since 1998, following the demise of his mother, rendering Caroline, the family’s breadwinner by default.

    She resorted  in doing laundry for her neighbors in making ends meet; however, the peanuts earned from her business could not provide entirely for her family. Her grandchildren
    failed to attend school regularly due to lack of school fees, stationery, and proper school uniforms.

    “Life has been tough on my side, especially after my husband suffered from a stroke. We all depended on him, but life took a different twist. I had to look for a casual job to make ends meet, but the money earned from the business was insufficient,” said Caroline.

    That pessimistic situation has made her rely on the support of well-wishers to place food on her table. The unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic placed a hot nail on a fresh wound, rendering Caroline hopeless. Her children lost their livelihoods, a situation that forced her grandchildren to go to bed hungry.

    “This pandemic has reduced us to beggars. My children lost their jobs, I also can’t go to people’s homes to work from there, since most of them do not have enough money to pay for my labor, we are leaving from hand to mouth and depend on well-wishers for food,” said Caroline.

    To ease the family burden, Buckner Kenya gave Caroline some money through its money transfer initiative, aimed at lessening the aftermath of COVID-19 on vulnerable households residing in rural areas and informal settlements.

    Caroline was able to purchase cooking oil, salt, sugar, millet, maize, fish, bar soaps, and tea leaves for her family.

    “I am grateful to Buckner Kenya for providing me with money to purchase essential items for my family, during this pandemic,” said Caroline

    More than 100 vulnerable families in Cherangany, Busia, Nairobi, Kitale, and Bungoma have benefited from the cash transfer program.


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  • 23/07/2020 - Bertha Lutome 0 Comments
    Shinning Hope amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic

    The unprecedented Corona Virus Disease-19 (COVID-19) pandemic has changed how people interact with each other, with shaking hands and hugging their loved ones being a thing

    of the past. Most people are currently adjusting to the new normal life of wearing face masks and observing social distancing when visiting public places.

    Life took a different twist for most Kenyans after the confirmation of the first COVID-19 case in the country early this year, with the numbers skyrocketing daily. The move by the Kenyan government to close borders and limit the number of people visiting public places has left people hopeless and miserable.

    Those living below the poverty line had a hot nail on fresh wounds after the government made it compulsory for everyone to wear face masks when visiting public places. An
    essential that left many people contemplating between putting food on the table, and purchasing a face mask, which goes for less than a dollar.

    Buckner Kenya comes in handy to distribute free face masks across all its programs in Cherangany, Nairobi, Kitale, Busia, and Bungoma. A move that has seen more than
    2000 households protect themselves from contracting the virus.

    "The gap between the rich and the poor in the country is huge, therefore, those living below the poverty line cannot afford a facemask that goes for less than a dollar. Buckner Kenya is here to protect the vulnerable by providing them with food, facemasks, hand washing soaps as well as buckets, during this pandemic," said Dickson Masindano, Executive Country Director, Buckner Kenya.

    Mulumia Okumu is a 72-year-old resident of Busia county, who solemnly depends on farm produce and dairy farming to make ends meet. However, life has taken a different angle,
    following the government's move to enact curfew between 4 am and 9 pm. A situation that has limited his movement and sells of his produce, outside his area of residency.

    "The COVID-19 pandemic has made life very difficult for my family. Most of them depend on me, yet I have nothing to offer. My children's jobs have been affected, hence
    forcing us to take a meal a day or even sleep on an empty stomach," said Mulumia.

    His life turned into a new leaf after Buckner Kenya's Busia Family Hope Centre donated facemasks, food supplements, and handwashing buckets.

    "We are glad that his life has been transformed. His grandchildren are happy and can comfortably play with other children. Buckner Kenya will continue offering them
    the support, where need be," said Steve Gumba, case manager, Buckner Busia Family Hope Centre.

    Mulamia's family is now a happy lot. They received information about Covid-19 and how to prevent themselves from contracting the virus. His family no longer lives from hand to
    mouth; his grandchildren are happy and can comfortably sell milk to his neighbors without fear of contracting the virus.

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  • 16/07/2020 - Bertha Lutome 0 Comments
    Embracing Out- of Class Activities during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

    The move by the government of Kenya to cancel the 2020 academic calendar has left many students in limbo, with those expected to sit for their national examination this year, being the most affected.

    The Ministry of Education's announcement left many learners heartbroken after spending close to four months at home, following the confirmation of the first COVID-19 positive case in Kenya early this year. Learners from most private schools were lucky enough to conduct online classes, with those from public schools and marginalized areas were left to study independently.

    Buckner Kenya has encouraged its learners to embrace out-of-class activities, initially regarded as unsupervised activities without specific learning objectives, that prepare them for
    real-life challenges such as time- management, independent learning, and self-efficacy. The learners can practice farming, cooking, and crocheting, during their free time, to prevent them from indulging in behaviours that will destroy their lives.

    " We encourage all learners to shift their schedule to deal with the new situation, especially now that learning in all primary and secondary schools will resume next year. The learners should be open to acquiring new skills, which can help boost the country's economy," said Ken, a teacher at Seed of Hope Academy in Kitale.

    However, Buckner Kenya continues to empower its learners during this pandemic by offering online classes and assignments, through digital learning platforms and social media sites such as whatsapp and text messages. The move has seen more than 2000 pupils from all Buckner Kenya run schools interact freely with their teachers, despite the distance.

    " We conduct online classes and offer our learners assignments to prepare them for national examination, even though the government has cancelled this year's academic calendar.

    The students also interact freely with their teachers and use the platform to ask questions and submit assignments," said Alex, a teacher at Baptist Preparatory school in Nairobi.

    Teachers conduct classes in examined subjects such as; Mathematics, English Grammar, English Composition, Kiswahili Lugha, Kiswahili Insha, Science, Social studies, and Religious Education. (Christian/Islamic/Hindu).

    An idle mind, as they say, is the devil's workshop. Learners can practice several educational activities at home, with the help of their parents, friends, or siblings.

    Ways in which children can learn while at home include;

    1. Generating a workable study timetable
    Learners can create a one or two-hour daily study timetable that can guide them as they study independently. The schedule should include all subjects and topics that they intend to cover. A question a day keeps them on toes.

    2. Practicing science experiments at home.
    Several topics covered in the science subject have experiments that can efficiently be conducted at home. Some of the most straightforward tests highlighted in the question include germination, types of plants, and parts of a flower.
    3. Practicing writing.
    Learning can get creative by writing short stories on different experiences, both good or bad. The stories can be based on topics as simple as; Myself, My worst day, my pet or even,
    my family. Writing helps sharpen their skills and gives them ideas on exciting topics that can be written.
    Above all, parents should educate their children on COVID-19 prevention measures.

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  • 08/07/2020 - Bertha Lutome 0 Comments
    Better Homes for the Vulnerable- Wazee Project

    Proper housing is considered a necessity, for most people, across the globe, with the constitution of Kenya granting everyone the right to accessible, adequate housing, with a reasonable standard of sanitation. However, this is not the case in the lives of many people, most of whom live below the poverty line. One- fifth of the population, still lack a conducive place they can call home, hence, Buckner Kenya’s intervention.

    Buckner Kenya transforms lives and builds healthy families, through the inception of the Wazee project, at Buckner Kitale Family Hope Centre-Seed of Hope. The program has so far seen three families acquire a clean, conducive place; they can call home.

    Broad smiles filled the faces of two lucky Family Coaching clients after Buckner Kenya’s Executive Country Director, Dickson Masindano granted each one of them a two- bedroomed house, with an inbuilt Kitchen and a big sitting room, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

    “Buckner Kenya supports marginalized and vulnerable people in the community, such as orphans, widows, the elderly and people living with a disability, by providing them with
    conducive places, they can comfortably call home. We encourage the families that have received houses to practice small scale farming, and even rare chicken, to
    make ends meet,” said Masindano.

    The two lived in dilapidated, mud structured houses, in the outskirts of Kitale town. Their homes lacked proper ventilation and enough space to sleep or even have a chat with their friends and family.

    “We are very grateful to Buckner Kenya for providing us with safe, conducive homes. We now have a place we can comfortably stay with our families; we can practice small
    scale farming and eat fresh food. Our lives have been transformed,” said one of the beneficiaries.

    A large population of Kenyans are exposed to diseases such as malaria, respiratory infections and parasitic jiggers since they reside in informal settlements.


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  • 09/04/2020 - Bertha Lutome 0 Comments
    Extending a helping hand during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    More than 46 families from Hututu village in Cherangany Subcounty have today received manna packs from Buckner Cherangany Family Hope Centre, amid the ongoing Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. 

    The one-day event saw more than 406 packets of manna pack distributed to Family Hope Centre family coaching clients, Kinship care clients, residents of Hututu village and the neighbouring community.

    Buckner Kenya’s Executive Country Director Dickson Masindano acknowledges the move taken by social workers to shine hope in the lives of many, especially during this time, when the country’s economy is dwindling.

    “Our social workers are more than ready to offer food to the vulnerable in the communities that we serve and even outside. We understand that most people survive on a dollar a day and depend on casual labour for a living, but have now been disrupted by this pandemic, that has led to the closure of some open-air markets,” said Dickson.

    Mr Masindano also encouraged members of the community to adhere to governments directives on combating COVID-19.

    Jackline Muindi, a 67-year-old mother of nine and grandmother of four, visited Buckner Kenya’s Family Hope Centre in Cherangany while  in dire need of food for his family. Jackline is used to spending most nights on an empty stomach, and smoke emerges from her small, round, grass-thatched kitchen, once in a blue moon.

    “I am very grateful to Buckner Kenya for giving me food. I didn’t know what my children would have for dinner today since I don’t have money to purchase food. We only took porridge yesterday and have not taken any other food, my grandchildren have lost weight drastically, but I am glad that this meal will put a smile on their face. May God Bless Buckner Kenya," said Jackline.

    Judith Nafula, an FHC client from the program who depends on small scale farming to make ends meet, was left in a dilemma following a 7:00 pm curfew that was enacted by the government. Judith would hawk her produce in the community until late in the night; she now has no option other than watching her products rote in the shamba due to lack of clients.

    “Saying thank you is not enough for me to show my gratitude to Buckner Kenya for the support. I will continue praying for its leaders, donors and members of staff to continue transforming the lives of many, globally. I will always share the good deeds that Buckner has done for me wherever I go,” said Judith.

    Most residents of Trans Nzoia county depend on maize farming, with a handful majoring on dairy and horticultural farming.

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    100 percent form one transition.

    Buckner Kenya’s Executive Country Director, Dickson Masindano has issued scholarships to more than 20 bright and needy students who sat for their Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) in 2019 from Buckner schools.

    Speaking during a thanks giving ceremony at Hope Buckner Community School in Bungoma, the director guaranteed all parents who are not able to raise school fees for their children, his support. A move that will ensure, all students gain admission to several high schools in the country.

    “I am glad that most pupils from all Buckner Kenya run schools attained good grades. We are more than willing to support students whose parents cannot raise money for school fees and other basic needs such as shoes,” Said Mr. Masindano adding, “Buckner Kenya’s goal is to transform lives, that is why we want to ensure that all students who sat for their national exam from any of our schools, join secondary school. This is the only way the pupils can transform the society,”

    Emma Akoth, a former student at Reynolds Community School in Cherangany is one of the scholarship beneficiaries. She scored 450 marks out of the possible 500 and secured a chance at Asumbi Girls High School.

    “I am grateful to Buckner Kenya for granting me a scholarship to pursue my studies at a national school. It takes a lot of sacrifice, prayers and hard work for one to attain good grades. I am also grateful to my teachers who sharpened my English and Swahili writing skills. When I joined the school in ECDE, the only language that I was well conversant with, was my mother tongue. One of the greatest achievements that I have attained from this school is that, I scored straight A’s in both languages,” said Emma.

    Buckner Kenya’s Reynolds Community school in Cherangany, Hope Buckner Community School in Bungoma, Seed of Hope Academy in Kitale and Baptist Preparatory School in Nairobi’s Dandora slums, produced excellent results, with most students gaining admission at top national schools in the country including; Lugulu Girls High School, Friends School Kamusinga, St Lukes Kimilili Boys, St Mary’s Kibabii Boys High School, St Josephs Girls Kitale, Tartar Girls, Turkana Girls, Chewoiyet Boys and Asumbi Girls High School.


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  • 16/12/2019 - Bertha Lutome 0 Comments
    Buckner Kenya shines hope in the lives of 22 beneficiaries.

    The early Saturday morning was beautiful with its vast flow of clarity: The iota of low-level sky-blue clouds that were spread-out to the horizon signified the start of a bright future for 22 Buckner Kenya beneficiaries.

    Buckner Kenya’s Executive Country Director Dickson Masindano graced the successful transitioning of Buckner Kenya’s scholarship beneficiaries from Buckner Kitale Family Hope Centre (SOH) and Buckner Cherangany Family Hope Centre (Reynolds).

    The Champions of Hope were admitted in to the Buckner Programs at a tender age and have successfully graduated with various Diploma and Degree awards from different institutions of higher learning in Kenya.

    “I am glad that Buckner Kenya has transformed the lives of many children in this country, through funding that we receive from donors. The funding has helped in educating and providing basic needs for thousands of children who hail from vulnerable family backgrounds in Kenya. We are very grateful to the donors,” said Mr Masindano “ I would like to encourage all the beneficiaries who have transitioned from the program to keep up with the spirit of hard work and always look at the sunny side of life, I promise to help them when a job opportunity arises,”

    Demise of parents, neglect, lack of school fees and poor living conditions prompted the admission of majority of the children into the foster and kinship care program.

    Buckner Kenya through its social workers ensured that they were taken to good schools, paid their school fees, provided them with basic needs including books and clothes and gave them upkeep to facilitate their stay in school.

    Valentine Mogire, a graduate teacher of literature and sign language acknowledged that joining Buckner Kenya revealed a sense of restoration in her life, she has gradually moved from living in rags to living in riches.

    “I was living a miserable life before I got recruited to Buckner Kenya. I wore tone clothes, I lacked school fees and lived in a house that had a leaking roof. I am glad that joining Buckner Kenya transformed my life. I have also grown spiritually and successfully gone through school and graduated with a Degree, despite the fact that most people knew that I was a failure and thought that I would end up being a house manager,” said Valentine

    The 22 are shinning examples to hundreds of beneficiaries under Buckner Kenya.

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    Embracing 5 STAR Customer Service.

    Buckner Kenya's members of staff are 5 stars in action.

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    Education to take them places.

    More than 100 Buckner Kenya school's pupils complete primary school education.

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  • 16/10/2019 - Bertha Lutome 0 Comments
    Transforming lives through new shoes.

    “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.

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  • 23/09/2019 - Bertha Lutome 0 Comments
    Reynolds Community School tops this year's Insha writing competition- Second time running.

    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. 

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  • 10/06/2019 - Bertha Lutome 0 Comments
    Buckner Kenya Schools; nurturing musical talents through Music Festivals

    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.

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    International Mission Trips

    More than 200 people choose to take mission trips with Buke Tours and Buckner Kenya annually. Here’s the secret.

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    Splendid hiking Experience on Mount Elgon National Park with Buke Tours

    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

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    ​From darkness into light- Transformational story of Marita.

    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

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    ​“We transform lives through Buckner Kenya schools,"

    Buckner Kenya has schools located in all the Family Hope Centers located across the country.

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    Aberdare Ranges safari package

    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.

    Rate                                                                                     Fee
    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.

    Experience Kenya with Buke Tours.

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    Gut-busting family fun day

    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! 

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  • 29/03/2019 - Steve Ogutu - Buckner Kenya 0 Comments
    Spiritual Means

    As a module, spiritual nourishment strengthens participants’ hope and faith in God as well as builds their courage in life.

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  • 29/03/2019 - Fridah Aura - Buckner Kenya 0 Comments
    Table Banking

    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.

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  • 29/03/2019 - Stephen Gumba - Buckner Kenya 0 Comments
    Better Parenting

    Having grown up in a traditional world full of cultural norms has left most caregivers, guardians and parents very confused about what to do to raise children in the modern era of advanced technology.

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