Buckner Kenya Blog

  • 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.

    #HopeShinesHere.

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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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  • 06/02/2020 - Bertha Lutome 0 Comments
    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.

    #HopeShinesHere.

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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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  • 09/12/2019 - Bertha Lutome 0 Comments
    Embracing 5 STAR Customer Service.

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

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  • 31/10/2019 - Bertha Lutome 0 Comments
    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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  • 03/06/2019 - Bertha Lutome 0 Comments
    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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  • 22/05/2019 - Bertha Lutome 0 Comments
    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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  • 17/05/2019 - Bertha Lutome 0 Comments
    ​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
    #HopeShinesHere.®

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  • 10/05/2019 - Bertha Lutome 0 Comments
    ​“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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  • 09/05/2019 - Bertha Lutome 0 Comments
    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.

    Charges
    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.

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  • 08/05/2019 - Bertha Lutome 0 Comments
    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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