KENYA: BCP MEDICAL CAMP AT ST ANTHONY’S CHILDREN’S HOME

Bata Children’s Programme through the Bata Health Clinic in partnership with the Nairobi Outpatient Centre conducted a one day medical camp at the St. Anthony’s Children’s Home on 27th July 2013, children from a neighboring children home – Elshadai were also invited for exercise.  The BCP Medical Camp was aimed at identifying and addressing ailments affecting children at the homes as well as ensuring that the children remain   medically fit. The camp saw more than 65 children from both, St Anthony’s and Elshadai Children’s Homes get medical checkups and treatment for various illnesses

The BCP volunteers actively took part in this exercise by helping in the arrangement of the venue, control and registration of the children and also interacting with them to share their love and advise on nutrition from experienced mothers in the team.

The Bata Health Clinical Officer in Charge said that an evaluation of the camp highlighted two important issues. “Firstly, greater attention needs to be paid to healthy diet especially for the little children and secondly, there is a need for the children homes attendants to learn basic First Aid skills so as to be able to handle minor medical issues.”

According to Sister Alice, the initiative was rewarding. “We express our heartfelt thanks to Bata, BCP volunteers, the medical personnel for helping the less fortunate children in our society. Today’s exercise is a good gesture of ensuring proper development of our children’s health especially in this cold season”. However, She expressed that they rely entirely on well wishers like Bata for such services and therefore there is a need for sustainable support from sponsors. The Children were happy to receive the medical services.

Bata has been supporting St Anthony’s Children’s Home for many years through Bata Children’s Programme.

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KENYA: BATA CHILDREN’S PROGRAMME VISITS JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT CLUB AT LIMURU GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL

Junior Achievement is the world’s largest organization dedicated to educating students about enterpreneurship, work readiness, and financial literacy through hands-on experience.  Junior Achievement’s main purpose is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy.

Limuru Girls High School is a leading National School that offers secondary   education to girls from all over the country. It is one of the best girls schools in the country and one of the active participants in the Junior Achievement Organization in the county.

The Junior Achievement program could not have the profound impact on young people without the support of volunteers from the business   community. Now this has been strengthened with the backing of a dedicated team of Bata Children’s Programme volunteers.

Bata Children’s Programme volunteers visited the Junior Achievement Club at Limuru Girls High School on 18th July, 2013 during their weekly club   meeting. This is one of the events in the BCP calendar and volunteers went to familiarize with the Junior Achievement Club ahead of the Job Shadowing program set to take place later in the month of September 2013.

BCP volunteers played an integral role in inspiring the junior achievers by  exploring on the career options, investigating career choices, and how to prepare for careers of interest.

After the visit, the girls expressed satisfaction from the presentations made by the volunteers. The presentations opened their minds as stated by one of the students; “Thank you very much for volunteering to come to our school for Junior Achievement. We had so much fun talking about proper planning, career choices, and more. Once you  walked in we knew that when we    succeed, you would have contributed to it. Thank you for taking your time to talk to us”.

The club’s patron Mrs. Githinji was also grateful to the BCP volunteers;”We express our sincere gratitude’s to you for finding time from your busy  schedule to visit the Junior Achievement Club. This is a rare opportunity that we can’t take for granted, indeed the session was an eye opener to the   Junior Achievers and we look forward to visiting Bata Shoe Company (K) Ltd for the Job Shadowing program later in the year”.

As for Bata this is going to be a long term relationship.

The Limuru Girls Junior Achievement Club with the BCP volunteers during the visit

Florence Gaitho of finance, a BCP volunteer talks to the Junior Achievers of Limuru Girls.

Pennina Kariuki of HR, a BCP volunteer talks to the girls about making good career choices

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BCP KENYA GIVING STAREHE GIRLS’ A STEP AHEAD

The newly admitted underprivileged students of Starehe Girls’ Centre received new shoes from Bata Children’s Programme Kenya on 12th March 2013.
These girls depend entirely on well wishers, and BCP Kenya was honored to be part of nurturing the girls’ future. More than 120 disadvantaged students received new shoes and this served as a demonstration of BCP’s ongoing commitment to address the challenges of education and health in Kenya.
Starehe Girls’ Centre is a national boarding high school that offers secondary education to financially disadvantaged girls from all over Kenya. It was established in 2005 as a charitable institution. The School provides a homely and supportive environment within which girls from disadvantaged backgrounds can develop their full potential in academics and personal development. It also redresses the imbalance in access to quality education and leadership opportunities for disadvantaged adolescent girls. It is currently among the best performing and high repute schools in Kenya.
“I wish to thank you most sincerely for your kind donation of 120 pairs of toughees shoes whic is equivalent to Ksh 182,290. this helped the school to save that amount which will go towards the sponsorship of two students for 1 year and 2 months,” said Mrs. Margaret Wanjohi, Director Starehe Girls’ Centre.
While giving vote of thanks on behalf of others, a student expressed appreciation to Bata “We are so happy for having received new shoes today. Some of us have been seeing these in advertisements, but today Bata has made it become a reality to us. We pray that God will bless Bata Shoe Company so that it can continue supporting us in future” Student, Starehe Girls Centre.

Driving the agenda!Mrs. Margaret Wanjohi, The Director Starehe Girls’ Centre recieves new shoes onbehalf of the Girls

We are a happy lot’ A section of the girls display their new shoes

Back to books! Students going back to class after confirming that they have new shoes.

 

BCP KENYA DONATES SHOES TO THE CHILDREN’S VILLAGE TRUST

BCP Kenya is committed to enhance the quality of life of underprivileged children within the communities that it operates.
In this regard, as the Labor Day celebrations got underway, BCP Kenya made this day more exiting to the kids at the children’s village by donating new shoes to them.
The children’s village is a new home that sits on a beautiful 6 acre plot in Naivasha. It consists of 12, 3-bedroomed houses that accommodate upto 8 children each. Currently the home has 22 children who were previously living in the nearby IDP camps. The number is expected to increase since the home will be admiting new children.
After receiving shoes on behalf of the children’s village, the homes administrator, Miss. Susan Castley, thanked Bata for showing a kind gesture of caring for the needy. BCP Kenya has always been participating actively in doing something good for the needy children in the society.

Miss Susan Castley, the homes administrator recieves new shoes on behalf of the children's village

Pennina Kariuki helps a child to fit in a new shoe

New shoes, great smile!

"All are happy" The BCP volunteers, staff from the home and the kids share a good moment after the shoe donation excersise

 

BCP KENYA VISITS TIGONI HOSPITAL ON THE VALENTINE’S DAY

Valentine’s Day, also known as the Feast of Saint Valentine, is observed on February 14 each year. It is celebrated in many countries around the world. St. Valentine’s Day began as a liturgical celebration of one or more early Christian saints named Valentine.

Valentines for many is a day of showing those we love how much they mean to us by doing things they will always cherish. People celebrate this day by giving cards, flowers and gifts to their loved ones. Often, the sick, the poor and the children are forgotten, but they also need love and affection.

As people exchange gifts and have good meals with their loved ones, Bata Children’s Programme volunteers visited the sick and needy children at Tigoni District Hospital-Limuru, on 14th February, 2013 and shared part of their valuable time with the sick children in the Paediatric ward.

The BCP Volunteers warmed the hearts of the sick children and their mothers by spending time with them, caring for them and giving them fruits, healthy juices and milk. This will go a long way in ensuring that they recuperate and grow strong. It was a good Moments for the little ones and their mothers for spending that quality time together with BCP volunteers who surely did put a smile on their faces.

The management of Tigoni District Hospital, through their Medical Superintendent, Dr. Koech, thanked Bata Shoe Company for remembering the sick and the needy in their hospital on this special day.

“Beautiful angel”A BCP Volunteer carefully holding a sick child during the visit to the Paediatric ward.

"Hands of comfort and care"One of the BCP Volunteer holding a sick child in the Paediatric ward"

“Here we come” The BCP Volunteers presenting the gifts to Mrs. Pauline Waweru,( 5th L) the Nurse in charge of the Paediatric ward in Tigoni District Hospital.

“Yummy yummy”- A child taking flavored milk in the comfort a BCP volunteer.

NEW YEAR GIFT TO DR.THOMAS BARNARDOS HOME

The children of Dr. Thomas Barnardos Home started the New Year with lots of jubilation after Bata Children’s Program Volunteers visited the home on 19th January 2013 and donated shoes to the children.
The donation is a major boost to over 142 needy children since they will not be required to buy new school shoes when they go back to school.
In her remarks, the homes administrator Mrs. Agnes Kiraithe thanked Bata for its continued support to the home.
Bata has a long standing relationship with the home since it always ensures that children go back to school with new shoes every year.

Children of Dr. Thomas Barnardos Home display their new shoes donated by Bata

Mrs. Agnes Kiraithe, the homes administrator receives new shoes from Geoffrey of Bata on behalf of Dr.Thomas Barnardos Home

A BCP volunteer helps a child to fit in a new shoe

BATA CHILDREN’S PROGRAM BUILDING ON HOPE

In the spirit of sharing and caring for the needy in the society, Bata Children’s Program Kenya brightened the faces of 52 children on 19th January 2013 at St. Teresa Nuzzo children’s home by   donating new shoes.

The home caters for orphaned and destitute children from the society. The children were happy for having received new shoes that will protect their feet when they go back to school.

The management of the home expressed their heartfelt gratitude’s to Bata for its continued support to the home over many years.

Some of the Kids from St. Teresa Nuzzo Children's Home display their new shoes

Geoffrey Maumo from Bata fits a shoe to one of the children at St. Teresa Nuzzo Children's Home

BCP volunteer (R) presents shoes to Sister Mary of St. Teresa Nuzzo Children's Home

NEW SHOES TO ST. ANTHONY’S CHILDREN’S HOME

In preparation for back to school,  Volunteers from Bata Children’s Program Kenya  visited and donated new school shoes to St. Anthony’s Children’s Home on 18th January

The children’s home which is located in Limuru caters for the orphans, abandoned and less privileged children from the society through provision of spiritual nourishment and social support.

Bata has been supporting the home since its inception.

Exited children of St. Anthony's Children's Home display their new shoes

Geoffrey Maumo from Bata fits a shoe to one of the chidren at St.Anthony's Children's Home

NEW YEAR GIFT TO THE CHILDREN OF SPRINGS MINISTRIES-KISUMU

Bata Children’s Program has a commitment of improving the lives of impoverished children by   creating an active child-supporting network within the communities that Bata operates.

To hold true to this commitment, Bata made a donation of school shoes to the Springs Ministries on 12th January 2013.

Springs Ministries is located in the outskirts of Kisumu town and it caters for orphans and less privileged children from the community,

More than 60 Children were left with lots of jubilations for having received new shoes which will protect their little feet when they go back to school.

Ms. Margaret Auma, the executive director of Springs Ministries thanked Bata for the donation of shoes and the continued support given to the organization over the years.

Geoffrey Maumo presents shoes to Margaret Auma (L), the executive director, Springs Ministries

Excited children from Springs Ministries display the shoes donated by Bata

SHOES TO SOILA MAASAI GIRLS-SUSWA

 

Bata Children’s Program Kenya donated School Shoes to 142 girls at Soila Maasai Girls Centre on 5th January 2013. This was part of  the New Year gift to the girls.

Soila Maasai, a children’s home located in Suswa, Narok is a rescue center that provides a safe and caring home to 142 girls, who have been saved from FGM and early marriages.

Apart from supplementing their budgets, the shoes will help in improving the health of the children; Wearing closed shoes is a great prevention to many infections and keeps the feet of the little ones warm and safe.

After distributing the shoes , the volunteers who were drawn from various departments in Bata Kenya , spoke to the girls about working hard , believing in themselves and remaining focused on what they wanted to become. Further they urged them to invest their time and efforts in their education as this was the gateway to a brighter future.

Excited Girls from Soila Maasai hold high the new shoes donated by BCP Kenya

 

Excited children display the shoes donated by BCP Kenya