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Ruben Centre is a little quieter this week because the primary school is closed for Term 2 holidays.  A Term Two Report is out. However the emphasis is on ‘little’ as the holiday time offers us a unique time to be implementing other programs and activities. 

So this week the 109 sponsored Secondary Students are back from their respective schools and giving an account of their progress of term 2.   They also write to sponsors and the letters are attached to their Term 2 academic reports. This segment of the letter speaks volumes as the students even show regrets when they fail to hit their targets for the term.

Though I did not perform well in my term two examinations, I managed to be position three overall. I am not happy with my performance. I promise to work harder to get better grades. Since a promise is a debt, I won’t let you down. I take this opportunity to thank you very much for paying my school fees. I know it is a great sacrifice you make to keep me in school. Only God can reward you for all your kindness.

May God bless you Colin Rhoden.”

Yours faithfully

Caroline Ndunge

A varied mentorship program is offered to them every school holiday. This Term the mentorship was revolving around the topics of Self -awareness to help the students get a clear perception of their personality including strengths, weaknesses and emotions.  The students confessed to love the mentorship class as they are given an opportunity to learn what the society hardly tells them.

The week has also offered the Social and Economic Empowerment Department a chance to get on top of the expectations of the new donor USAid. There are now 2,200 orphans and vulnerable children in this program and many are new to Ruben Centre.  This week in an effort to implement the UNAID 90 90 90 target which calls for countries to get to the following goals:

·         By 2020, 90% of all people living with HIV will know their HIV status.

·         By 2020, 90% of all people with diagnosed HIV infection will receive sustained antiretroviral therapy.

·         By 2020, 90% of all people receiving antiretroviral therapy will have viral suppression.

Ruben centre is attempting to do HIV counseling and testing of all children in the Orphans and Vulnerable  Children (OVC) program. The three days initiative is targeting our catchment area which includes Mukuru Kwa Ruben,Mukuru Kwa Njenga as well as Imara Daima.

The Human Development and Skills Training (HDST) Students are also on leave but the production unit and transitioning into the work place are still busy.   The challenge of creating markets is very much with us now that production has been scaled up.  A marketing strategy is being worked on and a part of that became a reality last week end when the HDST program negotiated a deal with a large shopping Mall; Village Market to sell their products at the entrance of the Mall. The opportunity to get a stand at Village market is a beginning of great things in the program. Watch this pace.

The quieter Centre is also a time to do some ongoing developments of the Centre.  Hopefully by Monday August 29th some of these developments will be complete.  Meanwhile the Administration Team is flat out preparing funding application for 2017, along with the ever present evaluations and reports. Deadlines are great mobilizes.

Thank you for ongoing support that is out there and which keeps the Centre ticking.

 Director, Brother Frank O'shea