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29 Jan 2018

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The Giving Back Culture At GEMS

The students at GEMS Nairobi are indeed a privileged lot, something that they are constantly reminded of. As they grow academically, the school is keen to help them to develop enduring competencies that will benefit others as well as themselves.
Some of the initiatives that are injected into everyday school life with the objective of moulding decent, caring, grounded people that strive to make a difference in the world include; Star of the week, Super Citizen (read about it here https://www.gemseducation.co.ke/dont-just-citizen-super-citizen/) and the charity initiatives chosen by the school council every year.
Last week, the school was abuzz with activities that are geared towards helping the chosen charities

The Great Mission Village

This is an orphanage cum school located in Kangemi and was selected by the Primary School Students Council as the charity for the year. Great Mission Village was started by Geoffrey and Vina Otora and has our Primary Head, Mr Kristian on the board. Like most such institutions, the orphanage runs without assistance from sponsors and the welfare of the children solely depends on its founders.
Last week, some of the children from Great Mission visited GEMS to familiarize themselves with school, being standard seven and eight pupils; they are potential candidates for the GEMS scholarship programme.
Through the student council, the primary students will have different fund raising activities with the aim of improving the quality of life of the children that call Great Mission Village home.

GEMS VISIT: Children from Great Mission Village with their founder Geoffrey and GEMS Head of Primary Mr. Kristian

 

 

Grace Community Children’s Home

This is the charity selected by the Secondary School’s Student Council, headed by Elsa Bankimbaga. The home, located in Kahawa west takes in street children, orphans and other vulnerable children. Last term, Student Council members visited the home and returned to school determined to help their less fortunate peers with the support of other GEMS students. They are keen to contribute towards improving the living conditions of the children by contributing towards a building fund for the home

They have been collecting clothing and foodstuff donated by students and their parents and even came up with an innovative way to raise funds by having a ‘non-uniform day’ where students get the option to ditch their uniforms and pay ksh 150 to go about a normal school day in home clothes. Last Friday was one such day; by the time they were leaving school they had raised ksh 26,870. Members of staff have also been very supportive of this initiative; on the same day, Head of Secondary,

Ms Lyn Newell spent the entire day in the GEMS school uniform and the students pledged to each give ksh 50 towards the cause for this reason.

 

 

a ‘non-uniform day’ where students get the option to ditch their uniforms and pay ksh 150 to go about a normal school day in home clothes.

a ‘non-uniform day’ where students get the option to ditch their uniforms and pay ksh 150 to go about a normal school day in home clothes.

 

While it is important for the students to work towards their major, at GEMS we are also ensuring that they work on a mission as well, a mission that serves others.

“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another”
Charles Dickens”

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