Facing the Future has been very busy expanding their facilities to keep as many children active and alive as possible, providing them with a safe place to go to each day so that their caregivers can work. With the help of our Y and through generous member contributions, FAFU has grown to presently serve 330 children and has just completed a second school. A medical facility has also been built on site with a trained nurse for the children.
Inside Facing the Future:
Facing the Future Music Team Continues Reign as National Champions
FAFU’s music team continue to reign as Champions of the National Music Festival in Kakamega, Kenya. The team earned the highest mark from any team in recent years. At FAFU, the students practice music every day.
The First Playground of its Kind in Kibera
Due to the generosity of our Y Board of Directors, staff, members and community members, groundwork and playground installation was completed in January 2017. The most difficult part of the project was transporting the playground through the streets of Kibera and trying to keep the FAFU children off of the equipment when it arrived. The children were so excited, it was like opening presents on Christmas morning. This addition to the FAFU School has brought much joy to the teachers and the children. They now have a place to run, jump, climb and swing during their school day.
Facing the Future continues to be a resource for its children, staff and community by getting ready to open a medical clinic which will serve their students, staff as well as Kibera’s people by providing them with emergent and non-emergent medical cafe and prescriptions. This clinic will be supervised by a Doctor and the onsite FAFU school nurse. Not only will the clinic be an asset to the Kibera community but a revenue producer to provide the school with continued monitory support for the kids to learn and grow in a happy, healthy and positive environment.
Inside our Community:
Community Presentations and Projects
Prior to our March 2016 trip, the Y’s Kibera Connections Committee went out into our community to speak to local schools and groups to build awareness about FAFU and the work that we have been doing. If you would like members from our team to present to your group or organization or if you would like to host a project/fundraiser to support the children at Facing the Future, please contact Nicki Jezairian by email, subject line should state FAFU Presentation/Project Interest, or at 203-920-1657.
West School’s 4th Grade Lends a Helping Hand
The 4th graders at West School were so intrigued by and interested in the children at Facing the Future that they decided to help us collect school supplies to present them with on our March 2016 trip. In addition to hosting a school supply collection, the 4th graders ran a successful Walk-A-Thon. The FAFU teachers and children were so happy and extremely excited to receive the collection, while the students at West School experienced their own excitement at a successful philanthropic endeavor. We thank you West School from the bottom of our hearts for giving your time and talents to raise awareness of FAFU and bring other children across the world much needed supplies.
Picture Collages and Letters
Both East and West Elementary Schools from New Canaan, Jefferson Science Magnet Elementary School in Norwalk and our New Canaan YMCA preschool programs took part in making picture collages and writing letters which were presented to the children of FAFU on our March 2016 trip. Letters were exchanged back upon our return.
Lemon”aid” Stands for Kibera
With a Lemon”aid” Stand starter kit provided by the Y, local families volunteer to host lemon”aid” stands, either at the Y or in their own neighborhood, to raise funds for FAFU needs. This fundraiser serves as an opportunity for our youngest philanthropists to show their support. In addition to these families, Kids Unlimited participants, Camp Y-Ki’s Leaders in Training (LIT’s) and our YSN Teen & Young Adult Campers tap into their charitable nature by running lemon”aid” stands at both the Y and at Kiwanis Park.
Holiday Coffee for Kibera Fundraiser
Each year, our Y hosts a fundraiser for Kibera by selling fresh, organic African Coffees to provide monitory support for our friends at Facing the Future. These funds assist the school with purchasing school supplies and equipment that are desperately needed. Coffee for Kibera begins in November and continues through the end of December. These 1/2 pound bags of coffees make great gifts for teachers, friends and coworkers. They are also a great way to thank holiday hosts and are overall yummy holiday gifts.
One of our global goals here at our Y is to build relationships between our Y Childcare participants and their teachers and those of FAFU. Constant communication and learning with each other is what makes global relationships thrive and can assist in building long lasting, positive relationships for years to come. We kicked off our first of many skype calls between our Rainbow Station 4’s class and FAFU’s own preschool class participants. The first call was spent introducing each other and singing two different versions of the same song. The next call was spent talking about their favorite subjects in school and the things they like best and, of course, more singing.
Quilt for Kibera Project
Our Y’s Knitting Group, which meets onsite each Wednesday afternoon, is partaking in a joint project to raise funds for the kids at FAFU. Each knitter has chosen a square to knit. Once completed, these squares will be knitted together to make a large quilt which will be raffled off.
To learn more about our partnership with Facing the Future, contact Nicki Jezairian at 203-920-1657.