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Cheery Centre was started in 2009 by Jairus Makambi, and his wife Emmily Minayo. The school has grown and developed over the past years through the faithful provision of God. This short video (under 3 minutes) gives a brief history of Cheery and some dreams for the future.
The Cheery Children Education Centre was founded in 2009 and it’s situated in the heart of the Kibera Slums in Nairobi Kenya. The Kibera slum houses an estimated one million people making it the biggest slum in Africa and one of the biggest in the world. The sole purpose of the Centre is to serve children from vulnerable families in Kenya especially those living in Kibera slum in Nairobi. It’s not simply a centre for those vulnerable and hungry children but a place where character is nurtured and hope given to the children. We espouse the fact that Education is the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another and it’s the focus of CCEC and it remains one of our goals to remain true to the fact that quality and affordable education is more than a luxury; it is a responsibility that the society owes to itself.
Children are the country’s greatest resource and represent hope for a better future. Profound poverty, competition for scarce resources, local conflicts, addictions and lack of educational opportunities put these children at extreme risk for illiteracy, illness, hopelessness, sexual abuse and the meager resources accessible is the common definition of the urban poor child living in the Kenyan slums. Few opportunities exist for the children of Kibera slum and the other surrounding slums that allow them to learn and grow to their full potential.
To bring out the potential skills and knowledge in the young people, to be used in our country and the world at large. To quench the thirst for education in the children for a better tomorrow.
To transform the society through a holistic form of education involving spiritual, mental and physical, that will see the Centre grow into a beacon of change.
Cheery Centre's goals will be supported by a focus on six key areas.
The Specific objectives will lead the centre to establish the following
In addition to the above objectives the CCEC will endeavor to help mature people to achieve self-reliance through vocational training, peer guidance and counseling. Organize and run monthly meetings for the vulnerable children from the instituted community groups within the slums, towards behavior change and empowerment through vocational training, conferences, target group picnics, rallies and other activities that would build them spiritually and positively. This approach seeks to develop the young people spiritually, mentally, morally, physically and economically to ensure we bring out and maximize their potential within their current social-environment and beyond.
After seeing the poverty and low opportunities for the children in the Kibera slum, Jairus Makambi started the Cheery Centre in 2009, with the help of friends, volunteers and his family.
May 23, 2016 - The students had just left school on Friday when one of the walls of a classroom came down due to heavy downpour. We thank God no one was hurt. An emergency repair was done over the weekend to make sure learning continued normally, and during the next school break the whole structure was torn down and replaced by this beautiful new building.
In December of 2018, during the school break, Cheery Children Education Centre was expanded to include classrooms for the seventh and eighth grades. While most of the funding came from the International Cheery Children Day fundraiser, there are some items which have not been able to be completed. Additional donations are needed for installation of electricity, painting and the purchase of desks.
Cheery is now facing the need for high school fees for the first class of students who have completed their studies at Cheery Children Education Centre. Many have been in Cheery since its start in 2009, and now must continue their education to reach their goals in life.
"Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom."
George Washington Carver
Board Member Perry Ditch, band director at White Oak High School in Jacksonville, North Carolina has made several trips to Cheery Centre, hand delivering instrument to the students.
In under 5 minutes, this video shows what life is like in the Kibera slum, where Cheery Children Education Centre is located. Kibera is the biggest slum in Africa and one of the largest in the world. Around the world, 1 billion people–one in every six of us–live in slums like Kibera. The average size of a shack in this area is 12ft x 12ft built with mud walls, a corrugated tin roof with a dirt or concrete floor. These shacks often house up to 8 or more with many sleeping on the floor.
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