Families living in poverty in Kariobangi, Nairobi face a difficult decision of where to keep their young children during the working day. They typically have one of the two options :
In the two cases, the healthy growth & development of the children is compromised. When they enter primary school they are already behind and at a greater risk of school failure. This often result in them being locked in an intergenerational cycle of poverty that is near impossible to escape. This is the problem that Hands of Love Educational Centre is solving for by providing quality early childhood care and education, – in safe and inspiring environment, nutrition and health services, as well as nurturing families. We believe that by doing this we can change the trajectory of a child’s life forever and in this way, build a stronger community.
Early Childhood Education
Hands of Love Educational Centre employs a child-centred and holistic approach to early childhood care and education. our curriculum aligns with the Kenya Early Childhood Development Service Standard Guidelines and the Kenya Institute of Education Early Childhood Development and Education (ECDE) syllabus. We place particular emphasis on, problem-solving, and social-emotional learning. As opposed to over emphasizing on academic skills that is common in Kenya system. This way kids who leave Hands of love are ready for primary school and beyond. We seek to foster a lifelong love of learning in the kids and families we serve. Please see the core foundations of our curriculum here.
Nutrition and Health Program
For children to learn they need a well-nourished and healthy body. Unfortunately, many of our children come from families where they do not get enough food and have limited access to health services. This is why we have an expanding Health and Nutrition program for which includes the following:
Children cannot succeed without loving and supportive families. Unfortunately, many children at the centre come from families where they do not receive the love, care and support they need to grow and blossom. Our work therefore, includes support families and participation including: