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Training in Soweto Slum - Nairobi

The HOPE Team - Friday, July 13, 2012

Amazing training for NGO Leaders occurs in Soweto Slum - Nairobi, Kenya

Written by Michelle Shaw - HOPE: Global Program Manager and Kenya Team Leader

I must admit I found the level of hardship in Soweto slum very confronting during our HOPE: Global Education Program there this week. However I also found joy, peace and hope in those I spent time with.


Soweto Slum Nairobi, Kenya

HOPE: Global Education Program was privileged to serve 13 different Australian supported non-profit organisations working in Kenya this week through professional development in IT, Primary Teaching, Special Needs Education and Community Health.

The HOPE: Global Education GDG (Global Development Group) capacity building conference was opened by the Assistant Australian High Commissioner for East Africa, Ms. Amanda Davis. Holding the conference at Bethlehem Community Centre in the heart of the Soweto slum was wonderful and a blessing.

Assistant Australian High Commissioner Ms. Amanda Davis with HOPE: Global Program Manger & Kenya Team Leader Michelle Shaw

The conference was high energy as we squeezed every bit of time to maximise training opportunities. Participants were keen and quickly mastered Microsoft Word, Power Point and Excel. It was inspiring to hear the courage and vision of leaders represented during leadership workshops. Community Health training in sexual health, HIV prevention and hygiene was well received and we have been asked if parents and other organisations could participated in this program next year.


HOPE: Global volunteer Genelle Griffin training in Microsoft and ICT Training

Teachers were equipped with new ways to teach reading when materials are scarce.

Inclusive education (special needs) was a major focus and so many shared testimonies of how they were going to take their new understandings to their communities to assist parents and teachers support children with disabilities. 

The closing ceremony was inspiring as one after another, participants shared how they were going to use and share what they had learnt with others.

We can't wait to return next year!

Participants proudly show their certificates