The Turning Point Trust

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The Turning Point Trust

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The Turning Point trust works with street children living in the Kibera slum in Nairobi. These children go to the streets out of poverty, many cannot afford to attend school. These children may have dropped out of school when money ran out or may have never started school.

Our 'Transition Class' accepts any street children up to the age of 18 who come to our compound in the slum, here they recieve informal education according to what level of schooling they have already completed. After one year of 'catching up' in transition they enter a local government primary school, once accepted Turning Point support them financially all the way through primary school and secondary if they get the right grades.

Alongside their classes children in Transition receive two meals each day, health care when required, counseling and can take part in play and extra curricular activities. Many of the children that have passed through Transition class have shown a marked change in their behaviour, responding to the individual care they receive, they choose to try their best in school and show regular attendance. Before starting the transition class, children sent straight to school from the street with no preparation would soon drop out of school and reutrn to the streets.

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Kibera Slum

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What stage is your project in?

Operating for 1-5 years

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What is the average monthly household income in your target community, in US Dollars?


Describe your idea in fewer than 50 words.

Offering street children one year of informal schooling to help them 'catch up' and enter the relevant standard in government primary school. In this one year the children receive holistic care including food, health care, counseling and extra curricular activities.

What makes your idea unique?

Our transition class does not just offer education, but has a reconditioning effect on children helping them transition from the freedom of life on the streets to the formality and constrictions of the Kenyan education system.

What is your area of work? (Please check as many as apply.)

Children & Youth , At risk youth , Behavioral issues , Boys' development , Child protection , Education , Girls' development , Play , Hunger , Poverty alleviation , Sustainable development , Urban development , Urban , Food , Health care , Hunger .

What impact have you had?

Around 50 street children have successfully completed a year in our transition class and are now studying in primary school, over the four years since the project was started.

Describe the primary problem(s) that your project is addressing.

(1) Behavioural problems in street children that stop them from attending school.
(2) Lack of money in a household to pay for children to attend school.
(3) Hunger of children that forces them to go to the street to look for food instead of attending school.

Describe the steps that your organization is taking to make your project successful.

We employ specialist teachers to run the class. We provide counseling for the children to help them deal with issues that may prevent them from thriving in school. We continue to monitor children once they start school and provide food for them so that they are forced back to the streets through hunger.

What will it take for your project to be successful over the next three years? Success in Year 1:

The model of our transition class has proved to be successful over the past four years and thus the main requirement is funding to see the project continuing and expanding over the next three years.

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Do you have a business plan or strategic plan? (yes/no)


What are the three most important actions needed to grow your initiative or organization? STEP 1:

Identify more children in Kibera who are on the streets or at risk of going to the streets, we are currently doing this through a new feeding programme initaited in another village within the slum as a way of meeting and coming alongside more street children.

What are the three most important actions needed to grow your initiative or organization? STEP 2:

Ensure we have adequate funding to employ a teacher to run a second transition class in another part of Kibera.

What are the three most important actions needed to grow your initiative or organization? STEP 3:

Train up and employ a new teacher to run another transition class with the new street children identified through the feeding programme.

Describe the expected results of these actions.

This should enable more street children to get off of the streets and into formal education.

What was the defining moment that led you to this innovation?

Turning Point made several attempts to send the street children they had befriended through a feeding programme to primary school but every child just dropped out and returned to the streets. This is what motivated the team to find a way to prepare children for school so that they could complete their education.

Tell us about the social innovator behind this idea.

The management team who came up with this idea is made up of three Kenyan staff who live in Kibera and are committed to seeing street children rescued from their situations and two ex-pat field directors who help to connect the vision of the local Kenyans with support in the UK.

How did you first hear about Changemakers?

Through the website

What would prevent your project from being a success?

Dishonest staff who were not truly committed to the vision of the project, or lack of funding to continue the project functioning.

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If yes, provide organization name.

The Turning Point Trust

How long has this organization been operating? (i.e. less than a year; 1-5 years; more than 5 years)

more than five years

Does your organization have a Board of Directors or an Advisory Board?

Yes, there is a board of trustees in the UK who are consulted on important decisions affecting the organisation.

Does your organization have any non-monetary partnerships with NGOs? (yes/no)


Does your organization have any non-monetary partnerships with businesses? (yes/no)


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Does your organization have any non-monetary partnerships with government? (yes/no)


Please tell us more about how these partnerships are critical to the success of your innovation.

Although not critical we have a partnership with the Urban Ministry Support Group, which provides good networking opportunities and a place to share ideas with others working in similar situations.

How many people will your project serve annually?

Fewer than 100

What is the total number of employees and total number of volunteers at your organization?

14 employed staff and 1 volunteer.

What is your organization's business classification?

Non-profit/NGO/citizen sector organization

Have you received funding from any of the following groups? (Please check as many as apply.)

None of the above.