A Reflection on Mandela Day

CMETrust Co-Founder Titus Kuria penned this reflection about Human Rights and Education champion Nelson Mandela, and how we can - and must - carry on his legacy of fighting for the education rights of all. 

 

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Latest Newsletter: We're on the Air!

CMETrust's Tapestry 2030 Podcast Episode

CMETrust was selected to be part of the Ontario Council for International Cooperation (OCIC) innovative podcast series Tapestry 2030.

Our episode features Titus Kuria, Victoria Sheppard, Esther Njenga, Jecinta Akoth, Jesse Jacktone and Emmanuel Angwenyi. They reflect on their cross-cultural team’s commitment to providing educational scholarships and life-skills programming for young people living in Mathare - the second largest informal settlement in Nairobi, Kenya.  Find the episode transcript here.

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Podcast: Championing Education in Kenya

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Our episode of the OCIC Tapestry 2030 podcast series is live! Check it our here:

https://www.buzzsprout.com/1597249/7461190-championing-education-in-kenya

 


Blue Monday? We've got a dance for that!

The third Monday in January, often called Blue Monday, can be a prime time for the winter blahs to kick in. But thanks to our CMETrust scholars and Alumni, we've got just the antidote... the Jerusalema Dance Challenge!

These videos are sure to bring some joy to your Blue Monday... and keep scrolling to see a video of some CMETrust Board members who were so inspired by our scholars and alumni that they gave it a go themselves!

Dance Break #1 CMETrust Secondary Scholars

 

Dance Break #2 CMETrust Post-Secondary Scholars and Alumni

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Dance Break #3 CMETrust Board Members


Meet Esther

Meet Esther, one of our Kenyan Field Representatives doing amazing work to support our scholars through the ongoing COVID pandemic.

Meet Daniel

Daniel, a CMETrust Alumnus and recent graduate from the University of Nairobi, shares what CMETrust Alumni are doing to support current scholars during COVID-19 and his hopes for the organization's future. 


Meet June

Form 2 Student, June talks with us about studying at home during the pandemic, and the value CMETrust holds for her. 

 


Meet Orla

Over the coming weeks we are looking forward to introducing you to some of the CMETrust community. In preparation for Giving Tuesday, which is fast approaching, we thought we'd kick things off by introducing you to one of our community fundraisers whose unique fundraising idea raised $282 dollars for CMETrust last year, enough to cover the cost of accommodations for a student at school for one year! 

Meet Orla

 Why did you want to raise funds for CMETrust?

 I wanted to raise money for CMETrust because I think every girl and every boy should have a chance to go to school. 

 How did you come up with the idea for your fundraiser?

 I learned how to make the ornaments with my brownie group and I thought it would be a great item to sell and donate the money to CMETrust.

 Why do you think education is important?

 Education is something that I’m most grateful for. I think education is important because without an education it would be really hard to find a job and to know what your rights are.

Thanks so much to Orla for her great idea and for helping support our scholarships!

 

Feeling Inspired?

Community fundraising is one great way to support CMETrust, but not the only one! Here are a few ideas:

Securities: Did you know you can donate securities to CMETrust via Canada Helps or Link Charity? And there is still time to donate for this year (and tax advantage of the tax break!) 

To find out more about how to donate securities on either platform please contact Consuelo van Beek [email protected] and/or Laurie Anne Guenette [email protected] to discuss.

Gift Cards: Meaningful, convenient and easy to send, our gift cards make a great gift for freinds, family, teacher and more! Check out our latest holiday designs on our Gift Card Page. 

Work Charitable Campaigns: Did you know many work-run charitable giving programs let you select the charity your money will support? 

Donations: You can donate online or by mail ... find out more on our donations page! All donations over $20 are eligible for a tax receipt.


Find out what's on our Wish List!

The holidays are fast approaching and CMETrust has put together our Wish List to help you check off your shopping list! And we've created some gift cards so you can present in style! Take a look at our list below, and get your gift card here!


Congrats to our newest graduates!

During challenging times it can seem like we've run out of any good news, but we've got some and are happy to share it with you! On September 25, two our our Post-Secondary Scholars graduated from their programs!

Big congratulations to Daniel Shiraku Akoi who graduated from the University of Nairobi with a BSc. in Biology and Daniel Onyango Shitandi who graduated from the University of Nairobi with a BSc. in Chemistry. 

Along with this great news we wanted to share a few words our graduates sent along to the CMETrust community.

 

Daniel Shiraku Akoi:

"Being part of CMETrust family has been a blessing to me, and I have learnt a lot of things concerning life through the holiday program activities. Hence this has helped me to handle daily life encounters wisely. As well as not forgetting the interactive sessions I had with the Kenya field reps, the facilitators, fellow scholars and other friends to the organization.

Words cannot express how grateful I am for your support during my education journey."

 

Daniel Onyango Shitandi:

"I am scripting this letter to convey my honest and genuine gratefulness and appreciation for the support that you have given me both in the field of academics and the field of life. The scholarship was priceless and will definitely help me in my life endeavours, as it has equipped me with the skills in the field of academics and also some of the basic concept on how to handle life.

The monetary help that you gave me enabled me to to pay my learning cost without a single problem and this enabled me to devote most of my time to feed on books and drink knowledge."

Once again a big congratulations fo out graduates and a huge thank you to all of our donors, who make our scholarships, and these opportunities possible. 

 

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