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Spurred by a Heartfelt Need – Macheo Christmas Concert, 2015

Spurred by a heartfelt need to make students from Kibera share the warmth of the Christmas season, Macheo program on 13th December,2015 organized the first ever Christmas concert for the students and the university at large. The entertainment during the concert included drama, choir and modelling exclusively undertaken by the macheo mentees who were trained on these areas by mentors from Strathmore University for a period of three weeks.



Also at the concert was the opportunity for privileged students and staff to give the less privileged items in kind. These donations included dry food, clothes and monetary funds that were shared fairly among the students and their parents after the concert.



Macheo program has been offering educational support program which aims at assisting secondary school students from Kibera with their learning processes through academic tutoring and personal mentorship.



The director of Macheo program, Luis Borrallo, joyfully graced the event saying he lacks words to express his emotions when he sees students’ stage magnificent presentations before an audience of three hundred people and even more while they have to overcome cowardice and shyness.



“I was once timid and shy but thanks to Macheo program I now know the real person in me”, said Jeff Odhiambo, a macheo mentee from New Horizons Secondary school.



To enhance personal growth, Macheo includes sports and field trips as part of its activities coordinated by the mentors. On the last Saturday of the month Macheo students go on an educational trip or participate in a social community development project, environmental projects or sports on the Strathmore university sports ground as part of their excursion.



“I enjoy coming to Strathmore University for Macheo and especially when we are going out for a trip or we have sports in the evening. We don’t have a field in our school or in the neighborhood and we are unable to play football as much as we would like. Strathmore has such a big field that we usually hold two matches, boys and girls at the same time!” said a form II Macheo mentee from John Paul II Secondary school.



Macheo program has some students enrolled in various tertiary institutions including Strathmore University who are a living testimony to its good works. There are 75 students enrolled in the program and it expects to have more in the future. Your continued support will see the program meet its mission.



For further enquiry, visit the Community Service Centre office, 3rd floor student center.