Entries by Judy R

Volunteer Janette helps DGS – January 2013

Janette has identified and donated items needed by the teachers and children at DGS. These include blackboard dusters/erasers for class 1 up to class 7 and eight brand new sweeping brooms. The students sweep their own classes and pictured here are the class monitors for class 1-7 who were representing their classes.The teachers and students were all delighted by these donations.

New Head Boy and Girl for the New School Year

DGS appointed a new head boy and head girl. Alphonse Ochieng and Jennifer Anyango, both of class 7, were given their new roles due to their hard work and brilliant academic performances  It is DGS’s hope that they will inspire the rest to also do their best in their studies, while also maintaining discipline. The former head […]

Classrooms 7 and 8, and the Examination Hall – January 2013

The Kenyan Educational Authorities advised the school that it must have an Examination Hall by June this year, so that the class 7 pupils can take their mock Kenyan Certificate of Primary Education examinations. DGS are therefore building both class 7 and class 8 together, with a partition wall which will enable it to double […]

Volunteer Anne works at DGS for 2 months

Anne Nightingale, a volunteer from the Republic of Ireland, spent 2 months in 2012 doing voluntary work at Destiny Garden School. Anne says: “I had a wonderful time at Destiny Garden School – a great experience and education for me. Jacob and all the staff are doing great work there, and the children are a […]

Regina, from Germany, volunteers at DGS for the second time

“Hello, my name is Regina Schack and I’m 23 years old. My first time in Kenya was in 2010. I lived with Jacob and his family and with some other volunteers. We had a lot of fun together, enjoyed ourselves and got to know a lot about Mombasa and Kenya. I went to the DGS […]

Jayne and Martin Jackson from the UK visit DGS

Whilst on holiday in Kenya in June 2011, Jayne and Martin visited Destiny Garden School. They met up with Victor, the School Manager, who took them on a shopping trip to central Mombasa to buy food and text books for the school, they spent the afternoon with the children and watched some of their lessons. […]

Amy and Mark from the UK Visit DGS

Amy and Mark booked a trip to Kenya for some winter sun in March 2011 and wanted to do something worthwhile whilst there. They came across Destiny Garden School on the internet and arranged to visit the school. Amy says: “we have had an unforgettable trip to an amazing charity and cause. We met some […]

Judy Roper from the UK re-visits DGS

Judy Roper, Chairperson of the UK charity, Destiny Children, visited Destiny Garden School during February 2011. Her principle job whilst there was to update the Charity’s records, together with those for the sponsorship programme, which entailed taking photos and updating the profiles of all the 245 children now at the school. Judy says “The visit […]

Matt Visits DGS

Matt Mcguinness visited Destiny Garden School on 3rd November 2010. He raised funds before his trip to go towards new desks, which were made by our local carpenter. He also collected many different football shirts from friends and family, and there was great excitement amongst the DGS children when he delivered them. Matt says “It […]

Sarra Ali – UK

Sarra, from the UK is our youngest volunteer to date, just 16 years old, and she volunteered for 5 weeks from 10h July to 16th August 2010. She was accompanied by her brother, please see his report below. Sarra also did some voluntary work a Medical Centre in Mombasa At the end of her time […]

Faaris Ali, UK

Faaris from the UK worked at both a Medical Centre and at Destiny Garden School from 10 July to 16 August 2010. He says – “My 5 weeks of volunteering at Destiny Gardens School was undoubtedly the most amazing experience of my entire life.” “The children are full of life and love your company. I […]

Sydney Long – USA

Sydney from the USA worked at Destiny Garden School for four months from March to June 2010. Sydney said ” My experience in Destiny Garden School has been unforgettable and has been one of the best experiences of my life. “ “Staying with Jacob and Brenda in their home was wonderful. They are such open, caring […]

Val and Nadine – UK

Val Lear and her daughter Nadine worked at Destiny Garden School for three weeks over the Easter break, 2010. Val said – “Jacob and his family were very friendly and welcomed us into their home like old friends. We felt very safe there. We had made many friends in and out of the school environment […]

Bailey Cox – Canada

Bailey, from Canada, spent a few days doing voluntary work at Destiny Garden School in January 2010. She says – “Staying with Jacob and helping out around the school has been an incredible experience. In my few days at the school I was able to see how the teachers and staff go out of their way […]

Guy Tolhurst – UK

Guy, a businessman from London, undertook voluntary work at Destiny Garden School in December/January 2009-2010 and was there over the Christmas and New Year period. Guy says – “My time at Destiny Garden School can be described as the most rewarding experience of my life. Jacob and Brenda welcomed me into their home in Mombasa […]

Alexander Tacke-Koester – Germany

Alex from Germany is reading African Studies at University and, during his summer 2009 holidays, is doing voluntary work at Destiny Garden School to learn more about the African culture and to practice his Swahili. Alex says – “I was lucky to find Destiny Garden School which answered my needs, namely being a small organisation […]

Judy Roper – UK

Judy spent 3 weeks in September 2009 at Destiny Garden School to help buy sports equipment from funds raised by her friends in the UK and to also help set up their website and get a sponsorship program in place. Judy photographed all the children individually and, with the help of the School Administrator, Masikah […]

Kathy James – UK

“I went to Mombasa as part of my nurse training to work in a local clinic for a month, June 2009. By a chance meeting I met Jackie, a volunteer and Jacob and from them I heard a lot about the school. On my day off I visited the school and really enjoyed spending time […]

Jessica – Canada

Jessica from Canada is studying to be a community development worker. She came to Destiny Gardens in the summer of 2009 to get some experience working with a grass roots organization. Jessica says – “I can’t speak highly enough about my time in Africa. The kids were amazing. They are so eager to get to […]

Shannon Matteson – USA

Shannon, from the U.S.A, is a college graduate with a degree in elementary education. She did voluntary work at Destiny Gardens School during the summer of 2009. Shannon says – “I had an incredible experience in Kenya this summer. For two months, I taught class 1 at Destiny Gardens School. It was challenging due to […]

Jacky Price – Australia

Destiny Garden School opened in April 2009 and Jackie, who lives in Australia, joined the School project in May for 6 months, from May to November 2009 . Jackie found it exciting being involved in the project from the beginning and her voluntary work varied from teaching Masikah, the school administrator, some basic bookkeeping, to helping Jacob set […]

Smiles for Kenya – report by Victor – 17th July 2013

Children at Destiny Garden School woke up to a wonderful surprise when they discovered that they would be the recipients of free toothbrushes, dental floss and toothpaste courtesy of ‘Smiles for Kenya’ and ‘A Broader View’. All the children from Kindergarten Class 3 to Class 7 were given a toothbrush, dental floss and tooth paste, while […]

Volunteer Janette – January & February 2013

Janette Hodgkinson worked as a volunteer at Destiny Garden School for 8 weeks in January and February 2013. She chose DGS after reading about the school on their website and being impressed with the vision and how the school had progressed in such a short time. Janette says: “My ‘home’ for the time I was in […]

Simon and Michelle visit DGS

Simon and Michelle, both keen supporters of Destiny Garden School, visited the school in August 2012 and filmed the children and staff. Simon operated the camera whilst Michelle interviewed Jacob, the School Director. Simon says: “I have nothing but admiration for what Destiny Garden School has set out to achieve for its future, and I […]