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Finally the long awaited opening of Oasis Kindergarten. On 5th of May 2015, Oasis Kindergarten opened its doors to the first lot of kids in Kibera Slums. Thank you to everyone who has helped put smiles on these kids. May God richly reward you
Main Building
 
Stair
 
Multipurpose Hall
 
Kitchen
 
Kitchen
 
Toilet Block
 
Inside Toilets
 
Guard's House

We at Maisha Trust believe that the importance of investing in the life of a child can never be overstated, since the way a child is nurtured determines who they will grow up to be.   The bible says, ‘Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it’ (Pro 22:6).  In other words, the truths and values that a child is taught at an early age serve as a solid foundation for life, keeping them on the right path long past their days in school.  Notwithstanding, for nurturing to be successful it must be holistic, addressing the entirety of a child’s being.  Therefore, the pupils must be developed physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.   Only then will they be able to fulfil their potential and enjoy an abundant life.  This is God’s will for every person on earth, as Jesus Christ died to save and restore our souls and bodies as well as our spirits; ‘I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it to the full’ (John 10:10).

Creating an Oasis
In keeping with this vision of imparting life to the poor and oppressed, the new school is called “Oasis Kindergarten”.  An oasis is an isolated pool of water supporting rich vegetation and providing a habitat for animals and human beings to survive in the middle of a desert environment.  It is also typologically used to represent a place that gives relief from troubling or chaotic situations.   Hence, in the context of Kibera; a slum of severe deprivation, hopelessness and misery, Oasis Kindergarten will be a source of life in the midst of a landscape of scarcity.

Producing Physical Life
Firstly, physical life will be manifested in a myriad of ways.  The school will be an unprecedented site of natural vegetation in the slum.  Palm trees and fruit trees will line the perimeter of the compound, the open space will be carpeted with green grass and a water fountain flowing down a rock feature into a small fish pond will be exhibited at the front entrance.  In addition, it will pioneer environmental sustainability through rainwater harvesting for collecting water, solar power to provide electricity, biogas for cooking, raising chickens and rabbits and growing a vegetable garden on the roof to provide fresh food.  In this way, the school will be able to be relatively self-sufficient, more cost-effective and help conserve the environment.

The children themselves will be fed a balanced diet of sufficient quantity and nutritional quality of food every day; they will be given plenty of time to run around outside and play on the grass, in the sandpit or use the swings and slide, to exercise their bodies; and a nurse will carry out regular health check-ups on the students and treat any sickness or disease.  Thus, the pupils will grow up healthy and strong physically.

Developing Soulical Life
Secondly, soulical (intellectual and emotional) life will be cultivated through the provision of quality education by trained teachers and the use of a specialised curriculum of international standards.  The staff will exhibit a motherly nature, demonstrating love, patience and gentleness with the children, so that a warm, homely environment is created that imparts joy and hope rather than suffering and despair.  In this way it will be the exact opposite of what they might be experiencing in their home environment. 

Imparting Spiritual Life
As a result of all the above, the children will taste and see the Kingdom of God, which the bible describes as a Kingdom of ‘righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit’ (Romans 14:17).  Hence, the good news of salvation through Christ Jesus will not only be taught to them, but also tangibly experienced by them.  This means that even if they are too young to understand the gospel, they will know Jesus and desire to have Him in their lives.  Since the bible says that ‘Whoever has the Son has life’ (1 John 5:11-12), the pupils will therefore receive spiritual life.

Instilling a sense of Purpose
We believe that God not only created every person on the earth to enjoy a relationship with Him, but also to fulfil a specific purpose that He has designed for each individual.  The younger one can discover their God-given assignment, the more focused and meaningful their life will be.  Thus, Oasis Kindergarten will teach the children this truth and implement programmes to help them identify their gifts and talents, which are all given by God to enable them to accomplish their purpose.   Since these gifts and talents are initially resident in potential form, the school will encourage and assist the students in developing them.  This will give the pupils are head-start in life, propelling them forward to realise their potential and fulfil their God-given purpose. 

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