Hope runs- Book review

Hope runs the book
Hope runs-the book

Hope runs published by Revell and released on April 15, 2014 has 208 pages and is co-authored by Claire Diaz-Ortiz and Samuel Ikua.

Once i had someone say ‘I have my calender all stuffed up’- is that for real i ask?
Hope runs, this book features three twists tactfully interwoven in it’s plotting scheme of happenstances that revolves around two distinct people from two distinct geographical locations further apart- America and Kenya, two worlds with in-between distance to churn but that is the set up this interesting book- hope runs, offers its readership.


Behind the movie scenes are the cast, the camera and the tapes rolling at the tap of a button but first is the check list of initial to-do list to follow through. The scenario is none different while planning an outing, a family reunion or just hosting friends or better still  planning a major international trip like touring a foreign country.
An American tourist takes to the skies and as the filled calender indicates, lands safely in the Kenyan soil to climb the mountains but just how meticulous are the plans? Read the book to find out for yourself.
Down in the valley of life and circumstances lies a poor orphaned Kenyan boy ready to partake a journey of redemption slowly unfolding before him through providence but not yet revealed …
Hope runs, read the book and discover for yourself whether your calendar is actually full! an experience many slum children would wish to come true, if only hope could run their way.

N/b(this book sells on amazon, link )

Thank you.




Education in the slums

it's break time
it’s break time

School day in the slum

It’s 10 o’clock Monday morning, scattered groups of children play about in the narrow alleys littered with garbage.
A few meters away, a private school housed in  a rental house opens its gates to let its pupils play out in the open road-the only open  continuous space between kiambiu slums and Eastleigh airbase fence.
The first group of children ought to be in school but lady luck has chosen to look the other way for the time being, and that is the scenario replicating itself here, there, whichever way you turn to look.

On the contrary, the second group of children who eventually make it to school do not have the necessary basic equipments for recreation  not to mention the makeshift rental houses passing out as classrooms in over ten private schools  and counting.
This is the mix within, it’s the slum life, the choices are few if any,  in the meantime hope is awaited!

it is a normal school day but they are here and about
it is a normal school day but they are here and about

In my formative years growing up i had nurtured the dream of becoming a professional  accredited writer, In fact to this day, running through the my mails are countless  responses to inquiries i made, but that was never to be as the cost went way beyond my reach. Today as you read this you’ll remember am only trying to live my dream though not to the best of standards i had hoped for.
Every child is born unique with hopes and aspiration to live up to,  some grandeur, some average but they all require help and guidance from quality institutions to mindful policy makers and stakeholders in order to develop their set talents to maturity.
But who will raise the thousands of children living in the slums as regards qualitative education and cognitive development so that they can confidently compete with their peers from the affluent homes?

Education  Policy

Article 53   of the Kenyan constitution  thus summarizes education as a right in all public schools but does that imply all children of school going age within the slums can simply cross roads to adjacent neighborhoods and join classes at the available public schools?
 Yes and No.
Yes because it’s a constitution right of every child. No because the children will need the input of parent’s a majority of whom are living with less than $2 a day, barely enough to put a decent meal on the family table.
To enroll your child at a public school today we checked and found the basic list as below:

  1. school uniform: $11.4,
  2. shoes: $10.26,
  3. School bag: $5.7,
  4. Socks;$4.5,
  5. Admission fee: $45.5.

Total $77.36

It is no-wonder many children of school going age will still be seen loitering and playing about in the slums’ crevices while their peers take lessons albeit from an untrained teacher, in a not so formal set up.

This building passes out as a schooling facility
This building passes out as a schooling facility
shinning angels school
shinning angels school