I’ve never been prouder of the young students at the Kibera School for Girls at Shining Hope for Communities in Kenya – and that’s quite a statement! Earlier this month, the pre-K class was honored with the first place title for their performance in Kenya’s National Poetry competition for their stirring recital of “Wings to Fly.” Their performance will be broadcast on national television and the girls will perform at the State House in front of President Kibaki. The poem, written by their teacher Julia Alubala, is one of inspiration and hope – it tells of the girls’ desire to soar above poverty and hunger into a better life filled with learning and love.
In light of the girls’ phenomenal performance, KSG’s Headmistress Anne Olwande said, “State house, here we come, next time White House! Nothing can be our limit, not even the sky. The power of positive thinking!” Twenty-four young girls took part in the national level of the competition, with 12 from pre-K and kindergarten in the winning group. Twelve others from grades 1-3 were awarded 8th place in the national competition.
Watch the video below and it’s quite clear that the girls’ performance is deserving of national (and now international!) accolades. I guarantee their rendition will leave you with goose bumps. Send your congratulations to the girls and Teacher Julia by leaving a comment on their Facebook page!
“We want to fly
give us the wings
Give us love, hope, education
and proper direction
and we will fly high like a butterfly”
To see a video of the girls’ powerful performance “Wings to Fly”, click here.