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Take the Initiative
Twenty-two parents attended the first 2017 ‘Take the Initiative’ Rites of Passage Experiences (ROPEs) Parents meeting held on February 25th, 2017 at the CCP’s Community Center. This was an introductory meeting to enable the parents understand the benefits of the ROPEs program in the life of their teenagers. Damaris Karugu, CCP’s Social worker shared from Luke 2:52 on the importance of the teenagers growing spiritually, socially, physically and mentally just like Jesus Christ. She commended parents for the good physical growth of their children and emphasized on the other three areas. She encouraged them to ensure that their children growth is well balanced. Mable Umali, (CCP’s Sponsorship and Medical Coordinator) encouraged the parents to speak a language their teenagers understand, create time and rapport with their teenagers. She engaged the parents in a discussion on the challenges that they were facing with their children, they talked about mood swings, boy girl relationships, social media and laziness among others. Thereafter, Faith Wayua, ROPEs Counselor educated parents on the purpose of the parents’ trainings. She explained that ROPEs is a program in CCP focused on eighth grade students. The program aims at preparing the children for their final National examination which takes place in October or November, prepare them for high school life, how to cope with adolescence challenges, making mature decisions and above all, transitioning from childhood to become responsible adults who are God fearing and led by the Holy Spirit. The yearlong ROPEs curriculum requires six trainings for parents and 36 lessons for the teenagers. Faith emphasized that parents must take part in training and guiding their children for them to grow holistically. Faith further informed the parents that the program, had been in existence since 2012 and 130 teenagers had successfully gone through the program. From a screen, she showed them some of the activities that take place in the ROPEs program through photos; she explained to them some of the positive results of the ROPEs program: like education performance, where by many of our children had joined National high schools, and county schools, as well as universities. In the meeting, two ROPEs Alumni, Brighton Asumani ( a student at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology) pursuing Information Technology and Kefah Kariuki (a form four student at World Hope Secondary School) gave their testimonies. Bryton said that the program helped him in his social life and in being courageous to express himself freely in front of people as well as take responsibility of his studies. Kefah said that the program helped him to grow spiritually and be a responsible young adult. The parents were given a chance to suggest some of the topics they would like to be trained such as: media influence, sexuality, peer pressure, anger management, personal hygiene, cult and occultism and academic focus. Finally, parents were informed the cost of the ROPES which included a camp at the end of the year. Parents agreed to contribute 5000 shillings for each child in order to enhance the ROPEs 2017 class. ROPEs program targets eighth grade students that are transitioning from childhood to responsible adults in the society. The yearlong program takes parents through six lessons and thirty two for teenagers culminating for a camp experience in November 2017.
At the registration
Prayer session
Parents concentrating
Damaris explaining a point
Kefah giving his ROPEs experience
Brytone explaining a point
One of the parents addressing other parents
At the meeting
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