TGIM recently certified Vincent Omondi as a Community Coordinator to serve the youth at Touch Life Children Centre in Nairobi, Kenya. Touch Life Children Centre is situated in the Korogocho Slums in Kasarani Constituency. Korogocho is one of the largest slum neighborhoods of Nairobi, Kenya. Home to 150,000 to 200,000 people pressed into 1.5 square kilometers, northeast of the city centre. Korogocho was founded as a shanty town on the then outskirts of the city. It is approximately 1km from Kariobangi Terminus. Touch Life Children Centre is located just opposite of the Damascus Primary school. It goes without saying that the children in this high-risk part of the world NEED our writing program.
Certifying Vincent to offer our Writing for the Soul Workshop™ to the children at Touch Life empower them to benefit in multiple ways. Writing for the Soul Workshop™ differs from other “writing as therapy” type programs because our participants have the opportunity to become published authors, and earn an income based on a self-created marketing strategy with expert advice. Vincent is trained and in position to help them. This long-term financial opportunity for participants creates a strong desire to continue moving forward towards their dreams.
Our workshop addresses not just educational outcomes, but emotional and physical needs as well. Here are the wow factors experienced by participants in Writing for the Soul Workshop™ :
*Experience writing as therapy
*Access to counseling
*Nutritious meals, snacks and medicine
*Lasting, positive friends and mentors creating an ongoing network of support
*Increased proficiency in both reading and writing
*Participants become published Authors, and can promote that skill on every future resume and job application
*Participants earn royalties based on individual book sales
*Participants establish strong accomplishments that will help with future entry into colleges and the job market
These unique wow factors go beyond helping participants develop a love of writing; they produce long-term behavioral changes and helps participants make positive life choices. While it may seem incredible that a writing workshop can impact behavior so dramatically, Writing for the Soul Workshop™ is more than just a writing workshop, it is an opportunity for individuals to see a different perspective, to interact with others that truly care about them and their story, and to know that telling their story opens up new opportunities.
My name is Ben, and I live in Embu, Kenya. I have been a member of writing for the soul workshops for one year now and my story is in Pieces of Me. I have written several stories of my own experience when I was 10 years, and I believe it helped me to look ahead and forget what I had suffered. Other boys write stories which I read and I enjoy to learn I ‘m not alone in this world. Sometimes we share our problems and then think about them. I ask my teacher questions about life, and he guide me in every issue. I believe writing for souls has helped many youth who could have been drug addicts or even worse. I thank you the people who thought about it. -Ben age 14, Pieces of Me
As our Coordinator, Vincent earns $3 when you purchase A Touch Life Project which includes stories written by youth attending Touch Life Children Centre. During checkout, enter Coupon Code: vincent1017. You save $1.00 and Touch Life Children Centre in Korogocho, Kenya receives a donation.
About The Touch Life Project:
The Touch Life Project is the second release in our Stories of Hope series. For participants who submitted their stories while attending our Writing for the Soul Workshop™ program in Korogocho, this was an educational, spiritual and emotional journey for them. True to the series, this is a compilation of heart wrenching, and liberating short stories written by students at Touch Life Children Centre.
Vincent Omondi is our Community Coordinator on the ground in Kenya. Through his efforts, other young adults were able to access our unique writing program. The stories collected in this book is what happens when we bring education and passion together in a way that offers permanent life changing impact. Many of these young writers developed a love of writing as a result.
Page Count: 106 pages
BISAC: Nonfiction / Biography & Autobiography / General