After a long 10 months of lockdowns and curfews due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Destiny Garden School was able to welcome all their students back on 4th January. The school was made fully Covid-Safe for the children’s return thanks to generous donations from our supporters and two grants.
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Jacob, Destiny Garden School Director, and Boaz, the School Manager, gave a warm welcome to Mark and Junko. This was to be a working holiday but with some time taken out to visit a beach and a safari park. Mark, an architect from Allies & Morrison, London, was there to undertake a site visit in […]
Jacob, Destiny Garden School Director, and Boaz, the School Manager, gave a warm welcome to Mark and Junko. This was to be a working holiday but with some time taken out to visit a beach and a safari park. Mark, an architect from Allies & Morrison, London, was there to undertake a site visit in […]
The DGS Games Team received 2 Mykasa Soccer balls from a local organisation . These are World Cup replica balls more durable than other soccer ball brands. The whole team was delighted to receive the balls
Whilst the rest of the Destiny Garden School are on holiday our year 8 students are staying on at school to work towards their KCPE examinations which they will be taking in November. They are keen to obtain good marks to start High School in January. Some of the teachers are also giving up their holiday to […]
Alan’s sponsors, Michael and Rosemary, bought a special end of term treat for his class – snacks to enjoy during the day including biscuits, Éclair chocolate sweets and pineapple juice. They also received stationery for their class work including pens (blue and black), pencils, rubbers, sharpeners and tapes. The students and Class 5 teacher loved the goodies […]
Judy Roper, Trustee and founder of the UK Destiny Children Charity, was here in DGS! We all gave her a very warm welcome and she stayed with Jacob and Brenda, the School Directors. Judy spent time at the school interacting with both staff and students. She gave all the children a class photo to take […]
Mitchel’s sponsor Patrick, a UK music teacher, donated 9 recorders to introduce more music to DGS. Nine keen students have formed a lunchtime group and are having fun learning how to play. Mitchel’s teacher, Madam Christine, had never played the recorder before and, with notes from Patrick and an Osborne book on recorders, she is […]
DGS students Monica and her classmates in class 1, and Mwinyi together with his classmates in class 2, were excited to receive letters all the way from the UK! These letters were from Libertie and Mackensie, children of one of our sponsors in the UK who follows the education of both Monica and Mwinyi. The […]
Gifts that make a difference is an ingenious scheme run by Destiny Charity UK whereby a donor gets to choose a suitable gift that makes a direct impact to the children at Destiny Garden. It is through this program that we were able to acquire 2 new brand new desks – a birthday gift to […]
Destiny Garden school pupils have for many years been recipients of special lunches from across the world courtesy of many generous and kind sponsors. But never did we imagine that our school would attract investment as far wide as from Hong Kong. That was the case this week as the pupils were treated to 2 […]
As the population of our school has continued to grow, so has our needs leading to the inevitable wear and tear of many crucial items. The cooking pots, which have serviced us well for many years ensuring that we are all well-nourished, suffered a similar fate this year. Luckily for us we received timely and […]
Security lights often act as a deterrent and corrective measure to prevent any intrusion or burglary incidents in many buildings. It was thus only logical that we try and make our school as secure as possible by installing 3 new security lights which would illuminate the school and help our security guard have a better […]
Fire related accidents have been known to cause devastating injuries and unimaginable damage to property each year around the world. It is for this reason that DGS received new fire extinguishers this January to reduce the effects of any such accidents occurring within the school. This not only makes the school a safer place for […]
The eagerly awaited annual Kindergarten graduation for 2015 and the closing day celebrations took place this year at the school hall where the guest of honour was Dr Kemba Jarena Lucas from America. The event was a massive success thanks to all our supporters. All 30 Kindergarten pupils passed their exams to graduate to Primary […]
Keen supporters of Destiny Garden School, Debbie and Colin from the UK, donated funds to purchase a much needed school projector; this will be the first time DGS has had a projector and it will be a great help to our teachers. A projector is a crucial learning device in this day and age of […]
Following a donation for a special lunch for all the DGS children and a birthday treat from our keen supporters, the Arrowsmiths, Belinda Moraa from Class 4 was able to enjoy her birthday with her classmates yesterday. First, all the pupils enjoyed a special lunch of meat, rice and potatoes, then class 4 had a […]
Destiny Garden School now has electricity! This was achieved through a grant from the world bank in conjunction with the Rural electrification authority of Kenya, as part of their ongoing campaign to have all primary schools in Kenya connected to the national electricity grid in readiness for the introduction of Information and communications technology (ICT)classes […]
Destiny Garden School finally has its own permanent water supply after many years of purchasing water and also harvesting rain water through the roof gutter in the rainy seasons. All this was made possible following a generous donation from No Maam FC .The borehole took 10 days to complete and clean safe water was found […]
In July the whole school were treated to a special lunch of rice, meat and vegetables; the children always look forward to meat as it is costly and rarely prepared at the school. This was to celebrate Mwinyi Shaffi’s birthday. His sponsor, the Arrowsmiths, funded this and also bought a birthday cake for Mwinyi and […]
DGS children in the lower primary classes this week had the fortunate chance to visit Bamburi nature trail which is a game reserve near the city of Mombasa. They were able to view wild animals in their natural habitat such as hippopotamus, crocodiles, snakes, monitor lizards, tortoise and waterbucks. They were also excited to get […]
A Teacher, Parents and Guardians Meeting was held on Tuesday 7th July to discuss ways to improve the pupils’ performance and reduce absenteeism from school. Other topics such as the importance of punctuality and ensuring their children come to school clean and tidy were covered. Destiny Garden School aim to involve all the parents and […]
Our Kindergarten children were delighted recipients of a special lunch courtesy of Africa Watoto. Africa Watoto, a charity based in the UK run by Stella Bili, has been generous enough to help with the funding of our school lunch programme for the kindergarten children this year. On this occasion the lunch consisted of goat meat, […]
This week has seen the installation of swings, slides, see-saw and a climbing frame for the kindergarten children following a donation from ‘The staff and clients at ‘The Oasis Centre’. The children were very excited with this new development and could not wait for the opportunity to go out to play. Many had never actually […]
Destiny Garden School hosted 10 local schools to compete on items such as Reading, Skits, Poetry, songs and comprehension. 3 expert adjudicators in the various fields were on hand to give their view on the performances. Destiny Garden were judged to be the best school in reading and the second best in comprehension (questions). However Harambee […]
Destiny Garden school participated in the annual primary schools national football tournament (Mtongwe qualifiers). Our pupils performed admirably well with the boys posting successive 2-1 victories against Saint Patricks primary school and Smart academy. The girls football team also put in a strong display to hold a combined team of the best players from Mwagala primary […]
Following donations from well wishers through the Gifts that make a difference (GTMAD) program, Destiny Garden school has seen it’s pupil to books ratio greatly reduced to 3:1 from the previous 5:1 which usually meant 5 children normally shared one book. We are very grateful to our donors and would welcome more donations to help […]
DGS children have begun the year on a promising note after they received a donation of toothbrushes, dental floss and toothpaste. This was all courtesy of well-wisher Ms Cristy Molter from America who wanted to help our children maintain healthy oral hygiene habits. Ms Cristy is from the toothbrush for toddlers organisation, a dental health charity […]
Last years class 8 pupils performed very well in the just released national Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examinations. The top 3 pupils from the school emerged with 384, 381 and 360 Marks, out of 500 which will qualify them to gain places in the top Kenyan high schools. DGS’s average mark was 289 […]
The annual Kindergarten graduation and the closing day celebrations this year were a huge success thanks to all our supporters. All 29 Kindergarten 3 pupils passed their exams to graduate to Primary School, class 1, and received their certificates. The top performers in each class were awarded with a prize. All the children were excited […]
Destiny Garden School teachers held a 2 day teacher training exercise conducted by Ms. Rose Owuor from the Center for bridging teachers education (CFBT ). The aim of the teacher training exercise was to teach the teachers the professional ethics of a teacher, classroom management, roles of a teacher amongst other values they need to […]
Mrs D Vaughan and Daventry, who are friends of Destiny Charity, have donated assorted toys to be used in the school. We are very grateful for the act of kindness that they have shown.
Destiny Garden school were the proud recipients of a Toshiba laptop from child sponsor – Mr Martin. The laptop is an invaluable asset for the school as it not only helps in the day to day administration but also in communicating with sponsors and well wishers which is crucial for the schools existence.
The old Kindergarten block has been completed much to the delight of the teachers and children of the baby and KG classes. The four classrooms were converted to two and are now much more spacious, providing a good environment for our youngest pupils to learn in. The repainted classes look very eye catching and have […]
Destiny Garden School founder, Mr Jacob Boaz Muoga celebrated his 44th birthday at the school on the 29th of September 2014. True to his selfless nature, Mr Jacob decided that his birthday was best celebrated with the children at the school. The event began at lunchtime where all the staff gathered in the staff room […]
Sponsors, Steve and Heather, sent funds for a special lunch to enable Destiny Garden School to celebrate the opening of the new Kindergarten Classes. The lunch time meal consisted of Rice, meat and farm fresh aubergines from our DGS’s very own farm. They also included enough to purchase a cake for one of their sponsored […]
Destiny Garden School completed another milestone this month after the construction of a new Kindergarten block. The project, which began in early July and went on throughout the school holidays, was only made possible after a generous grant from the BFSS, the British and Foreign School Society. The school, and everyone related to the school, […]
On Friday 12th 2014 Ananda Marga Universal Relief Team (AMURT) a non-profit organisation whose aim is to help improve the quality of life of poor and marginalized people by promoting health care, values and economic status of communities in Kenya paid a visit to DGS with the aim of distributing a few items for the […]
The year 8 students take the KCPE Certificate (Kenya Certificate of Primary Education) in November and will be the first set of children to graduate from Destiny Garden School, hopefully to go on to High School. They have been working hard to get good grades; during the August holidays they have been reporting to school […]
DGS’s small holding farm is helping to feed the children – a fantastic crop of brinjals, called aubergines in the UK, with enough left over to sell to the Royal Castle Hotel in central Mombasa!
DGS held a small farewell party for 2 of its teaching staff, Mr Moses and Madam Mitzy, who have served the school for several years and are now moving on to pastures new. Biriani, a special rice delicacy was prepared for the staff who we then wished all the best in their future endeavors as […]
On the 8th of August DGS held its usual end of term prize giving ceremony. The event started with prayers before all the parents and guardians were addressed and encouraged to participate more on their children’s education. The top 3 pupils from each class were each rewarded with prizes of stationary as well as the […]
On the 29th July 2014 DGS was in a celebratory mood as we joined Muslims around the world observing the Eid Ul-Fitr holiday. The religious holiday celebrates the end of 30 days of fasting during the holy month of Ramadan. DGS has a significant number of pupils who are Muslims and thus when a generous […]
Destiny Garden School made its first ever visit to one of the oldest and largest national parks in Kenya – Tsavo East National Park on May the 15th 2014. The 2 day trip was sponsored by Castle Royal Hotel in central Mombasa. For the majority of the children this was the first time they had […]
Four DGS teaching staff were this month certified as Red cross approved First Aid providers. This was after they undertook training during the April holidays and can now administer First Aid to the school children in case there is an emergency. The teachers are namely Madam Consolata Kamegele, Mr Dickson Muga, Madam Naomi Moraa and […]
The Rotary Breakfast Club of Manchester, England surprised DGS by donating £50 towards the school to any project we saw fit. The funds were then used this month to purchase much needed stationery like Manilla papers, Crayons, writing pens, masking tape, Glue, textbooks, dustless chalk and other things. We are very grateful for their generosity.
On the 4th of July 2014, Destiny Garden School received a donation of 4 tables and 8 seating benches to be used during meals courtesy of a generous donor. Before this donation the pupils used to eat in corridors, classrooms, outside and even under trees, which is not recommended because of snakes. The tables and […]
Baby class pupils were this month the joyful recipients of brand new wooden chairs and tables courtesy of a donation from the supporters of Destiny Children. The chairs and desks are a lot more durable and easy to maintain as opposed to the previous plastic ones which used to easily crack and break forcing the […]
Mwinyi Shaffi of class 3 will most probably always remember this day for a very long time to come. This is because the lunch the children had at the school that day was specially geared to celebrate his 11th birthday. This all started when the whole school was served with a special and healthy lunch […]
On the 23rd of June 2014 DGS took part in the annual Likoni sub-county music festival which is a precursor to the National music festival. The school has been preparing for a long time for this event thanks to a grant from Martin Donaldson Music Trust (MDMT) which allowed us to employ a specialist part-time […]
DGS took part in the recently concluded athletics meet at Longo primary school. The aim of the event was to choose the best pupils from schools in Mtongwe to compete against the very best from the Neighboring Likoni district (Zonal) who then proceed to compete against the very best from Mombasa county and eventually the […]
Class 7 pupils at DGS had an experience to remember on the 20th of May when they baked a cake using a charcoal fire. This was necessary as the school doesn’t have any ovens. The process involved putting sand in a large cooking pot placed on a hot charcoal stove. The large pot will then […]
DGS enrolled its new batch of pupils this month following a recruitment program during the April holidays. The children are between the ages of 3 and 4 years and live mainly within the environs of Mtongwe. They were selected based on their background as it’s the schools aim to provide quality and free education for […]
After having a rather evetuful 10 days at DGS, today was the final day for out volunteers from Kuwait. To find out more about what they have been up to during their stay here please click the link below for the PDF file. Kuwait for Kenya
DGS’s plans for sustainable farming as a means to help fund the schools day to day activities were given a much needed boost following a donation of 5,200 dollars from St Martin’s Episcopal School. This funds drive was led by Chloe George a student at the same school who had previously been to the school […]
Mwanamvua Athman of Class 3 and Omar Suleiman of Class 2 were proud recipients of spectacles thanks to donations by Nicola and The Newcastle Eye Centre (UK). The pupils were having difficulties in their studies which was a cause for concern for parents and teachers alike. This led us into taking them for eye checkups […]
The teaching staff at DGS got a pleasant surprise when they came back from their Midterm holiday only to find the staffroom changed forever due to the newly installed bookshelves. The bookshelves have been a welcome sight to the staffroom as the teachers did not have a proper place to place school books which made […]
The first term ball games for the schools in Mtongwe region got underway on 28th of February 2014 at Longo Primary School sports ground. Destiny Garden School participated in both boys and girls football and volleyball matches where they gave a very good account of themselves. Both the boys and girls teams drew their Football […]
Destiny Garden School on 5th February 2014 unveiled 4 new Head prefects to replace the outgoing head boy – Alphonse Ochieng and head girl- Jeniffer Anyango who both are in Class 8. The New Head boy is Richard Juma from Class 7 while the Assistant head boy is Abel Ngaluko of Class 5. The new […]
5th February 2014 will forever be held in the memory of most people who hold Destiny Garden School close to their hearts as we received a truly rare gesture of Kindness. Mr.Dinesh Raj, a commercial Indian farmer whose farm is located in Mtongwe, will be offering the school 20 batches of African spinach twice every […]
Following a donation by Steven and Heather Arrowsmiths in March, the Kindergarten toilets got a much needed facelift much to the delight of the pupils, staff and parents. The toilets now are fully tiled and also more importantly have a constant water supply with the water tank outside the kindergarten.
Keen sponsors of DGS, Steven and Heather Arrowsmith,from Blackpool, England were our proud guests on the 12th March. This was their first visit to the school and we were more than happy to show them the developments that have taken place in the school since its inception. They were taken around the school by Jacob […]
Pupils in Classes 6, 7 and 8 took part for the first time in the bi-annual district mock examinations. The examinations are meant to gauge the ability of the pupils within the district of Likoni as well as giving the pupils in class 8 more practice in readiness for the end of year national examinations […]
Destiny Garden School received its first ever national flag in April after a donation by the Destiny Children Charity. The flag will be hoisted every week by the schools newly formed scouts club. This will prove to be very usual for the pupils learning about their country as well as increasing their sense of patriotism.
Thanks to a generous grant from the Martyn Donaldson Music Trust, MDMT, Destiny Garden School has been able to employ an enthusiastic part time music teacher, Mr Penny Suleiman, for the last 10 months. All the children have benefited and the school is hoping to enter several groups into the Kenyan Music Festival, which starts […]
Thanks to a generous donation from Saint Martin’s Episcopal school, Destiny Garden School has started a rabbit farm as part of their proposed farming project. They now have 9 rabbits housed in a purpose built rabbit hatch. Watch this space for further developments on the project
Exciting times at Destiny Garden School as they play host to 10 volunteers from Kuwait for 10 school days. The volunteers are here to help the school’s development and hope to have a lasting impression on the children through the educational programs they intend to run. The volunteers found their way to Kenya after they […]
There was great excitement amongst the children when a laptop arrived at Destiny Garden School; they vary rarely get to see a computer or laptop. DGS gratefully received the laptop which was donated by a UK company and transported to Mombasa by volunteer Janette. This second-hand laptop has an excellent specification and will be of […]
Keen DGS supporter and sponsor, Sam Gardner, wrote a letter about her sponsored walk, with lots of photos, which she sent to her sponsored child’s class. The children in class 1 were amazed to get a letter all the way from Paris and the Teacher said it was good to be able to tell them […]
Roy, sponsor and supporter of Destiny Garden School, visited the school again. One of his main aims was to look at the water situation at the school and to give his expert advice. Today he met up with Jacob, the School Director and the local plumber, Peter, to discuss the progress of the piped water […]
This was a memorable day for DGS as it held an environment cleaning day. Pupils from all classes were involved in the exercise whereby they picked rubbish, weeded the gardens and tidied up the compound, as well as sorting out the classrooms and washing the walls. All the teaching staff were available to guide the […]
Destiny Garden School ended it’s final term with a party to celebrate a successful year, the graduation of the Kindergarten Class 3 students, and prize giving for the children who had come first, second or third in their class. A special meal was laid on for the children and their parents or guardians, who were […]
Rui, a Chinese volunteer who currently works for DHL in Germany, is working at Destiny Garden School for 2 weeks during November. The children and teachers were delighted to have her support.
Destiny Garden School invited the neighbouring schools – ‘The Bridge of Hope’ and ‘Mtongwe Primary’ for a joint debating session. This was held at DGS’s newly built hall and the debate was ‘Which is better Knowledge or Wealth?’ The event began at 11am until 2pm and after a vigorous back and forth exchange of ideas […]
Before Volunteer Janette said goodbye to the children and the staff of Destiny Garden School, she had a few gifts to give them – a box for each class full of assorted pens, rulers and erasers to help those students who might run out during the course of the term, and a box of markers […]
Kathy James and her friend Liz from England visited DGS. Kathy has been a keen supporter of the school since it first opened in May 2009 and this is her fourth visit. She brought along some football kits and helped serve a special lunch to the children, which was rice and beans, and also bananas […]
This was a memorable day for the Staff of Destiny Garden as the ‘hunter became the hunted’. This was because the staff who are known to teach at the school were on the receiving end as they played host to Kingdom SACCO Society limited www.kingdomsacco.com. Kingdom Sacco is a community-based savings and credit society whose […]
The UK sponsors of Belinda Moraa, class 2, sent funds to enable her class and the whole school to have a treat; this was in celebration of Belinda’s birthday. The whole school had a special lunch in her honour, which consisted of rice, beans and a banana, much to the delight of all the children […]
DGS picked its first ever tomato harvest, this just follows last week’s harvest of Kale from our garden in the school grounds. See the news entry on 10 May for the start of this project. The harvested tomatoes will be used in today’s lunch which is maize and beans (Githeri). Victor Ongola, DGS School Manager
Tuesday 8th August 2013 was the school’s closing day and also a very hectic one as they had a lot of activities going on at the school. Matt’s ‘Alternative Gift’ of lunch of beans and rice was served to the children much to their delight as they not only got some nutritious rice and beans […]
Class 5 had the rare pleasure of playing a game of rounders with bats and balls courtesy of Janette. Rounders is a bat and ball game played between two teams which involves striking a ball with a bat. The players score by running around the four bases on the pitch. The kids at the school […]
Destiny Garden School held an extra special parents/guardians meeting; extra special as the parents who attended were beneficiaries of a free lunch that was courtesy of Mohammed Noor the personal advisor to the Mombasa Senator Mr Hassan Omar Sarai. The event started with lunch where the parents were served Pilau, which is a popular coastal […]
UK volunteer, Janette, come up with a pleasant surprise for the DGS cooking staff – she purchased some much needed cooking gloves! Janette joined DGS at the beginning of the month and will be working for DGS until mid-November.
Polio, a viral disease which affects the nerves system and can lead to partial or full paralysis, was once thought to have been completely eradicated in Kenya until a recent case was reported in May this year in Daadab refugee camp. The Kenyan government has had to roll out an emergency immunization campaign all over […]
A kind donation from sponsor Matt has enabled DGS to install an automatic urinal water dispenser. This will now go a long way in meeting the health authorities standards and improve hygiene at the School.
DGS children from classes 4 to 7 went on their first ever educational tour which was sponsored by Mr Hassan Omar, the Mombasa Senator. The start of the tour was a visit to the Sabaki River, the second longest river in Kenya, and were taught about the crocodile and Hippopotamus infested river. Next they went […]
Destiny Garden School is growing its own vegetables to help supplement the feeding programme and provide a more nutritious lunch for the children. At present they are using any available land around the school grounds, but hope in the future to be able to buy more land to develop a small holding.
A follow up to the Football Tournament (May 2013) news story is that George Otieno (Class 7), Veronica Akoth (Class 7), Fatuma Salim (Class 7), Fatuma Saidi (Class 7) and Ummi Ebrahim (Class 6) were chosen to represent the division the following Thursday. Then after this game George Otieno and Fatuma Saidi were deemed good […]
Report by Victor, the School Manager: “Today was a very special day for Destiny Garden School. The school participated in the Likoni division football tournament which was held at a nearby primary school. DGS entered both the boys and girls football teams. The students and staff walked to the venue. The girls’ team were the […]
Roy Major, sponsor and supporter of Destiny Garden School, visited the school whilst holidaying in Mombasa. One of his main aims was to look at the water situation at the school and to give his expert advice. Victor, the school manager, said: “Roy Major made his long awaited visit to our school and was quick […]
Today was the school’s closing day. Parents were invited to see the performances of their children in class as well as interact with the teachers. The best performing students numbers 1-3 where awarded with drinks which they shared with their parents. Also the top 3 students from classes 6 and 7 were rewarded with brand new […]
This was a memorable day for Destiny Garden School as it was their ‘national tree planting day’. Lafarge an eco friendly company donated over 270 seedlings to the school for them to plant. All the children from kG 3 to class 7 were handed a seedling each to plant and own. The concept created by […]
The school lunch at DGS is usually just vegetables and rice or ugali. The sponsor of Fatma, who is pictured here in the centre, sent some funds over to pay for a special treat for all the children; beans to add to the vegetable stew and a banana for all 340 children. Victor, the School […]
Regina Schack and her good friend Bernd Zwatschek visited the school on the 25th of February 2013. Regina and Bernd who are on their third visit to the school hold a special place in our hearts as they have always come to the aid of the school whenever they have been called upon. They both sponsor children […]
Janette spent her final day at Destiny Garden School marking exams and interacting withthe DGS children. This day was also graced by the presence of Brenda who is one of the school directors. Lunch, which consisted of Meat, a banana and Ugali, was sponsored by Regina and Bernd who also helped to serve it. This […]
The building class 7 and class 8 and the examination hall is progressing well. The bricks are delivered and work on the walls start. Please see this link for further details and progress.
DGS Children were involved in a nationwide deworming program that had them receive free deworming pills courtesy of the government. All children and staff were given deworming pills as a way of eliminating worms from their bodies. Worms often affect child’s education and thus it was also important on this day to highlight the importance of good overall hygiene. The free […]
UK supporter of Destiny Garden School, Peter, donated a Nikon D40 SLR camera. Whilst this is for Victor, the School Manager, to take photos for the websites and the sponsorship programme, the children all wanted to try it out!
Today was a special day at DGS as the children and staff were treated to a special fish lunch at the school. This was indeed a pleasant surprise for many of the children have never eaten fish at the school before. The lunch was sponsored by Jacob, the School Director.
Following the recent admission of new students into the Kindergarten classes, Janette decided to donate to the school 25 new chairs to go towards the nursery section to improve there learning environment. The children were delighted with their new furniture and were quick to thank her for her generosity.