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.

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.

Vincint is pictured here playing with the children during free time at Touch Life Children Centre.
Vincent is pictured here playing with the children during free time at Touch Life Children Centre.

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.

Testimonial:
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

Vincent and the staff rely on the source funding generated by our  Writing for the Soul Workshop™ program. Book sales and donations help them to meet their monthly budget of 700 US Dollars.

How You Can Help

Simply download the eBook: ‘Pieces of Me’ to enjoy from your favorite device. When you do, Vincent earns $3 and Touch Life Children Center in Korogocho receives a donation of $3.00. Your purchase ensures that participants like him can continue to access Writing for the Soul Workshop™ at no cost to them. During checkout, enter Coupon Code: vincent1017 to get the e-book for only $8.99. You save $1.00!

About Pieces of Me:

Pieces of Me is a powerful, cathartic glimpse into the struggles and victories of youth here in the United States and in Kenya that accessed Writing for the Soul Workshop™.  Pieces of Me was the first book published in our writing program.

In less than a year into start-up, TGIM hosted its first book signing for Writing for the Soul Workshop™ from our headquarters at the time in Joplin, Missouri. If you’ve never seen at-risk youth sign their first autograph, let me tell you …it is amazing. On the day of release, our young authors sold completely out at Hastings Entertainment. Four days later, we were hit by the worst tornado in US history.

Life for us was forever changed. So much loss …so much death. Yet, it only made us stronger …we clung to one another. Participation grew by 113%, and has continued to grow exponentially to this day. The is a Second Edition Release. It includes stories from some of the survivors of that deadly tornado.

TGIM Books: Pieces of Me

Details:

Price: $9.99 USD
5.5″ x 8.5″ (13.97 x 21.59 cm)
Black & White on White paper
140 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1537365268
ISBN-10: 1537365266
BISAC: Juvenile Nonfiction / Biography & Autobiography / Literary
Purchase a copy of the book or download the eBook and enjoy it from your favorite device today! Stay connected with updates from our workshops in Africa on Facebook at: Writing for the Soul Workshop™ in Africa.
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$9.99 USD

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