Like probably many reviews of 2020, the one of the Nyendo Institute is a mixed one. Our year started with a great retreat on the Fraueninsel at Lake Chiemsee. Many personal encounters, many guests with interesting inputs and even more ideas for the future characterized the retreat.
One idea seemed particularly worth pursuing. A jointly Nyendo product was supposed to be found, which all student companies should offer for sale. Sebastian Neu, from https://www.waldorfshop.eu/ has since been supporting the students in their efforts to develop a new product together.
The Corona crisis prevented the planned project trips of some of our students to Nairobi, a bitter disappointment for the young people and also for our partners in Kenya. But the project is only postponed. We really hope that visits will be possible again next year. Not only the students’ visit to Kenya had to be cancelled, but also the annual visit of a headmaster could not take place due to the pandemic. However, the students continue to meet monthly with their coaches, Alexander and Brigitte, to exchange ideas in Zoom meetings. They report on new sales campaigns, difficulties, plans, new employees and much more:
In Chemnitz, for example, we learned that six students are currently working at Pamoja, three of them in the 11th grade and three in the 10th grade. Highlights were a meeting with Ms. Dobrig to think about new actions, the group got a cool new coach, Mr. Mayerhofer, and the students gained new motivation at a collective picnic, which was fortunately possible during the lockdown in the summer.
A common highlight of our Nyendo student network was certainly the joint effort to compensate for the loss of earnings of teachers at our partner schools with a “Corona Special”. Each student company designed an individual flyer and collected donations. This helped us support the schools in Nairobi during the lockdown. We also arranged Zoom meetings between our student companies and their respective partner schools in the slums of Nairobi. This gave the young people a first-hand impression of the situation on the ground. At this point, we would like to express our sincere thanks to our great marketing team, who actively supported us in this fundraising campaign and provided professional advice to the students.