PATHWAYS Leadership for Progress

PATHWAYS mission is develop leaders in developing countries through university scholarships and direct involvement in and oversight of community development projects.
Nov 30, 2011

3rd Report- thank you!

Women in Nafisa
Women in Nafisa's group sewing

Global Giving Report #3

Dear Donors,

Thank you so much for supporting Dennis Mutwiri, Nafisa Ayuko, and Michael Murigi, all bright but needy students who are PATHWAYS Scholars at the University of Nairobi.  Each has continued to succeed academically awhile simulataneously leading a community project.  Please see below from them what is going on with their projects,  It is exciting to see young people like them develop into leaders to help their country.  

 

Nafisa

My project is doing quite well. Thirty girls have benefited from the sanitary towels in Nabwani primary school. A packet of 8 sanitary towels were given to each girl to support her for the next 2 years. It was very difficult for the girls to purchase the sanitary towels, so we decide to give them for free to needy students because keeping them to sell does not help when a girl is missing school somewhere because of lack of the sanitary towels. The girls are very happy and we intend to teach them the simple skills in making the sanitary towels so that they can make their own.

The sewing machines are continuing to help the women in acquiring the skills in sewing, although it is taking them a while to learn. They all appreciate the fact that their daughters can go to school without any difficulty because they have the sanitary towels. Their sons also benefit because they can sew uniforms, bags, and other clothing for them cheaply. The women are really owning the project.

The goat/sheep rearing is also thriving.  Families are able to get milk.  Other community members are happy that when the number of the animals increases, they will own a cow, goat, or sheep.

Women in our group are happy about all of skills they have acquired including making the compost from manure in their farms.  Our group is continuing to grow and we are comparing and looking at which food crop to adopt so that we can be able to solve any cases of hunger in the community.

You have really changed lives in my community! Thank you!-Nafisa

 

Dennis

My community group members have made a great effort and completed the fencing of the fish pond. The pond now looks great and is secure, thanks to all of you!

We have embarked on loaning out solar panels to group members who are willing and cannot afford them in cash. We are also planning to buy more solar batteries and let members access them on credit. They will be paying a commitment fee of Ksh. 1000 and thereafter Ksh. 715 monthly for 8 months for a 20watts solar panel. A member is required to bank the money in the group's bank account and present a banking slip to the treasurer; this will counter misappropriation and defaults. The first loan-out will be on 15th September this year. We hope all will go well per the plan.

We have started some fresh tree nurseries following the drying up of the previous one during the prolonged drought. The current one is doing well and we hope it will be fruitful. The micro-credit project is thriving with members benefiting more and more from the flexible and convenient access to funds. I went to see the projects in person  and when I asked them of their regard of the micro-credit, they all said it was a big boost to them individually, and their families too. Most of them are farmers. Once they get the loans, they invest the money in agriculture. However, one of our members opted to start shop in the village to add to the income he was getting from farming. He borrowed Ksh. 8 000 and started off. He is so far doing good. Another member borrowed sh 5000 to purchase a solar battery from the group's green energy project and now she uses solar energy for lighting and powering her phone, radio, etc. She says that her family is now more comfortable with unlimited power and how economic the solar power is. 

Many thanks for your kind donations!-Dennis

 

Michael

I wish to inform you that our project has continued to attract the attention of the media. The Royal Media Services, the biggest media house in Kenya, prepared a documentary about the project last month. This was meant for broadcast on its 9 vernacular radio stations that target the rural populations of the various tribes. They aired the achievements of the project in enhancing food security in our community. Women provided testimonies on how cassava has revolutinized their lives.

As the project leader, I was invited to Inooro FM for their breakfast show on 23rd, September  2011,to discuss  the influence of cassava on the rural economy based on experiences from my community group.  It was quite an honor.

My goal, with your help, is to transition the entire country from growing primarily maize (not drought resistant) to growing primarily cassava (drought resistant) to make sure we do not have to experience famine in this country again.

Thank you for helping with this project!- Michael

Dennis: Fence around fish pond
Dennis: Fence around fish pond
Dennis: Solar panels
Dennis: Solar panels
Michael: Women making cassava products
Michael: Women making cassava products
Michael with food made of cassava
Michael with food made of cassava

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Nov 29, 2011

2nd Report: Cassava for food security in Kenya

Community members who attended World Food Day
Community members who attended World Food Day

Murang'a County, Kenya

Dear Donors,

Our community has been very successful with their project growing cassava.  Recently, the community group participated in the Murang'a County’s World Food Day celebrations (October 2011). This time the women decided to sell the cassava food products (doughnuts, porridge, chips, crisps, chapattis e.t.c) rather than give to the public free.  Amazingly, all of the products were sold within 30 minutes of arrival. The women made a good sum of money. Present during the event, were officials from the Provincial Administration. They were very impressed with our project. They even promised support in terms of logistics, that we may need to reach more areas.

With the purchase of a mill, we will be able to make flour on a large scale and make more cassava products.  Eventually, this can turn into a business that will be sustainable and help the entire community.  Our project is very much seen as a role model for the whole country during this time of famine in East Africa.

You are helping my community help themselves and show the way forward.

Thank you- we are grateful for your support.

Michael

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Oct 19, 2011

6th report- thank you!

Community member and her daughter
Community member and her daughter

Wagire, Kenya, October, 2011

Dear Friends,

Please accept my sincere thanks for your support of our community project (Educating 80 girls and Orphans in Kenya) (see photo).  In the last three months we have continued to focus on improving the lives of children in our community, especially in providing educational opportunities for orphans and girls.  The community has been working together cooperatively to ensure the success of this Global Giving/PATHWAYS project.  We are so grateful for your support and generosity.

This project is the first of its kind in our community.  There has never been any influx of money for improvements; this money from Global Giving/PATHWAYS is the first.  We are doing our best to make the most of this opportunity. Your contribution has changed lives, and will continue to have a positive impact on especially children, well into the future.  The initial project objectives have been fully achieved.  Below is a report on our progress on follow up objectives: 

We have completed the refurbishment of our kitchen at a cost of Ks. 3,670.This included putting up a wall and repairs to the roof.

Completion of construction of a bookshelf to help store the library books, at a total cost of Ksh. 5,000.

We employed one more teaching staff member to help handle the increased numbers of pupils. We currently have 150 pupils in our four classes and the number keeps increasing day in day out. Our orphaned children population has also more than doubled. We currently have 35 total and partial orphans. We have a total of six members of teaching staff and three members of non-teaching staff to help keep up with the increasing numbers of pupils (photo).  We have plans underway to construct and equip three additional classrooms by the end of this year. We also plan to relocate our library so as to allow more study space to users as the usage/utility of our library has risen sharply of late, and we have had increased demand for more reading material and reading space, so we also deliberated to add to our existing collection of reading materials, especially now that we are approaching the end of the year when most students sit for their final examinations.

We set plans in motion to have the school connected to the national electricity grid so that we can reduce our expenditure on electricity. We have our own solar power, funded through the generosity of Global Giving donors, (photo) however, this has not been adequate to supply power for 24hours a day. We will still have a low power consumption as we will rely on the power generated by the solar panel for consumption.

We are in advanced stages in securing the land title deed for the school lot. (photo) This should be completed by the end of the year.

Our community is committed to help alleviate poverty among us with a special focus on girls and women. We aim to empower the community through recognition and initiation of programs targeting the neglected members of the community.

As you may remember, PATHWAYS supported my medical school education and I am now midway with my internship, currently doing my rotation in Paediatrics an am enjoying it immensely.  My goal in life is to help children.

Thank you for helping me help my community and helping them make much needed improvements in the educational facilities and resources and infrastructure, like power, so that they can generate their own new opportunities in the future.

You are changing lives for the better- thank you!!

Books in library
Books in library
Solar lighting in new school building
Solar lighting in new school building
Pupils attending school in new school building
Pupils attending school in new school building
Pupils in school building
Pupils in school building
Latrine on school lot
Latrine on school lot

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