Our three PATHWAYS scholars are doing well in university and continuing to work on their community projects. Nafisa is a senior at the University of Nairobi and just finished her student teaching at St. Clares Maragoli Girls Secondary School. She is looking forward to graduating next year and starting her teaching career. Dennis and Michael are both juniors at the University of Nairobi, majoring in Economics and have both returned home to their communities for the holiday break. Below is a brief update on their community projects. Your support is helping them become leaders through working to improve their communities.
The sewing project is doing well. The group members informed me that they have completed the second bundle of sanitary towels and they are going to give them out soon as gifts to the girls. This will be part of a celebration together.
Families are now enjoying the goat and poultry projects because they can now sell part of what they have helping them earn income for necessities and even Christmas presents.
I was completed an internship with through with internship with Solidarity for the Advancement of Women group which was a very enlightening experience. Now I am half way through the first semester of my fourth year. Time has moved so fast and I hope to graduate next year and get a job immediately and continue to support my community project.
I appreciate your support to me and my project!
The introduction of the solar or green energy has been going very well. Training of the group members on the installation and operation of solar appliances has been ongoing and the community is continuing to be sensitized on the merits of using solar energy. The solar kit has been used for lighting, powering radios and charging mobile phones. Community members have earned 60000 KSH from sale of solar panels and batteries(Gross).
The 25M by 15M pond dugout pond has been a benefit to our members. Proceeds from selling the fish have helped families pay their children’s school fees.
Our micro-credit program is going well too. Members are finding they can start income generating projects, they said it has really helped them become more stable financially.
You have made a large difference to the members of our community!
As you may have heard there is famine in East Africa including our area of Kenya. Our cassava project has been able to bring residents together to fight the this food scarcity in a way that has never been experienced before. Women organize themselves in groups to work in each other's cassava plots.
This is to make sure that everyone is taking cassava cultivation seriously. This has brought cohesion and hope that the community can also solve the other challenges facing it, communally.
Cassava has revolutionized preparation of foods during ceremonies in our community. Due to the high cost of wheat flour, women have been grinding their dried cassava using the traditional mortar and pestle. This flour is used to prepare chapattis and porridge during ceremonies.
On another note, our PATHWAYS vice president, Dr. Mbaabu Mathiu, sent a team of water experts to our village to find out of a borehole can be dug to successfully produce water. Everybody was very happy especially women and children who have to trek long distances in search of water. The community was very hopeful that they get a nearer and reliable source of water. The area Chief has also written an official letter authorizing the use of the public
ground for a community water project. We are very thankful and hopeful that the twin problem in the area - food and water shortage -is solved soon.
Thank you for supporting our community. We are extremely grateful to you!
To our generous donors,
Our full community continues to be grateful for your generous support of this project! Thanks to your contributions we have transformed educational opportunities benefiting many children with opportunities that will continue to help them have a better life well into the future. The central achievement during the last few months has been continued development of the school project because of its immense impact on and lasting value to the children of the village. Additionally, we also have made progress on the two associated projects, rabbit rearing and making sanitary pads, recognizing the need for economic support
to help families to pay school fees and purchase uniforms.
The school has had substantial progress in the last few months. As word of the improved facility spreads, more children are applying to attend and the school population is growing each month. Our dedicated and skilled teachers, Ruth, Mary, Cecilia and Naomi are so happy with the new building and seeing the children have a place where they can work and learn comfortably. They can directly see the improved performance of the students. One of the teachers, Mary Wanjiru states ” I see a great future for my son and the other children because of the opportunity to attend this school. ”
The progress on this school project has been made possible by all of you for generous contribution which has helped us give children in Elementaita quality education hence shaping their lives. To the teachers (all women) who are working there, that is a source of income for them so their economic status has improved. We cannot thank you enough for your great support, the benefits of which are shown by the assessment of one of the parents of a student, Ben Githinji , who reports ”I always believed that quality education is only for high income people until I brought my daughter here. Since the school fees have been supplemented by Global Giving and PATHWAYS donors we are able to afford sending our children to a school like this where they are getting quality education. Thank you to all who have supported the project”
This is an rewarding period for the community as they enjoy seeing their children for the first time in the new school building, with multiple classrooms, and come to realize the value of an improved educational opportunity. And, of course, the school and the educational opportunity now available will be of lasting benefit to the community as many, especially girls and orphans, now for the first time will have a chance to benefit from the education provided.
Rabbit Keeping Project
The rabbit project is slowly and carefully rebuilding after it suffered a setback several of the rabbits to illness, a problem that has occurred in several nearby communities as well. The rabbit-rearing group of some 40 women is split into five groups, and has pooled resources to ensure the viability of the population. Additionally, we are beginning to acquire additional rabbits with the goal of having each group with a sufficient number (at least five per group).
We have identified markets for the rabbits, so the women are motivated knowing that it will be possible to generate revenue once the rabbits are producing. After equipping the women with skills of rearing the rabbits we are hoping that they can use the same skills to rear their own rabbits and be a source of income. As noted, the revenue from this projct will directly benefit each of the participating families, especially helping them to pay the school fees.
Girls Sanitary Project
Progress on this component has been modest as competing obligations attract group members. Girls have been recruited into the project and have been taught how to make the reusable sanitary towels. The project is of value because many girls miss school every month when they have menses, because they cannot afford to buy the disposable pads. Such absences hurt the academic performance of girls and contribute to higher rates of leaving school early. With affordable reusable pads available this problem can be alleviated. Additionally, the families involved in making and selling the pads will generate a profit helping them economically. The parents of the school age girls also have expressed an interest in being involved in the project.
With my sincere thanks and best wishes for the holidays.
Murang'a County, Kenya
I just wanted to update you that many groups have been visiting us for training on cassava cultivation. We are very happy that we are able to spread the word and help others grow this drought resistant crop that can prevent famine. I wish to present a photo of our group's officials that was taken during such a training session last week.
In the photo are the group's office bearers, from left:
Michael Murigi - Patron
Jane Wainaina - Chairperson
Lydiah Ndegwa - Secretary
Julius Kamande - Vice-Chairperson
Alice Njoki - Vice Secretary
Racheal Wanjiku - Treasurer
Also captured in the photo, are cassava made food products. That is cassava porridge in the container, cassava doughnuts, chips, crisps, chapattis and ugali in the flasks. In the background, is a cassava crop growing in a garden.
Thank you very much for your continued support,