Health and Water Foundation

HWF's mission is to promote and provide school sanitation, water and better health to the rural poor. The overreaching goal of the HWF's programs in health, education, water and sanitation is to promote gender equality and empower women through the elimination of gender disparity in primary education so that children, especially the girls can grow healthy, get educated and equally contribute to Kenya's development.
Jun 13, 2013

Motivating pupils in 3 Primary Schools

Dear Partners,

According to statistics on the Kenya Certiciate of Primary Education (KCPE) performances of year 2010, 2011 and 2012 on the the three schools i.e Kiangoso, Kiabiraa and Nyangorora primarys schools that we targeted during the last  reporting period through provision of learning materials to ECD pupils, there has been a worrying trend generally on the education performances on the national examination which have been poor, these mainly affect pupils in standard 7 and 8 who are around aged 12 to 13 years.

In order to address this worrying education performance, we resorted to motivate these pupils in the whole primary school so as to instill in them the importance of performing well in school and the bright future chances education has to offer orphans and all the pupils who excell well in schools. Our theme for the motivation  was " Good Education Performance = Successful Future and end to Poverty ". We selected a distinguished High court lawyer from the region who not only speaks the same native language but was faced with the extreme difficult conditions as an orphan during his early learning life, this was to resonate well with the marginalised pupils in the schools as they were expected to relate with the lawyer. The 3 schools administrations supported the  idea and we embarked on the Motivation talk.  The talk aimed at inspiring the pupils to excel in education and become overcomers and successful in life generally.

Mr Daniel Ogango the  accomplished Lawyer and conquered all odds and succeeded educationally and lives a successful life. The motivator was selected based on the level of inspiration he could impact to the pupils and also how the pupils could be able to relate to him. The schools organized their respective schools and agreed on a games time i.e 3.30 pm to 5.00 pm each day per school. In each of the school the administration organized their pupils and assembled them on the field where the motivator conducted the speech within 1 and half hours.

The motivator talk was encouraging on many aspects toward education success, the talk covered;

·         Legacy

·         Opportunity

·         Potentiality

·         Overcoming Challenges

·         Courage

·         Having purpose

·         Focus on vision

·         Character and Integrity

·         Hardwork and reading

·         Self-Renewal 

It was worth noting that after the three days motivation talk to the three schools, teachers reported to us that almost the entire pupils in school wanted to become lawyers, but the teachers had to persuade the pupils that lawyer was among many professions that are available to pupils who excell in education.

" I teach History and Government in the school and since the motivational talk by the lawyers, pupils have beenasking a lot of questions and shown interest in education overally, they related well with the challenges the lawyer faced and how he conquered them and succeded well" says Mr. Ongeri - History and Government Teacher, Kiangoso primary school.

" I never imagined anyone from this region would succeed that much and become a High court lawyer, i aim to be a High court Judge oneday" says Ronald Kibegwa- Standard 8 pupil about to sit for his National examination KCPE.

The 3 day event was a success and we were able to motivate pupils from the three schools, teachers and the entire school management committees were supportive towards our group and the motivator. We are looking forward to conducting another motivation talk to the pupils with people they emulate and can relate their challenges well with, and people who come from the same region and speak the same native language.

 

Mar 12, 2013

Learning materials for marginalised ECD orphans

In the last report we were able to implement two activities which conforms with the project's aim of sending and keeping orphans to schools, the activities were done in Kiangoso, Kiabiraa and Nyangorora primary schools and the beneficiaries were 33 orphans mostly under the age of 10 years old and attending the ECD classes.Our organization was able to provide uniforms for the orphans and on top of that supplement the schools feeding program with 40kg of porridge flour per school. Due to financial constrains by living family members and caretakers, they were not able to provide proper uniforms, learning materials, and good nutritional food to the children especially the orphans under their care. And as such most orphans could not enroll in primary schools even though it is freely offered by the government. Such lack of uniforms, need of food, lack of learning materials, and lack of self esteem and belonging made it difficult for orphans to rentent in schools once enrolled.

Since the last reporting period, our organization received disbursement from GlobalGiving through your donations. We resolved to provide learning materials (curriculum syllabus text books including story books,writing books,pens, pencils,rubbers,geometrical sets and charts) to the ECD classes, these were given out to the teachers of the ECD classes in the three schools. Instead of giving these learning stationary to the orphans targeted initially with uniforms, we opted to given overall to the class so that not only will the orphans benefit from them but the whole ECD pupils who are 10 years under. The schools whose ECD classes benefited were Kiangoso,Kiabiraa and Nyangorora primary schools. It should be noted that the ECD (Early Chilhood Education) is not under the free primary education being offered by the government of Kenya, therefore the financial support it requires is cumulatively provided by the parents through fees. Being a poor rural region many parents are not financial stable to support the ECD education and therefore their children are forced to miss ECD classes, Furthermore unless a child has passed through the ECD then the child cannot continue to access the free primary education. This poses a heavy challenge for parents who can't afford fees for their children, orphans face extreme difficulty continuing their education under these circumstances as they not only lack fees but parents.

We are glad to report to you that since the beginning of this year we have been able to send 33 orphans to ECD classes 10 from each school (3 schools) and provide them with nutritional porridge and learning materials. As a team we are volunteering and are willing to work extra hard to ensure that more orphans will be reached in Kisii District. Below are the comments we have from the beneficiaries:

"I was not able to take this nephew of mine to nursery school, since i have also my own 3 children to take to school,it saddened me much to see him here all the time even though i was trying hard to make sure one day he goes to school. I cant thank you enough for what you have done to my diseased brother's son, he is now going to school, has new uniforms and eats in school.i am grateful for the people who donated" An uncle to Osoro - ECD pupil.

" i was wondering if i will ever go to Nursery  like the other children, now i am" Jeniffer - ECD pupil

" We as a school have been having difficulty in increasing number of pupils enrolling to primary school from ECD classes, this is because most parents were not able to take their children to ECD classes and send their children to begin standard 1 in primary school, we as a school do not accept pupils who haven't gone through ECD classes and have been sending this children away. But through this project we have noted that their is increase in enrollment of pupils in standard since last year 2012 and all this is attributed towards the project Health and Water Foundation are implementing in ECD classes in our school and neighbouring schools. We encourage the zeal and kindness of the donors and pray and thank that they continue this endeavour. " Samuel Arumba - Head Teacher Nyangorora Primary School

Nov 7, 2012

Uniforms put smiles on orphans

provision of uniforms
provision of uniforms

Dear parners,

The help and support received from you has enabled us continue to provide porridge flour to three primary schools which are Kiangoso,Kiabiraa and Nyangorora primary schools. Although finances have been limited, atleast following an agreement with the school administrations of the schools we opted to reduce the provided 50 kg porridge flour to 40 kg which is distributed every month to the schools for the ECD children who mostly are orphans. We realised that most of the orphans were wearing tattered uniforms and were in need of new ones. Together we identified the orphans in the 3 schools whose uniforms were tattered and required new ones, they were 33 in number, these were the ones in Early Childhood Education (ECD) classes.

We organized a tailor who came to the schools and measured the children for their uniforms, he proceeded and tailored 33 full uniforms for the children, these took the whole of August which also happened to be school closing season. In September when the schools reopened, we went to each of the schools on the 1st parents day of the new term and presented the uniforms to the orphans. The joy and smiles expressed from the children who received the uniforms was encouraging and breathtaking. The orphans looked absolutely revitilised and energised with a new spirit and encouraged every pupils in the schools. The caretakers and relatives of the orphans expressed their gratitudes towards your assistances.

" Am so happy to have received this uniforms, i now look new", Jay Moraa, an ECD orphan

Every one of us had someone to take care of us when we were little children, let us help this orphan children who only has YOU and ME find happiness that we had.

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