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.
Oct 15, 2013

Orphaned girl-child equipped with sanitary pads

Dear Partners,

The girl child has been disadvantaged over a long period of time in term of provision of her basic needs. Especially during her monthly periods, she loses a lot of time from school to go and change her pads (other options of pads i.e mattresses, pieces of cloths e.t.c) sometimes making the pupils to be absent from school. It is from this background that HWF in  with your generours funds  are providing sanitary towels to the girls-child who are in their teens. Over 180 girls who are in their teens are expected to benefit from this activity in 3 schools within Nyamira County. The teachers and pupils in the schools named below actively participated and involved themselves towards the realization of the importance of sanitary towels to a girl child. Summary of the supplied sanitary towels as per school. School No. to pupils No. to teachers 1. Bigogo 45 girls  2. Bitundugusu 25 girls  3. Emanga 37 girls.

The delivery of sanitary towels was bought from Nairobi and transported to Kisii office whereby they were kept waiting the day of distribution to different schools by use of vehicles. We were warmly welcomed in all the schools. In some of the schools we arrived during class hours and had to disrupt them for some few minutes to distribute the sanitary pads individually to the pupils and take photos too. In some of the schools we arrived at break time while they were participating in their extra mural activities. We went to the headmaster/headmistress of each and every school to give us the mandate to talk to teachers in charge of the distribution of sanitary towels. Then the teachers in charge of the distribution of sanitary towels could go round the classes and tell the girls to assemble in one classroom or hall where we could carry out our talk.

The pupils were so happy for our arrival because they were ready to receive the sanitary pads for their use as usual. They welcomed us and actively participated in the asking of questions on the usage of sanitary pads and also sharing out their problems with others. We taught the pupils on the following; 1. The definition of a sanitary pad 2. The other options that pupils use in form of sanitary pads. I.e. Rags, Folded cloths, Bandages, mattresses, leaves, feathers, goat’s skin e.t.c. 3. We taught them the importance /advantage of sanitary pads. i.e. i. It absorbs menstrual discharge ii. They prevent irritation iii. They prevent leakages. iv. They keep an individual dry, refreshed and comfortable. v. They prevent odour. vi. They are easy to carry either in a bag or purse. 4. Disadvantages of sanitary pads. 1. They are not flushed in toilet. 5. Disadvantages of other options of sanitary pads. I.e. Pieces of cloths, mattresses and rags, leaves, feathers, goat’s skin. i. They cause itchiness and stuffiness ii. They enable one to have unpleasant smell. iii. They can lead to vaginal discharge. iv. They leak due to poor absorption of blood. v. They cause one to a vaginal inflammation. The pupils were taught on how to use the sanitary pads by the use of a pant and a pad by demonstrating to them on how they should use the sanitary pads. We agreed on the next meeting on the distribution of sanitary pads our discussion will be about sex, whereby each and every school could research on sex from their teachers, parents, friends and classmates and even read the books that have taught on sex education. Thanks once agains for your support towards this initiatives.

Aug 26, 2013

Better school clothings for young girls and children

a young school girl receiving new uniform
a young school girl receiving new uniform

Dear partners, we are grateful to report to you the progress of our projects this season. Your support has clothed 51 young girls and children with new presentable school uniforms, gone for these young children are the days of wearing tattered school uniforms to schools. The new uniforms comprises of shirts and shorts for boys and dresses and petticoats for girls. We identified the young children from Kiangoso Primary to be having tattered uniforms which was also contributing towards their low self-esteem in school leading to low education perfomances. Some of the pupils could not attend school due to the lack of proper uniforms. The young girls and children were selected from the lower class ( between age 5 -19 years).

The provision of the presentable new school uniforms to the young pupils was done on 12th July,2013  but before this date, we had identified the young girls and children in dire need of school uniforms, with support from the teachers at the school we were able to  identified 48 young girls and children from Kiangoso primary school who did not have school attire and instead wore home dresses to school, then we tried to identify the cause of these young girls from wearing school uniforms and the results we got was ' financial inability to afford school uniform dress'. With this in mind, and your support backing us,we were able to receive donations from you  and managed to procure and provide uniforms for these young minds in Kiangoso Primary school.

It was a happy day for these young girls and children who came with their parents to witness the provision of uniforms, the whole school was presented during the provision and the children could not hide their joy when they received the pair of new school uniforms. Global giving (GG) has had an impact especially in this particular school for three years now since the project started targeting this school. Many pupils in these schools have benefited from water tanks, sanitation facilities and hygiene trainings all done through GG. So when we arrived for this day to provide the uniforms to the 48 children + 3 new children , all the school pupils were in jovial mood as they are connected already with what GG is doing in their school and to their pupils.

' Asante Global Giving' translated as ' Thank you Global Giving', Mr. Onesmus Gechure, one of the parents who came to witness his daughter receiving the new uniforms.

' Even me i have a new uniform, thank you Global giving', Cecilia Moraa, 8 year old girl in standard 2.

Without you the donors, Health and Water Foundation would not have implemented this project in this school and bring about smiles into these young girls. We encourage you to keep on contributing towards our cause.'Asante sana'

children in their new uniforms with their teachers
children in their new uniforms with their teachers
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.

 

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