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.
Jul 16, 2012

Insufficient funds for project continuity

Dear partners,

The project so far has had an impact on girls in the project area particularly in Kisii District.The school that have been supported are showing increasing attendance and retention of girls than previously before the start of this project.

During this period due to lack of funds disbursed we have not been able to continue the support we had already started in Nyangena D.O.K primary school of ensuring that we enroll 10 disadvantaged girls each year. The previous disbursements had enabled 7 girls to enrol and we had planned to enroll 3 more girls into primary school by the end of this year and support them.

We kindly ask for your contributions in order to continue this project.

Thank you.

May 14, 2012

Support of nutritional porridge programme

Most of the already supported children under this project are attending the Early Childhood Development (ECD) classes, these children have been able to attend classes through your contribution that has been paid in fees. Through feedback from the ECD teachers, it was found out that even though the orphans had been provided with fees and books still most of them were not concentrating in classes due to hunger. We found out that most of this orphans  were not taking meals in morning when coming to school and because the school did not offer porridge, the orphans had to wait till noon to have lunch with the rest of the children. This not only reduced their concentration in schools but also hindered their development physically and psychologically.

We have initiated a programme in 2 schools that we had previously provided uniforms to orphans i.e Nyangorora and Kiabiraa. Through discussions with parents and teachers of the schools we decided to be offering nutritional porridge flour to the school every month to cater for the whole ECD children and at the same time reaching the orphans. The school will be preparing porridge for the ECD children. This initiative will increase enrollment and decrease dropout of orphans in the school while also improving the nutritional status of the children.

Currently the two schools are opening after going for a the school holiday and we expect to start providing the flour (50 Kg bag of Nutritional porridge flour) to the two schools each every month, as we continue reaching other orphans in other schools we will be providing the flour to them too.

Apr 17, 2012

4 more girls enrolled in school

 

Dear donors,

I take this opportunity to thank you once again for your endless contributions, our organization during this period ( February and March) has been able to enroll 4 more orphans to primary schools, despite primary school in Kenya being provided for free still quite a good number of children are not enrolled and their still high number of drop-outs of children as it was before the introduction of FPE ( free primary education) 7 years ago. Low enrollment and drop out rate has been attributed to mostly lack of learning materials, over-congestion in schools, lack of proper learning facilities.

Our organization has conducted studies and found out that mostly girls especially the adolescent do not attend class regularly due to menstruation and lack of sanitary towels, lack of uniforms and proper wear is another factor that also diminish the girls moral to learning, lack of learning materials is another factor. With this findings we resorted with your help to improve the learning standards and enroll more girls in schools especially the marginalised in Kenya with focus in the Lake Victoria region where the HIV/AIDS prevalent rate is high and also the number of orphans whose parents succumbed to HIV/AIDS.

At the start of the year we set a goal of sending more than 10 girls to school this year and supporting them ( with learning materials,uniforms, social visits and advice whenever necessary - basically being their godmother) till they finish their primary education, through your support we managed to take 3 girls to school, during this period ( February and March) we have taken 4 other HIV/AIDS orphans girls to school and provided them with new school uniforms and learning materials. Two of the girls had dropped out of the school to fend for their siblings after their death of their mother, two others had also dropped out of school and gone to Kisii town ( nearest urban centre) to work illegally (due to their age) as househelpers. The headteacher of the school ( Nyangena D.O.K Primary school) the 4 girls attended informed us of the drop-out girls and through their relatives in the community we were able to locate them and talk them to return to school.

As of now we have taken 7 girls back to school since the start of this year (2012) already remaining with 3 more in order to meet our set goal of the year. Once we meet the target we will set another one and send even more marginalized girls to schools. I will be updating you regularly on the progress of this project. Thank you

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