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.
Nov 15, 2011

learning materials provided to orphans in Kiabiraa

Dear Donors,

We are gratefull for the donations that you have provided to the cause of this program.Following the disbursed amount that we received of $ 170.00 we were able to provide stationaries to 1 primary school - Kiabiraa primary school. The school which has a prevalent number of orphans was selected.Books, Pens, Pencils,Rubbers,Storybooks and Geometrical sets were given to 25 orphans in the schools.

Majority of these orphans lack basic education learnin materials such as books, pens , pencils and geometrical sets and end up relying on borrowing from their fellow students. Although the government of Kenya has provided free primary education to all pupils still most pupils especially those who come from poor families cannot be able to acquire basic learning materilas such as textbooks, geometrical sets and accompanied stationaries.We discovered that the orphans we are targeting were suffering as they did not have these supporting learning materials, furthermore being orphans due to death of parents as a result of HIV/AIDS complicated their confidence in learning and is with compasion from you the donors that we are able to restore hope among this orphans.

The Kiabiraa primary school manamagemet committee took part in the distribution of the learning materials which was done with the whole school pupils present.We also gave them a motivational talk on stigma on HIV/AIDS persons especially on children coming from such families.

The orphans even though shy were happy for receiving the learning materials, the Kiabiraa primary school was grateful for the assistance given to his pupils.

Oct 26, 2011

Sanitary towels to pupils in Kiangoso and Nyaisa

girls receiving pads in Nyaisa primary school
girls receiving pads in Nyaisa primary school

The adolescence girls from the Kiangoso and Nyaisa primary school in Manga District received each a packet of sanitary pad. Our staff led by Ms.Jeria Naomi  and female teachers of the schools distributed the pads to the girls who were mostly between the ages of 12 – 14.

HWF had informed the two schools of the scheduled distribution of sanitary pads and the pupils were so eager for us. We arrived amid joy as girls could not hide their celebration on seeing our Project Vehicle arrive at the school. We were told noted girls who frequently miss school were on this day present mainly for the provisions to follow.

Through the Local Hospital – Manga District Hospital who provided a Health Officer to coordinate the reproductive and sanitation trainings we were able to provide trainings to the girls on their sanitations and reproductive health, sensitive them on the importance of cleanliness and proper use of the sanitary towels.

 We started the activity of the day on Kiangoso primary school from 9.00 am till 12.00 a.m where we proceeded to the second school Nyaisa primary school from 2.30 pm till 4.00 pm on the same day. The two primary school administrations were cooperative as they disrupt their learning schedule to accommodate us in their schools.The local Hospital – Manga District Hospital provided us with the Health Officer to facilitate the trainings to the girls.

We provided quality sanitary pads known as “always” and each girl received a packet. A total of about 130 girls received the sanitary towels. In Kiangoso primary school 56 girls received a packet each and in Nyaisa primary school 74 girls each received a packet.

“I thank all the donors from Global Giving who have contributed towards me receiving the sanitary pads, I urge them to continue with their support and God bless u” Mercy Naboke – Pupil in Nyaisa primary school.

Currently through this project we have reached 3 primary schools in Manga this year alone and we aim to reach 12 primary school by March 2012 through provision of sanitary pads. We would have loved to provide the sanitary towels to the pupils every month so as to be able to meet their monthly menstruation needs but due to insufficient funds we have resolved to atleast distribute to them once we are in receipt of the funds. We urge you our supporters to continue your assistance so that we could be able to give this girls the lives they deserve.

HWF staff training the girls
HWF staff training the girls
Reproductive health training by Health Officer
Reproductive health training by Health Officer
girl demostrating use of pad
girl demostrating use of pad
Aug 15, 2011

orphans acquire recreational kits to enhance their education

a girl showing how it is done
a girl showing how it is done

Our team had identified four schools in Manga District - formerly part of Kisii District (the locality where our program is being focused) which had high numbers of orphans enrolled as pupils.This program which is a pilot project in Kisii District aims to send more than 400 orphans to schools and supporting their education, your continued contribution has seen as enroll a number of orphans, provided learning materials to orphans.

Four schools namely Bigogo,Nyaisa, Nyakongo and Tombe were identified to be having high number of orphans.These schools lacked recreational facilities and children were not fully utilizing their games time.The children were using old traditional items to play out of which most were putting them at risk of injuries.The program focuses on orphans but due to the high number of orphans in the identified schools we decided to provide recreational kits to the schools as a whole so that both can benefit from the recreational kits.

This activity was conducted on 17th June, 2011 to the four schools ( Bigogo , Nyaisa and Nyakongo and Tombe),upon arrival to the schools we were received with jubilation and students in Bigogo primary school could not hide their anxiety as some of them left their classrooms to come meet us.

A recreational kit was distributed to each school, a recreational kit comprises of ;2 footballs,4 skipping ropes, 2 volleyballs and nets, 2 handballs and 1 first aid kit. Following our announcement that we were coming to the schools to distribute the recreational kits, more children attended school with the hope of acquiring the kits which was unusual according to the teachers of the schools.The children were thrilled and happy to have these items distributed to them and could not hide their joy, the teachers also were not spared either. And as one teacher from Bigogo put it " As long as these recreational activities are available, children will never miss school as they will always want to play with them,this will make our work easier as we will have all the students attend class,we are really grateful to our donors".

The teachers had a hard time sending children back to classes after we had left as the children had embarked fully to playing forgeting that they had classes to attend to.The teachers and students of the three schools were grateful for the provisions and encouraged the donors to continue with their kind hearts towards the cause of the program.

We have attached photos of exited children as they receive the recreational kits.Our team plans to reach other schools possibly 7 primary schools before the end of this year.Your help has made us put a smile on these orphans, your help will make us put a permanent smile on them.Thank you so much

chilren using the new skipping rope
chilren using the new skipping rope
Nyaisa pupils could not hide their joy
Nyaisa pupils could not hide their joy
Bigogo primary pupil using the new recreational ki
Bigogo primary pupil using the new recreational ki
Tombe Primary school pupils using the new rope
Tombe Primary school pupils using the new rope
pupils dispaying the kits received
pupils dispaying the kits received
Nyakongo primary school pupils using the new items
Nyakongo primary school pupils using the new items
Nyakongo primary school pupils using the new items
Nyakongo primary school pupils using the new items
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