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.
Feb 18, 2011

5 orphans join ECD classes - a total of 8 in 2011

Orphans with other children in ECD class
Orphans with other children in ECD class

Hallo our Global Giving partners,

On behalf of the supported orphans, their caretakers, teachers and the community we thank you for the support that you have enabled us to support the ongoing target of 400 orphans. Currently since the inception of this project in Global Giving in 2010, 5 orphans have had the chance to attend ECD (Early Childhood Education) despite their financial constrains.

During the month of December through to January 2011, HWF (The NGO running this project) was able to enroll 5 orphans to ECD classes in Kiangoso Primary School. This school was chosen by HWF due to the fact that it is in the area where more orphans reside thereby convenient for the orphans when walking to and from the school. The orphans selected this Quarter were younger with an average age of 8 yrs .

A Preparatory meeting with the School Head, ECD teachers, and the caretakers of the orphans, village elders and the community was held in order to find ways in which the orphans may be assisted in their education. In the meeting it was agreed that due to the fact that donations may not be consistent throughout the year, the orphans enrolling to the ECD classes would still be allowed to continue with their education even in time of limited funds and the school would be paid the balance  when funds are available thanks to our Global giving donors.

The $ 51.00 equivalent to 4,010.00 disbursements catered for ECD fees for 5 children for a period of 1 term (equivalent to 3 months) for the months; February, March and May (the month of April is a school holiday in Kenya).The orphans reached were; Doreen Nyarangi -8 years, Rita Moraa 6 years, Davinah Barongo -10 years, Ian Ogera -6years and Edwin Mokua -7years (two boys and three girls) who at the moment are total orphans.

Last year December with your continued contributions of $ 85.00,  3 orphan children were selected and provided with head start supporting materials and fees for the 1st term of school. The 3 orphans joined the ECD classes on 5th January 2011 as scheduled at Kiangoso Primary school. With the current contribution of $ 51.00,  5 orphans are scheduled to join the same school in 21st February, 2011.A total of 8 orphans will have been reached by the end of February, which is a great number for a start of this project and by your continued support we will by the end of this year have met the goal of supporting 400 orphans.

The Project report location is Kiangoso Primary School,Manga District,Kenya.

Once again Thank you so much

Components of the learning materials
Components of the learning materials
HWF staff handing over the materials to ECD teache
HWF staff handing over the materials to ECD teache
ECD teacher distributing the learning materials
ECD teacher distributing the learning materials
Feb 14, 2011

Girls in 3 schools trained on handwashing

Health and Water Foundation (HWF) once again takes this opportunity to thank you for your endless support to ensure that the girl child education in Kenya and Kisii County  is successful.

During the month of December 2010 (in which schools in Kenya go for Christmas holiday) we were able to call the girls back to school through request from their respective school Heads in order to facilitate the girls training on the importance of sanitation and hygiene that was scheduled for 1 day event per school. The focus was placed in maintenance of hygiene through handwashing the reason behind this handwashing training was because of the noted  alarming increase in waterborne diseases (especially typhoid and a few cases of cholera) in the area .A feasibility study carried out by the Ministry of Public Health in Kisii District revealed  that most school going children affected by typhoid were as a result of lack of  proper hygiene practice at home and at schools.

The hygiene training  with focus on handwashing training and awareness was conducted by Health and Water Foundation personnell in 3 primary schools;Kerongo Primary school,Tombe Primary school and Nyakongo Primary school which had a high number of affected pupils as a result of typhoid.The monthly disbursement of $174.50 you sent to us which is equivalent to 14,134.50 Kenya Shilings was able to cater for; 3 medium water tanks,3 basins,3 boxes ( full set of bar soap) for handwahing which was distributed to the 3 schools respectively.

The training was made successful by the help of female teachers, who helped us to train the pupils on how they are supposed to maintain their overall hygiene, always wash their hands after visiting latrines, maintaining a habit of washing hands before and after taking food, the girls also were training on maintenance of  proper hygiene   during  their monthly periods and other areas  and to pass the message “Umuhimu wa usafi na kuelimisha mtoto msichana”- “the importance of cleanliness and the girl  education”. This is due to the fact that mainly many girls fail to go to school on normally because they cant afford to buy sanitary towels.

Teachers and parents alike have reported continued intrest in their girl children to education since the inception of this project “Water & Sanitation ensure 2000 Kenyans girls learn”. They attribute that nowadays most of their daughters yearn to be in school and do not abscond classes as used to happen before. Though not all the girls in the region have been reached, Health and Water Foundation is always getting requests from different schools to come and implement such projects so to encourage the girl-child education. We are really grateful for the support you donors are giving to our girls in our society to ensure their continued education.

The teachers also suggested that we should also think of training the women in the areas to ensure sanitation is at hand and to improve the status of a woman in the society.Thank you all

Dec 14, 2010

fees for a new term catered

Hallos,

On behalf of the children and the organization get their warmest greetings and thanks, dear ones we really appreciate the contribution that you have contributed towards this project that has just started. So far the 85 $ contribution received has already catered for 3 children whom we chose as the most unfortunate orphans in need of help. 2 girls and 1 boy; James Bosocho 5 years, Edna Moraa 7 years and Christine Kibagendi 5 years  will from next year i.e 2011 enroll in Early Childhood Development (ECD) class " nursery class" with little but a headstart supporting materials this are 5 books and 3 pens each for the 3 children.The children will attend Kiangoso primary school nursery class on 5th January 2011 after they this festive holiday season.

With you continued support we hope and expect that by the beginning of next year we will be able to take 10 + orphans to enroll in (ECD) and also be able to provide them will school uniforms.

on behalf of James, Edna , Moraa and others we wish you a happy festive season.

Thank you

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