The UN sport for development day is a day set aside by the United Nations to celebrate achievement made by sports in bringing development to the communities. This day is to be celebrated every year on the sixth of April starting from the year 2014.TYSA being a sport for development organization decided to celebrate this day on Friday 4th April 2014 at Barmalel primary. This is because TYSA works with schools and bringing together the pupils on Sunday sixth would be a challenge.
Barmalel primary is a school in Kenya, Trans-Nzoia County a cosmopolitan with a population of 580 pupils distributed across the classes from E.C.D (Early Childhood Education) to class eight. The day was celebrated with the pupils through engaging in small sided games and value based football. This was done through clustering the pupils into groups and assigning two TYSA members per group. This was to help pupils interact more and the TYSA members to monitor closely what was happening. The groups comprised of classes, ECD, 1, 2 and 3 as group1, 4 and 6 as group 2,5 and 7 as group 3 and class eight as group 4.
Through the small sided games, the pupils were able to have fun and learn more. They were able to concentrate through the different games that were introduced and were very eager to learn new games. Irrespective of their different tribes and status, they were able to hold hands and play together. Introducing the 5 sided football match was the climax of the day where at least 400 pupils were able to participate. In different groups, teams played against each other without referees and the pupils were able to control the matches themselves as they had fun. They selected the best teams in their different groups. These teams integrated with both boys and girls and all the pupils had a great time. The TYSA members were able to play with the integrated pupils’ team and this made the participation more enjoyable and fun.
In conclusion, the day was full of fun and learning according to Sarah a class 3 pupil.
Over 100 children participated in community sensitization on issues affecting them in Trans nzoia county last month
Communities in Kitale are farmers with large and small scale farmers. Communities engage in different activities:Fish farming, planting of maize, tree planting to conserve the environment, Charcoal burning, quarrying to get building stones. The elderly people do a lot of the agricultural activities while the youth idle around. The area has potential with very attractive features that can be potential for the tourism industry but this is yet to be fully exploited. Features such as: water that changes colour, (the group found the water yellow), volcanic mountains and huge agricultural farms.
children from this area face various challenges including:
Scarcity of playing grounds that could be used as football fields
Schools are far apart so children have to walk long distances to reach the schools. The huge farms have no schools so majority of children do not go to school
Child labour in the large agricultural farms, quarry industry and hawking business
Malnutrition among children
High Poverty levels despite the wealthy around
High levels of illiteracy
Idle youth leaving the elderly to farm
Poor housing and lack of toilet facilities and poor environment with communities living around sewage area
Alcohol and drug abuse among the youth
Retrogressive cultural practices
The sick are not cared for –dumped in government hospitals and left on their own
Very poor road network
Some men offer to pay school fees for girls with the understanding that they marry them after school. The girls at the festival urged such men to embrace this slogan: “I AM NOT TRAINING TO MARRY YOU BUT TO EMPOWER YOU”
This April starting 25th to 3rd May, over 100 children ill participate in Children Voices Camp ( See the concept attached)
MY STORY After my father’s death in 2005 my life changed totally. I moved in to my uncle’s place who had promise to pay my secondary school fee. That was not the case as after my KCPE results he declined to pay. Thank God my grandmother paid and I joined ST. THERESA GIRLS WAMBA in Samburu County. That was in 2006 I was lucky to get a sponsor who paid my fee to 2008. In December the same year yet another dark cloud befall my life, I was so bitter that I thought committing suicide was the solution. At this time of the year I lost my scholarship, owing to the fact that my school was private I could not raise the school fees to pay for my form four. I did not lose hope and came 2009 I personally seek for a chance in form four in Chisare secondary school. Lucky enough I got the chance.
Life was not easy as it being a day school and leaving with a relative who really did care much about me. I tried my level best and I got a B- but I didn’t make it to join a public university. I felt my dream was shut I did have an idea on what to do. All I wished was to go back to school but that was just but a dream. One of my relative offered to pay for my school, I was so excited. To my disappointment he turned down the offer stating that he had other important things to do with his money than to waste it by paying my fee. Afterwards I moved to Muhoroni to my aunt’s places, who send me to a school that was supporting orphans. I really appreciated her support and so I worked hard. I was doing well but my other nightmare unfolded when I learned that the school was not registered by the ministry of education which led to it closure two months later. God’s favor befalls me again my friend Triza Odero gave me the news that awakens my dream again. She told me her mum Mrs. Lucy Odero was a principal and was willing to see me though my education. That is how I joined ST. MARRY GORRETY DEDE GIRLS’ in Migori county. Of course some of my relative were not happy especially my two aunts they did all they could to make sure that I did make it. They will remind me how they are not responsible for my misfortune. That made me work harder and though the grace of God I got B+, my dream come true I made it to a public university.
The worse nightmare was when I got admission to Chuka university to pursue bachelor of Purchasing and Supplies Management and required to pay Ksh.23,500. No one was willing to help I got bitter statement from some of the relatives, some as cruel as why don’t you write a letter to your dad asking him to pay your school fees? These words still hurts to date. Through God’s grace I joined the university at last. One month later I got I call that changed my life it gave me hope for the future a smile that no one can take away from my face. I had been awarded full sponsorship by TYSA, God bless TYSA above all Mr. Gichuki Francis. I could not believe but it was a fact, God answered my prayer glory to be to the Lord Almighty. I believe I have a bright future owing to the support I have from TYSA I really want to give back to the society. Am a living example of giving back, Mr. Gichuki sacrificed a lot to see me and many more have a future filled with hope and life. I have passion for girl child and so it is my dream to support the girl child in all ways possible. I dream big giving back tothe society and above all to TYSA my family and benefactors.