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.
At times, said a wise man, to see the bright stars in the sky, one must descend to the bottom of the well. In the same line, I dare say, to visualise the journey ahead for TYSA, one must go back to its humble origins. We started the journey with just 6 founder members and 6 beneficiaries in 2001/2002 to a membership of 15 and serving well over 5,000 children and youth annually.
This is a journey I know all too well as one of the founders. In this inaugural annual report, TYSA shares its model of transformation, impact reports and inspiring stories from our beneficiaries. The year 2013 was a transitional year in our organisation and indeed the country. The organisation developed its new strategic plan and welcomed a new Board of Directors. Kenya also carried peaceful, albeit tense, elections. As an organisation working with young people – a constituency that is usually vulnerable to manipulation and incitement in political processes – TYSA played its part in reinforcing the fabrics of community unity in the areas that we serve.
Under our leadership and youth development programme, we engaged youth and inspired them to participate constructively in the electoral process. We also educated them on the values and traits of a good leader. These interventions, we believe, contributed in the realization of peaceful elections in the counties that we serve. Under the sports for development programme, TYSA worked with likeminded partners to infuse sports in the nurturing and moulding of youth to be responsible citizens. As an endorsement of our model and interventions, FIFA supported TYSA to implement a programme known as Football for Hope in Schools. This programme yielded encouraging results. Children were more active and focus and motivated to remain in schools. This reduced abseentism rates in these schools. Encouragingly, these schools have recorded improved academic performance in the classes where the programme targeted. So successful was this programme that from a shortlist of over 100 organisations, TYSA was selected to represent East Africa in the FIFA Worldcup in Brazil in 2014.
To add to that, under the Child Protection Programme, TYSA continued to advocate and support efforts aimed at ensuring the safety of children. At the heart of this programme is the conviction that safe and secure children have a better future. The organisation worked with communities across Trans nzoia County to create awareness on the rights of children. TYSA also created a network of advocates who have become pivotal in reporting cases of violation of children’s rights. It is in recognition of the need to mould all-rounded children, TYSA worked with schools across Trans nzoia County to create a healthy learning environment for children as well as equip them with life skills. In the past year, for instance, TYSA organized over 1,000 football sessions in 30 schools in Cherangani sub-county.
Like any other organisation serving the youth in Africa, TYSA has to confront the challenge of the youth bulge in its area ofoperation. This phenomenon has been characterised by a situation where there is a critical population of young people in the county more than any other age cohort. Left unaddressed, this phenomenon will lead to high rates of youth unemployment, frustration, unrest and tension. When the opportunities that it portends are tapped such as youth energy and creativity, countries develop faster. We shall continue to engage and advise the government at the county and national level on how to deal with the phenomenon. This, we are convinced, will be critical in fostering a cohesive and stable country.