Mathari's Children Fund

To help impoverished children succeed in life. We enable children to access schools and we help them to stay there, by paying fees, teaching life skills, providing counseling when problems arise, providing medical help when needed and making sure every child has at least one square meal every day. We provide both formal education and technical training for children who would otherwise suffer hunger, disease and permanent poverty.
Jul 31, 2012

Update from a cold Mathare

David prepares to have a cup of tea in our office
David prepares to have a cup of tea in our office

Dear Friends,

As we continue to help former street children from Nairobi slums gain meaningful access to quality education by meeting their fees, text books, school supplies, medication,transportation,food among other needs, we have continued with other activities since the last update;

Day of the African Child – This is a day that has been commemorated annually since 1991 and has its roots in the anti-colonial struggles against oppression and injustice in South Africa but more specifically commemorates the massacre of unarmed children in Soweto, South Africa in 1976 while protesting against the low quality education. The theme for this year was, The Rights of Children with Disabilities: The Duty to Protect, Respect, Promote and to Fulfill.  Mathare Children’s Fund Panairobi as a collaborator with Government on issues regarding children especially vulnerable children and a strong member of our local district network on children which was mandated by the government this year to host the national Day of The African Child (DAC) we were involved in planning and implementation of this year DAC celebrations. (See photos below) The occasion was used to create awareness on child rights and to focus on diverse child rights violations and their underlying causes. It provided an opportunity to assess the progress towards realization of the rights of children and celebrate the gains made for children. This day acted as an eye opener especially on children with disabilities that are commonly neglected by both communities and government are not given opportunities to explore their potential to promote their growth and participation as a right as entrenched in our state laws and those of the UN conventions.

Careers - Following successful completion of basic computer skills training amongst our kids who finished high school last year, we have embarked on career advice amongst our kids. We are requesting them to take time to think about what they would like to do; dream and imagine ideal careers. Although there are fewer opportunities, few different types of jobs and careers in a wide variety of industries, there are also other career paths that are just emerging. Even if they are fairly sure of a career choice, our children should take time to explore similar (or even vastly different) careers, explore all options, and examine their likes and dislikes.  Most  colleges in Kenya  start their academic years in September and usually most students will be applying to join during the months of June and July and due to your continued assistance, we hope to have majority of them take up courses in college to acquire the career they choose for a better tomorrow.

MCFpanairobi Tours – Although not really a source of income/fundraising for MCFpanairobi, this is a project we have started for our kids who have finished high school and act as tour guides for guests especially foreigners who want to take a walking tour of the city of Nairobi. They are also invited to visit our project in Mathare slums and are also encouraged to donate towards the payment of fees/school uniform/food among other things. It has proved worth the effort since our kids have started earning some income and enjoy doing their job. The 3 kids on probation underwent a small training on what is involved and history of the city and places of interest. So next time in Nairobi please send us a shout out to us and let us show you our city.

Horizont 3000 Conference – One of our own was recently invited to attend to Vienna-Austria for a conference on Promoting of Human Rights amongst Civil Society whose objectives included; To discuss principles, strategies and methods to strengthen Civil Society organizations and structures, so that they can better defend Human/Children Rights and Exchange of good practices and project experiences from a variety of project partners from different continents and Nations among other objectives. This kind of exchange offers broad based benefits and outcomes, an awareness and adoption of alternative, multifaceted approaches to children rights issues.

Holiday Program – Currently we are planning for the August holiday program and we will keep you updated in 2 months time what we are up to with our children.

Lots of Love from a cold Mathare…

Titus

 

Apr 30, 2012

Mother's Day Tirbute Card Campaign

Today one of our kids, Dennis Sande, was invited to join the under 15 Elite Cricket Camp for a week, during which he will join the under 17 National Cricket Team after the camp. According to his coach, Dennis is a very talented bowler, fielder and wicket keeper. Below is a picture of Dennis showing off his T-shirt with the National Cricket Logo…We can only wish him the best.

Following a seminar we hosted at our premises, which was facilitated by Marc Maxson (the GlobalGiving story telling and innovation consultant), certain issues came out strongly among the more than 25 representatives of different organizations that were represented. One of the issues that was discussed at length was election related violence and how to nip it in the bud before the elections, which are planned for the end of this year or the beginning of next year. We arranged a calendar of activities that we (organizations within Mathare) would be engaged in and among these is to try and get forums where violence and peace issues would be discussed. On 21st April, 2012, we invited George Dima of ABC project to a parents/guardian meeting in which he was allocated an hour and led the group in discussing various issues regarding peace, election related violence and our responsibilities - especially for some of us who live in the slums. We intend to attend a forum facilitated by his project and discuss issues regarding election related violence.

The GlobalGiving story telling project continues, especially now that kids are in the center during the school holidays, we currently have more than 60 stories written and await Zipporah (the coordinator) to pay us a visit at the end of the month to collect them and give us more frameworks to fill in our stories.

Lastly my dear friends, Giving birth and becoming a mother is one of life’s defining moments, creating the opportunity for a lifetime of Mother’s Days… Mother’s Day is a perfect time to thank our mums for their gift of life. Most mothers in Africa/Kenya will with their hair in disarray, worn out, squeaky to one of her own and spring to action, because she’s always on call. Beyond rhythm of sorrow, we can celebrate the African mother, the past and present in anticipation of a better tomorrow by gifting that potential to struggling mums and their families in the Mathare slums through GlobalGiving’s Mother’s Day Tribute Card Campaign which kicks off at 12:01 am EDT on May 1, 2012.  The campaign is offering $500 prizes to each of the top 10 projects with the most donors who make donations as gifts! Our project only needs 10 donors to qualify for a bonus prize! GlobalGiving is offering e-cards and print-at-home cards, by making a donation to our project - the perfect last-minute Mother’s Day gift. Every donation of $30 will pay holiday activities for one child/young person for the whole year; holiday activities include a feeding program, medical check-up, trainings on various children’s/young people’s issues among other things, or $100 will pay for food, transport, school uniform and transport for a child for a whole year.

If we qualify, dear friends, for the $500 then we would want assure you that it will put two more kids through primary school education in a public institution for the next two years.

PS; Please note, only online donations will qualify for this campaign, no check donations will be accepted.

Our kids are some of the most vulnerable kids. They need us to win while appreciating our mothers

Lots of Love from Mathare

Titus

Apr 2, 2012

Updates on Mathare

Mathare From No.10
Mathare From No.10

Dear Friends
Happy new year…..although it’s the 3rd month of the year…..


Last week saw us receive results from all the high school students who have performed fairly well. From the 16 students who sat for the National exams, 7 got grades that would see them join the Universities while the 9 students are in a position to join Tertiary colleges – when funds are available by September this year.


The 8 kids who sat for the Primary Examinations last year all did well and they have all reported to secondary schools, beginning of February and all this is to you for your grateful donations especially during the Christmas Holiday Season. Thank you on their behalf.


During the end of year 2011, we were able to have our annual medical check-up in which more than 45 children were examined and we are pleased to inform you that we had only 11 referred for further check-up. Out of the 11, 6 had eye issues and were referred to an Optician, 2 had upper respiratory and chest problems while the rest had either running noses or cold/flus where drugs were prescribed and bought for them.


Current Situation of the Centre remains complicated as the case continues to drag on. The case continues to be postponed or more issues raised but at the end of the day we continue to believe and trust we shall overcome especially for the sake of the children we support.


Lastly as you continue to support our children, children on the other hand continue to ensure that and uphold their end of the bargain by attending school and working hard. For these we are grateful.


Thank you and best wishes   
Titus
Team Leader

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