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Girls learning to make sanitary pads
Girls learning to make sanitary pads

February 2015

 

Dear Friends,

 

Thank you so much for supporting the PATHWAYS scholars. Today we want to report on the progress of second year scholar Shadrack who is majoring in Education at the University of Nairobi.  Shadrack’s community project focuses on youth and income generation.   

Shadrack

We currently have a mentorship class of 60 boys and girls. Our last year's candidates performed as follows; Mary scored 368/500 marks and is in Luckily girl's national school. Isabella scored 362/500 marks and she's in Moi girls a county school. Obadia scored 347/500 marks and he is in Matunda SA secondary, a subcounty school. I have visited them and my community group is doing great to keep them in school. We have five candidates this year. Our motto is 'improve always'. We began well with each of them scoring above 300 marks. 

We have began this year's program and even done with next month's activities. The latest activity was training on reusable sanitary towel which was graced by madam Monicah (a PATHWAYS alumnus). We had a whole day event. First, the pupils arrived by 8am to begin our program as scheduled with the pupils reciting poems on menstrual health.  At 10 am Monicah who was our guest arrived and we immediately started our introduction. With us were 20 girls; 13 from Mtoni primary school and 7 from Mtoni secondary school. My group members present were five. We also had a pastoress facilitator, a tailor and Monicah’s friend who had driven her to the venue since she's still not so strong after an illness. By 10:25am, I introduced the project 'preparation of handmade low cost sanitary pads'. Monica helped to expound on the same as part of civic education to the members present.

At 11 am we gave out a questionnaire which was filled by the pupils with assistance of the mentors present about menstrual needs. By 11:30 am, our facilitator, who is also a pastor led us through an interactive session on menstrual management. From 12:00 to 12:30, we had question and answer session. We received several myths from the girls about mensuration but corrected them.

Finally, we had practicals for making the pads from 12:30 to 1:30. After this, we took a group photo and offered our girls and guests some soda and snacks. My mother had prepared some lunch for my guests. We therefore went home and had it together. Monicah left at around 2:30pm but my group members remained for an overnight executive meeting.

With regard to other endeavors, we still are interested in farming. We have 30 bags of maize and 7 bags of beans each weighing 90 KGS. We are expecting rain from next month. This will allow us to sell them at the expected prices of  ksh 3500 for maize and 8,000 for beans. This will give a total of ksh. 161,000. This is a profit of ksh. 61,000.- 61% profit. We believe this will sustain the project. Our this year's proposal is rearing indigenous chickens also known as 'kuku Wa kienyeji'. We have identified a place and a person to take care. We have begun preparing a house/hatch. We are targeting to start with 21 layers and 7 cocks.

In addition, I participated in Faulu Bank's capacity building session in March and my life story about how I overcame challenges to getting a secondary school education remains a success story to many who listen to it. We have a date of 18th April for capacity building program.

Airtel, a communication firm has offered to reach schools in western and north rift with free internet services. This is part of my projects.  

Thank you for supporting youth like myself become leaders.

 

Shadrack

Isaac
Isaac's group's crops

Kenya

 

February 2015

Dear Friends,

Thank you so much for supporting the PATHWAYS scholars. Today we want to report on the progress of first year scholar Isaac and fourth year scholar Justus have made in their academic lives and with their community projects.

 

Isaac

I have directed all my mind on my project during the December holiday with an aim of uplifting my community. This entailed preparing the second seedbed in December after a superb harvest  of the previous seedlings that amounted to 204 seedlings with a total of Kshs.1020 going Kshs per seedling,with the few remaining. We are planning to sell them in April during the rainy season.

The cash was channeled to our second project that involved cassava and sweet potatoes plantations which do well during dry seasons to enable us to continue making cash. The whole idea came from Michael's project (a PATHWAYS alumnus). Thanks to him.

It was from the members’ idea that we saw it better for each member to contribute at least Kshs.200 so that we can lease a farm within the community where we are carrying out our project. All these are taken care of by our patron when most of us are in schools. 

It is from the profits ploughed back that we are intending to support the school drop outs with necessary but lacked items like uniforms, pens and books that  can enable  them be in school again. We went ahead identifying such kids from our locality like orphans and vulnerable children  from the same orphanage I was once brought up from. 

Thank you for supporting my efforts to give back to my community,

Isaac

 

Justus

As most students have already begun their holidays, we have not failed to bring them together in the form of our usual youth meetings. We convened a meeting and about 23 members were in attendance. They were all fine and give good academic reports from their various schools as this concerns their promotion to the next class. We plan to start off the many activities for the holiday.

In this holiday also,our youth group involves parents with students in secondary school, colleges and universities in a fund raising activity which is aimed at benefitting the students in form of local bursaries. This helps to keep these students in school to complete their education. 

The irrigation project is doing quite well as we now have plenty of rain here. The women are now relieved from carrying water for the crops as it rains mostly at night nourishing the garden.

 

Thank you for your continued support. I am grateful for your assistance in this effort to educate youth, especially girls.

 

Justus

Justus
Justus's community group

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Marylyn
Marylyn's brick making project

Kenya

 

November 2014

Dear Friends,

Thank you so much for supporting the PATHWAYS scholars.  Today we want to report on the progress of fourth year scholars Eunita, Marylyn and Justus have made in their academic lives and with their community projects.

 

Eunita

Currently, I have now begun my final year in nursing school. I am so happy about that and look forward to completing it successfully.

Before the holiday break from my nursing studies, I went to the Coast with my class. I am happy to report that the visit to there was quite a learning experience. During the short stay there, we visited various places. On the first day, we visited an International Center for Reproductive Health (I.C.R.H.). There are health workers there who work closely with the community in order to cover reproductive health issues. Their key populations are the sex workers, and drug users. Their area of interest includes reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, family planning and gender based violence issues.

We also visited a water treatment plant to practically see the water treatment process that we were theoretically taught in class. Apart from the treatment we were also taught on the various tests performed to test water quality like determining the specific gravity and analysis of impurities.

It was a very informative field trip and I learned a lot about public health nursing.

Eunita

 

Marylyn

 

I am happy to report that my community group has been able to expand the brick making business that is my PATHWAYS project. We have managed to make 10,000 bricks in this project.  We have even been able to hire 4 youths; they are glad they got the opportunity. Apart from the brick making business, one of the group members came up with the idea of making bee hives. Though it was not in the budget, after deliberations, the members agreed to drive some savings and a bit of the project funds into that.  We now have the1st lot complete; 20 hives have been made and are waiting to be sold. We are hoping this picks well as it will diversify the project.

Thank you for helping to support my leadership training.

Marylyn

 

Justus

My PATHWAYS project focuses on mentorship because of the very high rates of school dropout and large decline in scores in the national exams among students in my home area, Ng’ari region.  I am partnering with the the Samburu Women Enterprise Group.  Among our youth group, about 90 percent are currently in high school with about 4 candidates this year. Among them,we have lots of expectations from them especially that they will get good grades. We are hopping for the best and encouraging them to do their best and join the university. 

Thank you for your continued support.  I am grateful for your assistance in this effort to educate youth, especially girls.

 

Justus

Justus
Justus' community group

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Brian: Members of community group
Brian: Members of community group

August 2014

Dear Friends,

Thank you so much for supporting the PATHWAYS scholars.  Today we want to report on the progress Justus, Brian and Jemimah have made in their academic lives and with their community projects.

 

Brian

I have been really working hard at my studies.  For first part of the year I have been taking several units in Medical Scholl at the U of Nairobi that have been quite demanding of time and effort. We started with Internal Medicine then Pathology and currently I am in Psychiatry. Each unit takes eight weeks and there are regular tests we sit for..It has been quite exciting- the real taste of clinical years- and quite intensive. 

Each day as the clock ticks it gives me great pleasure to see that I am slowly leaning towards becoming the Doctor I have always dreamed about. Clinical years are kind of pleasant in that now the career is really taking shape. I have learnt a lot so far, from patient interviewing techniques to examining and diagnosing and treating various diseases. These skills have been of great help as I have had a chance to participate in several medical camps. .I am enjoying every bit of the curriculum. Next month I will start on introduction to Orthopedics and later Surgery. 

As a community group, we are doing well especially with our Table Banking with the exception of a few cases of defaulting payment. To this end, we have requested the help of the local administration. Other projects are going on well. Many sisal products are made and sold each day from baskets to ropes. Also, our AloeVera project is doing well. We now have a substantial yield of the plant and bit by bit we are benefiting from it's products.

We are grateful for your support!

Brian

 

Justus

I am greatly humbled by your support.  Our vegetable growing project is going well.  In addition, we started a goat project to help the local economy.  It is modeled on Hussein’s project and we are calling it the “One sheep initiative.  It will do much to reduce poverty in our community.  With the extra money made from sheep milk, parents can better afford to pay their children’s school fees.

 

Many thanks,

Justus

 

Jemimah

Currently we are working on the underground tank that Catherine (my mentor) had suggested we construct to assure that our women’s group and indeed, our entire community have access to water. It has a capacity of approximately 10,000 litres. Kitui is a chronically dry area and so much of women’s days are spent just trying to get water for everyday uses.  Even the children’s days are taken up by trying to secure water.  This tank will go a long way in freeing up time so that women can work on their income generating projects and children can focus on school work.  The main part was completed some months ago.  We are just waiting to cover the top.

 

With appreciation,

 

Jemimah

Justus: Vegetable project
Justus: Vegetable project
Jemimah: Well project
Jemimah: Well project
Jemimah
Jemimah's project: Women carrying well materials

 

May 2014

Ngari village and Kitui

Dear Friends,

I am happy to tell you that the scholars projects are progressing well, carried out primarily by the community memebers.  The scholars communicate with the lead members while they are at school and participate int he projects when they are home during the university breaks.  Please see the update from senior scholar Jemimah and Sophomore scholar Justus.

Jemimah

Currently we are working on the underground tank that Catherine had suggested we dig.We commenced the process some time back. We have already dug out the tank and the members have assembled  all the required material for construction.i.e construction bricks, stones and sand. I also traveled home this past weekend to assist them in the purchase of the other requirements i.e bags of cement, waterproofs, binding  wires e.t.c.We planned for the construction to commence immediately after the Easter holidays.
On the other side,the poultry project is doing well.The chicken have have all hatched and others even the second time,except for a few that have died. However, the members distributed the chicken amongst themselves when they started hatching ,to avoid fighting of the chicken. Once the chicks grow older,that's when they will be returned to the poultry house and also sell some of them.
They are also making good money from selling water. For instance,last weekend but 1 there was an event in our church and they managed to sell water worth Ksh 750.
Please find attached photos of the members offloading some of the items we purchased last weekend.They are not very clear because i used a phone camera to capture them.
I will keep you updated on the process.
Jemimah

Justus

Challenges were part of our group; some parents could not allow their children to join the group for fear of negative socialization especially girls. But I can say that the situation has surely improved following continuous sessions I have had with some parents to convince them that the group is aimed at enhancing lives of the young students and not destroy them. We now have about 20 girls in regular attendance in the group.

To mark the end of the holiday, we always hold a motivational talk; to specifically touch on matters academics and encourage the students as they go back to their respective schools. This time round, precisely on 3rd May 2014, we invited speakers from without our group, formally our classmates and friends who are in or graduated from the university to talk to our students. Things of great value were discussed. This marked the end of the April session and students could now report to school with something important learnt during their stay at home.

With gratitude

Justus

Thank you for your support of these scholars.  They are learning valuable leadership skills and at the same time helping uplift their communities.

Angie Gust

Justus
Justus' project: Youth being mentored

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Angie Gust

PATHWAYS Leadership for Progress
Lilburn, GA Kenya

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