As shared in our last report, we did organize the December Holiday Play sessions which was to mark the 10th anniversary of our organization. This brought all the programs, stakeholders and partners together. This was one of the most exciting activities that TYSA has organized in the recent past. It was an event that lasted for 10 days with all excitements. Over 1500 youth and community members participated in the celebrations.As outlined; December Holiday Play and Mentorship Activities, junior mentorship Camp for under 14 years children including those with disability, Keeping My Dream Alive camp for vulnerable girls, and Play and learn Tournament for youth above 15 years and computer sessions were all organized. Junior mentorship camp brought together 110 children under 14 years from across the country. Teams came from Amani Kibera in Nairobi, ASTEP in Eldoret, SOET in Mt Elgon and the host community in Trans-nzoia County.The children had assorted activities including life-skill sessions and health. They played 7 asi9de soccer games in a league format where each team played more than 4 games. The final league was for 11 aside where Amani Kibera Nairobi emerged triumph and carried the trophy. There was lots of fun as all children including those with disability participated in different way. Music and dance was in plenty.One of the most memorable moments was the fact that the children who came from different ethnic communities in Kenya were hosted by families where TYSA works. This is the first time this is happening in the local community.' I am so excited and happy that I stayed in a family who take care of me like one of their child. I will come again to visit them' Master Nyagah from Eldoret 120 girls from five organizations in Kenya that is Suba Lakers from Mbita, SEP from Oyugis, KYFA from Kisumu, Diocese of Lodwar from Turkana and TYSA.The girls who were hosted by St. Teresa's Secondary School Sinyereri organized the training sessions and participated in the TYSA Girls We Can Soccer tournament. In the morning the girls held sessions in the school where they shared on keeping their Dreams Alive. In the afternoon, they participated in the soccer competitions which was eventually won by SEP Girls form Oyugis. The girls were so inspired during the camp. They shared freely amongst themselves. Mss Onyango Florence said from KYFA 'I would like to be a neurosurgeon so that I can help people with mental disabilities so that they can also be accepted in society where they are stigmatized' The computer classes were offered during this period and it is still ongoing for the community youth.40 youth enrolled into the training session. They are learning basic skills to help them become more marketable in the market. The project will as form January 2012 include children under 14 years to gain the computer literacy skills at early age.The December Holiday play brought in the senior youths aged 15 and above. 4 community teams participated in the play and learn tournament which was eventually won by Samba Boys. The youth learnt basic skills in starting business.TYSA staff, children, youth, parents and stakeholders want to share their sincere gratitude to the donation that you made towards ensuring the celebration was a success.'On behalf of the parent committee and community council, want to thank you for your kind donation. It has made us proud in fulfilling our mandate. Your donation plus our donation ensured the children and youth get food, drink and medication during their stay here' Mr Waasare, Chairperson Community council. ' We are humbled by your kind donation and ask that you continue with this good gesture into 2012' Mss Atieno Oduor, a Girl leader and beneficiary 'We take this opportunity to wish you a successful 2012 in your endeavors. We hope you will remember and continue to make your donations to support us continue with school, computer, child protection and participation and football programs' Master Alex & Meshack, the Speaker of Youth Assembly and Junior assembly respectively
‘My two daughters Knight and Grace participate in the Holiday play events organized at TYSA. This has helped them to manage their holiday time well and they learn life skills. Before TYSA set up this holiday play event, my daughters used to be idle and often conflict was the order of the day. Today, I am very happy for them as they train in the field, study computer and attend learning session a...t the TYSA Girls Resource Centre’’ Mum Knight Dear Friend, Imagine a December holiday where child labor, drug abuse and girls pregnancy are common occurrence. Children are coming back to school in January frustrated and angry because they got into a fight or were buttered by their parents or still having hangover from drug use and some of the girls will not come back because they are pregnant. The bottom line – December Holiday wasn't fun and nobody was in a good place to learn. Not a good situation for any child, is it? For most teachers and Parents, unhappy child after Holiday means more time and effort to get their class settled down for learning. That's why TYSA is working with the community to provide December Holiday Play and Mentorship Activities. Junior mentorship Camp for under 14 years children including those with disability, Keeping My Dream Alive camp for vulnerable girls, and Play and learn Tournament for youth above 15 years. You can give the children the opportunity to play and Learn while receiving mentorship and receivng Computer lessons. For the past 10 years TYSA has been partnering with rural based schools and villages in the community. We provide a full-time TYSAs' coach who uses organized games, conflict resolution tools, and our proven Plan and Learn activity to turn the playground into a virtual classroom where children learn essential life skills including teamwork, Respect, Effort, conflict resolution, and fair play.
67% of the children participating in our play and learn activities have shown great improvement in academic perform and 85% behavior change. As you look towards the end of 2011, please consider making a $20-$100 gift to TYSA. Your gift will be put to use right away on our beneficiaries, who deserve the chance to play, learn and grow physically, emotionally and academically. Thank you, Gichuki Francis Executive Director
August holiday was very busy for three young people who anxiously wanted to learn computer. Erick Macharia is a student at Kimilili Boys High School in form three who does not learn computer in his school making him distrustful on how he is going to cope with life out of school when he does not have any information technology skills which will help him to access information. This applies to Collins Odhiambo a student at Bwake secondary school in form two and George Nawan a student at Milele secondary school in form one. The three have been introduced to and all the basics in a computer.
These young people come from very local areas where computer is hard to get, but now they are happy to get the services at Tysa. As a result of this, it has seen this young people get access to some of the information which they could not. But this is now possible through the use of internet and other services. Also they are able to share and communicate with the entire world through facebook and email.
One key achievement is where Erick Macharia is on facebook- www.facebook.com/erickmacharia. This young person has shown a great potential in IT hoping that he is going to get quick access to information in any time that he would like to. These have seen a number of young people raise interest of learning computer. It’s our trust that the group is going to impress this training as majority of them will join and learn computer. This is going to see them get more informed as they will do more of learning through research of information. In December 100 children under age 14 will spend 5 days learning computers skills during their annual junior mentorship camp.
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At the age of 12, Grace underwent a heart surgery to correct a heart valve dysfunction. The local community and friends came together to support the surgery. Grace recovered and continued with her education, and last year she completed her Kenya Secondary Education scoring 67 points. Her eyes are now set for university education. Charming Grace wants to become a doctor to help more people suffering from heart problems. This great desire by Grace to become a doctor is now in danger. She is now admitted at Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi after being diagnosed with heart valve failure (Rheumatic Heart Disease) one week ago. Grace has been one of the girls you have always supported to access education. His brother who has disability also benefits from the TYSA projects. The family has gone out of their way to support Grace and her siblings and life has not been easy as they are peasant farmers. TYSA is proud of Grace and looks at her as the model girls emulate. She is determined and focused. We believe she will change the fortune of her family and the entire community. Grace was taking her computer lessons at the TYSA Girls resource centre while she awaited to join university next year. ‘I am always grateful to you. You have always supported my education through your kind donations. I need your support more than ever before now. I am appealing to you to donate any amount of money to help me undergo heart surgery. No one but you can help me." -Grace
You can help Grace undergo a successful heart surgery, by making a donation today! The entire TYSA family, community and Grace's family are united in ensuring that she recovers from this condition. We have provided these links with her photos http://www.tysak.org/grace.html, www.worldpulse.com/pulsewire/exchange/post/39151
For the last two months, the trainees at the computer project have shown tremendous skills in computer. last month, they were able to help the local schools register for the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education and Kenya Certificate of Primary school 2011 online. The Kenya government has made it mandatory for the schools to register candidates online. ' We are very grateful to TYSA for initiating this project deep in the rural area here. We have been able to register our students online without having to travel over 20Kilometres' Mr Laban (Principal, St. Teresa's Secondary School). TYSA has also benefitted from the computer project as it has now established its on newsletter. The trainees are able to sue the various skills to put up a newsletter which initially TYSA used to go to Nairobi to have it done. I am very excited by this development. It is great to see young people doing great things. The newsletter is a great move for TYSA' Mr. Gichuki (Executive Director). Please read the newsletter on the link provided below and share your feedback with us. TYSA will be sending one of the computer trainee to cover the East Africa Cup in Moshi Tanzania as from June 21st to 27th next month. This will include photography and videography. We shall be sharing this in the next communication from the project. Your continued donation will support this initiative.
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