In 2014, TYSA and our partners touched the lives of over 30,000 children and youth who accessed its interventions both directly and indirectly. Through the formulation of effective strategies for social and economic development, TYSA managed to harness the little resources at its disposal to transform thousands of lives in the communities in which we work. We know we can do even more.Essentially, thousands of people and organizations made TYSA tick in 2014!. If we were to acknowledge all of them at individual level, we would need a second and much larger report!. We are grateful to all donors, partners, organizations, stakeholders, communities and individuals who associated with us in 2014.We are also grateful to the tireless passion, commitment, consistency and team spirit of the TYSA staff, board members and volunteers who enabled TYSA to realize significant milestones in the year.Our commitment to collaborations and to the effective use of the resources entrusted to us remains central to our work.With your support, we are fueling transformative change in the lives of the most vulnerable children and communities in this part of the world.Again, thank you for your continued partnership.
Charity Nafula is a fifteen year old orphaned girl from Sinoko Village, Trans Nzoia County who stays with her aged grandmother. It is for this reason that TYSA identified her and enrolled her as one of its beneficiaries at Sinoko Primary School. Despite being an active member in TYSA programmes, Charity scored 335 marks in her final grade 8 examinations and emerged 2nd best candidate in her school-a feat that amazed many including teachers and parents who thought she was wasting her time in engaging in sports and other life skills activities at TYSA. Charity was a WASH champion, a footballer and an active member of several clubs. Mrs. Wandera, the Deputy Head-teacher of the Sinoko primary school, describes Charity as a bright and well-mannered student who would be a future leader if well mentored. “Despite her active engagement in sports other activities outside academics, Charity kept on improving in her studies-something that amazed teachers and her fellow pupils. We now appreciate the fact that one can perform even better when involved in co-curricular activities” Charity’s performance had been improving steadily since she was identified by TYSA while in grade six. At this stage, she had scored 250 marks and was at position 80. Mrs. Wandera notes that as a result of Charity’s experiences with TYSA, many students are expressing interest in being involved with the ‘play and learn’ organization”. She requests TYSA and the society at large to continue supporting Charity if she is to achieve her future aspirations. “May TYSA keep up with the good work and support even more children in the future” states Mrs. Wandera.
Reproductive Health training has been for a long time been very secretive and both boys and girls do not receive correct and adequate information regarding their adolescence stage.
This training offered close and candid discussion among the participants and their trainers. Straight talk approaches was employed to help break the culture of silence among the girls and boys. The training that waa sorganized for 5 days at Makutano Secondary school was for both boys and girls.
Judging from responses from the participants there is need for both parents and teachers to strengthen their relationships with the children in order to help them during this transition period of adolescence.
We noted that most girls and boys go through the stage without guidance therefore ending up seeking help from wrong sources which eventually exposes them to dangers like pregnancy and drug addiction.
In order to achieve further positive results and sustain the information sharing, TYSA should endeavor to trainer Peer Educators to support the children through their adolescence and post adolescence stages
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.
Happy new year!!!
You have been a blessing to TYSA over the year! Your continued support has ensured that we grow to reach out to the vulnerable children and youth. You have also supported our Organizational Development and strengthned our management system. On 28th December 2013, TYSA elected a new board for the next 3 years. This is a big milestone to the development and ownership of TYSA.
TYSA has grow from a Community Based OrganizationIam status to Non Governmental Organziation thus increasing its operation mandate. Our outreach now covers over 5 counties.
The new TYSA board is a demonstration of our desire to continually embrace democratic princples and diversity. We believe in making TYSA a truly grassroot organziation that is owned by the community where we work.
We take this opportunity to thank you once agian for your continued support to strentgthen TYSA management. We have scheduled a Strategy Orientation workshop for TYSA board members on 24th to 26th January.
Join us as we lookfoward into a strengthned TYSA board!
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