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!
YOUNG GIRLS EMPOWERMENT FORUM ON EARLY MARRIAGES, PREGNANCIES AND SEXUAL EDUCATION
· To enable participants acquire knowledge on the consequences of early marriages, early sexual activities and resultant early pregnancies
Song and dance prevailed TYSA sporting center as the organisation raised a red flag on early pregnancies, early marriages and school drop out
In a research outcome from the Empowering Rural Girls through Sports project being implemented by TYSA - on problems affecting rural girls, early pregnancies, marriages and school dropout which toped the list were found to be emerging at an alarming rate within four villages
It emerged from the forum that girls are missing vital information on Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health, lack of protection from community and its institutions, violation of children Rights with impunity, and lack of safety nets for vulnerable girls. We don’t report cases of abuse, rape or pregnancies to the local chiefs because they are compromised a student
What needs to be done?
When asked how they thought these problems could be dealt with, they gave the following responses among many others:-
· In the case of harsh parents, the girls requested that time be found and a session organized to talk to their parents about their plight.
· As for poverty, it could be tackled by approaching organizations like TYSA and others who can either organise for bursaries or link them up with those who could help them get scholarships for education.
· We encouraged them that education is good and cited examples of people in the community who have made it in life and are successful after working hard in school.
· Being married off against their wishes and harassment by male teachers was quite a sad story. One girl stood up and said “When we report to the Chiefs, they are bribed into silencing us, our teachers are also bribed, the police are bribed, we have nowhere to report our cases.”
With such forums on the community, girls have unique opportunities to develop resilience.
The Danish Gymnastic Team provided an opportunity for the girls to explore opportunities beyond their imagination. The girls who rarely get chance to interact with people from abroad did enjoy this opportunity through the Danish Team
The main performance of summersault and rolling made the peak of the day. Everybody went home very excited and happy for seeing unbelievable things in their lives. The meeting with Danish has increased networking and information sharing among children. “It was a great chance to meet with Danish girls and have lunch together. I have never been met with a mzungu (White Man) before in my life. The way I interacted with them and exchanged contact, take photos we took and played together remains a memory to my life. Iam so happy to have intercated with Lise from Denmarjk. She told me about Denmark and I hope one day to visit her’ said by Lucy from St. Marks Girls High School
We have attached the detail report
Keeping contacts a Live
Last year 2012 in October, at the first ever East Africa Streetworldworld forum in Kigali Rwanda, Gichuki and Ojilo from TYSA meet Sara and Katy from Soccer Without Border (SWB) Uganda. These interactions created opportunity for greater understand about what organizations are doing in the region. As a follow up to this spirit, Gichuki from Friday 9th and Saturday 10th November 2012 visited SWB and Whizzkids for an exchange learning. Early this year in January, 10 young leaders form TYSA were hosted by SWB during its annual festival in Kampala.
Katy and Sara who are volunteers at SWB Uganda on 25th to 28th March 2013 visited by TYSA for an exchange learning. After two days at TYSA, they had this Lasting Impressions:
We are very impressed with TYSA approach to its beneficiaries and partners especially the schools. We participated in one of the secondary schools parents and students meeting. It’s here that TYSA shares its experiences with the parents
We have learnt how TYSA trains young leaders in different skills in order to take lead in the implementation of the activities. This is particularly important as it ensures sustainability of the organization and programs.
We are impressed by the fact that distance is not a barrier to TYSA outreach activities. We covered over 100 kilometers in a day
TYSA has built a strong trust with schools. We received warm welcome from the teachers and students. I could not believe that students follow instructions on the spot without delays and they enjoy every moment of the activity
It’s amazing how TYSA uses simple innovative storytelling to evaluate it impact in the community and its beneficiaries
We have crossed the border and heading to Mbale. Thank you for everything. Your work is truly inspiring. Talk soon. Sara and Katy
For the two days Katy and Sara were with us, they had an opportunity to visit our beneficiaries and interact with them. These interactions rekindled memories of the past , opened new opportunities and lessons learnt;
Small but Big
When I was in nursery school, I learnt a game which I still played while in the university. I was impressed to find that TYSA is using the same game with children in the remote rural schools. Katy. This game is called on the river on the shore. This game improves the children’s listening, thinking and jumping skills. This game was used during the several activities contacted in schools that were visited.
A sloppy pitch
The St. Teresa’s form two students raised so many challenges affecting theme during the parents meeting. Katy and Sara listened attentively and through translations from Kiswahili to English, they understood the challenges facing the students. When the school management gave them opportunity to address the parents and students, Katy came in handy and shared this analogy. As footballer, you find a sloppy pitch and you have to play for 90 minutes on it. What would you do! Would you start leveling the pitch! Would you quit! The wayfoward is to adjust yourself to the pitch and achieve your goal. You must know how to balance in this pitch and what gears to put on. This confirmed what TYSA motto is: play, Learn and Act.
Control Ball ; Control Life
While in Uganda last November, Gichuki advised the children at SWB that if they can control a ball, they can control their lives. This was echoed by Sara and Katy to the students of St. Teresa’s Secondary school Tartar in West Pokot. It’s amazing how the girls are ambitious in life. They are talented in football. They are the Kenya champions 2012! TYSA has strong conviction and program on how to translate the skills and values gained in the pitch to normal ordinary lives of the beneficiaries.
Let Me Play
Learning almost came to a standstill in all the schools that we had games. Children came running to the field of play. Their eyes bright radiating enthusiasm and hope. Every play moment was highly participative. When the bell rung for them to go back to class, they were very sad and urged us to continue at for some extra minutes. Even the children from other classes were eager to join the games.
We have crossed the border and heading to Mbale. Thanks you for everything. Your work is truly inspiring. Talk soon. Sara and Katy
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