‘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 at 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 including computer sessions. 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
Dear Friend, We have recently used $800 to help Grace to undergo a heart treatment. Thanks to your help, she underwent successful heart valve correction. Grace is now recovering and feeling well. Your contribution helped Grace get access to a lifesaving procedure she would not be able to afford otherwise. Thank you!
The next level for Grace is now to join Egerton University where she has been called to do her Bachelor Education. Grace is among other girls who are struggling to Access higher Education in Kenya. Mercy and Lilian are in Moi University while Susan is to join them early next year.
We urgently need to raise $ 1000 to support the Grace, Mercy and Lilian continue with their University Education or else they will be delayed for another one year as we try to raise for funds.
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LOVE VERSUS EDUCATION
You have a deep gut feeling about someone, a girl or a boy. But at the same time you want to work hard in your education, Mambo eh? (Issues ee!) Many of us are trapped in this situation, we love our education but we equally love our friends that we do not want to let it go. How can we handle this? No one can go back and change a bad beginning. But with a new renewed mind anyone can start now and create a successful ending when we know our HIV/AIDs statuses then we are better placed to manage life and remember that it is hard to do two things at the same time like having sexual affairs and pursuing your education. These usually lead to poor performance in one’s academics and remember that education is the forward in our life, please focus on education first.
TALKING ABOUT SEX
When one thinks about sex all the time, it increases the chances of him or her engaging in sexual intercourse. To prevent this behavior one needs to avoid being idle and being exposed to things that can lead to temptations. At this age we need to focus on our education and work hard to improve our performance in class. Then we will find that the temptations will be a thing of past. This is because we will have no time for temptations which come by being idle.
VOLUNTARY COUNSELING AND TESTING
As young people, we face very many challenges in our lives. The dot com era presents us with challenges of drugs and substance abuse, sex and gender based violence, poverty, sexually transmitted infections, and teenage pregnancies, early and forced marriages among others. With all these challenges how should we take the lead? Knowing our status empowers us to make informed choices i.e. how to stay negative or if positive how to take care of our selves and also how to live a more fulfilling and productive life. Further, it will be important to gain the understanding of ones status to avoid the apprehension that comes with 50:50 situations knowing our status makes us the beneficiary of our health and other people’s health. This means we can make informed decision that can influence in a positive way.
Abstinence possible, it calls for self control, personal character setting standards in advance and goals for the future ama? Hapo ni kweli na ni poa ( that is true and its good) and remember that sex is only good only within the bonds of a committed and faithful marriage where love can grow. Abstain from sex jamaa ( friends).
By Jecinter Naliaka-peer educator
Miss Grace Heart valve failure; She Counts on You! Donate NOW!
At the age of 12, Grace underwent a heart surgery to correct a heart valve dysfunction. The local community and friend 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 ways 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. ‘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 Family is 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
Geta Secondary School emerged top in the TYSA Wasichana Tunaweza (Girls We Can) Open Soccer tournament played at the TYSA sports ground in Sinyereri over the weekend. Geta beat Kapsara 6 nil, before thrashing Bishop Muge 3 Nil. In the finals Geta beat St. Teresa Sinyereri 3 Nil. 9 secondary schools participated. Read other results attached.
Cash award for goals scored within the first and last 7 minutes of the game amounted to Ksh 3000 (US$37). This cash award is to help girl’s access educational needs including sanitary pads. The tournament attracted over 300 girls who participated in the tournament.
Besides football, Sexual Reproductive Health Clinic was organized where girls got information regarding their sexuality. The girls got first hand information from a doctor who answered their questions freely and candidly. ‘I asked questions that I could not ask my teachers in school," said a player.
The girls also learned how to write short stories about their experiences and issues affecting them in the community. This was conducted by Marc of Globalgiving and Ziporah who is coordinating the story telling project in Kenya. TYSA uses storytelling to get feedback from the community and beneficiaries. Over 300 stories were collected. Once analyzed, they will help TYSA tailor its activities towards addressing the issues.
Another activity that was done was a baseline survey on the needs of girls in secondary school where TYSA works. This included structured questions where the girls filled in. once this information is collated, it will also inform TYSA what programs to introduce to address critical issues affecting the girls. Together with the story telling project, a comparative analysis will be done to show the most critical issues.
The tournament was attended by Marc from Globalgiving USA who has writtenly extensivley about the visit ;http://t.co/CK4BmrH and students from Pittsburg University from the USA.
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