TYSA WINS MILLENIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS AWARD IN KENYA
TYSA emerged top on Inaugural Millennium Development Goal No. 3: Promoting gender equality and empowering women. The MDGs Trust Fund Kenya was the main organizer of this event which was held on 10th September 2010 at the National Museum of Kenya. Other partners include; UNDP Kenya country office, UN Millennium Campaign, Synovate and Microsoft among others
The award seeks to recognize and celebrate Kenyan institutions that are making impactful differences in the society with regards to MDGs. The spotlight was on organizations that have demonstrated outstanding and innovating efforts towards the delivery o the eight MDG goals through their core porgrammes. The award also aims to recognize significant efforts made by various institutions to advance social change through their innovations and in their different capacities to achieve the MDGs.
TYSA’s ‘Wasichana Tunaweza ‘- Girls We Can Project was outstanding in the delivery the MDG; promoting gender equality and empowering women. This project seeks to eliminate gender disparity through increased accesses to educational and retention and capacity building opportunities for girls. The ‘wasichana Tunaweza’ project is well summarized by the following comments Marc from Globalgiving USA when he visited the project.
"It struck me that this is about much more than soccer, or sports. This is about building up strong willed women who can lead the nation. It's about reaching for that future together, as a team. It's kind of hard for me to explain what I am seeing, because there isn't anything like it in the USA that is similar. At least not so explicitly. This is not a mere sport. Belonging to this team is about developing character and building your future. We discipline the body so that we can discipline the mind, through school. And education gives you opportunities, a future."
TYSA wants to express gratitude to all the organizations and individuals who have support the girl’s project. We are humbled by your continued support which has made our work visible in Kenya.
Find attached the award winning project and some photos
Mercy Next Level
Mercy Ipara traces her quest for Higher Education in 2008. It was here when she first interacted with TYSA. She has never looked back since then. Today, her smiles tell it all! University is her next step.
Mercy, a first born daughter of a teen mother, has gone through good and bad times. ‘It has not been bed of roses. Times were hard and frustrating. I was more often alone and had many thoughts crossing my mind’ Mercy
‘In 2007, after completing my O level secondary examinations, I was just confined at home and did know what was happening out there. One day, I went to the TYSA sports ground to know what goes on there. I met some many girls and boys having fun playing football and others playing with kids.’ Mercy
It was at this encounter with TYSA that mercy remembers with vividly to date. ‘I thought for a while. Why are all these girls and boys here! There is something good in this organization’ said Mercy. Since then Mercy has never looked back. She joined other girls with similar background, some even who had babies and were back to school. ‘Iam encouraged here. Even a teen mother has gone back to school to study! That is great! Exclaims Mercy
In 2008, Mercys’ desire to go for higher education grew day by day. With her O level grades, she could not access university education in Kenya. She consulted with TYSA Director on what she could do. Through TYSA network in East Africa, a high school was now available for her in Uganda. She enrolled in Mashariki High School in the out skirts of Kampala. It is here that she worked hard and got 2 principals and 3 pass of 13 points end of last year.
We want to join Mercy in celebrating her achievements so far. Her focus is awesome! We want to wish her all the best as she now focuses on her university education.
All these could not be possible without our dear friends through Globalgiving who have tirelessly denied themselves and given some funds to ensure Mercy and other girls get access to education. Part yourselves at the back for this great achievement. Your funds have not gone to waste.
Mercy joins a growing number of TYSA beneficiaries who are now accessing university education. Lilian and Simon are already in the university under taking their undergraduate degrees in education and computer science respectively. Simon is in Jomo Kenyatta University and Lillian is in Moi University.
Next week, TYSA and the local community has organized a thanks giving party to celebrate Mercy, Lilian and Simon achievements so far. Join us.
Your continued support to this project will ensure girls like Mercy get to the highest level of education
Matching Day - June 16
On June 16, GlobalGiving is matching at 50% all online donations up to $1,000 per donor per project!
This is great chance to increase our project impact. With some little extra resources; more school fees, feeding and clothing children and start income generating projects.
Mark this day and help us reach out to your friends and family members. This day also coincides with the International Day of the African Child. TYSA has organized a big celebration to remember children who were killed in South Africa and across Africa and those in our community who continue to suffer.
In addition to the 50% match, GlobalGiving is offering a $1,000 bonus to the project that raises the most funds that day and a $1,000 bonus to the project that receives donations from the most individual donors!
With warm regards
Children enjoy safe space at tysa
Every weekend, over 10 teen mothers' children come with their parents to the sports or training programme. This was not possible a few years ago before this project started. ' I used to fear and feel shy carrying my baby to the sports or meetings. The boys used to tease me and say that I am a parent. Nowdays I dont fear anything' Dorothy, a teen mother.
Children enjoy playing together at the field as their mothers participate in various activities at the TYSA girls resource centre or playing football.
As an organization, we are happy that the community has also appreciated the project which is helping the teen mothers go back to school and gain education. 'This project has helped my daughter complete secondary education and is now joining college. I stayed with her son for two years' Mum Nancy, (a beneficiary)
We do appreciate your continued donations which help to feed children of teen mothers, offer medical care and pay school fees for the teen mothers.
Donate now to support the education of teen mothers as they open school on 3rd May 2010
School appreciate TYSA efforts in educating Girls
Four years ago, there was no secondary school to serve girls and boys from poor family around the neighbourhood of TYSA.
It is amazing how little efforts put together over sometime produces excellent results.
St Teresa Mixed secondary school is one such school in the neighbourhood of TYSA. It is here where over 70 vulnerable girls and boys you sponsor gain their secondary school education.
‘ I never knew one day I will come back to school and be in such a beautiful environment. When I am here in school, I feel very safe and comfortable’ Elizabeth, a student beneficiary
Last Week , Mr. Marc from Globalgiving was here and had a chance to visit the school. He acknowledged TYSA efforts.
‘TYSA has changed this school. Girls who were lost and loitering in the villages are here now school. We appreciate efforts by TYSA to engage the girls and boys in educational pursuit’ Principal, St. Teresa Secondary School.
Your continued support and donations will ensure more girls continued and complete their education
With Warm Regards from St. Teresa Mixed Secondary School Community
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