Your Donations Gets back a Shuttered Girls’ Dream
Miss Mercy Atoo Ipara is an 18 year old girl who had lost hope in life. She was desperate. TYSA through Education and livelihood opportunity project gives her a renewed hope. Here, she narrates her story
I always wanted to be a journalist. When I finished my secondary school last year, I wanted to join a journalism school. However, my examination points were not enough to secure me a place.
I spent most of the time home, doing domestic chores and closed up in the home compound. One day, a neighbor came home and said, Atoo you used to be a good player. Are you still one! Yes, I said. Good in Soccer! She exclaimed.
After participating in various sports activities organized by TYSA, Atoo as she is commonly known started opening up to her friends.
One afternoon, the TYSA Executive officer was talking to each of the 25 girls in the soccer team. When my time came, I was not sure what to tell him. He is kind and always encourages us to open our hearts and minds. I gathered courage and told him my desire to be a journalist and the difficulties I am having especially money to continue with school so that I can get better grades.
TYSA executive officer then told me to consult with my mother before we could discuss further. Meanwhile TYSA executive Officer through friends in Uganda started to explore possibilities of her joining a High school there. This possibility was possible. When we looked at what Globalgiving friends have given through the project, we felt it could take her to school for two terms. So we made a decision to support her with this money
When I came back to see the Executive Officer, I told him that my mum has no money. So I have just to stay home again.
We informed her that TYSA together with good friends through the globalgiving will support her and that a school in Uganda has already been found.
Am so happy!!! So Happy!!. Thanks to all, my dream has come back to life!!!!
Atoo is now in Mashariki High School in Kampala Uganda and will finish at the end of year 2009
You’re continued Support will see her achieve her dream….being a journalist... Hopefully she will live to write this story to the future generation. Give your donation for a worthy course!!
SAMSON TABOSWA FIRST DAY AT EDLORET SPECIAL SCHOOL
Master Samson Taboswa is a 12 year old mentally challenged child. His parents are poor and could not afford to take him to special school. TYSA through its sports program for disabled persons realized the need of this boy.
Through globalgiving- education and livelihood opportunity, it has become a dream come true for Samson family and the local community to see the boy admitted in this special school. We still have 11 children in our waiting list with disabilities that need specialized educational support
Samson was quite elated to meet children like him at the school on Friday 10th May 2008. He freely interacted with them and felt at home.
This is only the beginning. We shall need your continued support so that the boy can gain from this specialized school. It cost US$ 600 per year to provide special education to Samson. This covers school fees, uniforms, beddings, personal effects, and transport among other costs.
On behalf of Samson, TYSA, Samson family, the local community, we want to thanks all of you who have contributed their dollar to help support Samson’s special education. May God bless you many times.
Mentally Handicapped Boy finally joins Special School.
After 11 years of waiting, Master Toboswa has finally secured admission at Eldoret Special School. Thanks to your donation through Education and Livelihood Opportunities. He joins the school on 6th May 2008.When we visited the school last week he was happy and in good mood. He moved round the school interacting with other mentally handicapped children. The school is in Eldoret town, 100 Kilometers away from Kitale where he lives. We are excited to have this boy join this school. The family members are very poor and could not afford to pay the school fee at this special school. We count on your continued donations to see him through the rehabilitation process. We shall keep you posted on his progress. Next time you see him, he will be in full school uniform!!! Thank you for your kind donations
Due to the nature of and complexity of the effects of post election violence, we were only able to focus on the immediate and psychosocial based ones. Some of the psychosocial effects are: Trauma, School dropout, Rape, Idleness, mistrust, despair and apathy
Trauma-We did organize interactive sports, recreation activities, one on one sharing, exposure programs, and solidarity gestures within and without the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps.
School dropout --We worked closely with schools to admit children from the camp and or those who were staying with their relatives. Sought sponsorship to support secondary and college education for the most vulnerable girls who are IDPs
Idleness-Through organized sports and recreation activities e.g. Soccer, volleyball, netball and handball, many children, youths, women and men were kept busy at the camps. Various age groups eg under 9, 12,14, youths and women participated. Over 500 participants were involved in sports and recreational activities every day.
Mistrust - With the support of the local community leaders, several sports for peace and recreational activities involving different ethnic groups were organized. The participating teams had representation from each of the various ethnic communities living in the area. The players and fans wore while ribbons as a sign of peace.
Despair and Apathy-- Besides sports, one on one sharing, exposure activities were offered to revitalize their hopes. The youths and children especially were offered opportunities to visit their counterparts outside the camp. This was either to play or just to share and refresh their minds.
Rape-We organized for post exposure prophylaxis treatment, offered alternative safe accommodation for the victims and their children, food, clothing and Basic counseling. These cases were not in the IDP camps but in the communities, after what started as post-election violence gave rise to another evil of sexual violation in the community.
What are our success stories?
• 3 girls from the IDP camps obtained secondary school scholarships
• 1 girl from the IDP camp secured partial support for college fees
• Mentorship and leadership skills developed for one of IDP camp mobilizes
• Managed to change the stereotype mindsets and perceptions that girls cannot perform better than boys or are only good at domestic chores. I almost stopped my daughter from going to play a soccer match. But now I am excited that she got a school scholarship for being the best soccer player. Said Mama Kwamboka.
• Highlighted in the print and electronic media the plight of the sexually violated women and girls while offering them support.
• Reduced mistrust among different ethnic communities through sports. We never expected that your team would turn up today to play against us. We thought you would think it was a bait to harm you. Said the team captain.
• Involved the Kachibora Internally Displaced Persons in celebrating and marking the World Women’s day.
What needs to be done?
• Reconstruction and resettlement
• Farm inputs grants
• Agricultural and /livestock Support programme
• Educational sponsorships
• Income Generating Activities support programme
• Peace and Reconciliation
• Psycho social support programme
• Monitoring and Evaluation of various interventions
HARROWING TALES OF RAPE
The raiders are planning to abduct 78 women to cook for them in the forest and fulfill their sexual cravings
Residents of Bahati and Munyaka in Cherangany division, Trans-nzoia district, Kenya feel dejected. They feel they could wake up from the ‘nightmare’ but this is wishful thinking. What started as post-election violence has given rise to another evil in the community.
Jane (Not her real name) narrates her ordeal
‘Last week, raiders stormed my house just after we had taken supper’ she says. The gang armed with guns, ordered his family to lie down and ransacked the house. They took valuables and demanded money as they beat the victims.
The raiders’ tried to rape my sister in law but she thwarted them away. My in-law tricked them that she was HIV positive but the gangsters retorted ‘‘AIDS is what we want” my in-law became difficult and they beat her living her for dead. My brother in law was bludgeon on the head with a gun until he lost consciousness
The raiders then forced me and my brother in-law to carry the stolen loot to the Cherengany forest, nine kilometers away.
‘ We carried the loot deep into the forest on the way the gang raped me twice as my brother in law watched helplessly the gangster demanded by brother in-law to watch the act’
After a nine kilometer walk, the victims came to one of the dens used by the raiders where they were directed to leave the loot and find their way back.
‘We left the forest, but not without another round of humiliation. I was gang raped as my brother in law watched again. I begged them to leave me but my begging fell on deaf ears’
Because it was shortly after mid night, the two hid in the thicket to avoid meeting another gangster coming from their raids. ‘It was very cold and scary but we did not give up. We prayed and in the morning we went to the hospital.
In another incident, 16 years old student and her sister were abducted and raped repeatedly by the cattle robbers before they escaped
‘The bandits stormed our home and stole the livestock and properties before abducting us. They took us to the forest where they raped us for 2 days before we managed to escape, Ann (Not real name).
The traumatized girl now says life has lost meaning. ‘Why is life so cruel? Education has lost meaning and I don’t want to know my HIV status. My dream has been shuttered’
The residents say the raiders are planning to abduct 78 women to cook for them in the forest and fulfill their sexual cravings. Incidents of rape have become rampant. ‘After stealing the livestock, they vent their anger on women and girls, by raping them. The victims are often raped before their husbands, children and other family members. It’s a sad story ‘an area resident says.
Immediate Response by TYSA
--Organized for post exposure prophylaxis treatment
--Offered alternative safe accommodation for the victims and their children
--Offering food and clothing
We need the following Support for 10 victims of Rape
US$ 500: Specialized treatment
US$ 250: Trauma counseling and debriefing
US$ 300: Resettlement (Reconstruction of housing)
US$ 250: Supply Educational materials for children
US$ 150: Sustained supply of Food
US$ 100: Supply of clothing and bedding
US$ 50: Transport
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