Education & Football lifeskills to 300 children

 
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The award
The award

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.

This is a great recognition to the work TYSA is doing in helping meet the Millenium Development Goals

Mss Atieno Inspires her school to second position

What a dramatic encounter it was! Two of our girls’ secondary schools which we support all made it the last four in the Trans-nzoia east district football competition held two weeks ago.

It was an exciting competition as it was all against students whom we support through TYSA. Wiyeta Girls eventually took the top position followed by Geta Girls. Veronica was the cornerstone of Wiyeta and Mss Atieno spearheaded all the attacks for Geta girls.

TYSA is proud to produce such excellent and prowess girls’ footballers through its Education and Football project. The school principals were upbeat. ‘ I am so happy that in our first attempt, our girls school football team reached the finals in our district . We beat 10 other girls team. I am overwhelmed. Iam greatful to Mss Atieno for unique talent in football.She has inspired the whole Team’ Principal, Geta secondary school.

It was all jubilations as Wiyeta and Geta Secondary schools proceeded to participate in the Regional tournament. The girls all thanked TYSA for supporting them to access education and play football. ‘I just joined school this year at Geta secondary school after being home for two years. Am so grateful to TYSA who pays my school fees and took me to Nairobi to train as a coach.I am student,a player cum coach’ Mss Atieno

It is our desire to continuing offering young people opportunity to access education and promote their football talent. This would not have been possible if you did not join us and donated. We lookfoward to your continued support.

Wasichana Tunaweza
Wasichana Tunaweza

It's taken me over a month to finally put down some words about my visit to TYSA. Gichuki does a lot for the community at large. His field and community center is a presence in a small town in rural Kenya (near Kitale). I had no doubts about the organization. It wasn't just serving the community, it was the community. People came by to use the fields at will, but TYSA requires these youths to stay in school in order to use the fields. Guchuki has held public events every month since I've visited in April. One was an annual Baraza, a meeting to share news and give thanks for the past year's good fortune. They also collected hundreds of stories from the local people as part of this event, that will soon appear online as part of the storytelling project.

Last week they held an event for Day of the African Child (June 16th). I wasn't there, but I can imagine the inspirational speeches were not unlike the ones I heard during my visit, paraphrased below (because my memory is poor).

It was the day before the girls' team was to travel to Nairobi to a soccer tournament.

"We do not just kick this ball around," Gichuki said. "We are TYSA. And we believe that kicking this thing has meaning. It it through sports that we learn discipline, and through friendly competition that we learn how to settle disputes peacefully. You have all lived through the post election violence, and you know that to be Kenyan we must all build peace together. Fair play and personal excellence is what we learn at the end of the day.

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."

Mama Zipporah took over at this point. "Hello Girls!" she shouted. The girls responded softly. Unsatisfied, Zip again repeats her greeting until the team is fully shouting back. "Girls! I am speaking directly to you. You have heard the saying, 'yes we can!' but now we must make it our own. Wasichana Tunaweza! Girls we can! Say it with me." They smile and chant the slogan. Girls we Can. Wasichana Tunaweza. Zip points to her shirt, emblazoned with the slogan. "Always remember that. When you go to Nairobi, there will be some older boys. You must ignore them. They are not going to help you in your future. You don't need a boyfriend. If they speak to you, smile and walk away. I do not want to be hearing about any one of you coming back with family issues after this tournament. Your future is your own! We must stick together!"

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.

Yes, of course I love and endorse TYSA. I often find myself wishing I could do more to help them. The description of what they do sounds like so many other organizations, but the results seem to be extraordinary. I'll do my part to publicize their efforts. Maybe I could even get some of my friends who are school teachers to link their girls up with these girls, to be pen pals or text-message buddies. Imagine the possibility of having a larger team of girls determined to write their own future, together.

Oh, and by the way, the TYSA girls' team took 2nd or 3rd place in that tournament, beating Carolina for Kibera's team in the quarter finals.

Zipporah speaks
Zipporah speaks

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I spent an amazing day today with Francis Gichuki and his team. They were having a "baraza" (community meeting) complete with village elders, 200+ school kids, many volunteers, and other folks. There was a soccer tournament, volleyball, basketball, and plenty of music. TYSA also gave all attendees the opportunity to tell a story for GlobalGiving's storytelling project, and we left with over 500 stories from community members. These stories sometimes featured the work that TYSA does, sometimes they just featured something that happened in a community. I'm very excited to take this true beneficiary feedback and add it to the growing number of stories we've received from people all over Kenya. Many thanks to Francis and the TYSA team for a great day.

Collins, one of the beneficiary
Collins, one of the beneficiary

Over 25 students re-opened for their second term yesterday.During the briefing meeting held at the TYSA field, the students were encouraged to take their studies seriously. ' Remember there people out there who are sacrificing themselves so that you can access school' Lameck Nyandega. TYSA Education Coordinator.

Second term in secondary school is usually a ball games season. Mr Francis Ojillo, Football Coordinatir encouraged the players to take this opportunity to excell in sports.

We are grateful to your continued support which offers these students both sporting and educational opportunity. Donate that One dollar today

With Warmest Regards

Gichuki Francis

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Gichuki Francis

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KITALE, Kenya

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