A few weeks ago, our volunteers, Harry, Mary and our Program Director Gilbert viisted Samburu to check on the projects as we move closer to the end of this project. During the cisit, the team visited the shepherd schools that our partners are us are supporting to check on the progress and the outcomes. Our partners and SDFA provides Mwangabora lighitng for school going childen, books and other learning materials as well as allowances for volunteer teachers. The team also held discussions during the visit with officials of the local county governemnt with a view of forging a long term partnership.
However, the visit was tough, with heavy rains- which are rare in the area- disrupting the jouney for many hours. The vehicle the team was using got stuck in the mad for several hours until rescue was called. This is a major challenge that the organization faces in implimenteing projects in such extreme rural areas that have limited infrastructure .
After several months of training - the shepherd children in Baragoi have initiated a poulty project with support from the funds raised through GlobalGiving. The project, which has started with 30 chicken- is projected to grow to 100 chicken by early next year. The children bought each chicken at $5 and convinced one of the parents to provide a traditional Manyatta house where they are rairing the chicken. The children hope to increase their parent's income and help buy school items such as books, from the procees they make from this project.
This project will go along way i helping curb the rampant insecuty in the Northern Kenya, where bandits and communities continue to fight over livestock. The insecurity has greatly affected education, with many teachers fleeing and students unable to go to school. When the children are able to purchase school items such as books, they will have altrenative education through the shepherd classes, which can be conducted even in their own homes or at a nearby school in the evenings.
As part of diversitfication of the economic activities in the Samburu region, our organization partnered with local community group to setup a community green house framing project, close to a swamp. The project being implimented by youth and mothers to the shepherd children has seen tomatoes being grown in the greenhouse. The commuity will be selling the tomatoes and earn money that will help to keep the initially shepherd girls in school.
We are also proud that majority of the shepherd children are now being integrated in the formal day time school after the altenative economic activites reduced the community's relialnce on livestock and the need for the children to take care of the livestock. With these development, we are hoping to fully hand over the project to the communty soon.
When we started working in Samburu, families heavily relied on livestock for survival. This has been a reason for constant conflict between Samburu, Trukan and Pokot communities in Northern Kenya. Bright children, including girls are forced to take care of livestock and hence denied a chance to attend school. That is why we have been working with local community groups to support such children.
Through our project, we have been working with mothers and families of the shepherd children to help them set up alternative income projects. We are ahppy that some of the families have staretd farming- planting crops and animal feed. We are working with them to semi- process the produce so that they can fetch more money on the market.
This is encouraging some of the families to start allowing their children to attend normal day time school. It is exactly the objective we wanted.
Dear all our esteemed supporters,
Through your generous contributions, and other partners, we have now been able to help stop early marriages for young girls in Baragoi in Samburu area in Kenya who are enrolled in special evening classes.
These shepherd girls are now dreaming to improve their won lives and uplift the community. This year, one girl was able get a scholarship from one of our supporters to join high school after succesfully completing 8th grade. We have to have more of the girls continue to benefit from this special project.
We are also engaging local community groups with a view to using the shepherd girls benefitting from our project as ambassadours to encourage parents to allow more girls to go to school.
Once again thank you and please be our messenger and tell others about what we are doing to empower poor rural communities in Africa.
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