We have continued to witness great testimonies of the work that we do in the community. Last week, Mr. Machabe shared his experience with us;
' It has been a along journey for me. I have go through hard times and challenging moments in my pursuit to my dream of becoming a tailor. Iam very happy that finally I have done my examinations.I did not know this was going to be true. I have done Grade 1. This was an importnat stage in my life. From here I can now take further courses in diploma and pursue it to higher levels. Currently iam making clothes for school children in my village at small fee to keep me going. I hope in future to be a lecture at the polytechnics offering dress making and tailoring. I want to Thank the GlobalGiving friends who through TYSA have made me who Iam today. I believe that you will continue to support me and other children to achieve their dreams. Iam so excited and happy for your support' Mr. Machabe
TYSA continuously endeavor to ensure children with disability have access to educational and recreational opportunities.
Through this project, we have witnessed increase in awareness of the needs of children with disability. Primary schools have created safe spaces for the children with disability to learn and participate in fun activities. Currently over 15 schools have running programs for children with disability within Trans nzoia East district. This is a big improve from the last three years when only few schools had initiated such centers.
On 15th June, during the Trans nzoia East Education Day, children with disability participated fully in the events of the day. St. Francis Suwerwa School which has the highest number of children with disability presented various entertainments to the guests. These children included the blind, hearing impaired and they sung beautiful songs that touched the hearts of the guests and participants. Using the interpreter, the children shared critical community issues affecting them including abuse and access to equal opportunities. The children emphasized the importance of education as an avenue to their personal and community development.
‘We are very excited to be recognized and given opportunity to share our talent with the community. It’s our desire that this continues into the future’. John.
In the coming days, we are planning to host the children with special needs as part of the TYSA celebrations of acquisition of a Vehicle which was donated by MIVA of Netherlands. This is in recognition that such a vehicle will be used to support children movement to excursions and learning. We do invite you to be part of this celebration and supports the children.We expects over 100 children to participate.
Lynette Makhanu completed her Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education end of last year. Lynnette was not cowed by her albino nature. She managed to secure a D plain in her examination. She has a big dream of becoming a social worker or secretary.
Lynette represents a marginalized group that is struggling for recognition and support. “I have to work hard and making living for myself. I am not going to seat and watch or wait for others to sympathize with me. I am capable of determining my future. Thanks to TYSA who have given me this great opportunity to study”
Through TYSA over 150 children access education including children like Lynette. Social life skills that are provided to the children have enabled girls like Lynette to raise their self esteem. Mss Lynette has become a beckon of hope for many more children who safer forms of disabilities. TYSA continues to ensure that Lynette and such other children and youth access education, life kills and livelihood training.
It’s March! Do you know what that means? It’s time for GlobalGiving’s first Bonus Day of the year! Starting at 12:00 am EDT on March 14th, GlobalGiving will be matching all donations made through www.globalgiving.org /2161 up to $1,000 per donor at 30%. Globalgiving has $50,000 available in matching funds. Matching will last until funds run out or until 11:59 pm EDT. So, we are encouraging you to make your donation early before the available match funds are over.
TYSA depends on monthly donations from our Globalgiving supporters. We count on your donations to help us transform lives of children with disability like Lynette.
By donating on this matching day, you will help us pay school fees for 15 disabled children who are currently on our waiting list for support.
As shared in our last report, we did organize the December Holiday Play sessions which was to mark the 10th anniversary of our organization. This brought all the programs, stakeholders and partners together.
This was one of the most exciting activities that TYSA has organized in the recent past. It was an event that lasted for 10 days with all excitements. Over 1500 youth and community members participated in the celebrations.
As outlined; 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 and computer sessions were all organized.
Junior mentorship camp brought together 110 children under 14 years from across the country. Teams came from Amani Kibera in Nairobi, ASTEP in Eldoret, SOET in Mt Elgon and the host community in Trans-nzoia County. The children had assorted activities including life-skill sessions and health. They played 7 asi9de soccer games in a league format where each team played more than 4 games. The final league was for 11 aside where Amani Kibera Nairobi emerged triumph and carried the trophy. There was lots of fun as all children including those with disability participated in different way. Music and dance was in plenty.
One of the most memorable moment was the fact that the children who came from different ethnic communities sin Kenya were hosted by families where TYSA works. This is the first time this is happening in the local community. ‘ I am so excited and happy that I stayed in a family who take care of me like one of their child. I will come again to visit them’ Master Nyagah from Eldoret
120 girls from five organizations in Kenya that is Suba Lakers from Mbita, SEP from Oyugis, KYFA from Kisumu, Diocese of Lodwar from Turkana and TYSA. The girls who were hosted by St. Teresa’s Secondary School Sinyereri organized the training sessions and participated in the TYSA Girls We Can Soccer tournament. In the morning the girls held sessions in the school where they shared on keeping their Dreams Alive. In the afternoon, they participated in the soccer competitions which was eventually won by SEP Girls form Oyugis. The girls were so inspired during the camp. They shared freely amongst themselves. Mss Onyango Florence said from KYFA ‘I would like to be a neurosurgeon so that I can help people with mental disabilities so that they can also be accepted in society where they are stigmatized’
The computer classes were offered during this period and it is still ongoing for the community youth. 40 youth enrolled into the training session. They are learning basic skills to help them become more marketable in the market. The project will as form January 2012 include children under 14 years to gain the computer literacy skills at early age.
The December Holiday play brought in the senior youths aged 15 and above. 4 community teams participated in the play and learn tournament which was eventually won by Samba Boys. The youth learnt basic skills in starting business.
TYSA staff, children, youth, parents and stakeholders want to share their sincere gratitude to the donation that you made towards ensuring the celebration was a success. ‘On behalf of the parent committee and community council, want to thank you for your kind donation. It has made us proud in fulfilling our mandate. Your donation plus our donation ensured the children and youth get food, drink and medication during their stay here’ Mr Waasare, Chairperson Community council. ‘ We are humbled by your kind donation and ask that you continue with this good gesture into 2012’ Mss Atieno Oduor, a Girl leader and beneficiary
‘We take this opportunity to wish you a successful 2012 in your endeavors. We hope you will remember and continue to make your donations to support us continue with school, computer, child protection and participation and football programs’ Master Alex & Meshack, the Speaker of Youth Assembly and Junior assembly respectively
‘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
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