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
Master Dino Joins School Master Dino, son of a teen mother from sitatunga village one kilometer from our offices got his chance to join Suwerwa primary school last term. Master Dino who is physically challenged was admitted in class 2. At 11 years, Dino starts his long journey in search of his dream and career. Master Dino stays in the Children with disability home at Suwerwa adjacent to the primary school. This makes it easy for Dino to attend classes as well as receive specialized care from the Home which hosts other 20 children with similar conditions as Dino. ' I am so happy to TYSA for paying school fees for Dino. It was not easy. I was almost losing hope' Mum Dino. We are also very excited that at long last Dino has a school and a home where he receives specialized attention. Once the school closes for end of Term three at end of November, Dino will come back home and join the community. At the beginning of this term September to December, one of the boys whom we support Master Collins did not report to school in Eldoret Special School as usual. We tried to follow with the family and it was a difficult situation. The mother and other children had left home after a domestic quarrel. The boy was left alone with the father. The father just left the child to stay home. Though the father prefers the child to go to school, he was so disturbed by the family break off. We are following up the case with the community elders and hope that Collins will resume school in January 2012. As an organization, TYSA is working towards having a closer working relationship with the Trans-Nzoia East District Education officer department of special needs. This will enhance our programs and create larger impact in the school and community. Your continued support to our program has generated this great interest in the children with special needs thus the desire and request to work closely with the Ministry of Education. This will require resources to facilitate play, team building, excursions, education to parents and training of teachers for children with special needs. This is a great way to celebrate our 10th anniversary as n organization in December 2011 Lynnette , one of our beneficiaries who has an albinism condition is currently seating for her Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education. We wish her all the best What do you think of this new approach! We look forward to your sharing. Gichuki Francis
To whom it may concern.
REF: MARTIN MACHABE MAKHANU
Martin is passionate youth who follows his desire. He has remained focused since his primary education and thereafter when he took training in Dress making and tailoring. He is committed to his passion and he is an inspirational person to the community and those working with. We believe Martin has the capability and drive to bring change to the community and fulfill vision 2030 development goals. We highly recommend him to your vocational training institutes for any engagement. For more information, please contact the undersigned
Gichuki Francis Executive Director P.O BOX 2511 30200 Kitale, Kenya www.tysak.org
The above recommendation letter is what TYSA wrote a few days ago. Martin is passionate of becoming a trainer in the Polytechnics in the community. We are very proud of this young man who is so determined and inspiring. Next year, Marti will be taking his final Grade 1 examinations. We want to thank you for continued support that saw Martin achieve 2nd grade. We invite you to share with us his success to-date. Without your support, Martin could probably be somewhere forgotten. Currently martin is doing his tailoring and dress making from his house. We are exploring possibilities of supporting him to rent a shop in a market place where he can access more customers. TYSA is also considering offering him space at its Girls Resource centre. You support will ensure he gets better machine and capital to bost his business.
Through GlobalGiving ' Volunteer' We did seek volunteers services for re-branding our website. Our website was re-branded and below is a post card form the website designer.
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April 18, 2011
To Whom It May Concern:
It is with sincere pleasure that I write this reference letter for Trans-nzoia Youth Sports Association (TYSA) the not for profit Community Based Organization. Over the past three months beginning February of 2009, I have started to building the non profit website. The communication with the organization was excellent. They knew what exactly they wanted and they had the best way to communicate this. The fast and continues mails assist my work and helped to finish this project very fast. They were open to new ideas and they left me develop without interrupting my work. I have been working as a volunteer web designer for almost four years and this is one of the projects I really enjoyed and I am glad that I assist this organization. Should you have any questions about the organisation or this reference letter, please feel free to contact me directly at email@example.com Marina Klimi Owner of Pandora Web Box. I know invite you to visit their website www.tysak.org and enjoy! Also Donate to their fantastic projects!
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