This the first time TYSA was organizing children voices conference. We are very delighted with the success of this inaugural event. It was held in Makutano secondary school where ovr 10 primary schools participated
The stakeholders were equally impressed “I can’t believe this is the young man who was quite, shy, timid boy, am humbled by this transformation” Head teacher Chisare Primary School.
The whole conference was planned and executed by the children themselves and they developed a timetable of content to guide them, they engaged themselves in identifying issues affecting them and the best way to present them at the conference through drama, poems, dance and documentary.
One outstanding revelation at conference was the fact that the masters of ceremony Marie and Eric were able to manage both the students and the adults including their own head teachers. They ensured that time was adhered.
The child friendly school model presentation was a timely mix as it was responsive to the many challenges that the children were facing in schools. It is our desire that this will be an annual event to strengthen children voices in matters affecting them as well as those affecting the communities.
Over 100 children participated in community sensitization on issues affecting them in Trans nzoia county last month
Communities in Kitale are farmers with large and small scale farmers. Communities engage in different activities:Fish farming, planting of maize, tree planting to conserve the environment, Charcoal burning, quarrying to get building stones. The elderly people do a lot of the agricultural activities while the youth idle around. The area has potential with very attractive features that can be potential for the tourism industry but this is yet to be fully exploited. Features such as: water that changes colour, (the group found the water yellow), volcanic mountains and huge agricultural farms.
children from this area face various challenges including:
Scarcity of playing grounds that could be used as football fields
Schools are far apart so children have to walk long distances to reach the schools. The huge farms have no schools so majority of children do not go to school
Child labour in the large agricultural farms, quarry industry and hawking business
Malnutrition among children
High Poverty levels despite the wealthy around
High levels of illiteracy
Idle youth leaving the elderly to farm
Poor housing and lack of toilet facilities and poor environment with communities living around sewage area
Alcohol and drug abuse among the youth
Retrogressive cultural practices
The sick are not cared for –dumped in government hospitals and left on their own
Very poor road network
Some men offer to pay school fees for girls with the understanding that they marry them after school. The girls at the festival urged such men to embrace this slogan: “I AM NOT TRAINING TO MARRY YOU BUT TO EMPOWER YOU”
This April starting 25th to 3rd May, over 100 children ill participate in Children Voices Camp ( See the concept attached)
Happy new year!!!
You have been a blessing to TYSA over the year! Your continued support has ensured that we grow to reach out to the vulnerable children and youth. You have also supported our Organizational Development and strengthned our management system. On 28th December 2013, TYSA elected a new board for the next 3 years. This is a big milestone to the development and ownership of TYSA.
TYSA has grow from a Community Based OrganizationIam status to Non Governmental Organziation thus increasing its operation mandate. Our outreach now covers over 5 counties.
The new TYSA board is a demonstration of our desire to continually embrace democratic princples and diversity. We believe in making TYSA a truly grassroot organziation that is owned by the community where we work.
We take this opportunity to thank you once agian for your continued support to strentgthen TYSA management. We have scheduled a Strategy Orientation workshop for TYSA board members on 24th to 26th January.
Join us as we lookfoward into a strengthned TYSA board!
Over 300 children drawn from four primary schools, namely Sinoko, Sitamani, Chep-koiyo and Saiwa participated in the forum under the guidance of key stakeholders who had expertise on different thematic areas.
The panelists comprised representatives from the police, judiciary, youth office, ministry of medical services and commu-nity resource persons. The existence of this programme is an indication that the chil-dren face enormous challenges in attaining full potential expected of them.
The overall objective of this mission was to equip children with knowledge to know their constitutional rights and instruments rights including the UNHCR. The level of confidence displayed by children during action planning development and presentation was a pointer to the feeling of being ready to undertake the task ahead. One of the key out-comes was creation of suggestion boxes through their focal teachers, mentors and TYSA project staff.
Its very rare in this sideo dthe ocuntry side to receive visitors form abroad. TYSA has has a long time relationship with the National Danish Gymanstic Team which see them visit Kenya occassionally.
The main performance of summersault and rolling made the peak of the day. Everybody went home very excited and happy for seeing unbelievable things in their lives. The meeting with Danish has increased networking and information sharing among children. “It was a great chance to meet with Danish girls and have lunch together. I have never been met with a mzungu (White Man) before in my life. The way I interacted with them and exchanged contact, take photos we took and played together remains a memory to my life,’ said by Tony Karehevi from Sinoko Primary school.
We have attached a full report of the event
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