My name is Joseph and Iam 9 years old. I remember that Thursday morning when we left very early 14 of us to go to Laikipia about 400 kilometers away from Kitale for participate in football for peace. I was so excited and happy. When we reached Laikipia, we slept in the tents and we played with small children of our age. We are very happy to play for Peace in Kenya. I met with the former speaker of the Kenya National assembly Mr. Ole Kaparo. He told me to study hard and be a Peace Keeper. I want peace for Kenya. This is a day I will not forget in my life.
We have started witnessing signs of child participation and involvement. They are now questioning their own society! Children are on high alert about their rights and desire to be involved in the issues affecting them. One case is where the children in one of the local primary school feel the teachers should involve them in deciding if they need extra tuition classes once the schools close next week 12th April. The children were told to bring the parents next week to discuss the extra tuition classes. 'Why are they not talking to us? We have our plans for the holiday. We think the holiday is short, only 2 week' student Newton. The children have been in school for 15 weeks and only have a short break of 2 weeks before resuming classes again for second term. Children have reported some improvement in the parents' attitude and approach towards them. There is great appreciation of the right for the child top play and interact with his/her peers. 'Nowadays, after taking our lunch, we take a bath and go to the TYSA field to play and interact with our peers. In the morning we help the parents with light work. This was not true before as parents insisted we go back to work in the farms after lunch' Newton Another observation as sighted by the children is the fact that children are literally pushing their parents to ensure they get basic education. In the past parents would be the ones pushing children to go to school and when they refuse, parents would give up and the child drops out of school. Children are now at the demanding for their right to education. This shift is a good indicator that there is significant change taking place in the community. As part of increasing children exposure and capacity, 12 children will participate in this year Laikipia Unity Camp to be held from 27th to 29th April 2012. This is in partnership with Streetfootballworld. The children aged underr16 and under 13 boys and girls will demonstrate the skills they have learn here at TYSA under the Youth and Junior assemblies. They are expected to share this knowledge and skills with their counter parts in Laikipia which experiences conflict. When I asked Master Newton to suggest key qualities of the children who should participate, he smiled and said; courageous and able to mentor or coach others. We shall keep you posted on the development of this UNITY Mission to Laikipia Kenya
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
Dear Friend, We have recently used $400 to help establish the junior assemblies for children under 14 years. Thanks to your help, the children are able to meet, debate and provide solutions to the problems facing them. The children have elected their leaders who now sit in the management team of TYSA. Your contribution helped the establishment and support of the junior assembly which is now active with 50 children. Thank you!
In December, 100 children aged 14 and below will organize a junior leadership and mentorship camp as from 8th December to 12 December 2011. Before then, they have organized to visit 8 communities to have fun and educate their peers as from 28th November to 6th December 2011.
We urgently need to raise $ 1000 to support the junior leadership and mentorship camp in terms of food, transport, medication and training materials among others.
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