Promote Children Participation in Kenya

Dec 30, 2011

Holiday Well Spent!

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

Nov 14, 2011

Holiday Play

‘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

Oct 16, 2011

Support Junior Leadership and Mentorship Camp

junior assembly session
junior assembly session

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.

On October 19, is matching at 30% all online donations up to $1,000 per donor per project!  There is $100,000 available in matching funds on October 19.  Once these matching funds are used, no more matching funds will be applied.  In addition to the 30% match, GlobalGiving is offering a $1,000 bonus to the project that raises the most funds that day and a $1,000 bonus to the project that receives donations from the most individual donors!

Please donate to our project and support our children gain leadership and lifeskills!  Your help is urgently needed and much appreciated!

children leaders
children leaders
Aug 26, 2011

Memorable Experience!

Children interacting
Children interacting

The journey started on 20th June 2011 from Kitale to Nairobi at 7:24am. We arrived at Kitale town at exactly ten minutes past eight. From there we took Matunda bus to Nairobi. Arriving at Nairobi we went to where we were supposed to stay. The following day morning we went to St Benedict Catholic Church to pick Kampala coach to us to Moshi.There, we take our breakfast in a hotel and then the buses were ready waiting for us. At about 11:40 am we started our journey ending to the border Namanga.We arrived at the border in the evening finding people very congested, we had to lay on the queue for the stamping of the passports and showing of vaccination cards so that we can allowed to enter Tanzania without any doubt. We continued with our journey after finishing the logistics in the border, we had to pass through Arusha Town to reach in Moshi Town. The journey was very long and tiresome especially for us as it was the first time to tour there. It was about 1000km from the Namanga border to Moshi Town. We really enjoyed the journey hence seeing many geographically features on the way. We arrived at Moshi Technical College at around 7:30 pm in the evening finding many participating team being already there. The climate there was cool and warm which was good for all participants up to the end of the tournament. The major key topics taught there was as follows: Leadership and Networking/community participation; Coaching-Laws of the game,Referee,First Aid e.g. injuries prevention and treatment/sport medicines and Kicking Aids out/drugs Other minor topics includes: Conflict resolution, Volunteerism, Youth rights e.g. fairplay/justice/environment/child labour issues and interfaith dialogue. In addition comes the basic values of networking and building of cultural understanding. These thematic areas were focused through daily seminars held during the tournament. All participants attended the seminars. Each session took 1hr 30min starting from 8:00am to 9:30am before the teams go to various fields to play. Every participant who attended the seminars got the certificate in every course attended. Stephen Kiprotich (10 years) ‘I spent Tanzania 1 full week playing football for the East Africa Cup. I was very happy because I saw many things like wild animals e.g. giraffes,antelope,ostrich,baboon,etc I thank the Tysa and Globalgiving for their support to make me step a foreign country Tanzania for my first time in life. Thanks all..

Children interacting
Children interacting
May 16, 2011

Support Children to Participate in East Africa Cup

Children  after practice
Children after practice
East Africa Cup 2011 Over 116 youth teams gather in Tanzania from 21st to 27th June 2011 from, Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan, Burundi, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Norway for the East Africa Cup soccer tournament in Moshi Tanzania. TYSA for the first time will be participating in this annual event. It a great opportunity for our children to get exposure and interact with other children form over 10 countries. It is a learning moment for our children who have never traveled out of their village. ‘The furthest I have gone is Kitale town, which is 12 kilometers away from our office’ Newton (12 year old) ‘I am so excited. Cannot imagine that I am traveling to Moshi in Tanzania. I look foward to seeing the Tallest Mountain in Africa- Mt Kilimanjaro. I do not believe it. I am only 10 years old! God, Let it Happen!’ Joseph The funds we are requesting will facilitate 27 children and youth aged 10 to 16 (Boys) and 4 adults to participate in the East Africa Cup soccer tournament. We are seeking fare from Kitale to Nairobi and Back (The organizers will cater for us from Nairobi), purchase of two pairs of uniforms and sheen guards. What will your sponsorship do! US$19 is the cost of one pair of uniform fully branded with TYSA US$ 18 is fare of one player from Kitale to Nairobi and back US$10 buys a pair of sheen guards US$ 10 buys a pair of used soccer bootsBall juggling
Ball juggling

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