During the day of the africa child celebrations on 16th June 2010, children for the very first in an open forum shared with their parents. It is not usual for children especially in the rural areas to tell their parents what they want or feel.
'I felt very good today.It is a day I will not forget it. For the very time, I told my parents that I dont get enough food' Master Julius,a class 4 pupil.The parents shared openly with their children. ' I have often ignored the children contribution.I have not been involving them in decision making at home.Iam surprised by how much these children Know' Mr John, a parent.
Over 500 school children and their parents paraticipated in this year day of the African Child on 16th June 2010 at the TYSA Girls Resource Centre. The Children Officer, Trans-nzoia district graced the day. Mr. Mule congratulated TYSA for organizing the celebration deep in the rural area where children are often left out. Mr Mule asked parents to offer opportunities to their children to express themselves as away of building confidence and democratic living. ' Its great to note the work TYSA is doing here in offering safe spaces for children and encouraging children participation' Mr Mule.
Along side the celebrations, children expressed themslves through Poems, dance, music and drama. The children in groups of 30 to 40 participated in Focused Group discussion on various topical issues especially on Planning and Budgeting at Home. It is at this group that Children highlighted challenges they face in planning and budgetting.It emerged that children are not involved in planning and budgeting at Home. ' Parents decide everything for us' Exclaimed Peter,a class 4 pupil.
At this forum, two girls were identified to represent them in the forthcoming Children Voices to be held in Nairobi on 3rd July 2010. It was great moment as the children elected who to represent them. US$ 200 will support the children to participate in this event.
At the end of the celebrations, both children and parents were upbeat and suggested such forums should be made often. It is your contribution that made this forum possible.
Over the last month of December, over 100 children participated in various activities organuzed to keep them off child labour.
Plays, games and sports were organized at the TYSA sports ground.
' I felt very safe here. At home they give me so much work an dhave no time to play' Susan, 9years old.
We want to thank for your donations which made it possible to offer safe space for the children. We are continuing with this activity till April 2010.
With Warm Regards
Child Labour on the Increase
No Christmas for Children as they work to look for money
In this month of December, when schools have closed, hundreds of children are subjected to a lot of child labour. Each day in one village called Sokomoko, about 100 children leave their homes to go to maize farms to look for work to get pay. Many even do not have an opportunity to rest or play. Many are used a casual labourers by farmers while parents also take them along when going to harvest maize or beans. These children spent whole day in farms with out food.
TYSA is running campaign ‘Keep the children out of Labour’ starting December till April Next year 2010.The TYSA sports field will be used to offer sporting and other forms of recreation for the children. Parents and or guardians will be give training on the rights of children at the TYSA girl’s resource centre
10US$ will offer sporting, recreation and a light meal each day for 15 days per child.
Thanks you for being part of changing lives of children
With Warm Regards
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National Workshop on Monitoring Violence against Children
We are a member of Kenya Alliance for Advancement of Children Rights. Our Executive Director was in Mombasa attending a national workshop on monitoring violence against children 12th to 15th October 2009.
The workshop focused on helping civil societies to strength their networking in the areas of child protection and advocacy.
The workshop enlisted some of the abuses and violence facing children including defilements, child labour, early pregnancies, school-drop outs, drug abuse, prostitution, and child headed families, Female Genital Mutilation among others.
TYSA Director Mr. Gichuki Francis was nominated interim secretary of the Rift Valley Provincial Children Rights Network to spearhead its formation.
We believe TYSA will bring its vast experience in support child protection to the Provincial level.
With your continued support, we shall help the children interact and develop strong links.
With Warm Regards from TYSA
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