For the first time, children and parents discussed domestic budgeting together in the open forum. Capacities of the coordinator build around monitoring, investigation and evaluation of child abuse cases. This has enabled him to resolve the crisis which affected some of the girls in schools e.g. mwanga primary and kirita secondary.
Children from TYSA endorsed the Children Voices 2010, which helped them to share experiences and reached to more children. Children especially in schools and community are reporting cases of abuse to their mentors. This is a very positive move which is helping curb child abuse cases in the community.
In one of the school where we work, children reported a case where their friends had disappeared from school. The case was followed up.
Next year, TYSA is a strengthening child support units by establishing two assemblies i.e. junior and youth. These units are going to have elected Governor, Councilors and Senators. In their respective assemblies, they will deliberate on issues affecting and seek solutions to them.
We are looking forward to your continued support to establish this units within TYSA.
TYSA WINS MILLENIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS AWARD IN KENYA
TYSA emerged top on Inaugural Millennium Development Goal No. 3: Promoting gender equality and empowering women. The MDGs Trust Fund Kenya was the main organizer of this event which was held on 10th September 2010 at the National Museum of Kenya. Other partners include; UNDP Kenya country office, UN Millennium Campaign, Synovate and Microsoft among others
The award seeks to recognize and celebrate Kenyan institutions that are making impactful differences in the society with regards to MDGs. The spotlight was on organizations that have demonstrated outstanding and innovating efforts towards the delivery o the eight MDG goals through their core porgrammes. The award also aims to recognize significant efforts made by various institutions to advance social change through their innovations and in their different capacities to achieve the MDGs.
TYSA’s ‘Wasichana Tunaweza ‘- Girls We Can Project was outstanding in the delivery the MDG; promoting gender equality and empowering women. This project seeks to eliminate gender disparity through increased accesses to educational and retention and capacity building opportunities for girls.
The award considered many factors including the whole TYSA organization. Children, especially girls participation in decision making.The children have a big stake in this award as they are key players in the organization.Without their presence and contribution, we could not have just won the award.
TYSA wants to express gratitude to all the organizations and individuals who have support the girl’s project. We are humbled by your continued support which has made our work visible in Kenya.
This is a great recognition to the work TYSA is doing to meet the Millennium Development Goals in Kenya
The 2010 “Children’s Voices” conference was held on Saturday 3rd July 2010 at Nairobi Primary School and the theme was: “Your Constitution, Our Constitution- Our Future”. This year’s theme is a critical area of concern for children as right owners and other duty bearers.
For the first time ever,TYSA send two girls, Irene (15years) and, Edith (14years) who represented the entire Rift valley province. It was great privileged for TYSA to participate at such high National Level. The issues of children from rural kenya were heard.
Irene participated in the debate on parliament and executive while Edith participated in the governance debate. they all shared their understanding and experiences at the community level.Comparatives was done on how a village is governed and that of a city. The children from rural area new much about rural governance while those from the cities new about city management
The two,Irene and Edith enjoyed a lot ' I only used to hear about Parliament building where my Member of Parliament is.Today I have seen it.Exclaimed Irene. Seeing where the First President of Kenya, Mzee Jomo Kenyatta Mausoleum is was awesome. ' I used to think that Stature there is Kenyatta.Today I have seen where he was buried' Edith. Christine and Steve took them to this exciting experience. They had to hold their hands through the busy Nairobi street as everything was exciting for the two girls
It was a unique experience for Irene and Edith.Will keep you informed of their development. Thanks you for your continued support
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
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