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
Keeping contacts a Live
Last year 2012 in October, at the first ever East Africa Streetworldworld forum in Kigali Rwanda, Gichuki and Ojilo from TYSA meet Sara and Katy from Soccer Without Border (SWB) Uganda. These interactions created opportunity for greater understand about what organizations are doing in the region. As a follow up to this spirit, Gichuki from Friday 9th and Saturday 10th November 2012 visited SWB and Whizzkids for an exchange learning. Early this year in January, 10 young leaders form TYSA were hosted by SWB during its annual festival in Kampala.
Katy and Sara who are volunteers at SWB Uganda on 25th to 28th March 2013 visited by TYSA for an exchange learning. After two days at TYSA, they had this Lasting Impressions:
We are very impressed with TYSA approach to its beneficiaries and partners especially the schools. We participated in one of the secondary schools parents and students meeting. It’s here that TYSA shares its experiences with the parents
We have learnt how TYSA trains young leaders in different skills in order to take lead in the implementation of the activities. This is particularly important as it ensures sustainability of the organization and programs.
We are impressed by the fact that distance is not a barrier to TYSA outreach activities. We covered over 100 kilometers in a day
TYSA has built a strong trust with schools. We received warm welcome from the teachers and students. I could not believe that students follow instructions on the spot without delays and they enjoy every moment of the activity
It’s amazing how TYSA uses simple innovative storytelling to evaluate it impact in the community and its beneficiaries
We have crossed the border and heading to Mbale. Thank you for everything. Your work is truly inspiring. Talk soon. Sara and Katy
For the two days Katy and Sara were with us, they had an opportunity to visit our beneficiaries and interact with them. These interactions rekindled memories of the past , opened new opportunities and lessons learnt;
Small but Big
When I was in nursery school, I learnt a game which I still played while in the university. I was impressed to find that TYSA is using the same game with children in the remote rural schools. Katy. This game is called on the river on the shore. This game improves the children’s listening, thinking and jumping skills. This game was used during the several activities contacted in schools that were visited.
A sloppy pitch
The St. Teresa’s form two students raised so many challenges affecting theme during the parents meeting. Katy and Sara listened attentively and through translations from Kiswahili to English, they understood the challenges facing the students. When the school management gave them opportunity to address the parents and students, Katy came in handy and shared this analogy. As footballer, you find a sloppy pitch and you have to play for 90 minutes on it. What would you do! Would you start leveling the pitch! Would you quit! The wayfoward is to adjust yourself to the pitch and achieve your goal. You must know how to balance in this pitch and what gears to put on. This confirmed what TYSA motto is: play, Learn and Act.
Control Ball ; Control Life
While in Uganda last November, Gichuki advised the children at SWB that if they can control a ball, they can control their lives. This was echoed by Sara and Katy to the students of St. Teresa’s Secondary school Tartar in West Pokot. It’s amazing how the girls are ambitious in life. They are talented in football. They are the Kenya champions 2012! TYSA has strong conviction and program on how to translate the skills and values gained in the pitch to normal ordinary lives of the beneficiaries.
Let Me Play
Learning almost came to a standstill in all the schools that we had games. Children came running to the field of play. Their eyes bright radiating enthusiasm and hope. Every play moment was highly participative. When the bell rung for them to go back to class, they were very sad and urged us to continue at for some extra minutes. Even the children from other classes were eager to join the games.
We have crossed the border and heading to Mbale. Thanks you for everything. Your work is truly inspiring. Talk soon. Sara and Katy
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