In most of the African cultures, girls and women are never given a chance to do some things and activities as boys and men. 5 girls from Juhudi Children In Crisis, got an opportunity to participate in the streetfootballworld East Africa festival. It was a learning moment for our girls as they interacted with their peers from Tanzania, S. Sudan, Rwanda, Congo, Uganda and Kenya. The girls also got an opportunity to play football with other girls and boys a sport activity that is perceived to be of the boys in most of the African communities and even countries.
“Am very happy to meet girls who play football and share issues that affect them openly. In my community, you cannot find girls playing just like that. I have something to tell other girls back in the village and what to share with my community. My great thanks for JCIC for supporting girls like me to see light and know where we are coming from and heading” Said Vivian. “Am happy that our girls are learning great things. This has made me be strong and focused as a young female leader who accompanied these girls” Said Ruth.
We are very happy to share with you the story of Rose Apiyo who had dropped out of school because she got pregnant. After her delivery, Apiyo was focused and wanted to go back to school. We supported her and she returned to form two at her Geta secondary school. “The journey has not been so easy for me especially a young girl like me with a baby and schooling’’ says Apiyo. She was speaking this today morning when I met her in school very happy and excited to see me from Juhudi Children In Crisis to visit her.
“I didn’t expect anybody from home, but thanks to God that Juhudi is there as a father, mother, friend and relative”. It is at this time that she shared with me that once she finishes her exams on November, she will join Juhudi to support other girls and children who are in a great need. “I thank all those who have been behind my support and other girls. Please keep on supporting more children and young people as they are the pride of tomorrow” she continued to say. We are in great appreciation to all those who have been behind this and those who are planning to support these great people and community.
It was a very interesting and learning moment for the teachers of Eronge primary school. Juhudi Children in Crisis is supporting children who are orphans, vulnerable and at risk from the local area. The deputy head teacher said that the program of supporting these children in paying their school fees which sees a number of them drop is so unique and relevant to them. It is great that a number of those who are going to benefit are girls who are at risk of dropping out of school as a number of them has challenges as compared to the boys in this community. More than 30 girls have been supported through this initiative which will see them complete their primary education. “We appreciate your work and hope that these children will be able to access education as other children out there” Deputy Teacher Eronge said.
The month of August was very great for many children who are Juhudi beneficiaries. Mary was not left out when she said "I will always smile". Mary a 12 year old girl had lost hope in continuing with her education. She is a orphan girl who had difficulties in accessing some of the basic needs at home and therefore this made her unhappy. She could not get school support in her exams, uniforms and books. Juhudi children in crisis took her case and supported her. Today Mary is happy and thankful as you can see that from her face. She is focused and ready to sit for her certificate of primary education this year.
Chepkoech is second born girl in a family of six with a single parent. She is a focused girl who is working hard to see that she is a successful woman in life who can help others. After the 2008 post election vioence in Kenya, Chepkoech found herself on cross road of pursuing her education. Juhidi has been supporting her to access her primary education and this year this is what she had to say; "I am thankful for the support that I have been getting from Juhudi. I have managed to finish my primary education and now in a secondary school. I never thought that I could join secondary school as my mother could not make looking for food for us and also paying my school fees. I am in form one and hope that through your support I will finish my education and I will help my family and other girls who are facing the same challenges with risk of dropping out of school. The path is now visible and I see myself opening doors for other girls" Through your support, we are seeing more girls access education and focused to face the future.
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