In the last report we were able to implement two activities which conforms with the project's aim of sending and keeping orphans to schools, the activities were done in Kiangoso, Kiabiraa and Nyangorora primary schools and the beneficiaries were 33 orphans mostly under the age of 10 years old and attending the ECD classes.Our organization was able to provide uniforms for the orphans and on top of that supplement the schools feeding program with 40kg of porridge flour per school. Due to financial constrains by living family members and caretakers, they were not able to provide proper uniforms, learning materials, and good nutritional food to the children especially the orphans under their care. And as such most orphans could not enroll in primary schools even though it is freely offered by the government. Such lack of uniforms, need of food, lack of learning materials, and lack of self esteem and belonging made it difficult for orphans to rentent in schools once enrolled.
Since the last reporting period, our organization received disbursement from GlobalGiving through your donations. We resolved to provide learning materials (curriculum syllabus text books including story books,writing books,pens, pencils,rubbers,geometrical sets and charts) to the ECD classes, these were given out to the teachers of the ECD classes in the three schools. Instead of giving these learning stationary to the orphans targeted initially with uniforms, we opted to given overall to the class so that not only will the orphans benefit from them but the whole ECD pupils who are 10 years under. The schools whose ECD classes benefited were Kiangoso,Kiabiraa and Nyangorora primary schools. It should be noted that the ECD (Early Chilhood Education) is not under the free primary education being offered by the government of Kenya, therefore the financial support it requires is cumulatively provided by the parents through fees. Being a poor rural region many parents are not financial stable to support the ECD education and therefore their children are forced to miss ECD classes, Furthermore unless a child has passed through the ECD then the child cannot continue to access the free primary education. This poses a heavy challenge for parents who can't afford fees for their children, orphans face extreme difficulty continuing their education under these circumstances as they not only lack fees but parents.
We are glad to report to you that since the beginning of this year we have been able to send 33 orphans to ECD classes 10 from each school (3 schools) and provide them with nutritional porridge and learning materials. As a team we are volunteering and are willing to work extra hard to ensure that more orphans will be reached in Kisii District. Below are the comments we have from the beneficiaries:
"I was not able to take this nephew of mine to nursery school, since i have also my own 3 children to take to school,it saddened me much to see him here all the time even though i was trying hard to make sure one day he goes to school. I cant thank you enough for what you have done to my diseased brother's son, he is now going to school, has new uniforms and eats in school.i am grateful for the people who donated" An uncle to Osoro - ECD pupil.
" i was wondering if i will ever go to Nursery like the other children, now i am" Jeniffer - ECD pupil
" We as a school have been having difficulty in increasing number of pupils enrolling to primary school from ECD classes, this is because most parents were not able to take their children to ECD classes and send their children to begin standard 1 in primary school, we as a school do not accept pupils who haven't gone through ECD classes and have been sending this children away. But through this project we have noted that their is increase in enrollment of pupils in standard since last year 2012 and all this is attributed towards the project Health and Water Foundation are implementing in ECD classes in our school and neighbouring schools. We encourage the zeal and kindness of the donors and pray and thank that they continue this endeavour. " Samuel Arumba - Head Teacher Nyangorora Primary School
The help and support received from you has enabled us continue to provide porridge flour to three primary schools which are Kiangoso,Kiabiraa and Nyangorora primary schools. Although finances have been limited, atleast following an agreement with the school administrations of the schools we opted to reduce the provided 50 kg porridge flour to 40 kg which is distributed every month to the schools for the ECD children who mostly are orphans. We realised that most of the orphans were wearing tattered uniforms and were in need of new ones. Together we identified the orphans in the 3 schools whose uniforms were tattered and required new ones, they were 33 in number, these were the ones in Early Childhood Education (ECD) classes.
We organized a tailor who came to the schools and measured the children for their uniforms, he proceeded and tailored 33 full uniforms for the children, these took the whole of August which also happened to be school closing season. In September when the schools reopened, we went to each of the schools on the 1st parents day of the new term and presented the uniforms to the orphans. The joy and smiles expressed from the children who received the uniforms was encouraging and breathtaking. The orphans looked absolutely revitilised and energised with a new spirit and encouraged every pupils in the schools. The caretakers and relatives of the orphans expressed their gratitudes towards your assistances.
" Am so happy to have received this uniforms, i now look new", Jay Moraa, an ECD orphan
Every one of us had someone to take care of us when we were little children, let us help this orphan children who only has YOU and ME find happiness that we had.
Since the initiation of this programme in schools in Kisii District, Kenya with the aim of increasing and retention of orphans to school education, there has been increased enrollment in primary schools in Kisii District particularly the Early Childhood Development pupils (ECD(.Reports from the schools administrations receiving the porridge support ( currently the nutritional porridge support is being implemented in 3 schools i.e Kiabiraa, Nyangorora and Kiangoso primary schools) have shown that the number of enrollment has increased by 12% on the ECD pupils alone. This has been contributed by free nutritional porridge which the children receive in school, most of the family households in the region do not provide porridge to children, children most often receive 3 basic meals a day i.e breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The intention of the porridge in school is not only to act as a source of nutritional food to growing children but also to encourage children to stay in school. As the community may perceive otherwise subconsciously their children are coming to school to drink porridge only to acquire education in the long term.During the month of May we started this programme in 2 initial schools in the rural Kisii District, these schools are Nyangorora and Kiabiraa primary schools. During the first week the number of ECD pupils remained the same but during the second week absentees pupils began showing up in school. By the end of the month the ECD classes in both schools recorded 98% of attendance of ECD pupils.This encouraged us and as started earlier during the start of this programme the intention was to target 12 schools in the rural Kisii District which had been identified as having minimum number of children attending ECD classes. The month of June we approached Kiangoso Primary school about the programme and they immediately accepted. Kiangoso Primary school has previously been a beneficiary of Global Giving partners contributions towards keeping orphans in schools and support to girls.
Currently the programme is being implemented in the 3 primary schools where Kiangoso primary school has 46 ECD pupils, Kiabiraa primary school has 31 ECD pupils and Nyangorora primary school has 43 ECD pupils. We supply the school with 50KG nutritional porridge flour every month to the schools and also train parents, ECD teachers on nutrition during parents day in the school. The success of this programme in only 3 months has prompted other primary schools in the rural Kisii district to approach us for the assistance. Your contributions together with contributions from individual donors is enabling us sending children in school, due to the funds availability we have decided together with the school administration of reduced monthly quantity of Nutritional porridge in case of insufficient funds. But so far your generous contribution is keeping us going and assisting the children access education.
Reports on schools enrollment in the 3 primary schools together with the photos will be send to you soon. Thank you for your cooperation.
Most of the already supported children under this project are attending the Early Childhood Development (ECD) classes, these children have been able to attend classes through your contribution that has been paid in fees. Through feedback from the ECD teachers, it was found out that even though the orphans had been provided with fees and books still most of them were not concentrating in classes due to hunger. We found out that most of this orphans were not taking meals in morning when coming to school and because the school did not offer porridge, the orphans had to wait till noon to have lunch with the rest of the children. This not only reduced their concentration in schools but also hindered their development physically and psychologically.
We have initiated a programme in 2 schools that we had previously provided uniforms to orphans i.e Nyangorora and Kiabiraa. Through discussions with parents and teachers of the schools we decided to be offering nutritional porridge flour to the school every month to cater for the whole ECD children and at the same time reaching the orphans. The school will be preparing porridge for the ECD children. This initiative will increase enrollment and decrease dropout of orphans in the school while also improving the nutritional status of the children.
Currently the two schools are opening after going for a the school holiday and we expect to start providing the flour (50 Kg bag of Nutritional porridge flour) to the two schools each every month, as we continue reaching other orphans in other schools we will be providing the flour to them too.
Nyangorora primary school located in Manga District, Nyanza Province in Kenya was the second school after their neigbouring school Kiabiraa primary school to receive educational learning materials for orphans.Manga District in Nyanza Province has a high prevalent rate of HIV/AIDS infections in the country and as a result almost 80% of orphans in the Manga District are as a result to loss of parents to the disease, coupled with the poor economic conditions of most of their carers the orphans are not able to attend and complete well with their peers with parents.
It is in this reason that Health and Water Foundation with your assistance came up with this project in order to encourage more orphans to enroll and attend primary school, our organization is in the process of implementing advocacy activities targeting the Manga District community especially the carers of the orphans so as to encourage them to support and grant them access to their full child rights. We have heard reports that some carers of the orphans are not willing to release the orphans to access essential basic rights such as education, health services among others, in partnership with the local authorities in the District and your support we the Health and Water Foundation will implement advocacy program to the Manga community to ensure such vice is not practiced.
On 7th February 2012, the dilapidated school of Nyangorora Primary school in Manga District which has about 28 orphaned children welcomed our personnel and availed the orphaned children to one classroom where we provided to them learning materials comprising of ; pencils,drawing kits,colouring kits,story books,sharpeners and charts. This materials provided are to last the whole term ( four month period). Present during this activity were the school teachers led by the Principal Mr.Arumba. All the 28 pupils were presented each with the a set of; 2 pencils, a drawing kit, a story book and a chart.
We organized a drawing competion for the orphans using the newly acquired learning materials and we were amazed at the wonderful drawing they made.It was fun as each of the children tried to outwit the other with their beautiful drawings.Choosing the winner was not easy on the beautiful drawings each with its own uniqueness and style.
Through this provision not only did the children acquire learning materials they also knew and appreciated deep in their hearts that their is you out there who cares enough to provide for them, orphans they may be to the people who don't care but to you they are like your own children.Thank you for your donations.
" i was not expecting this from anyone especially from those who don't know me,am so happy" Janet Bosire - Standard 5 orphaned pupil in Nyangorora primary school.
We have attached photos taken during this activity. We plan to continue providing learning materials to 10 other primary school in Manga District and as a way of encouraging more orphans to enroll to primary schools.
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