TYSA WORK RECOGNISED AND GIVEN NEW MANDATE BY KACHIBORA INTERNALLY DISPLACED PERSONS CAMP
Your continue support has made great impact to the lives of children affected by post election violence at kachibora IDP.This has made the IDP management to recognised our work and asked us to coordinate more activities.
For this reason we have established
SAFE SPACE PROJECT FOR CHILDREN AFFECTED BY POST ELECTION VIOLENCE IN KENYA
We believe the creation of the project would address the immediate problems created by the political violence. It would enable children to meet and socialise with other young people in similar circumstances and with trained and committed volunteers who would act as positive role models, and it would give them the freedom to seek help- both emotional and educational- independently of their parents or guardians, thus empowering participants to broaden their base of social support outside their family. They would be able to explore aspects of their own culture and community and the project would give them the opportunity to develop through trying out new activities and learning some essential life skills. This will go along way in making the children and community co-exist despite their cultural and ethnic backgrounds
We believe that child protection is crucial to ensuring that children under 18 years of age have the rights, confidence and environment in which they can make choices, express their views and communicate effectively with other children and adults. Children cannot become empowered change agents to improve their lives and that of their families and communities if they are not safeguarded from abuse, discrimination and harm of any kind, be it physical, sexual, emotional or neglect.
We as an organization have already demonstrated the power of sports in supporting children and youths in post election violence. It is for this reason that we have be asked to coordinate sports ,recreational and child welfare activities by the Kachibora IDP management.
Find more information about the project on our attached document.
Thanks for your support
How we responded to the effects of post election violence
Due to the nature of and complexity of the effects of post election violence, we were only able to focus on the immediate and psychosocial based ones. Some of the psychosocial effects are: Trauma, School dropout, Rape, Idleness, mistrust, despair and apathy
Trauma We did organize interactive sports, recreation activities, one on one sharing, exposure programs, and solidarity gestures within and without the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps.
School dropout We worked closely with schools to admit children from the camp and or those who were staying with their relatives. Sought sponsorship to support secondary and college education for the most vulnerable girls who are staying the IDPs
Idleness Through organized sports and recreation activities e.g. Soccer, volleyball, netball and handball, many children, youths, women and men were kept busy at the camps. Various age groups eg under 9, 12,14, youths and women participated. Over 500 participants were involved in sports and recreational activities every day.
Mistrust With the support of the local community leaders, several sports for peace and recreational activities involving different ethnic groups were organized. The participating teams had representation from each of the various ethnic communities living in the area. The players and fans wore while ribbons as a sign of peace.
Despair and Apathy Besides sports, one on one sharing, exposure activities were offered to revitalize their hopes. The youths and children especially were offered opportunities to visit their counterparts outside the camp. This was either to play or just to share and refresh their minds.
Rape We organized for post exposure prophylaxis treatment, offered alternative safe accommodation for the victims and their children, food, clothing and Basic counseling. These cases were not in the IDP camps but in the communities, after what started as post-election violence gave rise to another evil of sexual violation in the community.
What are our successful stories?
• 3 girls from the IDP camps obtained secondary school scholarships
• 1 girl from the IDP camp secured partial support for college fees
• Mentorship and leadership skills developed for one of IDP camp mobilizes
• Managed to change the stereotype mindsets and perceptions that girls cannot perform better than boys or are only good at domestic chores. I almost stopped my daughter from going to play a soccer match. But now I am excited that she got a school scholarship for being the best soccer player. Said Mama Kwamboka.
• Highlighted in the print and electronic media the plight of the sexually violated women and girls while offering them support.
• Reduced mistrust among different ethnic communities through sports. We never expected that your team would turn up today to play against us. We thought you would think it was a bait to harm you. Said the team captain.
• Involved the Kachibora Internally Displaced Persons in celebrating and marking the World Women’s day.
What needs to be done?
• Reconstruction and resettlement
• Farm inputs grants
• Agricultural and /livestock Support programme
• Educational sponsorships
• Income Generating Activities support programme
• Peace and Reconciliation
• Psycho social support programme
• Monitoring and Evaluation of various interventions
HARROWING TALES OF RAPE
The raiders are planning to abduct 78 women to cook for them in the forest and fulfill their sexual cravings
Residents of Bahati and Munyaka in Cherangany division, Trans-nzoia district, Kenya feel dejected. They feel they could wake up from the ‘nightmare’ but this is wishful thinking. What started as post-election violence has given rise to another evil in the community.
Jane (Not her real name) narrates her ordeal
‘Last week, raiders stormed my house just after we had taken supper’ she says. The gang armed with guns, ordered his family to lie down and ransacked the house. They took valuables and demanded money as they beat the victims.
The raiders’ tried to rape my sister in law but she thwarted them away. My in-law tricked them that she was HIV positive but the gangsters retorted ‘‘AIDS is what we want” my in-law became difficult and they beat her living her for dead. My brother in law was bludgeon on the head with a gun until he lost consciousness
The raiders then forced me and my brother in-law to carry the stolen loot to the Cherengany forest, nine kilometers away.
‘ We carried the loot deep into the forest on the way the gang raped me twice as my brother in law watched helplessly the gangster demanded by brother in-law to watch the act’
After a nine kilometer walk, the victims came to one of the dens used by the raiders where they were directed to leave the loot and find their way back.
‘We left the forest, but not without another round of humiliation. I was gang raped as my brother in law watched again. I begged them to leave me but my begging fell on deaf ears’
Because it was shortly after mid night, the two hid in the thicket to avoid meeting another gangster coming from their raids. ‘It was very cold and scary but we did not give up. We prayed and in the morning we went to the hospital.
In another incident, 16 years old student and her sister were abducted and raped repeatedly by the cattle robbers before they escaped
‘The bandits stormed our home and stole the livestock and properties before abducting us. They took us to the forest where they raped us for 2 days before we managed to escape, Ann (Not real name).
The traumatized girl now says life has lost meaning. ‘Why is life so cruel? Education has lost meaning and I don’t want to know my HIV status. My dream has been shuttered’
The residents say the raiders are planning to abduct 78 women to cook for them in the forest and fulfill their sexual cravings. Incidents of rape have become rampant. ‘After stealing the livestock, they vent their anger on women and girls, by raping them. The victims are often raped before their husbands, children and other family members. It’s a sad story ‘an area resident says.
Immediate Response by TYSA
--Organized for post exposure prophylaxis treatment
--Offered alternative safe accommodation for the victims and their children
--Offering food and clothing
We need the following Support for 10 victims of Rape
US$ 500: Specialized treatment
US$ 250: Trauma counseling and debriefing
US$ 300: Resettlement (Reconstruction of housing)
US$ 250: Supply Educational materials for children
US$ 150: Sustained supply of Food
US$ 100: Supply of clothing and bedding
US$ 50: Transport
22 children from the IDP camp at Kachibora had a rare treat from TYSA courtesy of your DONATIONS. The under 14 years old children were out playing soccer with their local age mates of Sinyereri soccer Team. They enjoyed themselves out the whole day.
"It was nice being out of the usual tent houses at the camp" --Wafula Eric
The sinyereri Team will visit the IDP team over the weekend of 8th March to celebrate the International Women day together.
12 Community sports team 4 peace participated in last weekend matches.The youths enjoyed themselves out.They talked about PEACE,Preached PEACE and lived PEACE. The community elders were there to supoport and encourage them to maintain PEACE.'Am very happy today to see the youths busy in the field playing.They have no time to think about evil an dburining peoples houses.We trhank TYSA and all donors for helping our youths' Mr.Henry Kibiwot the vilage Elder.
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