I dropped out of school at a very early age of 17, having conceived. This led to me being sent away from home by my father and also because my culture does not allow a girl to stay with her dad in the same house after conceiving. I had no option but to enter an early marriage in which I faced both physical and emotional abuse leading to my running away from the marriage. That happened after I lost my 2 babies at infancy within a span of 3 years.
Out of frustration I opted to work as a domestic worker with the ever haunting spirit of going back to school and I remember bitter flashbacks, regrets and tears whenever I met school girls in uniform headed to school. I had already resigned to my fate and I started saving in order to start a business for me to be independent. This is because education is so expensive that by the time I finished saving enough money for schooling, I could as well have been too old to have the interest of learning.
At some point I got a new school that gave a second chance to girls who had dropped out of school to go back and study. Since I still had less school fees I was enrolled at TAGS who took me in and returned me back to school through your support. I had to work really hard since I had stayed for 7 years out of school. I did my KCSE (O Levels) last year and passed so well that I can’t hide my joy and happiness because my going back to school has made us to reconcile with my dad who is now proud of me.
Don’t you people deserve a Nobel Peace Prize? You have rekindled my star and the stars of many other destitute girls who look up to you for virtually every good feeling. I still dream of the day I will graduate and work as a paediatrician since I have a passion and a soft spot for babies and children. I also pray for the day I will be able to pay back to the society by putting a smile on other girls faces just the way you have done to me. Will you really give up on the job you have started? We still count on you…. We still count on TAGS…. And we still count on all of you for a better tomorrow.
Thank you for your kindness and may God bless you all abundantly!
Greetings from Nairobi!
Last year at a time like this i wrote a small report appealing for support for 2 of our girls who were sitting for their final examinations at both the primary and secondary school levels. In Kenya, the final primary school examination is known as Kenya Certificate of Primary Examinations(KCPE) and comes after 8 years of schooling. One must pass this test inorder to proceed to the next level which is: Secondary school. The secondary school final examination is the "O'' Levels which comes after KCPE i.e after 4 years of schooling and is the examination that enables one to join the University (undergraduate) or tertiary learning institutions in Kenya. We presented 2 candidates in 2014, one for each level. This was the first time that we were presenting candidates for national examinations.
Mary (not her real name) is a 17 year old girl from Ethiopia who was rescued from trafficking. She had been trafficked to Kenya for purposes of child labour, to work as a househelp. As an unhappy child, living with both her father and step-mother back in Ethiopia, she became an easy target to some traffickers who promised her a better life in Kenya, where she would access education. After being out of the school system for approximately 4 years, Mary was able to return to school and work hard. We are proud that she managed to do us proud having scored as follows:
English - A, Kiswahili National Language - B, Mathematics - A-, Science 72B, Socia Science and Religion - B
Ann (not her real name) is a girl who had been working as a domestic worker before returning to school to complete her secondary school education under the sponsorship of TAGS. When Ann dropped out of school due to an early pregnancy, her father chased her away from home and never wanted her to go back. Now that she has passed her examinations, her father has welcomed her back home and is very proud of her. She has scored as follows:
English-B, Kiswahili-B, Mathematics-C+, Biology-C, Chemistry-C, Geography-C-, Christian Religious Education-B
With this performance, our girls both qualify to proceed to the next levels of their education.
We are most grateful for all that you have done. We could not have achieved this success without your support, as it has taken a lot of resources and goodwill from all of you. Our investment in education is paying off, thanks to you! Let us continue supporting girls to return to school by giving them another chance.......
Won't you allow me to close with these words from Ann? "I am very grateful to Edith and the entire team working at the Talia Agler Gilrs Shelter. I also want to thank all our donors for supporting us to be in school. The program has given me a second chance to go back to school and achieve my dream of joining the university"
Greetings from Nairobi, Kenya!
We are growing! I wish to take this oppportunity to share with you the news that this year we moved to a bigger faccility within the same vicinity of Kikuyu, which is part of the Nairobi metropolis. The shelter sits on approximately 0.4 ha of land complete with 2 big housing units that house the living room, dormitory, guest room, kitchen, bathrooms and other rooms. The compound is large and has space to keep chicken and cows. In addition, we have a big garden for growing maize, nappier grass and vegetables. Because of your support, we have been able to expand from a relatively medium sized facility to a large compound complete with a garden and perimeter fence which enhances our security.
Our new shelter is an answered prayer. We have been yearning to have a faccility with more space to accomodate all our activities, ie dining, recreation, income generation activities, classrooms, laundry etc. the former shelter was a little squeezed and did not leave much room for expansiion. The girls like it here and enjoy playing outside and sitting on the beautiful grass. They also enjoy their kitchen garden and learn how to grow vegetables. Our chicken provide eggs for breakfast and the cow gives us milk.
It is our dream that one day we can own land and construct a faccility of our own. What do you think? But before we get there, we are happy to be at our new location. The new faccility has made our work easier and given room for expansion. We shall now be able to serve more needy cases with more confidence because our capacity has doubled from 24 to 50 beds!
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In this report we bring you a beautiful photo of baby James (not his real name) taken at the shelter and I (for those who have not seen me before), so that you can have a glimpse of some of the beautiful, bundles of joy that you support everyday.
Our babies were not born out of the expected happy circumstances. As you already know by now, some of the girls rescued have gone through sexual abuse and exploitation and could well find themselves pregnant by the time of rescue. When we started out we did not know that we would also welcome babies from time to time.
So far, because of your support we have assisted 15 babies since 2012. If it were not for you, these babies would not enjoy the care and support they receive at the shelter. Thank you for supporting our babies with clothing, diapers, food, pre-natal care, post-natal care/treatment, shelter and a loving and caring environment to mention a few.
I always salute our young mothers because of their courage in choosing to keep their babies and even loving them unconditionally inspite of the circumstances under which they were conceived. Of course we have had a few cases of adoption where the girls were compelled by cultural taboos from keeping their babies, this is especially where girls were raped or had sex with partners they did not know were their relatives. Some communities see this as a taboo and treat such girls as outcasts!
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Hello everyone! it is that time again when we come back to you to share news from TAGS, Nairobi. As you already know, we shared that this year we have 2 candidates who are working very hard to attain good grades. So far, the results have been very encouraging and we continue wishing them the best as they put their best foot forward.
In this report we wish to share with you some of the work that is going on at the shelter, to promote learning, sustainability and income generation. In the first photo, a chicken rearing project is in the works with a 100 chicks which are being cared for by the girls as part of their learning. The project will provide eggs for the girls consumption while the rest will be sold to complement shelter income. In the second photo, we have captured for you a bricket making activity where girls learn how to use charcoal waste, by mixing the charcoal dust with soil to make brickets for cooking. The brickets are energy saving as they burn for long hours and this way, we save on energy costs. The third photo captures our garden full of fresh veggies. This together with the eggs will help raise the nutritional status of our girls. As part of their rehabilitation, we seek to address their nutritional health. In future, surplus veggies can be sold to raise additional income for the project.. The essence of initiating these livelihood activities is to pass on vital skills to the children so that when they are reunited with their families, they can initiate projects to help alleviate poverty and reduce the incidence of child abuse and exploitation.
We are very grateful for your continued support and wish to assure you that every penny counts! You can count on us to stretch every dollar that we get!!!!
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