Dear partners, we are grateful to report to you the progress of our projects this season. Your support has clothed 51 young girls and children with new presentable school uniforms, gone for these young children are the days of wearing tattered school uniforms to schools. The new uniforms comprises of shirts and shorts for boys and dresses and petticoats for girls. We identified the young children from Kiangoso Primary to be having tattered uniforms which was also contributing towards their low self-esteem in school leading to low education perfomances. Some of the pupils could not attend school due to the lack of proper uniforms. The young girls and children were selected from the lower class ( between age 5 -19 years).
The provision of the presentable new school uniforms to the young pupils was done on 12th July,2013 but before this date, we had identified the young girls and children in dire need of school uniforms, with support from the teachers at the school we were able to identified 48 young girls and children from Kiangoso primary school who did not have school attire and instead wore home dresses to school, then we tried to identify the cause of these young girls from wearing school uniforms and the results we got was ' financial inability to afford school uniform dress'. With this in mind, and your support backing us,we were able to receive donations from you and managed to procure and provide uniforms for these young minds in Kiangoso Primary school.
It was a happy day for these young girls and children who came with their parents to witness the provision of uniforms, the whole school was presented during the provision and the children could not hide their joy when they received the pair of new school uniforms. Global giving (GG) has had an impact especially in this particular school for three years now since the project started targeting this school. Many pupils in these schools have benefited from water tanks, sanitation facilities and hygiene trainings all done through GG. So when we arrived for this day to provide the uniforms to the 48 children + 3 new children , all the school pupils were in jovial mood as they are connected already with what GG is doing in their school and to their pupils.
' Asante Global Giving' translated as ' Thank you Global Giving', Mr. Onesmus Gechure, one of the parents who came to witness his daughter receiving the new uniforms.
' Even me i have a new uniform, thank you Global giving', Cecilia Moraa, 8 year old girl in standard 2.
Without you the donors, Health and Water Foundation would not have implemented this project in this school and bring about smiles into these young girls. We encourage you to keep on contributing towards our cause.'Asante sana'
This year our project has embarked on a different approach of ensuring that their is improved hygiene and increased retention in primary schools among girls. Hygiene and Education are inter-linked in the development of girls,where one exists without the other, incases where there is Education and their is lack of proper Hygiene standards the girls Education is serverly hampered by high drop outs in schools and low enrolments. Our project has been tackling this issue by using Water and Sanitation as an entry point in schools in order to increase the demand of education among girls in basic education ( primary school).
Five specific primary school were targeted under this new approach in Kisii region,these were; Kiangoso, Kebobora, Bigogo, Nyakongo and Nyaisa. The new idea was welcomed by the 5 schools and through the collaboration of their school management committess we were able to do the following in each of the schools;
a) Formulate and initate 'girls club' concept in the school,where each school had 1 girls clubs with membership of 30 girls.
b) The girls members were trained on hygiene,reproductive health and specifically attitude change towards education.
c) The girls were also trained on ways of conducting sensitization and self-esteem activities among other girls as well.
d) The girls were trained as trainers (TOT) so as to be able to sensitize out of school girls on importance of education and hygiene.
About 150 girls were trained from these activities.The main purpose of the girls club will be to;
a) Sensitize and build self-esteem of girls.
b) Sensitize the school community on the importance of girls education and hygiene.
This wil involve sensitizing activities aimed at teenaged girls both in and out of the primary schools.We are at the initial stage of the girls club and it is expected that through this approach where the girls themselves sensitize other girls in their school community,more girls out of school will be attracted into the schools and further more on the benefits of proper hygiene standards that the schools offer.
We plan to role out this activity to 7 other primary schools in region,the respective school committees have agreed with the new plan that will ultimetly increase both enrolment and retention while also improving the hygiene conditions of the schools in particulaly related to the girl child. With your contributions together we will see that more girls enroll and remain in school in Kisii region.
Hope this finds you well, on November 28th last year the project managed to support about 113 girls from Nyangena D.O.K Primary school with sanitary pads. This is the same school that during that hygiene training had been done to all the pupils on October last year.
Many girls in the upper classes of the primary school, often miss their classes during their periods due to the fact that they cannot afford sanitary pads, and feel ashamed of going to schools. Being a rural school and pupils come from poor households, the provision of sanitary towels is not a priority for the parents and in order to curb the issue, girls have no option but to use the tradition equivalent of sanitary towels which is medically harmfull and does not control the menstrual flow. More than often girls resort not to come to school during the period they are experiencing their menstruals. The government of Kenya acknowledges this to be a problem but has not yet provided a lasting solution to the lack of sanitary pads to girls especially in rural areas.
The project which is aimed at ensuring that girls in Kenya learn has been able to call on donors to support hygiene and sanitation in schools with particular focus to the girl child. Your contributions has over the years enabled us to provide sanitary pads to girls in schools in Kenya. Although this is not having a wider impact nationally but we are glad that the few who have received are able to continue with their education without fear of ridicule from boys,without having to absent classes, and a sense of belonging.
Two days prior of the visiting of Nyangena Primary school for the delivery of sanitary towels, the Project Assistant informed the school’s head teacher of the visit and the purpose of and requested for preparation and availability of the adolescent girls. On the material day the cartons containing the sanitary towels were loaded into the project vehicle as per the previous activities done for girls in other schools but with caution to add one more carton so as to cater for any increase in the number of girls. Upon arrival at the school, we held a brief meeting with the head teacher and thereafter the we were led by a female teacher to the class were the girls were assembled. Being a sensitive issue our female collegues took charge of this activity; take the girls through a brief guidance and counselling session and demonstration on the good use of the sanitary towels and provision of sanitary towels. A total of 113 girls received the sanitary pads and trained on the use, these were all the girls from Standar 4 to Standard 8 ( all adolescents).For hygiene purposes, the girls were advised to use at least 1-3 sanitary pads (depending on flow) per day at the beginning of their monthly period. Each girl was given on package of 8 sanitary pads meaning they will last for 3-5 days.
The teachers at the school attributed to 90% of girls absenteeism to lack of sanitary pads, girls interviewed also acknowledged that they do miss classes during their menstural cycle and were very grateful for the sanitary towels.
" We can't take the ridicules especially from boys when we are in menstrual cycle, they always know when they see blood on our skirts and we cant prevent it because we do not have sanitary towels. After this me and my friends will always come to school and learn as boys do without any fear" Esther Bosire - 14 years old pupils.
After the provision of the sanitary pads the headteacher called for a whole school meeting where all the pupils were in attendance, the boys especially were warned on ridiculing girls and other immoral behaivors towards girls during their menstrual cycle, toward the effect of the warning boys were told that displinary action would be taken including suspensions and explusions from school if found to ridicule and mock girls. We also talked to the pupils on the importance of treating one another equally and learing peacefully. The activity was very successfully conducted. In one instance old girls ( previous pupils from the school) from the community came dressed in school uniforms to receive the sanitary pads, luckily the extra box of sanitary pads catered for them.
Health and Water Foundation (HWF) during this period conducted Participatory Hygiene and Sanitation Training (PHAST) in Nyangena D.O.K primary school, girls in this school have been benefiting from this project but insufficient funds that has occurred recently has forced our organization to engage in a wider approach activity that reach the girls while at the same time reaching all the pupils in the school. The training program targeted pupils in the school both boys and girls.
The pupils were trained on handwashing,safe hygiene and practices.This was done by the District Health Officer with Health and Water Foundation staff. About 450 pupils were reached during this activity.By the end of the activity all the pupils in the school had basic knowledge on proper hygiene standards and practices.
We thank you for your continued effort towards ensuring that girls learn.
The project so far has had an impact on girls in the project area particularly in Kisii District.The school that have been supported are showing increasing attendance and retention of girls than previously before the start of this project.
During this period due to lack of funds disbursed we have not been able to continue the support we had already started in Nyangena D.O.K primary school of ensuring that we enroll 10 disadvantaged girls each year. The previous disbursements had enabled 7 girls to enrol and we had planned to enroll 3 more girls into primary school by the end of this year and support them.
We kindly ask for your contributions in order to continue this project.
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