Water & Sanitation ensure 2000 Kenyan girls learn

Oct 8, 2012

Participatory Hygiene and Sanitation Training

Dear Partners,

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.

Jul 16, 2012

Insufficient funds for project continuity

Dear partners,

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.

Thank you.

Apr 17, 2012

4 more girls enrolled in school


Dear donors,

I take this opportunity to thank you once again for your endless contributions, our organization during this period ( February and March) has been able to enroll 4 more orphans to primary schools, despite primary school in Kenya being provided for free still quite a good number of children are not enrolled and their still high number of drop-outs of children as it was before the introduction of FPE ( free primary education) 7 years ago. Low enrollment and drop out rate has been attributed to mostly lack of learning materials, over-congestion in schools, lack of proper learning facilities.

Our organization has conducted studies and found out that mostly girls especially the adolescent do not attend class regularly due to menstruation and lack of sanitary towels, lack of uniforms and proper wear is another factor that also diminish the girls moral to learning, lack of learning materials is another factor. With this findings we resorted with your help to improve the learning standards and enroll more girls in schools especially the marginalised in Kenya with focus in the Lake Victoria region where the HIV/AIDS prevalent rate is high and also the number of orphans whose parents succumbed to HIV/AIDS.

At the start of the year we set a goal of sending more than 10 girls to school this year and supporting them ( with learning materials,uniforms, social visits and advice whenever necessary - basically being their godmother) till they finish their primary education, through your support we managed to take 3 girls to school, during this period ( February and March) we have taken 4 other HIV/AIDS orphans girls to school and provided them with new school uniforms and learning materials. Two of the girls had dropped out of the school to fend for their siblings after their death of their mother, two others had also dropped out of school and gone to Kisii town ( nearest urban centre) to work illegally (due to their age) as househelpers. The headteacher of the school ( Nyangena D.O.K Primary school) the 4 girls attended informed us of the drop-out girls and through their relatives in the community we were able to locate them and talk them to return to school.

As of now we have taken 7 girls back to school since the start of this year (2012) already remaining with 3 more in order to meet our set goal of the year. Once we meet the target we will set another one and send even more marginalized girls to schools. I will be updating you regularly on the progress of this project. Thank you

Jan 25, 2012

School fees for the new term


Happy new year, On behalf of the supported girls in Kisii and the organization get their warmest greetings and thanks, dear ones we really appreciate the contribution that you have contributed during the last year that really empowered the

girls.So far the 252 $ contribution received has already catered for 3 girls whom we choose as the most unfortunate orphans in need of help. 3 girls namely; Vivian Momanyi 9 years, Edna Moraa 12 years and Christine Kibagendi 12 years are now successfully enrolled in Kiangoso Primary School.They have also been provide with supporting material such as 5 exercise books and 3 pens each for the children.

With your continued support we hope and expect that by the end of this year we will be able to take 10+ orphans to enroll and also be able to provide them will school uniforms.

On behalf of Vivian, Edna, Edna and others we wish you a happy new year.

Thank you

Oct 26, 2011

Sanitary towels to pupils in Kiangoso and Nyaisa

girls receiving pads in Nyaisa primary school
girls receiving pads in Nyaisa primary school

The adolescence girls from the Kiangoso and Nyaisa primary school in Manga District received each a packet of sanitary pad. Our staff led by Ms.Jeria Naomi  and female teachers of the schools distributed the pads to the girls who were mostly between the ages of 12 – 14.

HWF had informed the two schools of the scheduled distribution of sanitary pads and the pupils were so eager for us. We arrived amid joy as girls could not hide their celebration on seeing our Project Vehicle arrive at the school. We were told noted girls who frequently miss school were on this day present mainly for the provisions to follow.

Through the Local Hospital – Manga District Hospital who provided a Health Officer to coordinate the reproductive and sanitation trainings we were able to provide trainings to the girls on their sanitations and reproductive health, sensitive them on the importance of cleanliness and proper use of the sanitary towels.

 We started the activity of the day on Kiangoso primary school from 9.00 am till 12.00 a.m where we proceeded to the second school Nyaisa primary school from 2.30 pm till 4.00 pm on the same day. The two primary school administrations were cooperative as they disrupt their learning schedule to accommodate us in their schools.The local Hospital – Manga District Hospital provided us with the Health Officer to facilitate the trainings to the girls.

We provided quality sanitary pads known as “always” and each girl received a packet. A total of about 130 girls received the sanitary towels. In Kiangoso primary school 56 girls received a packet each and in Nyaisa primary school 74 girls each received a packet.

“I thank all the donors from Global Giving who have contributed towards me receiving the sanitary pads, I urge them to continue with their support and God bless u” Mercy Naboke – Pupil in Nyaisa primary school.

Currently through this project we have reached 3 primary schools in Manga this year alone and we aim to reach 12 primary school by March 2012 through provision of sanitary pads. We would have loved to provide the sanitary towels to the pupils every month so as to be able to meet their monthly menstruation needs but due to insufficient funds we have resolved to atleast distribute to them once we are in receipt of the funds. We urge you our supporters to continue your assistance so that we could be able to give this girls the lives they deserve.

HWF staff training the girls
HWF staff training the girls
Reproductive health training by Health Officer
Reproductive health training by Health Officer
girl demostrating use of pad
girl demostrating use of pad

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