Malel at NEC Safe-House in Kajiado
In this reporting period from January 2015 to April 2015, 38 children received assistance to study at kindergarten, primary and secondary school level. Normal project activities including counseling & mentorship sessions were carried out successfully and the sponsored students performed well in their school examinations.
Three significant events took place during the period. The first is the visit of two girls to Denmark to raise awareness in Copenhagen on the work of Nenkashe Education Centre (NEC). Another event is the invitation of Nenkashe Education Centre to raise project funds through GlobalGiving Foundation’s fundraising platform and the third significant event that took place this reporting period is another invitation for NEC to partner with CARE International Kenya in a 5 year program which targets women and girls empowerment.
Seven (7) children spent the April 2015 at the NEC Safe House. This was necessitated by the severe drought in most parts of the Kajiado County and partly by the unsafe home environment. The children are provided with a home environment and are looked after by an experienced matron and the NEC members. A Social Worker connected to the Children’s Office visited the home periodically.
One of the girls who spent her holiday at the safe-house is Malel. Four years ago a marriage ceremony was interrupted by government officials because the bride was a 9 year old girl, a minor. The parents of the young child had arranged to marry off their daughter and had received dowry in form of livestock, blankets and money. On the day of the planned wedding ceremony, the bridegroom and the girl’s uncle were arrested by the police who were accompanied by the Area Chief and a Children’s Officer to the home where the minor was being prepared for her wedding.
The groom was arrested and taken into police custody for the offence of planning to marry a minor and the officials informed the wedding party that the wedding is cancelled because the law prohibits marriage of minors.
Malel is now 12 years old and doing well in school. She attends Oloshoiborr Primary School. Last term she was in the top 10 of her class ranking in position 8 out of 32 students. Her future aspiration is to become a pilot. Thank you for helping her have dreams for her life and for helping her get there through your support for the work of Nenkashe Education Centre.
Leonard Lenina, Project Leader
Malel with other rescue girls washing clothes
Girls playing volleyball at NEC Holiday Safe House
Malel likes playing football (soccer)