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May 20, 2020

My experience with Wasichana !!

My name is Zipporah, I joined Wasichana Juu / Girls Up in January 2020, and I thought I should share my first-time experience at the sessions with you!!

My first experience with the girls was an interesting one, I got to meet and interact with the girls, they are a jovial lot and a very welcoming one as well, and they are a family that is sure everyone would like to be part of. 

I introduced myself to them on the first day of the session and we afterward talked about hygiene. They talked about the individual challenges that they go through, for instance, a few said that due to the water shortage in their area they are not able to bathe daily, others said due to financial strains they are not able to have enough pairs of socks for school, hence they redo them up to three days. Others said they had to cut their hair since they are not able to maintain cleanliness just to mention a few. We then discussed a few workable remedies like at least washing their pairs of socks every day from school and let them dry overnight instead of redoing them, we also said if there isn’t enough water, they could at least wash their hair monthly and ensure that during the month the hair is nicely combed or plaited and finally try to at least bathe daily whenever they could. As it is said cleanliness is closer to Godliness. It was a short session but I really enjoyed spending time with the girls and looked forward to meeting them again.

The next meeting was to celebrate the International women’s day which we did on the 7th of March. It was one beautiful sunny day, our spirits were high and we all looked forward to having a wonderful time. We had it all planned out I must say, we through purposeful play games that made us celebrate and appreciate ourselves as women. We played three games and after each, I asked the girls questions and had discussions at length, with the aim of empowering the girls on gender equality. I totally loved the girls’ response; you could tell they wanted to be competitive women in the society both now and in the future. I am looking forward to seeing a great improvement in the girls both in their confidence and attitude towards life, as time goes by as we keep spending more time with the girls and continue helping to curve a positive self-image, enable them to develop the ability to think critically and ensure they have equal participation in decision making whether it is in the family or at the community level through the Girls Up program.

A woman’s worth is something that all women are born with and it places a status on how we should be treated, without knowing your worth, you luck the motivation to be treated how you should be treated. This, I would tell all women and most definitely the girls.

May 20, 2020

Life before and during Covid-19 pandemic

When the government through the ministry of education issued an order to close schools indefinitely and issued orders to avoid crowds and gatherings of any sort, as some of the measures to curb the spread of coronavirus, Green Kenya had to suspend operations to comply with the government order on social distancing.

Sessions were terminated halfway the month leading to the cancellation of all the sessions. By the time the sessions were canceled we had 243 participants, conducted 15 sessions with 89% attendance of the sessions in community impact program from 4 community schools. 

In the quest to ensure that we helped to flatten the curve in the spread of Covid-19, we had to activate our social media platforms in order to keep the conversation going. With the help of youth leaders and volunteers in Mukuru and Shauri Moyo slums, we were able to share posters that communicated about keeping social distance, washing hands regularly, and staying at home as much as you can.

Our volunteers also had a chance to distribute food to the most affect families especially in Mukuru kwa Ruben where most of our participants reside, with the help of  Green-Kenya committee team which is made up of teachers and community elders, we identified 18 families who had gone for a couple of days with only one meal a day. The distribution of food was led by teacher Damaris who is also the sports teacher at the House of Prayer community School.

While we understand that it is and not easy to stay at home for people who are leaving in communities that we work in, we strongly advised the communities to reduce the people who are going to the groceries to one person while observing all the regulations of being safe at all times. Recent statistics show that the infection rate on C children has gone up because most of them are still playing together without any personal protective equipment,  for this reason, we are putting resources together to purchase 1000 masks and Distribute in Mukuru and Shauri Moyo.

 I choose to be a believer in this course, we have done it before during the sessions to create a resilient, young leader and environmental stewards, it is now the time to protect ourselves to the Novel Coronavirus. Are you onboard?  

Jan 28, 2020

Thank you for your support in 2019!.

In 2019, Green-Kenya Raised $2,683 on GlobalGiving to fund our vital work, $353 of which was raised by the GlobalGiving team through bonus prizes, matching money, corporate partnerships, gift card redemptions, and/or our marketing efforts! GlobalGiving has driven more funds to Green-Kenya than charged in fees, making our effective fee 0%!. We Activated 14 donors to support our work on GlobalGiving.

You help to raise an average of $75 from each donation this year. With your help, we raised $2,250 in recurring donations from 2 monthly merge15. Exchanged knowledge and built connections with peers around the world by participating in the Peer Learning Network.

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