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Aug 30, 2019

Brush, brush, brush your teeth...

For the love of books
For the love of books

GlobalGiving July Workshop Reports

Since 2017, RKF has been implementing volunteer-run workshops every year that are aimed at introducing extra-curricular activities at the various schools we work with in a fun and engaging way. In 2019, we carried out our biggest yet set of workshops with the help of over 25 incredible volunteers.

We were able to visit five schools in different localities of Kisumu County over three weeks to carry out some old and some brand new workshops that included: Fun Sports, Taekwondo, Arts & Crafts, Hygiene, Environmental Awareness, Menstrual Hygiene, Field Trips, Movies and Reading & Storytelling. We were also able to have our very first RKF Talent Show and we wrapped up the workshops with a day of jumping on a Bouncy Castle!

Over the coming weeks, we’ll be sharing detailed reports of the several workshops we carried out in July. In this report, we’ll be highlighting the Arts & Crafts, Hygiene and Reading & Storytelling Workshops.

Arts & Crafts

This is an old favourite that we conducted for the third straight year. One of the aims of this workshop is to encourage children to use their creativity and innovation to use whatever is available and make it into art. Each class had a different activity assigned to them that ranged from finger painting to making cards using scraps and making caterpillars out of used egg trays. Class 1 and 2 exercised their home science by weaving papers cut out in shapes. Watching the children’s excitement as they showed off their crafts made the visits so enjoyable and totally worth the long, bumpy bus rides!

Hygiene

After its popularity last year, we took the hygiene workshop to some of our newer schools this year. The children spent a whole morning learning about oral hygiene, brushing their teeth, washing their hands all while learning a song that would help them remember how to do it. Brush, brush, brush your teeth… wash, wash, wash your hands! Sing them with the melody of row, row, row your boat... At the end of the workshops all the students got brand new tooth brushes and a tube of tooth paste to take home and keep practicing what they learnt from the workshops. They also learnt how to tie their shoe laces and tuck in their shirts properly.

Reading & Storytelling

As part of our Kitabu Changu Haki Yangu program, we carried out our second Reading and Storytelling Workshop at St Vitalis Nang’a Primary School. This workshop introduced the students to their new library and the rules of how to use it. During this workshop, approximately 420 students listened, read and created stories with our volunteers. One class had a very unique way of approaching the activity; the volunteers encouraged the children to create a story entirely from their imagination.

Over the coming weeks, we’ll be sharing details of some of the other amazing workshops we carried out. We’ve also shared a link to our Girls Project: Empower & Educate the Girls of Rural Kisumu where we recently posted about the Menstrual Hygiene workshop and the screening of Queen of Katwe.

Brush, brush, brush your teeth
Brush, brush, brush your teeth
Metamorphosis: When egg trays become caterpillars!
Metamorphosis: When egg trays become caterpillars!
Some of our amazing volunteers
Some of our amazing volunteers
The Power of Brushing
The Power of Brushing
So what can you do with paint?
So what can you do with paint?

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Aug 28, 2019

Queens of Kisumu!

Watching Fiona's Story Keenly
Watching Fiona's Story Keenly

Last month we carried out the annual July workshops during which we had the opportunity to go to St. Vitalis Nang’a Primary School and have a discussion with about 120 girls from Class 7 and 8 during the Menstrual Hygiene Workshop. We had a very personal and constructive chat involving a question and answer session where the girls expressed their challenges of going to school during their periods such as not having access to pads, enough underwear, pain relief medication or enough food during their periods.  

We distributed 990 disposable pads that were donated by the Sisterhood Empowerment Group and 56 re-usable kits to the girls at the school ! More updates coming next month on re-usable kits, so stay tuned.

The responses we received from the students were astounding! One of the girls volunteered to provide a demonstration on how to use a disposable pad and another student elaborated on how to maintain the reusable pads such as washing them with cold water to prevent a stain forming and completely drying them out in the sun.

The second part of the workshop was the most exciting to the girls! We showed the movie Queen of Katwe to Classes 6, 7 and 8 using a projector onto a makeshift screen made out of a blackboard and white bed sheets. The movie is about a young Ugandan girl who fights her way to an international chess championship despite her financial circumstances. The movie was definitely well received by the girls; as the movie was playing the girls enthusiastically applauded every time Fiona (the star of the movie) won a chess match.

Towards the end of the workshop we had a chat with the girls on what they learnt from the movie. Some of the responses to the movie were: “Hard work always pays off,” “Don’t give up” and “I would like to start playing chess!”

New pads!
New pads!
Immersed in the movie :)
Immersed in the movie :)
Re-usable kits
Re-usable kits

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Jun 6, 2019

A Visit from GlobalGiving

Yet another feather in our cap!
Yet another feather in our cap!

Earlier this May, we had the opportunity to welcome one of GlobalGiving's field travelers, Isabelle Hall, to our projects in various localities in Kisumu including Dunga, Kondele and Nyalenda. We had a great time showing her some of the work we have been able to achieve as a result of the incredible support we have received from all our donors on GlobalGiving, not to forget the amazing support we have had from the GlobalGiving team. Isabelle also helped us put some final touches to our recently completed library; we can’t wait to share an update with you in June on our Main Project Give Hope to Kisumu's Underprivileged Children.

This was a great opportunity for us to connect with GlobalGiving and receive feedback on our projects. As a result, RKF is now a Site Visit Verified Organization; another esteemed badge we are honored to hold.

We also attended the GlobalGiviing Partner Workshop held by Isabelle that allowed us to learn more about GlobalGiving and network with peers from Kisumu that are already on the platform.

Final touches on the new library
Final touches on the new library

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