PATHWAYS Leadership for Progress

PATHWAYS mission is develop leaders in developing countries through university scholarships and direct involvement in and oversight of community development projects.
Feb 6, 2015

February 2015 report

Margaret speaking about relationships
Margaret speaking about relationships

Nairobi Kenya,

 

Dear Friends,

 

I would like to tell you about a one-day seminar we ran to train girls from Gichagi slum area of Ngong Division, Kajiado County. The seminar had three objectives:

  1. To create awareness of issues surrounding rape and how girls can protect themselves against this behaviour
  2. To discuss girl-boy relations issues with a view of empowering girls to say no to sex and control their lives in such relationships.
  3. To encourage girls to effectively compete with boys in academic cycles so that they can acquire necessary education to brighten their lives.
  4. To enhance knowledge and best practices on hygiene particularly during the menstrual cycles.

After a warm welcome and settling down as everything was in order, we participated in the following activities:

Everyone was requested to introduce herself to the group. This offered an opportunity to know the names, age and level of education as well the school. The girls were given the first priority, then trainers and SAWA staff concluded. The main purpose for this was to enhance familiarization and create good rapport.

Margaret spoke about girl-boy relationship, their strengths and weakness and how they should be used to foster education.  She also gave the girls tips on how to avoid early pregnancies which would affect their education. There were so many questions which all the other facilitators helped to answer.

I talked about rape which is increasing in Kenya today, particularly where old men are spoiling young girls, mostly their relatives.  She stressed on behavior and habit of such people which girls need to be aware of.  She also gave tips of how to avoid being victims and advised that should one become a victim they should not hide it but report to the parents, guardians and other grow-ups so that medical attention can be sought and necessary legal action taken.  There were so many questions and the topic was not exhausted.  It was postponed to April 2015.

The reusable sanitary towel project was revisited where nine of the girls present confirmed that they still make them for their own use though not every month.  Our group distributed some sanitary pads packets that.  It was a very exciting moment.

It was a wonderful session and the girl articulated ‘life is a learning process and each and every day we learn a new thing’.

 

Thank you for supporting us in our efforts to mentor young girls and encourage their education and empowerment.

 

Catherine Kaimenyi

Girls participating in session
Girls participating in session
Feb 3, 2015

February 2015 report

Isaac
Isaac's group's crops

Kenya

 

February 2015

Dear Friends,

Thank you so much for supporting the PATHWAYS scholars. Today we want to report on the progress of first year scholar Isaac and fourth year scholar Justus have made in their academic lives and with their community projects.

 

Isaac

I have directed all my mind on my project during the December holiday with an aim of uplifting my community. This entailed preparing the second seedbed in December after a superb harvest  of the previous seedlings that amounted to 204 seedlings with a total of Kshs.1020 going Kshs per seedling,with the few remaining. We are planning to sell them in April during the rainy season.

The cash was channeled to our second project that involved cassava and sweet potatoes plantations which do well during dry seasons to enable us to continue making cash. The whole idea came from Michael's project (a PATHWAYS alumnus). Thanks to him.

It was from the members’ idea that we saw it better for each member to contribute at least Kshs.200 so that we can lease a farm within the community where we are carrying out our project. All these are taken care of by our patron when most of us are in schools. 

It is from the profits ploughed back that we are intending to support the school drop outs with necessary but lacked items like uniforms, pens and books that  can enable  them be in school again. We went ahead identifying such kids from our locality like orphans and vulnerable children  from the same orphanage I was once brought up from. 

Thank you for supporting my efforts to give back to my community,

Isaac

 

Justus

As most students have already begun their holidays, we have not failed to bring them together in the form of our usual youth meetings. We convened a meeting and about 23 members were in attendance. They were all fine and give good academic reports from their various schools as this concerns their promotion to the next class. We plan to start off the many activities for the holiday.

In this holiday also,our youth group involves parents with students in secondary school, colleges and universities in a fund raising activity which is aimed at benefitting the students in form of local bursaries. This helps to keep these students in school to complete their education. 

The irrigation project is doing quite well as we now have plenty of rain here. The women are now relieved from carrying water for the crops as it rains mostly at night nourishing the garden.

 

Thank you for your continued support. I am grateful for your assistance in this effort to educate youth, especially girls.

 

Justus

Justus
Justus's community group

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Jan 29, 2015

Jan 2015 report

Nyeri community group
Nyeri community group

Murangu'a Kenya

Dear Friends,

Our cassva project continues to help many rural people improve their lives. 

Bidii farmers group from Nyeri, a county that neighbors ours, have immensely benefited from our project. Their area is equally arid and have been finding it difficult to continue with vegetables farming due to recurring crop failure. Two years ago they heard about the achievements of our cassava project, aired on a local radio station.

They got in touch with us to learn more about cassava farming. We were happy with their desire to learn and donated to them a few cuttings to plant.

Currently, the group boasts of a 5-acre cluster farm under cassava and aiming to increase the acreage. They are already reaping big in terms of improved food security and increased income through sale of cassava tubers.

Captured in the photo, is the group in their cassava farm.

We are also working on raising additional funds for a borehole that would bring needed water to this dry area.

With gratitude,

Michael

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