By Caroline Gimmillaro - CYEC Administrative Volunteer
Staff and volunteers at the CYEC have created two new youth clubs at the Centre. The clubs are designed to teach the CYEC’s young people (age 13 and up) about puberty, adolescence, HIV-prevention, goal setting and conflict resolution. The girls have named their club “Soul Sisters” and meet each Thursday to discuss menstruation, gender roles in Kenyan society and domestic violence. The boys’ “Brotherhood” club meets each Friday. The young people sip tea while discussing their hopes, fears and ambitions. Staff use a public health curriculum written by the United Nations Population Council to help design their lessons.
The clubs have been a wild success and as such, local leaders have asked the staff to write their lessons in a simple curriculum that can be used elsewhere in Kenya. Local schools have asked that the CYEC’s staff and volunteers share their lessons with the local school children. We look forward to helping other local people start similar empowerment clubs.
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Sep 9, 2013
Clean and Green & 9 Oct. Bonus Day
By Caroline Gimmillaro - CYEC Administrative Intern
The children of the CYEC are learning about the environment by removing garbage from their Centre and the surrounding community. Children act as “trash police” who keep the Centre clean, compost bins ensure that nothing goes to waste, an environmental club is working to beautify the Centre and “Community Clean-Up Days” are encouraging the community to join the CYEC in its efforts to preserve the environment.
To instill a sense of environmental responsibility, children are assigned the duty of being trash police. Trash police patrol the Centre, picking up garbage and reminding others to keep the Centre clean.
The CYEC’s children are also learning about composting. Food scraps such as peels, stems and stalks are collected in colorful composting bins. Children are assigned the duty of emptying the bins into a large compost pile that is used to fertilize the Centre’s garden.
The children of the CYEC have also started an “environmental club” which meets once per week to discuss environmental issues and to brainstorm ways that the CYEC can help improve the environment. The club is creating a “green square” that will be filled with a variety of trees, bushes and flowers.
But the clean-up does not stop at the gates of the Centre. The first of many “Community Clean-Up Days” was held in mid-August. Children donated their Saturday to pick up trash around the community. The children were divided into groups which focused on different areas including a popular shopping center and a church. They talked to local community members about the importance of community service and a clean environment.
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Put it in the bin!
Keep it clean
Cleaning up is fun!
Jun 11, 2013
It Takes an Eco-Village
By Janelle Larson - Project Leader
Community Development Workshop
One of the main challenges for programs for street children is a successful transition to independent living once the youth complete their education. With high unemployment, (and no homes to return to) they are at a high risk of returning to the streets. To help young people transition to life on their own the CYEC has developed plans for eco-villages where youth can work and further their skills. After several years of preparation and planning, we are thrilled that the CYEC has started settlement at the first eco-village site in Othaya, about 25 minutes from Nyeri.
Youth from the Centre recently participated in a two-day asset-based community development workshop to help them identify available resources that can be used to develop the14 acre site. The long-term vision is to have an ecologically and economically sustainable community that will serve as a launch pad for the youth. Specific ideas for development include horticulture production, dairy goats, and eco-tourism. Like the CYEC, this will be a model facility for the national program for street-dwelling families.