Each year, the CYEC hosts students and young adults from around the world, but most of our students come from two universities - Penn State and Kansas State. The students prepare for a semester, then come to work on various projects for the Centre, sharing their skills and passion and forming lasting relationships with our children and youth.
This summer, the students from Kansas State reinforced and expanded the Zawadi Exchange Program. Through this program, children and youth at the Centre earn points for doing chores or producing food, which can then be exchanged for toys (for the children) and room and board (for the youth). This builds responsibility and self-sufficiency among our young people.
Penn State students primarily worked with the youth cooperative, leading them through a series of workshops on entrepreneurship and business development. Most of the youth are involved in agricultural enterprises, but other activities include making jewelry from electronic waste. Two PSU graduates also extended their time to work on livestock production (the goats now produce enough milk to give all the young children a cup each morning!) and a mural arts program. Other PSU initiatives include low-cost greenhouse production and a tele-medicine initiative.
These partnerships are so valuable for all the young people involved. The US students are able to apply what they've learned in class, and more importantly, connect on a genuine level with the children and and youth at the Centre. The children at the centre are encouraged to continue their studies, and all of them learn they're not so different from each other.
Time to get painting
Time off in Nairobi.
Jun 11, 2012
Making Hay while the Sun Shines & Wed. 13 June Bonus Day
By Janelle Larson - Project Leader
Youth displaying the baler at a local dairy event
Young people at the Children and Youth Empowerment Center are developing enterprises so they'll be able to support themselves as they leave the Center. Some of the most promising activities are cutting and baling hay, and the production of balers. A professor from Penn State University taught them how to cut hay with scythes, which are more efficient than the traditional means of cutting grass. The four youth involved have cut and baled more than 500 bales since the first of the year. They've also improved and built a wooden baler, which they're now offering for sale.
This Wednesday (13 June) is a Global Giving Bonus Day. Because our project is in the 'Leader' status, every gift will be matched at 40% while funds last! This is a great opportunity to increase the impact of your support so give early on Wednesday and share with your friends!
Youth cutting hay...
and making bales.
Mar 12, 2012
2011 Annual Report & Wed. 14 March Bonus Day
By Janelle Larson - Project Leader
Dear Friends of the CYEC,
To learn about the joys and successes you made possible for children and youth at the CYEC in 2011, please see the attached Annual Report. Your support had enabled them to further their education, have a healthy and safe home, and develop enterprises so they can live independently. We couldn't do this without you!
The next Global Giving bonus day is this Wednesday the 14th. All gifts are increased by 30%(!) and the organization receiving donations from the most supporters also receives $1,000 bonus so even small gifts make a big difference! Please give on Wednesday, and encourage your friends and family to do so too!