Nov 24, 2020

Vital skills learned- a participant's perspective

Marsabit County in northern Kenya now has 90 confirmed Covid19 cases as of Thursday, November 19, 2020. A few deaths have also been recorded, with health workers among the worst hit. We resumed working from the office in July but the rising cases have caused a lot of fear among communities and staff. 

We are  still implementing our activities, however, at a reduced scale. We have also taken action to protect  staff  by introducing guidelines and ensuring they have access to masks  and hand sanitizers at all times. It is difficult but we know that our communities need us and that is why we will keep going for as long as possible.

In our last report, we mentioned that we were working on distributing equipment to teams. We now have an update on the  work we have completed in the last quarter. One of our participants has this to say:

"With the knowledge I have gained I can stand firmly to fight against FGM, early and forced marriage which leads to denial of rights. I am a future leader with the knowledge I have gained to act against all those practices in my society. Assertiveness is also another thing i learned about the topic on human rights. I have learned to follow my own decision and not the decisions of others. Saying YES or NO to those people who decide to make a decision for me.                   

Ability to communicate clearly and sharing thoughts and ideas really improved my communication. Before the training it was difficult for me to stand before a large group of people and share out my thoughts, ideas and feelings towards something. After the training I was very encouraged and motivated. I am now courageous enough to start looking for volunteer work. It also helped me to be self independent, improved my communication with others and enabled me to achieve my goals."

Nov 23, 2020

One family every month-November 2020

Marsabit County in northern Kenya now has 90 confirmed Covid19 cases as of Thursday, November 19, 2020. A few deaths have also been recorded, with health workers among the worst hit. We resumed working from the office in July but the rising cases have caused a lot of fear among communities and staff. 

 

We are  still implementing our activities, however, at a reduced scale. We have also taken action to protect  staff  by introducing guidelines and ensuring they have access to masks  and hand sanitizers at all times. It is difficult but we know that our communities need us and that is why we will keep going for as long as possible.

 

We have supported one family for one month during the last quarter. This has helped to provide whole foods such as wheat flour, corn flour, oil, sugar, salt and rice. This budget is shared between 7 family members and they are grateful for the support that they  have so far received. 

 

We hope that with more support, we will be able to support families like this one with more cash and be able to reach more people.

Sep 8, 2020

Educating girls in Marsabit: September 2020 update

General update about where we work

1. Covid19 pandemic in Kenya:

Since our last report in July, we have had an increase of 17,850 cases bringing the total to 34,493. Over the last week, it seems that the numbers are falling and we had 178 cases on September 3, 2020. In total, there have been 581 deaths in Kenya as a result of the pandemic. Schools are still closed until January 2021.

2. Security situation in Marsabit:

Since July 7, 2020, we have only had three confirmed situations with only 2 people wounded. Generally, it is peaceful in Marsabit at this time.

Activity update
We have managed to distribute 48 sanitary kits to girls from vulnerable backgrounds so far. The kits contain one of each of the following items:

  • Washing and bathing soap
  • Body lotion
  • Hair oil
  • Reusable menstrual pad

We started to distribute the sanitary kits on August 21 and will continue to distribute them. With the donations we have received for this project this year, we have managed to purchase 96 kits. We are left with 48 kits to distribute for now. We will keep purchasing more as donations are received.

Among the items contained in the kit is a reusable pad which helps to cut the costs of sanitary towels for girls from underprivileged backgrounds. The advantages include the ability to use them for upto a year if properly maintained and ease of cleaning. The disadvantages are that they are comparatively expensive and a lack of general knowledge on how to use them as compared to regular disposable pads.

During distribution, we also taught the beneficiaries how to use the reusable pads contained in the kits. This includes how to wear them, how to wash them with clean warm water and soap and how best to dry them once washed. We advised the beneficiaries to ensure the pads are hung in sunlight for proper drying.

Here below are some direct quotes from the parents and guardians of the recipients of the kits:

“May God bless you all, and add more of what you give. Keep on remembering us everywhere”.

“May God give you more than what you give and we are grateful for this little gift and big ones will come soon”.

Here is a direct quote from a girl who received the kit:
“Thank you. This is really going to help me, especially the reusable pad.”

We are currently on the lookout for someone who can train us on how to make the reusable pads at our office in Marsabit. Because we already have the sewing machines and personnel in place, we will be able to significantly bring down the cost of a reusable pad and reach more girls with the sanitary kits.

 
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