Jul 24, 2017

Kick Balls for Peace

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The end of June presented HODI with an invitation to Kazan Russia to make a presentation on the great work of using football for peace. We had a chance to showcase the great work of HODI and all that the support you have given has enabled us to accomplish.

Then came the suprise moment. Imagine walking up Saturday Morning and walkind down the road and everyone smiling at you and some waving the paper. This is what happened when our football program got a full page in the National Newspaper with a coverage of 1.7M readers. I want to take this opportunity to thank you for the great support and motivation over the years. We will be indebted forever as HODI and all the children who haev come through the program. 

Before I sign off I would like to leave you with 3 pictures of the story! We would love to hear your feedback

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Jul 19, 2017

The Drought

The Drought in Marsabit
The Drought in Marsabit

The drought situation is becoming worse by the day with the household production of milk and meat at its lowest and the price of milk and other dairy products has skyrocketed. Most of the children are malnourished and families are skipping meals to eat one meal a day. In some villages the people are going with no food the whole day and access to water for human and livestock consumption beinyou and at its lowest. 

We have noot been able to raise enough to even cater for one household out of the 250 and our appeal is to reach out to support our cause. On a positive note we were able to raise 200$ through mobile money and we used it to get water for 2 villages. Over 50 households benefited from the water trucking in Badha Hurri. 

The next six months (July- December) will be the toughest with predictions of the rains failure in October. We look forward to keep you posted with the updates from the field. We will be sharing some pictures from Marsabit on how the situation is on the ground. Most families lost 80% of their livestock during the drought and the remaining ones were wiped out by a one flash floods. It is our hope we will be able to support the 250 families for the next 6 months. 

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Jun 2, 2017

You are a champion for girls

The young girls playing with boys
The young girls playing with boys

Imagine a future where all girls have a choice and a voice? where nothing or no barriers limit her. 
Let me share with you the story of a natural born-leader and athlete, the young girl is a formidable sprinter and keen footballer but all this would have been just dreams.

Having been a timid girl as a young child, she took up an interest in sport after HODI initiated girls football and led her team to win the first football tournament they entered, despite them having no coach and no teacher to lead them. She became the coach, player and goal scorer. Standing on the sideline and watching this young girl scream for the ball, guide her team to a win is a confirmation of the power of HODI's work.

It is possible to make change happen, it is actually affirms that girls and women can have a voice and a choice. Since playing for her school she has initiated peer education sessions where she works with 40 girls on weekly basis, courageously breaking the silence on FGM, early marriage and beading. She is a now a champion for herself and other girls like her who would otherwise be mothers at the tender age of 12/13 years.

At her school we work with the teachers to ensure quality education is delivered, while at home the parents are encouraged to be involved in the education of their children. Having lost her father at a young age, imagine being urged by her siblings to give up on sport and instead follow a traditional pathway. She would have dropped out of school ready for marriage instead she is pursuing high school education with your support, she has defied culture and tradition.

I am lucky to be in school and truly the support will help me clear my education and focus on what I want to be in future said the young girl. With your support you made this possible and changed not just the life of one girl but 40 others she is working with through breaking the silence sessions. 

Many Kenyans are so tired with a long day full of celebrations, the country just turned 54 years. Changing the life of one girl is worth a celebration and we want to thank you for your donations. Hoping to catch up with you soon and together we champion for the girls!

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