Mar 30, 2020

Giving Back

Approximately 10,000 people were displaced and hosted in Kenya. Food was rated highest as the most priority issue amongst the children, pregnant and lactating mothers and elderly.  Secondly, water shortage is also a key priority need.  Security for persons with disabilities, older persons and women is not a guarantee. Health services are also key especially under-fives, elderly, pregnant and lactating women and people living with HIV. There was need for a safe space for mothers and children but the situation normalised after peace building efforts including the one of HODI with Shoot to Score not to KILL.

You can get in touch with our organisation through www.hodiafrica.org and facebook  https://www.facebook.com/HornAfricaDevelopmentInitiative/ and twitter @hodiafrica

We look forward to your continued support to our projects on GlobalGiving https://www.globalgiving.org/donate/6000/horn-of-africa-development-initiative-hodi/

Thank you in advance and be blessed!

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Feb 15, 2019

Giving the girls a voice and a choice; the story of a HODI Champion

Kabale The HODI Champion
Kabale The HODI Champion

The project Educate and Give a Voice to HODI Girls in Northern Kenya started in a small way by taking one girl for the one  academic year in high school. The initial thinking was to ensure the girls dont drop out and be part of the startcis instead they are able to transition and be part of changing the narrative of the region in the north of Kenya. But the 1st years were tough as we had not raised enough resources to cover the entire cost of tuition but each month we received a new donation and we kept the hope alive. Giving up was no option and some days even the HODI staff chipped in with the little resources they had to ensure the few girls were supporting did not drop out of school. 

Our young leader, Kabale was an amazing football player who never had a chance to play football and when at 12 years she joined HODI in 2012 there was no stopping for her. She is one of the girls we supported with the donations received. Today she has completed 4 years of high school and is giving back to the community by training other girls in football and ensuring the girls stay in school just like her. Football is giving them a chance to break the silence on issues that affect them as girls and creating a safe space for them to share personal stories and give solutions as peers. Just kicking the ball itself has helped them overcome many barriers and taboos that was placed in their way by culture and tradtions. To conform with religious conditions HODI included hijab on the head, stocking to ensure their legs are not exposed and it was possible to take over the community space which was in teh past restricted only for boys use.

Today I am sharing the story of a HODI Champion. So take a moment to journey with the young leader. Imagine giving the young leader a chance to evaluate the project and give feedback to HODI, this is a special gift for she knows what is important and the missing link for us to improve on as an organisation. Getting feedback from the girls and the community is a great way to improve our effeciency and effectiveness. As a result we have now extended the support for the girls in our education programmes from one year to 4 years to allow them complete their high school education. Upon completing high school some of the young leaders return as volunteer coaches and earn a little stipede. This is then saved to allow tem to pursue higher education. The support Kabale received has helped her rise out of poverty and now she is able to take care of her basic needs and with a strong dream to partner with us to contribute towards a future where girls have a choice and a voice. 

In her own words.....

'I will ensure no girl is left out of school and the only way we can achieve this dream is by investing in girls education, THANK YOU for investing in my education"

This is a story of change agent who has taken the mantle in changing her community and one home at a time and from one school to the next she is currently doing the evaluation of the girls program to see how best to improve. This is the best role for having been a beneficiary herself. It will also ensure that her family will have increased capacity with the little stipede and reduced vulnerability while together we build resilient communities. 

We have been selected as one of the organisations to take part in this years GlobalGiving Girl Fund Campaign. This is a great opportunity for HODI to secure a chance to win one of six year-long slots in the GlobalGiving Girl Fund, compete for matching funds on International Women’s Day, and re-energize our power base! The 2019 Girl Fund Campaign will run for two weeks, from Feb. 28 to March 14 2019, and celebrate International Women’s Day with matching funds and bonus prizes on Friday, March 8.

With your support its possible to create a world where every girl has the chance to create a future of her choice like Kabale! Even against all odds she managed to make through the toughest moments in her life at the verge of child marriage and facing the risky cut - FGM. But she did not give up on her dreams of getting an education and playing football. Take a moment to share our project with your family and friends and together we can provide quality education, legal protection and access to coaching skills and life skills that they can use to access the job markets in future. The investment in one girl will make a difference not just in her life but the lives of her immediate family and their communities. 

 

Kabale in 2012
Kabale in 2012
Kabale in 2018
Kabale in 2018

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Dec 4, 2018

Safo The S-Hero

Water Tank for rain water harvesting
Water Tank for rain water harvesting

As the world celebrated International Day of Disabled Persons 2018 on 3rd December we would like to celebrate a little known s-hero who despite all challenges she has coped with what many will term impossible. Her name is Safo and she lives in a small village in the outskirts of the town but what makes her the s-hero is the fact that she is taking care of her 9 children and 10 grandchildren single handedly. When people talk about disability what comes to mind is physical only and mental illness is not highly rated as it is not physically visible. Hidden from the masses and lost in their own little minds is the fate of the children the mother bore and one after the other they all had the same disorder affecting them. None of them is married and the girls keep on being defiled and giving birth to children with unknown fathers.

One in four people in the world will be affected by mental or neurological disorders at some point in their lives. Around 450 million people currently suffer from such conditions, placing mental disorders among the leading causes of ill-health and disability worldwide.Treatments are available, but nearly two-thirds of people with a known mental disorder never seek help from a health professional. In the case of Safo and her children seeking professional help is not even one of the options. Many call them the mad people and even go ahead to describe how the entire household is full of mad people. No one identified Safo's household as vulnerable and until one HODI staff visisted them. The stigma, discrimination and neglect prevent care and treatment from reaching people with mental disorders like Safo's family, says the World Health Organization (WHO).

In the case of Safo, 4 girls, 5 boys and now the 10 grandchildren there is total neglect and very little understanding of what ails them in the first place. Days turned to months, then years and now decades they have been feeding off leftovers from the trash bins. Many days are without anything to feed the family but Safo never gave up. Single handedly she scavenged for whatever was available until when one day she identified by a HODI staff leading to a visit for vulnerability assessment. It was heartbreaking what the team witnessed and all agreed that they are indeed vulnerable. Some good news coming Safo's way and she could not believe what she was hearing breaking down in tears. She confessed having not received any support for her family but was so scared almost talking in whispers for fear of anyone overhearing the conversation. In one room they all lived spreading down boxes the structure barely holding on due to the long exposure to rain and harsh weather. Not a single container to collect the rainwater instead the water literally collected in the house leaving them with no place to put their heads when night falls. But this was the least of their worries as the survival mode kicks then every month since September of 2017 the worry was no more.

As one of the 80 Households supported the family received cash transfer for 4 months combined to buy dry foodstuffs and just the basics needed in their household. With your donations were able to make this possible and also provide one water tank with gutters to collect rainwater. It was a scary moment as the 4 months come to an end and while we were figuring out how to convey the message we got one donor giving on monthly basis and there was a glimpse of hope for the family. It is the small little acts of kindness that make a difference. To Safo, her 9 children and 10 grandchildren there is need to keep the lights on, food on the table and achieve stability with resilience. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support and generous donatons and we look forward to sharing how Safo's family and children will get professional help. 

The Tap fitted on the tank
The Tap fitted on the tank

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