Aug 13, 2018

Kabale Halake; The Girl with Courage

Kabale Halake when she joined HODI
Kabale Halake when she joined HODI

We will use courage to describe Kabale because on several occasions she has shown it is possible to overcome challenges even when all seemed impossible. Joining HODI for her was tough because she was a girl who is not supposed to be seen outside playing football due to cultural restrictions. Imagine she had not kicked a ball before joining HODI

Her own mother forced her out of the game but she insisted and defied culture to play football and through this football a once a very shy and timid girl has risen above many expectations to for her star to shine. Making not just her mom pround but the entire country Kenya

The first time was when she led her team with no coach and teacher to support her school to the HODI Championship and won the top position. The year was 2012 and the moment still shinning bright like the morning star. Many girls her age are shy and keep off leadership but through her courage she was able to lead the team. Even when they are a goal down she screamed her heart out and then followed with words that encouraged them and made them to belief in themselves to overcome their fears.

When she did her KCPE exams she passed and as a child of a single mother no resources to take her to high school. When she was asked to repeat her class she refused and came to HODI and shared her plight with the Director HODI Fatuma Abdulkadir and together with the entire HODI staff they all chipped in to see her join form 1. Again it takes a lot of courage for a girl her age to make her case and ensure she will not miss out in her education and today she is a leader, a captain and a candidate about to sit her forth form exams.

Her leadership has gone beyond her home, her school and even Marsabit County. Once a captain always a captain she led her team to the world cup 2018 Russia FIFA Foundation Festival 2018 in Moscow Russia. Here her team was named Simba as a symbol of courage winning 3 games, 2 draws and lost only 1. Made it to the front page of the Daily Nation on July 2nd 2018 in DN2 pullout Marsabit to Moscow.

The young leader with HODI Kabale Halake was nominated to join Michael Johnstone Young Leaders in 2016 and was selected as one of the best player during the Safaricom Chapa Ndimba Eastern Region. The only memory she has of it is a phone that she lost on her maiden flight to Moscow. Below her story and journey in pictures for the past 6 years (2012-2018)! Kabale is a HODI champion you too can be a champion! Take a moment to cheer Kabale and congratulate her for her courage. She epitomises important values that all girls must posses that of respect and taking care of all her team mates just like a family. In her own words; 'Football has made me who I am today; a confident girl who is ready to take up leadership'

Through football she her learnt to be resilient and believes she has a fantastic future ahead of her as a girl, a young leader above all as as a football player already looking forward to France Women World Cup 2019 as a Kenyan Player. Gratitude is all we have on behalf of the entire team you believed in HODI to make this dream a reality. 

In the coming weeks we shall be documenting the return from moscow to Marsabit and we look forward to sharing the great journey with each of our supporters. Take a moment to share Kabale story of courage with your friends and family! 

Kabale at Home helping out her mum
Kabale at Home helping out her mum


Feb 27, 2018

At only 25 she is a Leader

Mumina running a session
Mumina running a session

At only 25, Mumina was brought up by her mother alongside her four sisters. Mumina completed her high school in 2011 but was not in a position to further her studies due to poverty. As with most of the community in this part of Kenya, her father had taken up three wives and was not able pay for her college. Mumina was forced to stay at home after completion of her secondary education.

In 2013, HODI had an advert for volunteer coaches and somehow she came across the post. Considering her love for children she did not hesitate to apply. When the list came out she was among the selected and interviewed for the position. The project was to help adolescent girls break the silence on issues that affect them through football. Mumina had never played football before and this presented a challenge in the beginning but like many struggles in her life she was able to overcome. A year down the line she was listed among the few to be retained and given a chance as field officers but they had to go through an interview process. Again, with her determination she was able to make it through and crashing her friends and peers in the process. This presented another challenge which she had to overcome and used the chance to further her studies and support her mother.

“I have always felt that my community has favoured the boys and neglected the rights of girl child that's why I felt the need to prove my worth and show that as a girl I can do better!”,
Mumina said.

In 2016, Mumina was promoted to be the Football Officer. This marked a big milestone for her; imagine being in charge of the entire program when you did not even know how to play the game in the beginning. Making her rise above her peers and be a leader who has a following with many younger people looking up to her for guidance and support. Her dream was personal growth while ensuring the target beneficiaries got the very best out of the program. But her dreams were cut short when most of the HODI staffs were sent home in January of 2017 due to unavailability of funds and she was not prepared personally for this turn of events. The 5 months she was home were the toughest, it was boring being home and doing nothing. The salary was not forthcoming and she even moved from town to one of the villages in the outskirts. Then there was a ray of hope with another opportunity to volunteer with HODI and she jumped up and down just to live her dreams of supporting other young girls and boys. 

She is at the top of her game and the sky the limit for this young lady. Starting off with no skills but today she stands tall and says she is a successful woman not because she is a millionaire or owns a bungalow. It is because she knows she has made a positive impact in the lives of young girls and boys in schools. She has worked in villages moving them from dependency to resilience and also among her peers and the community as a whole and above all she has proved to her father that a girl can do it even better than boys. Determination and commitment and HODI leading the way for her, Mumina notes that,

“HODI opened a new chapter of my life. I don't know what turn my life would have taken 5 years ago. I would probably be a housewife just like most of my schoolmates who are stay at home mothers and now look at me with admiration all thanks to HODI. Today I am a career woman and I am a young woman leader. My father is busy looking for a son to inherit him so nobody would have given me a chance to grow this much, I am forever grateful to HODI for seeing my potential”.

Feb 26, 2018

Molu Guyo: a story of resilience

Molu's home on the hill
Molu's home on the hill

Molu Guyo is a man in his early forties. He has a wife and three children. On the surface, it looks like a normal family situation. But 1 year ago, Molu was paralysed on one side of his body after suffering a stroke. He could no longer move with his legs, and could only stay seated or sleeping on one spot unless he was moved. As a man who used to provide for his family by going for casual labour jobs such as construction, this was very difficult for him. He had just moved his family to a new home up on a hill. But the situation changed with the stroke.

Since then, his wife became the sole bread winner. She gets work only once a week by washing clothes and earns 300 shillings every time, or a total of 1200 shillings per month (about $1.20). This is obviously not enough for the family's needs, especially considering Molu's medical needs as well. 

With this project, we were able to support Molu and his family with 3000 shillings per month to support their food costs. The children were able to go to school without being hungry, and their parents felt a little less burdened. A local donor also decided to support Molu and his family with one mattress since the children were sleeping on used boxes. In January, we delivered this mattress to the delight of the family. 

Despite all the hardships, this project has proved that people like Molu can also be found and help can reach them, with the support of the community around them. 

Our project staff delivering the mattress
Our project staff delivering the mattress
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