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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Mar 31, 2017

One small win led to a win at the global level

HODI Team
HODI Team

This month we celebrate the HODI women who have championed for the cause of girls and boys to have safe spaces to play and just be children. It takes lots of courage to bring along a group of armature women to play in an International tournament the level of Global Goals World Cup. Your support created these champions.

Each team had to choose a uniform and ours seemed the most difficult choice but it is the abaya we wear every other day! Most people looked at us and questioned how on earth can you play in this long rob? Long sleeved, flowing to the floor and with a scarf on the head, this is the beauty of just being yourself. We felt comfortable but our comfort made most Kenyans worry and tag us the team from Somalia.

We had most fun at the Global Goals World and we played 3 games with every player from HODI getting a chance to get on the field and score for Gender Equality. We had a song which we celebrated with our fans and all those who came to cheer team HODI. In the end being recognised as the team that has achieved in GOAL 5 for Gender Equality and overall in the SDGs was a huge honour.

This was just the beginning of a long journey we had started together and if you had not supported HODI then we will not have made it to the Global Goals World Cup. I had a chance to travel to New York and was nominated at the UN to champion Goal Number 5 on Gender Equality not just in Marsabit but in Kenya. The small steps we have taken together to build a peace field and break the silence for the girls and women is being recognised. It is a huge honour and again all this would not have been possible were it not for your support. Personally, I am excited and looking forward to share more on the new role for me and for HODI as an organisation.  Below is the link https://twitter.com/UNDP/status/841748366119849986

HODI recognised
HODI recognised
A champion for Gender Equality
A champion for Gender Equality

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