Geta Secondary School emerged top in the TYSA Wasichana Tunaweza (Girls We Can) Open Soccer tournament played at the TYSA sports ground in Sinyereri over the weekend. Geta beat Kapsara 6 nil, before thrashing Bishop Muge 3 Nil. In the finals Geta beat St. Teresa Sinyereri 3 Nil. 9 secondary schools participated. Read other results attached.
Cash award for goals scored within the first and last 7 minutes of the game amounted to Ksh 3000 (US$37). This cash award is to help girl’s access educational needs including sanitary pads. The tournament attracted over 300 girls who participated in the tournament.
Besides football, Sexual Reproductive Health Clinic was organized where girls got information regarding their sexuality. The girls got first hand information from a doctor who answered their questions freely and candidly. ‘I asked questions that I could not ask my teachers in school," said a player.
The girls also learned how to write short stories about their experiences and issues affecting them in the community. This was conducted by Marc of Globalgiving and Ziporah who is coordinating the story telling project in Kenya. TYSA uses storytelling to get feedback from the community and beneficiaries. Over 300 stories were collected. Once analyzed, they will help TYSA tailor its activities towards addressing the issues.
Another activity that was done was a baseline survey on the needs of girls in secondary school where TYSA works. This included structured questions where the girls filled in. once this information is collated, it will also inform TYSA what programs to introduce to address critical issues affecting the girls. Together with the story telling project, a comparative analysis will be done to show the most critical issues.
The tournament was attended by Marc from Globalgiving USA who has writtenly extensivley about the visit ;http://t.co/CK4BmrH and students from Pittsburg University from the USA.
Innovation at Mothers’ Day Celebrations. It was not business as usual in the Musemwa and Makindu Village in Sinyereri Location, Trans-nzoia County in Kenya. For the first time, mothers and Teenage mothers had an opportunity to share their memories together. It was fun and pomp and they engaged in sports and round table discussions. Invited guests came and enlightened them on ' Self reliance' Ms Anastasia from Western Conservancy Area was invited to facilitate this session. She has rich experience in working with community groups mobilizing them to take advantage of the locally available resources and opportunities. She inspired the mothers to take on Income Generating Activities to support their households and stop just relying on their husbands. Mothers are already exploring and experimenting on making local ' Food Hot Basket". This basket can keep food hot for whole day. This will go along way to support mothers to generate some income as well as support children.' We are very excited by this innovation. We hope it is going to make us come out of poverty' Mary TYSA hopes this new initiative will go along way to support welfare of mothers. Your continued support is always appreciated.
When the post election violence struck in Kenya, things changed for Ann. Her education was put in jeopardy. Her dream of completing her education was in doubt.
Ann could not comprehend the situation at that time. The parents were separated by the ethnic tension. To date, Ann stays with her mother in a market place near TYSA offices. Through this project, Ann was recruited and given psychosial support including counselling. This helped Ann adjust her self and concentrated on her education. The project supported her to continue with her education.
Last year, Ann did her Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education. She is looking forward for some good results to enable her undertake a course. Ann also took advantage of the computer training course which was offered by TYSA in December 2010 and January 2011.
'I am very excited by the great support I have received from TYSA. I have enjoyed very warm relationship with other girls in the project. I don't know what would have happened to me if TYSA did not support me. Thank you to all those who have supported TYSA and me.' Ann. We do hope to continue to support Ann continue with her education.
This project continue to offer very vital support to the daughters of teen mother and their daughters. The project has continued to reach out to more vulnerable girls in the community. The project has become an icon of hope for more girls leaving in the rural area of Trans-nzoia County. We are now reaching out to girls in the neigbouring county of West Pokot where girls especially teen mothers need educational support.
TYSA wants to thank all of you for your continued support which has continued to impact positively on the lives of many teen mothers, vulnerable girls and children.
We want to invite you On March 16, GlobalGiving.org is matching at 30% all online donations up to $1,000 per donor per project! There is $75,000 available in matching funds on March 16. Once these matching funds are used, we will no longer be matching. In addition to the 30% match, GlobalGiving is offering a $1,000 bonus to the project that raises the most funds that day and a $1,000 bonus to the project that receives donations from the most individual donors! Terms and Conditions:• Matching is applied up to $1,000 per donor per project on March 16, 2011 between 12:01am and 11:59 pm EST (GMT-4) until matching funds run out;• There is $75,000 available matching funds;• Projects must be approved and live on the GlobalGiving.org website by March 15th;• Only online donations (credit card or paypal) are eligible for matching. Donations made by check are not eligible;
TYSA is always greatful to your continued support and suggestions on how to improve our project