Children enjoy safe space at tysa
Every weekend, over 10 teen mothers' children come with their parents to the sports or training programme. This was not possible a few years ago before this project started. ' I used to fear and feel shy carrying my baby to the sports or meetings. The boys used to tease me and say that I am a parent. Nowdays I dont fear anything' Dorothy, a teen mother.
Children enjoy playing together at the field as their mothers participate in various activities at the TYSA girls resource centre or playing football.
As an organization, we are happy that the community has also appreciated the project which is helping the teen mothers go back to school and gain education. 'This project has helped my daughter complete secondary education and is now joining college. I stayed with her son for two years' Mum Nancy, (a beneficiary)
We do appreciate your continued donations which help to feed children of teen mothers, offer medical care and pay school fees for the teen mothers.
Donate now to support the education of teen mothers as they open school on 3rd May 2010
School appreciate TYSA efforts in educating Girls
Four years ago, there was no secondary school to serve girls and boys from poor family around the neighbourhood of TYSA.
It is amazing how little efforts put together over sometime produces excellent results.
St Teresa Mixed secondary school is one such school in the neighbourhood of TYSA. It is here where over 70 vulnerable girls and boys you sponsor gain their secondary school education.
‘ I never knew one day I will come back to school and be in such a beautiful environment. When I am here in school, I feel very safe and comfortable’ Elizabeth, a student beneficiary
Last Week , Mr. Marc from Globalgiving was here and had a chance to visit the school. He acknowledged TYSA efforts.
‘TYSA has changed this school. Girls who were lost and loitering in the villages are here now school. We appreciate efforts by TYSA to engage the girls and boys in educational pursuit’ Principal, St. Teresa Secondary School.
Your continued support and donations will ensure more girls continued and complete their education
With Warm Regards from St. Teresa Mixed Secondary School Community
Whisked from an Exam Room by Dad to be Married
In 1998, Sadia Wario, now aged 25 did her Kenya Certificate of Primary School and got a total of 358 points out of 700. Sadia comes from Marsabit district Eastern Province, a semi arid area
Sadia was admitted at Siakago Girls, a Provincial school in Eastern Province. This is where her miseries started.
Her parents refused to take her to this great school which has produced some of great leaders in Kenya. Reason: ‘If my daughter crosses Isiolo border, she will become a prostitute. I am not ready to take her to that school’ Father Sadia
With her great points, her parents took her to a local school that didn’t have any infrastructure the rural area. No laboratory, No dormitory. Classrooms were used as dormitories at Night.
After four years (2002) of studying in a hardship environment, Sadia managed to secure a D+ grade in the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education. This is too far below her full potential.
Out of a family of 8, (3 girls & 5 boys) Sadia is the 3rd Born. Only two have accessed secondary school i.e. Sadia and her younger brother. Two boys have so far not proceeded to secondary school. Two girls decided to get married after completing class 8.
‘After completing form four, I worked in a construction firm and managed to save Ksh 12,000. I went to my father and told him, I had secured a college to train as a Pharmacist. He took the cash I had and promised to assist. After three months in college in Nairobi, my dad told me that he was no longer capable of supporting me. He came to the classroom when it was on and whisked me away while I was doing my exams. I was put into a vehicle to Marsabit, a 48 hour drive from Nairobi. However it took me 7 days to get to marsabit as the car broke down. All these time, I didn’t have any money with me. I had to rely on good will of other passengers’ Ms Sadia
Back in Marsabit 2003, the parents of Sadia were not friendly which forced her to move to a neighbour for 6 months to seek refugee. I remember with nostalgia, when my father said to me. ‘I have educated you so far, I don’t want to see you in my home. Go and get married. I need Cows Now’ Father Sadia.
Following the above incident, Ms Sadia went to Moyale (a 48 hours drive) to stay with her Aunty for two years. While there, Sadia attend a workshop on HIV/AIDS. The little allowance she got from the workshop enabled her to travel to Nairobi where she undertook a basic computer course.
Ms Sadia heard about TYSA work and she was quite impressed with the TYSA girls’ project which is supporting girls to realise their dreams. She travelled to Nairobi, the project has been helping her to stay safe from danger of early marriage. She is staying with her Cousin together with her other two girls whom they run away with from Marsabit. Sadia and her friends depend on your donations for meals, rent and transport.
‘My wish is to go back to college and continued with my studies. I want one day to go back to Marsabit and support thousands of girls whose future has been curtailed by early marriages’ Ms Sadia
With your donations, Ms Sadia will be able to realize her dream. Make your donation today!