Mathari's Children Fund

To help impoverished children succeed in life. We enable children to access schools and we help them to stay there, by paying fees, teaching life skills, providing counseling when problems arise, providing medical help when needed and making sure every child has at least one square meal every day. We provide both formal education and technical training for children who would otherwise suffer hunger, disease and permanent poverty.
Oct 9, 2014

Lessons learned-Teenage Mothers

Dear MCFpanairobi friends..

My report this time around is on the challenges we faced in the establishment of the teenage mother’s programme and the learning lessons gained from it. This has been brought forth by the GlobalGiving newest initiative where projects are asked to share their experiences in a project called #FailFoward Stories.

Like we mentioned before in our reports, one and a half years ago, we started a teenage mother’s programme where we targeted girls below 18 years with children below five years. This was informed from a baseline survey on children below five years who loiter within the slums during the day.

The initial recruitment was done during the electioneering period in Kenya after the post-election violence of 2007. During this period, a lot of international and local NGO’s had lots of seminars/workshops and activities that were on- going especially on peace initiatives. These NGOs would provide money for those who attended and there was the first mistake. 4 weeks after recruitment, it dawn on us that the girls were not really attending the vocational training as agreed, the reason; we were not paying them! We had to go back and review our recruitment policy once again that would come up with some guidelines on how we engage the teenage mothers.

The second batch of teenage mother’s that we recruited were mostly sourced from partner organizations that we work with. We got a total of 25 girls of whom half had been referred to us by Community Health Workers (CHWs) who live and work amongst the Mathare slum community. Basically we trusted the CHWs to genuinely refer clients who met the criteria we were looking for but alas, it was not the case. 13 teenage mothers referred to us ended up being not really teenage mothers but women/wives/girlfriends/relatives of the CHWs that had been coached on what to say when we made enquiries. Our capacity then was limited in regard to human resource but luckily we got DKA (an Austrian NGO) that agreed to support the programme and we were able to get an extra social worker to handle the programme. We have been able to find the truth about some of the teenage mothers we recruited. Out of the 13, five have remained while the rest dropped out in the training processes because they had joined for various reasons; because either they had been coerced to do so or because it was free and yet it was not something they were interested in. Of the 5 remaining we agreed they would finish their vocational training although they did not meet the criteria.

Lessons learned
Recruitment process; It was realised when recruiting of the previous group of teenage mothers that certain processes were not keenly followed. This has been rectified with the introduction of a recruitment process after brainstorming that involved both MCFp staff and the teenage mothers themselves.

Counselling; Counselling is the key to success of the program and special attention should be given to any issues raised. Failure to provide time and space to listen to issues raised by the teenage mothers may lead to drop – out. To reduce this, MCFp will embark on provision of counselling, one on one and group counselling every two weeks while the office has an open door policy and teenage mothers can come in anytime for any issue to be addressed.

Family Planning Services; Within the last 6 months, some of the teenage mothers have gone ahead and become pregnant again although they still have young ones below 3 years. To avoid this kind of situations, MCFp has embarked on providing these services through a network of government dispensaries, German Doctors in Mathare and one of MCFp staff members is currently training on reproductive health and family planning issues. The staff member will provide insights to the teenage mothers on ways to reduce unwanted pregnancies amongst the teenage mothers through workshops or seminars.

Refferals; Although we appreciate our networks and partner organizations, there is great need to follow-up the cases and ensure that whatever information we have is factual before the potential client is admitted in the programme.

The teenage mother’s programme continues and we are in the process of recruiting new teenage mother’s for next year phase but this time around. Our experiences will inform the process. Lets see how 2015 will go with the new group of teen mums.

Asante sana for being there for us.

Jul 19, 2014

Asanteni (Big Thank You)

Dear Friends

Asanteni Sana (big thank you) for your support during the just concluded Partner Rewards Bonus Day
It means the world to us.

Because of you, we can continue to serve at-risk children, and provide them with an education for the remainder of this term.

We are so lucky to have you as a donor. Thank you for investing in our organization and in the children we serve. Your generous gift will go to good use, and we’ll update you throughout the year with reports, program announcements and special events.

Thank you again for your investment in Mathare Children Fund and your belief that the children deserve to have a brighter future through education

Regards

Titus

Jul 16, 2014

Partner Rewards Bonus Day

Dear Friends,

Thank you for your generous support in the past. We don’t take lightly the fact that you have set aside some of your hard earned money, even harder in times like these to support our project.

"Poverty sentences you to lack of education and even an early death! Am indebted to Mathare Children's Fund panairobi and to an extension to you (donor) for i see a light at the end of the channel, when i finish my studies," Ken* says of his sponsorship. That's the kind of impact you are having on children within Mathare slums.

My dear friends, rarely does an opportunity to do good come along when we're well-prepared for it. There is some good news, though. Right now, GlobalGiving is offering what they call Partner Rewards Bonus Day which kicks off today at 9:00 am EDT on July 16th, 2014 and ends at 11:59 pm EDT on July 16th, 2014. As leaders in GlobalGiving fund raising website - https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/educating-street-children-in-the-mathare-slum/ - we will receive 40% in matching funds. We are also excited to announce that for this Partner Rewards Bonus Day that we may receive a $1,000 bonus award as a project that raises the most funds and a $500 bonus award if we come in second place. There’s more! They will also be offering another $1,000 bonus award for most individual donors and a $500 award for the project that comes in second place.

That means that with your gift of $100, you have the chance to make a $140 impact! And cliché though it may be, the truth is that opportunities like this don't last long. We have only 12 hours to make the most of this chance!

Please note that it is only online donations (credit card or PayPal) that will be receiving this bonuses and also note too that donations made on globalgiving.co.uk or any GlobalGiving corporate sites is not eligible for matching.

So the question for you today my dear friends is: Can you give again? The need is great, the cause is worthy, and the battle is raging. And our cause here at MCFpanairobi has not changed. We are more focused than ever. The need is greater than ever, and the chance to make an impact even greater still.

These donations will go a long way to meet the fees for the 106 children who are in school for the remainder of this year who require more than $10,000

Thank you for supporting us in the past, we would not have done it without your support and kindly request you to continue doing so.


Asanteni Sana.

Regards Titus


PS; $100 will go a long way in meeting school fees for secondary school students for the remainder of the year...

 
   

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