Sessions on children's rights, decision making, hygiene and menstruation were delivered over the last few weeks to 455 boys and girls. These sessions were delivered through our football drills.
120 participants (60 girls and 60 boys) took part in 18 league matches over the last couple of months. Due to ongoing conflict, some matches could not be played. The leagues were supported by our coaching team.
Girls had their own matches and were able to play football after training by our coaches.
Distribution of bibs
100 bibs were purchased for the football matches and life skills sessions. The bibs make it easier for the players to identify each other and they are light and easy to wear.
We were able to make some repairs on 3 football pitches and facilities that we normally use for our shoot to score activities. The pitches and facilities are accessed by a total of two thousand and twenty-nine children. The repairs included:
Sport shade renovation.
Goal post repainting.
Removal of thorns and unwanted weeds in and around the pitches.
Repair of 76 changing room windows.
EDUCATING YOUNG GIRLS IN NORTHERN KENYA
This month we conducted monitoring and evaluation on the use of the previously distributed pads. A majority of the girls we spoke with noted that the reusable pads had less friction and were also easy to maintain.
This month, we plan to distribute new reusable pads to 44 girls, with each girl receiving a set of four pads that will make it easier for them to change during periods.
Some of the challenges we have recently faced include the cancellation of our tournament plans due to relatively high Covid19 infection rate
We could not have done all this without your support. We ask you to keep supporting and empowering communities here in northern Kenya.
On behalf of all our communities and everyone on our team, we say a big thank you for your enduring support.
As HODI we train the community to start saving from as little as 10 Kenyan shillings. Most of them are vulnerable, unemployed and depended on relief and the shillings was 3 for education of their children; 2 shillings for health and 5 they save and borrow as loans to initiate small businesses.
The story of this young mother takes us to the village in Marsabit, a quite silent village no one knows what is happening beneath the sleeping giant. Here we meet with the chairlady and the secretary of the village saving scheme they introduce us to the young mother and share updates on the village. They have increased their contribution from 300 to 500 shillings with most as casual labourers.
Literally everyone has benefitted from the loan scheme even the most vulnerable who depended on relief. Gumato a mother of six kids a beneficiary of the three months monthly stipend from HODI supported by GlobalGiving.
None of her children ever made it a high school today she is a proud mother of a boy in form one at a national school. She found herself a day job as a cleaner and pays the loan of 100 usd on monthly basis. They were all trained on business skills and how to take loans repay them after investing in a business or education. This helped generate income and lift her and the family out of poverty. Until next time we pen off here.
Amid all this the importance of food security at household level cannot be measured and the kitchen gardens have helped most housholds not to go hungry. As HODI we are currently working with 20 more villages to upscale the practice and as one mother narrated. At times all you need is to be shown what to do and they can do do it on their own. Mama Amina, was never trained as she saw other women doing it then she started her own garden. As the rest of the areas was dry and just shelled off her garden was green with vegetables. The rainfall received in Marsabit central amounted to 7.5 mm. Drought has started to kick in and at a slow pace and already the response interventions were launched with several activities ongoing to cushion vulnerable households.
This is just the begining and as we approach 2015 we plan to set up 1000 shamba HODI's in Marsabit Central and our target is to train 200 women leaders from the villages to train 50 women each. We are grateful for teh support we received through your donations and we will provide an update on the progress of our project.
It has started raining and its time now to harvest some rain water for the dry season and planting of 1000 Shamba HODI's.
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