Project #7626

Computer Skills for 50 Needy Youths in Kenya

by Trans-nzoia Youth Sports Association (TYSA)

Am  Mss Mong’are Morent, 19 years old , a 2011  form four secondary school leaver .Am now studying computer in TYSA Resource center as I wait to join university soon. It is now one month since I started studying computer.For the last one month I have learned typing, Microsoft word, Microsoft publisher and printing. Apart from getting computer skills am also learning life skills from the organization. These skills am getting will help me to pursue my dream as journalist in future.I thank TYSA for offering me this opportunity to study computer free. Am very grateful.

We at TYSA are committed to offering life skills that are essential to the current 21st century life. Computer literacy especially for rural children and youth is giving them competitive edge in the job market. The youth are now getting connected and even before they join colleges and universities, they are computer literate.

We are grateful that you choose to support this project that is reaching out to the rural community in Kenya. We invite you to join us in this endeavor to offer more opportunities to the children and youth.

The computer training is currently children and youth targeting those who had finished Kenay Certificate of Primary Education candidates of  2011.The training takes place at TYSA community resource center. The December 2011 training class had 25 beneficiaries .The beneficiaries learnt the following computer skills;

1. Introduction to computer 2. Key boarding 3. Microsoft word 4. Microsoft excel 5. PowerPoint 6. Microsoft access 7. Microsoft windows 8. Microsoft publisher 9. Internet and email 10. Page maker.

In addition, they learnt how to use IT related skills including binding, photocopying, laminating and paper cutting. Many of were quick to learn and do practical’s which boost them to complete this packages for one month. The training will continue during holiday period when the schools are closed in April to complete their course.

To date  50 beneficiaries are now computer literate.They can use computer to write their own personal stories and experiences. They can also write a letter. At least half who are in high school have opened up their email and face book address.

Challenges Encountered Most of the beneficiaries were coming late making them to miss some sessions. Also the power was a problem when it gets lost when we are proceeding with the training. Another key challenge is the insufficiency computers are not enough making difficulty in teaching especially during practicals.

'I am very excited about learning computer.Its fun and enjoyable. I am confident  and look forward into learning more in the future especially when i join college'  June a class 8 pupil

As shared in our last report, we did organize the December Holiday Play sessions which was to mark the 10th anniversary of our organization. This brought all the programs, stakeholders and partners together. This was one of the most exciting activities that TYSA has organized in the recent past. It was an event that lasted for 10 days with all excitements. Over 1500 youth and community members participated in the celebrations.

As outlined; December Holiday Play and Mentorship Activities, junior mentorship Camp for under 14 years children including those with disability, Keeping My Dream Alive camp for vulnerable girls, and Play and learn Tournament for youth above 15 years and computer sessions were all organized. Junior mentorship camp brought together 110 children under 14 years from across the country. Teams came from Amani Kibera in Nairobi, ASTEP in Eldoret, SOET in Mt Elgon and the host community in Trans-nzoia County.

The children had assorted activities including life-skill sessions and health. They played 7 asi9de soccer games in a league format where each team played more than 4 games. The final league was for 11 aside where Amani Kibera Nairobi emerged triumph and carried the trophy. There was lots of fun as all children including those with disability participated in different way. Music and dance was in plenty.

One of the most memorable moments was the fact that the children who came from different ethnic communities in Kenya were hosted by families where TYSA works. This is the first time this is happening in the local community.

' I am so excited and happy that I stayed in a family who take care of me like one of their child. I will come again to visit them' Master Nyagah from Eldoret 120 girls from five organizations in Kenya that is Suba Lakers from Mbita, SEP from Oyugis, KYFA from Kisumu, Diocese of Lodwar from Turkana and TYSA.

The girls who were hosted by St. Teresa's Secondary School Sinyereri organized the training sessions and participated in the TYSA Girls We Can Soccer tournament. In the morning the girls held sessions in the school where they shared on keeping their Dreams Alive. In the afternoon, they participated in the soccer competitions which was eventually won by SEP Girls form Oyugis. The girls were so inspired during the camp. They shared freely amongst themselves. Mss Onyango Florence said from KYFA 'I would like to be a neurosurgeon so that I can help people with mental disabilities so that they can also be accepted in society where they are stigmatized' The computer classes were offered during this period and it is still ongoing for the community youth.

40 youth enrolled into the training session. They are learning basic skills to help them become more marketable in the market. The project will as form January 2012 include children under 14 years to gain the computer literacy skills at early age.

The December Holiday play brought in the senior youths aged 15 and above. 4 community teams participated in the play and learn tournament which was eventually won by Samba Boys. The youth learnt basic skills in starting business.

TYSA staff, children, youth, parents and stakeholders want to share their sincere gratitude to the donation that you made towards ensuring the celebration was a success.'On behalf of the parent committee and community council, want to thank you for your kind donation. It has made us proud in fulfilling our mandate. Your donation plus our donation ensured the children and youth get food, drink and medication during their stay here' Mr Waasare, Chairperson Community council. ' We are humbled by your kind donation and ask that you continue with this good gesture into 2012' Mss Atieno Oduor, a Girl leader and beneficiary 'We take this opportunity to wish you a successful 2012 in your endeavors. We hope you will remember and continue to make your donations to support us continue with school, computer, child protection and participation and football programs' Master Alex & Meshack, the Speaker of Youth Assembly and Junior assembly respectively

‘My two daughters Knight and Grace participate in the Holiday play events organized at TYSA. This has helped them to manage their holiday time well and they learn life skills. Before TYSA set up this holiday play event, my daughters used to be idle and often conflict was the order of the day. Today, I am very happy for them as they train in the field, study computer and attend learning session a...t the TYSA Girls Resource Centre’’ Mum Knight

Dear Friend,

Imagine a December holiday where child labor, drug abuse and girls pregnancy are common occurrence. Children are coming back to school in January frustrated and angry because they got into a fight or were buttered by their parents or still having hangover from drug use and some of the girls will not come back because they are pregnant.

The bottom line – December Holiday wasn't fun and nobody was in a good place to learn. Not a good situation for any child, is it? For most teachers and Parents, unhappy child after Holiday means more time and effort to get their class settled down for learning.

That's why TYSA is working with the community to provide December Holiday Play and Mentorship Activities. Junior mentorship Camp for under 14 years children including those with disability, Keeping My Dream Alive camp for vulnerable girls, and Play and learn Tournament for youth above 15 years. You can give the children the opportunity to play and Learn while receiving mentorship  and receivng Computer lessons.

For the past 10 years TYSA has been partnering with rural based schools and villages in the community. We provide a full-time TYSAs' coach who uses organized games, conflict resolution tools, and our proven Plan and Learn activity to turn the playground into a virtual classroom where children learn essential life skills including teamwork, Respect, Effort, conflict resolution, and fair play.

67% of the children participating in our play and learn activities have shown great improvement in academic perform and 85% behavior change.

As you look towards the end of 2011, please consider making a $20-$100 gift to TYSA. Your gift will be put to use right away on our beneficiaries, who deserve the chance to play, learn and grow physically, emotionally and academically.

Thank you,

Gichuki Francis
Executive Director

computer at the  TYSA resource centre
computer at the TYSA resource centre

August holiday was very busy for three young people who anxiously wanted to learn computer. Erick Macharia is a student at Kimilili Boys High School in form three who does not learn computer in his school making him distrustful on how he is going to cope with life out of school when he does not have any information technology skills which will help him to access information. This applies to Collins Odhiambo a student at Bwake secondary school in form two and George Nawan a student at Milele secondary school in form one. The three have been introduced to and all the basics in a computer.

These young people come from very local areas where computer is hard to get, but now they are happy to get the services at Tysa. As a result of this, it has seen this young people get access to some of the information which they could not. But this is now possible through the use of internet and other services. Also they are able to share and communicate with the entire world through facebook and email.

One key achievement is where Erick Macharia is on facebook- This young person has shown a great potential in IT hoping that he is going to get quick access to information in any time that he would like to. These have seen a number of young people raise interest of learning computer. It’s our trust that the group is going to impress this training as majority of them will join and learn computer. This is going to see them get more informed as they will do more of learning through research of information. In December 100 children under age 14 will spend 5 days learning computers skills  during their annual junior mentorship camp.


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Trans-nzoia Youth Sports Association (TYSA)

Location: Kitale, Trans nzoia County - Kenya
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Gichuki Francis
Executive Officer

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