Project #2173

Counsel for 1000 raped young girls in rural Kenya

by Trans-nzoia Youth Sports Association (TYSA)
May 20, 2009

Postcard from Trans-nzoia Youth Sports Association

Leah visited this project as part of a GlobalGiving evaluation. She said:

If I have ever seen a community mobilizer, then it is this man called Gichuki. We give him a call on a cold and wet Saturday morning just to let him know that we had spent the night in Kitale town. He gave direction to the project, but he cautions, “We are a little out of town” that is fine. About fifteen minutes drive we met him at a small shopping center, around him, there were young people. Both boys and girls milling around his Toyota Mark II. It was about five of them and they all screezed themselves in his car, he tells us to drive behind him. He drives ahead of us on a wet marrum road at high speed, I tell my colleague this guy has the right car for this road, will our car make it. Anyway we successfully followed him. About kilometer away, he stops the car, and we pull off the road next to his car, here we notice a little building on the roadside painted in green and yellow colors and branded Tysa. The colors are fading away, he notices the shock on my face and reckons, “this is our old office, we had rented it, but due to financial constraints, we can’t afford the rent so we are moving out to a new place, allow me to pick some records” I wonder, how much rent would they be paying for this facility? Probably USD 100 per month.

He jumps in his car and zooms off at high speed again as we follow him, he realizes that we are not in his sight, so he stops at bridge that is flooded for the previous nights’ rains. Our car wades through the water slowly and we cross to the other side, the story is the same, we drive behind him in hot pursuit again and we stop at a large field soaked in rain water and wet soil, he gets out of his car and tells me , “this is our stadium “ there were tented latrines { long drops} around this big field covered with UNDP tents, Goal posts and netball/ handball posts, the marks of an athletic truck had been washed away by the heavy downpour, but we could see some signs of it.

There were young people both boys and girls, busy with different sporting activities, a small boy was brought in on a wheel chair, other kids pass on the ball to him and that excites him, next to us is another child who seems to be mentally challenged trying to climb on Gichukis back , and another small girl calling out uncle!, uncle!, he talks to her while the other boy is still perched on his back, he puts him down and consults with a group of young girls standing in one corner for the field, so many things are happening, some old women and men suddenly appear and are just hanging around , who is this guy? I wonder silently, surely there is something about this guy, I tell my colleague, I just can’t wait to hear the story of this man.

This guy is so popular within the community; I was forced to ask him, if he has ever contemplated trying his hands in politics, he gives me a big NO. You see that problems we are dealing with now were caused by politicians; we are spending a lot of time and energy doing fire fighting through peace building, psycho social support for IDPs, and resettlement of families and formation of peace clubs in schools. All this energy would have been directed to building the capacities o f this young people through sports and education.

With the tribal dynamics in Kenya, I can’t help, but ask him how he survived the post election violence, now that he belonged to the perceived “wrong tribe”, I was born and brought up in this community, and this is my home. This people are my fathers, mothers, daughters and sons, I am a Kenyan. The realization that I am Kenyan made me survive the violence. Through sports, I visited Rwanda, and what I saw in that country, sharpened me, I can never think tribal. My experience from the trip helped a lot in putting together the peace meeting; some of the youth who travelled with me were the facilitators of the peace meeting. Leah said she would tell her friends that this project is great: They are making a difference.

He ushers us into a small newly constructed building with iron sheet walls and roof, the floor is made of mad, they have improvised timber for seats. “This is our new premise, the little extension at the far corner will act as our office and the rest of the room will be a youth friendly counseling centre. This brings all services closer to the people” This unsung hero has donated his own land that he inherited from his father to the community, and he has no regrets whatsoever for that action. “While other farmers plant maize on their farms, I plant the future of this nation on my farm, the youth” he says. I was shocked by what he called his house, simple and the boys just walk in and out at will.

I ask about the levels of Global Giving funding to TYSA, “They have been funding our girl’s education and disability project for which we are forever grateful. You can see that we have been able to take these children to special schools, and the young mothers back to school, we held one disability day and we are planning the next on 1st of June.

We had a peace and reconciliation meeting with all IDPs in this area and the local community, that’s why you can see those latrines {long drops}, this was in partnership with UNDP, and they put them up. We are still using sports to enhance the capacity of young people while at the same time preaching peace.

What are your future plans? We ask? “The list is long, but if we can have this building completed, the young people can have a place to access information, read watch movies, learn how to use the internet, interacts with the rest of the world, but look at our situation, we trust God that will touch the hearts of our friends to help us reach there. You see we need electricity, the power line is just next us here, but we need about USD 1000 to have the same fixed in out new building.

Truly this project has lifted this community to a new level; all that is left is a strategy to sustain the same I tell my colleague. This mother Teresa has done so much with so little, how much more could he do if he had enough?, that was the question that still lingers in my heart to date. “The needs are overwhelming, the resources are minimal, we cant do it alone, we need all of you out there” appeals Gichuki.

Leah said that she would tell her friends this project is "incredible: You need to see this!"

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Organization Information

Trans-nzoia Youth Sports Association (TYSA)

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

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Thanks to 20 donors like you, a total of $2,200 was raised for this project on GlobalGiving. Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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