Invest in 45 vulnerable girls change kiandutu slum

by Angaza Sports and Development Centre
kids playing one of the games
kids playing one of the games

Hygine and Sanitation is very important in our sarroundings, however, its not priotized in Kiandutu slums where the common practice is open defacation. This leads to many problems including spread of diseases like cholera which lead to many other challeges that come with treating and preventing the diseases.The basic rule of always using a toilet properly can contribute to a more prosperous and happier world. The girls have taken the challenge of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in the own community as a way to educate other girls and the community at large on Cholera prevention especially now that we are having El Nino rains in Kenya and the Cholera cases have been reported.

The girls have taken it to schools and in the community to educate the community on the importance of using toilets properly. The girls are using basic games and role plays that are entertaining and educative, an example is the Hand washing challenge for teaching an effective hand washing method and The germ Hand game, is an interactive sketch that show how germs are spread.

Toilets make communities healthier, toilets protect the environment and keep good sanitation which generally contribute to socio - economic development of a county because people and the government will spend less on solving the problems created like paying medical bills. We have been for a while impacting different skills and knowledge to the girls and now we have reached a stage where they are passing the knowledge to their community. The goal is to pass positive living messages to the community in bid to address the core challenges in the community like hygiene and sanitation. This is very encouraging.

The next step is to form a 'girls parliament' in the community that will play a key role in addressing the community challenges.  

Let’s join hands and support this initiative.

girls playing games..
girls playing games..
girls doing community outreach
girls doing community outreach
girls in digital training centre
girls in digital training centre

Children and youths have for long practiced football skills in Angaza. However, in the last three months, we have brought together 15 a young females and 13 young boys to develop their art skills through the digital learning centre. In learning about art, there are points where ideas about the child, art, and teaching meet, sometimes connecting, sometimes colliding, sometimes competing.  We have beliefs that have shaped our ways of seeing the child, art, and teaching.  Media can enhance our understanding of children and the art media themselves and how we can scaffold young children's learning within these media.

We asked the children and youth to construct any tall structure. None of the group made what they see in the slum instead they made Towers and tall structures. Commonly held images or constructions of the young child shape and inform all aspects of early childhood—policy, practice, institutions—as well as relationships between community and child, parent and child, and child and child.

According to one of the beneficiaries aged 16 years old, her group chose to make a beautiful digital Aerial.  Our country is currently in the process of digital transformation, most of us don’t watch television anymore because they have been switched off. We as a group felt we could make the tallest digital aerial to help all Kenyans watch how terrorist affect the world without monthly payments for digital decoders. This was a great example that they are concerned about the current social trends in the country and they want to bring a solution. We believe through the digital learning centre that the girls be transformed to change agents in their communities and the country at large.  We want to continue nurturing their talents and we thank you all for your continued support. 

digital arial designed by the children
digital arial designed by the children

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It has been exciting journey to see lives of children being transformed by education, mentorship and inspiration. We organised an inspiration camp for 25 beneficiaries, as a plaform fo them to share their experience, though the overall goal is the same, the journey for each one of them has been different. The inspiration camp was for them to share and learn from each other and as well inspire them to achieve more in the coming years. 

Kiandutu slums in Thika is one of the disadvantaged communities with high rate of school drop outs, illiretacy, crime among other social challenges. This intervention aims at offering scholarships to children from this community in order for them to be success stories from the community and for them to inspire other children to follow the same path. We strongly believe that every little bit counts and at the end we shall have a changed community.

During the inspiration camp, one of the beneficiary said that "I am very grateful for the support to go to school, I am now very inspired to do be the best and persue education to the highest level. I am also able to handle the day to day challenges well since the mentorship program has developed me so much in that one year. I want to be useful in my community and help many more disadvantaged children like me" 

This postive stories are as a result of your support, we are looking forward to impact more children in 2015. 

Kiandutu slums is known for many reasons ranging from high crime rate, high rate of school drop outs, teenage pregnancy, poverty among others. However, Kiandutu slum is now getting to get known for the good reasons through Angaza Education program. This program focuses on three areas; scholarships, mentorship and inspiration. We noted that scholarship alone cannot transform the children and youth, but through weekly mentorship and inspiration programs they are inspired by role models in their community and the country at large. The scholarships beneficiaries, who have undergone through the Education program, facilitate the mentorship and inspiration in schools.

Unlike the normal class work which is formal, mentorship and inspiration in school is informal learning and more enjoyable, kids therefore tend to understand better. One standard eight girl at Kianjau primary said “the mentorship class comes in the evening when we are done with school lessons; I don’t get bored in that class and even understand easily because there is no pressure, no fear of assignment, homework or coming examination on it. It is all about the real things that happen at home and in our community. Unsafe sex, teenage pregnancy, drug abuse, prostitution etc. more importantly we discuss ways to get out of such situations. We are taught by mentors who are not our school teaches but comes weekly and we are even free to ask questions that we cannot ask our teachers or parents”

Since we started the education program, we are excited to have the first lot of beneficiaries finishing this year. It’s a great step in their life’s and also for other many children and youth who are aspiring to join the program or are already in the program.

Kianjau primary school girls  in Kiandutu slums
Kianjau primary school girls in Kiandutu slums

Angaza Sports and Development Centre strives to improve the education standards in Kiandutu slums by ensuring that girls have access to education. We do this by proving school fees, uniforms, books and mentorship programs to the girls and also boys because development can never be attained in isolation. This month Angaza gave books, uniforms and we were able to have 3 girls continue with their education. This was made possible by our on line givers though global giving platform . The girls and parents were very happy as seen in the photo. Education is the first step to changing the world, a small group of like minded individuals can change the world; it is very exciting to see the girls smile because of this kind of support.

 

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Angaza Sports and Development Centre

Location: Thika, Kenya - Kenya
Website: http:/​/​www.angazakenya.org
Angaza Sports and Development Centre
Project Leader:
Zacharia Ochola
Program Coordinator
Thika, Kenya

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