Education
 Kenya
Project #2161

Educate 150 Orphaned Teenage Kenyan Mothers

by Trans-nzoia Youth Sports Association (TYSA)
Girls discussing way foward after finishing primary school
Girls discussing way foward after finishing primary school

Our Next Step 12 girls have through your donations done their Kenya Certificate of Primary Education 2009. During a meeting yesterday at the TYSA Girls Resource Centre, they were optimistic that they will do well and join Secondary school 2010. ‘Iam eager to join secondary school next year’ Elizabeth who sat for her exams at Mukuyu Primary school. The girls were very grateful to your donations through Globalgiving which has assisted them so much in buying books, uniforms, and paying for their examination fees. ‘If it were not for the support I have received, I would not have even done this examinations, as my mum has no income to support me’ Felecita, who did her exams from Sinyereri primary school. TYSA expects through your continued support to offer these girls secondary education. We are looking forward to your donations especially during this period when Globalgiving is matching your donations. With Warm Regards from Elizabeths, Felicita, Joyce, Florence on behalf of other girls Gichuki Francis

Dear Friend Give More - Get More Challenge Thank you for your continued support to TYSA.We wanted to let you know about an exciting opportunity that we are participating in through our partners, GlobalGiving. When a donation is made to our project; Educate 150 Teenage Mothers www.globalgiving.com/2161, on GlobalGiving between November 10 and December 1, GlobalGiving will match that donation at 30%, 40% or 50%. And if we raise the most money or get the most donations, we are eligible for bonus awards up to $10,000. Matching funds are limited, so act quickly. You can help us raise more money and earn the GlobalGiving prize money by spreading the word! 1) Pass along this email to your friends and families and ask them to tell others. 2) If you are planning to make a donation this year to TYSA please do so by going to our project on GlobalGiving www.globalgiving.com/2161 Again our sincere thanks for your support and all you have done for TYSA Thank you, Gichuki Francis P.S. Pass this email along to friends and family!

Leah Ambwaya 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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Leah Ambwaya visited this project as part of a GlobalGiving evaluation. She met some of the people affected by Trans-nzoia Youth Sports Association. Here are their stories:

Metrine Chelgat. When we met Metrine a 20 year old girl she is jovial and full of life standing out like a girl who comes from a well off family, but this is not the case when you listen to her, “When I did my primary education I knew that was the end of my life” she poses and looks down shyly “But why?” I ask, she looks up confidently and continues “ I come from a very poor family and nobody goes beyond primary, and my life was complicated further when I got pregnant” this come as a surprise as she doesn’t stand out as a mother, Metrine goes on to narrate on how poverty and lack of basic needs led her into early motherhood but she later beams with a smile and says “Thanks to Tysa because due to counsel and support I am a dependable footballer striker in position 9, after my talent was realized I am now in Kapenguria polytechnic undertaking a two year Tailoring course”.

Lameck Nyadenga Lameck is 26 years old, when we sat down with him in the Tysa resource centre he stood up as one of the youths milling around the sports ground, anxiously waiting for the whistle blow so as to start playing there favorites sport which is soccer, after we introduce ourselves and mission of the visit we ask the gentleman to introduce himself. My partner and I look at each other in amazement when Lameck introduces himself and goes further to say “I am a farmer from the nearby villages but volunteer my services here at TYSA as a sports facilitator” we are surprised because the rains have just come and everybody is busy working on their farms either planting or weeding since the grounds are soft. To answer our question Lameck takes us through his experience during the post election violence and how TYSA really helped in the healing process and him being a victim of this violence the least he could do to appreciate the efforts by Tysa was to offer his services, he quips “I feel great when I sacrifice an hour or two just to volunteer my services, to an organization that’s helping in the peace building initiative after the post election violence” Lameck explains to us if the youth are not engaged in such initiatives on how to live in harmony they are the same people who will turn against each other, butchering each other like chicken in 20212. They are the key to peace in the community. “I need to go clear with the boys before going back to my farm” we thank him for his time, at the point he runs back to the field where girls and boys are involved in different activities.

Mercyline Ipara. From her dressing,Mercyline is a modern girl, after we introduce ourselves and request to know her, the young girls goes on without posing on how she used to be a very shy girl after her final year of Kenya secondary certificate of education ,we interrupt her “What happened?” with a lot of pride she continues “I joined Tysa and after counseling and empowerment I realized as a young growing woman I need to actively find my place in the society, and that’s when I joined the soccer team” she goes on tell us about her prowess in the field before adding “ I am now a form 6 student in Mashariki high school Kampala Uganda, Infarct I am a professional y unstoppable no. 7 player” she prides “After my high school I will be a lawyer putting behind bars anybody who treads on children and women rights ,If not I will be a journalist to highlight on this issues”. We wish her all the best in her Endeavour’s believing she will definitely achieve her goals and beyond.

Collins Samuel Collins Samuel is an 11 year old boy behind a wheelchair beaming with smiles, pushing the weel chair is his mother Elizabeth Ng’aleche.The mother goes on to narrate how Sammy was born prematurely at 7 months and placed in an incubator. She tells us how they thought the boy was a curse forcing them to hide him as an outcast until God brought Gichuki who has helped her and other parent who have children with special needs to appreciate the facts this children are just like any other. “As you can see, now Samuel has a wheel chair and Tysa has found him a school in Kisumu and he is joining very soon.” “You see that man”, she quips referring to a Mr. Francis Gichuki the Director and founder of TYSA, he has spend so much time with me and my family, encouraging us to give Collins a chance, he took us to Joy land school in Kisumu to have Collins assed by experts, we always pray for him”.

Samson Taboso Samson is another 11 year old boy with special needs, quite special because his is mentally challenged. The father, Michael Kitio is says Samson is his 3rd born “We first noticed Sam had a problem when he clocked 4 years without walking” as he narrates Samson is sharing a bottle of water with my collogue Leah, who doesn’t seem bothered with his state. The father goes on on tell us how he dug a whole neck high the height of sam and would burry him inside everyday for 2 hours for a period of 4 months until he started walking. At this particular moment Samson is comfortably patching on Leah’s laps and in deep conversation, this is quite hilarious since from when we got here is it’s the only time I have seen the boy settle and sit down, “Its motherly communication” I tell myself. The father is very grateful “Thanks to Tysa,after some therapy he can now feed himself, he is able to play and do some activities like move things from one point to another” .Tysa has managed to secure and sponsor Samson to a special School in Eldoret town about 100 miles from the village. I am forever grateful to TYSA, they have taken a big burden off my shoulders, my son can now walk and he is attending school.” We learn that the Director of the project has a very special interest in this children with special needs, he does school visitations all the time, Samson love Gichuki.

Leah also spoke to many of the beneficiaries. Here's what they had to say:

Pascilia Osere:

"TYSA has enabled me complete school after being out for one year. I have attended various training workshops which have built y capacity in leadership, community mobilization and event management.

TYSA offers excellent opportunity and space for build our future. You can buy a car (Prado) through this leg, by playing football. Through sports, we come together here in the field and this reduces our involvement in social ill activities

Francis Ojilo:

"TYSA sponsored my secondary education. Through TYSA, I have trained as a soccer coach and currently am in charge of sports and recreation in the organization. I stand in for the Director when he is out of the office. I enjoy every moment in the organization as I get mentored into leadership.

Mary Juma (community parents’ representative):

"TYSA has offered support to the many girls and boys in this community to access education, training and exposure. As a community we are happy with the work of this organization and we shall continue to support it.

My own daughter refused to participate in the TYSA activities and now she is married; I was telling my daughter to come to this field and play with other girls but she refused, only to learn later that she was planning to get married. I am so disturbed."

Joseph Marube (Community parents’ Representative):

"TYSA has shaped the minds of the youths as today they are involved in sports and do not have time to participate in ad behaviors. As parents we are aware of the children movement. If I want to know where my child is, I just come to the field here and I find him."

Lameck Nyandega:

"I was affected by the 2008 post election violence and lived in the Noigam IDP camp till it as closed. It is here where TYSA found me. I volunteered to work with the organization in running daily sports and games activities. Since then I have remained with the organization. TYSA has trained me in coaching and have attended training workshops.

Through TYSA, many girls who were in the IDP camps were sponsored to secondary schools. Counseling of those traumatized during the violence has assisted many to return to normal life."

Mercyline Ipara:

"I am a student in Mashariki High School in Kampala Uganda. TYSA played an important role in supporting me. Initially I never knew what to do. I was so enclosed in our home. One time, I walked out and came to the field. I found so many girls playing different sports. Slowly I was attracted and joined the group.

While at the sports ground, I discovered myself more and TYSA opened up more opportunity for me including access higher education. I was very shy and unable to talk in public unlike today when I am very confident."

Knight Atieno  (Right)in Uganda at a youth camp
Knight Atieno (Right)in Uganda at a youth camp

Girls going places

Knight Atieno a teen mother is going places. After joining the project one year ago, Knight has seen opportunities opening up for her. Last August she was in Uganda attending an international Youth camp. This week she is in Nairobi attending a Premier skills soccer coaching organized by the British council. ‘Am so grateful to TYSA and globalgiving for opening up opportunities for me. Initially I was hastened to join the project because of stigma associated with giving birth as a teenage. Today am confident and my future is looking bright’ Knight Atieno, a beneficiary. We look forward to your continued support to help many more girls

With Warm Regards from Knight Atieno and TYSA

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Organization Information

Trans-nzoia Youth Sports Association (TYSA)

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

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Thanks to 439 donors like you, a total of $30,138 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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