Children
 Kenya
Project #6241

Educate and Empower Street Children in Kenya

by Zawadi Fund International
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Many  hands make light work!
Many hands make light work!

Friends of the CYEC,

We appreciate your support of our work, and we want you to know the beneficiaries of your investment are hard working too! In addition to exceling at school, the children and youth at the Children and Youth Empowerment Centre help with day-to-day operations at the Centre. They work in the shamba (garden), and help with cleaning and cooking. This teaches them responsibility and helps prepare them for independent living. It also helps us keep our operating costs to a minimum, so your investment goes further!

Wednesday 21 September will be a Bonus Day here at Global Giving. Gifts made while funds last will be matched at 30% --  it’s a great way to make your support have an even greater impact!

Thanks for all you do!

Working in the shamba
Working in the shamba
Cleaning in the shamba.
Cleaning in the shamba.
Making chapatis -- yum!
Making chapatis -- yum!
Business talks
Business talks

Students from Penn State University spent two weeks in May working and learning with youth at the CYEC. The students worked in four general areas:

1. Business Development: This team offered workshops for the youth on the basics of organizing a business, identifying resources and opportunities, record-keeping and basic business plan development. They also had team-building activities as there are a good number of new youth in the cooperative. Several CYEC youth have small businesses so Penn State students met with them to explore ways to increase their profits. 

2. Agriculture: Several youth produce vegetables in the shamba (garden) at the Centre to generate income and provide fresh produce for the children. The Shamba team focused on soil health this year, including mulching, composting and crop-rotation. The Centre also has a dairy cow and several goats. The Dairy team assessed herd health and nutrition as well as overall management to improve productivity.

3. Food Safety and Nutrition: This team taught youth basic safe food handling and nutrition as they're transitioning to cooking on their own. They also partnered with the ag team to identify nutrient-rich crops for the shamba.

4. Gender: The Gender team helped ensure all our activities were appropriate and inviting for all youth at the Centre. 

The students and youth had a productive time, learning together, making friendships and changing lives. Please see more on the class blog below.

Your support helps to continue this work. Wednesday 15 June is a GlobalGiving Bonus day, and gifts are matched at 50% while funds last. Give early to ensure your gift has an even greater impact!

Working in the shamba
Working in the shamba
Choosing a balanced diet
Choosing a balanced diet

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Our girls at GLOW
Our girls at GLOW

Soul Sisters is a group of more than 20 teenage girls at the CYEC between the ages of 13 and 19 years. It started out as a mentorship program which aimed at educating the girl child on real life situations and how to manage teenagehood and the pressures that come with it. It is a program that equips the young ladies with good social morals and eventually molds them into mentors. 

Four of our girls recently participated in a week-long girls’ camp hosted by the Peace Corps in Meru .The camp, Girls Leading Our World (GLOW) was focused on HIV awareness and prevention. Other topics learned were sexual rights, gender sensitivity, sexuality, relationships, communication and decision-making skills, their body, puberty and reproduction and sexual reproductive health.

The camp had more than 100 young girls from Eastern and Central region who participated.

Leading our girls
Leading our girls
Cleaning the hall
Cleaning the hall

Our long-time supporter and friend, Chris Aredo, rallied his friends near and far to beautify the Centre for our kids! Over the holidays, he raised funds and convinced his friends to join him as they cleaned and painted the dining hall and boys' dormitory. They also bought some new soccer balls for the kids and enjoyed a weekend of dancing and playing football (soccer). Those on the ground put in six days of work (with a little fun)! We are so appreciative of those who donated funds and time to make this happen! What a wonderful gift for the New Year!

Painting
Painting
Painting
Painting
Chris and some of his team
Chris and some of his team

In honor of your support of the Children & Youth Empowerment Centre in Kenya, we’ve composed a special version of The 12 Days of Christmas.  We think even those of you who don’t celebrate Christmas will enjoy! 

 “On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me a book written by a child at the Children and Youth Empowerment Centre.”

 In the summer of 2014, several Penn State students helped establish a writing program at the Centre to allow children to literally tell their stories. With donated software and a printer, the program continues.

 “On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me two sets of paints and a book written by a child at the CYEC.”

 Several years ago, K-State students in the Leadership Studies program established a full set of co-curricular activities including an arts club.  Local volunteers meet with the children every week to help them develop their creative talents. They now have a vibrant visual and performing arts program.

 “On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me three acres of drip irrigation, two sets of paints and a book written by a child at the CYEC.”

 Penn State engineering students installed a drip irrigation system in a section of the CYEC garden.  Now the youth help grow veggies for the centre year-round. We hope to install a drip system at the eco-village in Othaya  in 2016.

 “On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me four outreach programs, three acres of drip irrigation, two sets of paints and a book written by a child at the CYEC.”

 The CYEC is a resource for poor local families, providing fun days focused on literacy for young children. By supporting local education, they can help more children succeed, beyond those in the Centre, and help ensure fewer children end up on the streets.

 “On the fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to me five preschoolers playing & learning, four outreach programs, three acres of drip irrigation, two sets of paints and a book written by a child at the CYEC.”

 The CYEC opened its nursery school program to the local community in 2012. Now these children enter primary school ready to learn.

 “On the sixth day of Christmas my true love gave to me six students a-studying, five preschoolers playing & learning, four outreach programs, three acres of drip irrigation, two sets of paints and a book written by a child at the CYEC.”

 Public education in Kenya is free through 8th grade, but secondary schools charge tuition.  Local and international ZFI sponsors support CYEC youth as they further their education. Our kids regularly rank at the top of their class!

 “On the seventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me seven children breakfasting, six students a-studying, five preschoolers playing & learning, four outreach programs, three acres of drip irrigation, two sets of paints and a book written by a child at the CYEC.”

 ZFI donors ensure CYEC children have a healthy breakfast before school 3 days a week.  We also provide medical and educational supplies and clothing.

 “On the eighth day of Christmas my true love gave to me 8 youth a-milking, 7 children breakfasting, 6 students a-studying, 5 preschoolers playing & learning, 4 outreach programs, 3 acres of drip irrigation, 2 sets of paints and a book written by a child at the CYEC.”

 The Centre’s two dairy cows provide milk for the children with surplus to sell to neighbors, supporting both nutrition and income!

 “On the 9th day of Christmas my true love gave to me 9 youth a-baling, 8 youth a-milking, 7 children breakfasting, 6 students a-studying, 5 preschoolers playing & learning, 4 outreach programs, 3 acres of drip irrigation, 2 sets of paints and a book written by a child at the CYEC.”

 Several years ago a PSU faculty member helped youth start a hay-baling business. They’ve received grants to provided training to youth in Uganda and other parts of Kenya to expand the program – helping many young people across the region!

 “On the 10th day of Christmas my true love gave to me 10 volunteers mentoring, 9 youth a-baling, 8 youth a-milking, 7 children breakfasting, 6 students a-studying, 5 preschoolers playing & learning, 4 outreach programs, 3 acres of drip irrigation, 2 sets of paints and a book written by a child at the CYEC.”

 Friends of the CYEC in Kenya have formed the Zawadi Society, a group of local volunteers who mentor and tutor children at the Centre. It’s so important for the kids to have a special someone who cares about them!

 “On the 11th day of Christmas my true love gave to me 11 children playing, 10 volunteers mentoring, 9 youth a-baling, 8 youth a-milking, 7 children breakfasting, 6 students a-studying, 5 preschoolers playing & learning, 4 outreach programs, 3 acres of drip irrigation, 2 sets of paints and a book written by a child at the CYEC.”

 After school activities include sports, reading, music, and an environmental club to help CYEC children and youth develop their self-awareness and have fun!

 “On the 12th day of Christmas my true love gave to me 12 youth succeeding, 11 children playing, 10 volunteers mentoring, 9 youth a-baling, 8 youth a-milking, 7 children breakfasting, 6 students a-studying, 5 preschoolers playing & learning, 4 outreach programs, 3 acres of drip irrigation, 2 sets of paints and a book written by a child at the CYEC.”

 The CYEC strives to develop the potential of these children & youth so they can lead happy, productive lives. Your support helps us meet this goal!

 

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Zawadi Fund International

Location: Paoli, PA - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.cyec.net
Project Leader:
Janelle Larson
Director of Zawadi Fund International
Nyeri, Kenya

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