Children
 Kenya
Project #6241

Educate and Empower Street Children in Kenya

by Zawadi Fund International
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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!

Celebrating our graduation!
Celebrating our graduation!

The CYEC established our pre-school in January 2012. Its main aim is to give the children quality education and enable them to have a firm schooling foundation and create an all round pupil at the end of their pre-school life.  Our school has an excellent reputation for high performance. It’s a community based school where we impact the lives of not only the children at the Centre but also the community around us so that we can eradicate illiteracy from our community completely

It started its operations with with eight children, three from the Centre and five from the community around it. By the end of its first year there were 20 children with one teacher, Mrs. Magdaline, who taught all of them under one roof. The classes are categorized into class 1 for children aged 3 years, class 2 for children aged 4 year and class 3 for children aged 5 years who will later proceed to join various primary schools.

After the children have successfully gone through the process they graduate so that they can join Primary school. The first graduation of 15 students was in 2014. This year we are proud to have hosted another graduation on 12 November  where we had 12 graduates. The aim of this graduation was to celebrate the three years we have had with the children and to bring on board all the people involved in educating these children. It also helps the children know that working hard at school has its reward.

We currently have 38 children and hope that by next year the number will increase due to our high standards and our potential growth. Due to this we will be able to divide the three classes so that each class should have its teacher. We are also hopeful that we shall have a variety of extra curriculum activities and also recreational activities to aid in making the students’ life more enjoyable and children friendly.

Your support helps make this possible! Please consider making a recurring gift this year to help support the education of these children!

Graduates and supporters
Graduates and supporters
Reading at Ngaini
Reading at Ngaini

The Children and Youth Empowerment Centre is growing to better serve our current children and reach out to more children in the area. We are expanding into a nearby community of Ngaini where we are renting land with five acres and a small facility to provide a home-like space for weekend activities and events focused on our younger children. There are various themes for the weekend events, with literacy and play-times a constant. The facility also provides a space for staff training and land to grow corn and vegetables.

We recently invited families in Ngaini to visit our new home and share our love of books and learning, as shown in the photos. Children in the area are hungry for more opportunities to learn and grow, and we’re thrilled to have a space exclusively for our little ones.

Your support makes this possible! Global Giving is holding a Bonus Giving Day on Wed. 16 Sept. Starting at 9.00 EDT (8 CDT), all gifts will be matched at 30% while funds last. Please take advantage of this time to make your gift go further! There will be another opportunity in October if this one sneaks past!

Thank you very much! Asante sana!

Fun with letters
Fun with letters
Greens in the shamba
Greens in the shamba

The agriculture program at the CYEC is going strong! Five youth are renting individual plots in the shamba (garden) and growing vegetables to sell to the Centre and to buyers in the community.They provide the Centre kitchen all the leafy greans they need as well as peppers, onions, and potatoes. They’re earning enough to pay their college fees and put some away for savings! The two cows produce enough milk to give all the children a cup with breakfast, with the remainder sold locally. Dan, the nurse, notes this has helped their nutrition significantly.

The three youth with the hay business continue to do well. They regularly have jobs cutting and baling hay as well as making and selling manual balers. With Penn State University, they’ve received a grant to expand this business model to other youth centers in Kenya. We’re excited to be able to replicate what we’re learned to help others!

Finally, several youth recently attended training on bamboo propagation at the Kenya Forestry Research Institute. Bamboo is versatile and environmentally friendly – it purifies water and helps prevent soil erosion and can be used to construct furniture, fencing and homes, or to make charcoal or jewelry. We plan to start production at the eco-village site in Othaya.

Your support of these programs supports income-generation for the youth and nutrition for the children! Thanks for all you do!

Bamboo propagation
Bamboo propagation

Education is a ladder that can lift a child out of poverty. For Steve B, however, enrollment in primary school moved his family in the opposite direction. The financial strain of paying for school—which includes tuition, uniform costs, and activity fees— proved too great for Steve’s single mother, and soon, hunger became an everyday reality for Steve and his family. Steve was dismissed from his primary school in order to retrieve the overdue balance of his school fees, only to be confronted by his mother, who asked, “Am I to feed my children, or pay for school fees?” It’s an impossible dilemma for a mother to find herself in, and especially difficult for a child with a desire for a better life. Steve’s mother chose to feed her family.

Steve left home, vowing never to return to school again. He spent the next two years of his young life as a street child in Nanyuki and Nyeri, fending for himself. It was in these very streets that a good Samaritan approached Steve to tell him that he could find a safe home at the Children and Youth Empowerment Centre. Since then, Steve has returned to school and has hope for a brighter future. He recently received a prestigious Wings to Fly scholarship from the Equity Foundation and has started secondary school.

Your support helps educate and prepare young people such as Steve. Thank you so much!

 

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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
2016 Year End Campaign
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643 donations
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