Educate & Give voice to HODI Girls in North Kenya

by Horn of Africa Development Initiative - HODI
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Educate & Give voice to HODI Girls in North Kenya
Educate & Give voice to HODI Girls in North Kenya
Educate & Give voice to HODI Girls in North Kenya
Educate & Give voice to HODI Girls in North Kenya
Educate & Give voice to HODI Girls in North Kenya
Educate & Give voice to HODI Girls in North Kenya
Educate & Give voice to HODI Girls in North Kenya
Status Dashboard Nov 24, 2021
Status Dashboard Nov 24, 2021

On October 28, 2021, we received a donation of 10000 dollars from GlobalGiving towards our Educating Girls in Northern Kenya project. The funds were to be used in delivering this project’s activities: supporting girls with tuition fees for high school and providing sanitary pads. 

We have created project guidelines to help us in utilizing these funds as efficiently as possible: 

  1. Work with schools to identify the most vulnerable girls who have potential to perform well in school but have school fee balances due to their backgrounds. 
  2. Vet these applications through meetings with parents and guardians and collect their statements to support their applications.
  3. Required documents to support applications include school report forms for the last two school terms and a current fee balance note signed from the school.
  4. A committee then reviews and provides recommendations on each application. 
  5. The scholarship payments are made directly to the school bank account and the school is informed once payment has been completed. 

So far, we have received 54 applications from different schools, 40 of which have been approved and payments are being processed. 

256,000 shillings ($2,560)has been awarded so far, with an average award amount of 6400 shillings (approx.$64). 

We are using an online platform to store and process these applications and have attached our current status dashboard to this report. 

 

Here are some individual stories from some of the applicants we have received so far: 

Girl affected by recent ethnic clashes in Marsabit

They lost their home in the recent ethnic clashes. She has 5 siblings and her eldest sister dropped out of school due to lack of school fees. The sister is now a small-scale hairdresser and supports their mother with shopping for food. 

Their father died 8 years ago and their mother now supports the entire family by doing small scale business activities in town. They were affected by the conflict where they had to move from place to place to settle in peace. They stayed at her sister's home for one month but the mother felt shy and decided to move to a rental house with her family in a bedsitter house sharing a bed and place to sit. The space is very small but they have nothing to do but to be patient.

The girl in school will hopefully complete high school next year.

 

School where only 1 girl can afford a school uniform

In this mixed gender high school, only one girl has a school uniform. Her parents did not buy her a new school uniform, but she inherited it from her sister who had dropped out earlier due to lack of school fees. At least five of the applicants we received from this school are growing up as orphans.  

The community has chipped in to support these girls by requesting for support from the government and also supporting the headteacher. The headteacher has also made an effort to ensure that these girls continue with their education and do not drop out. The girls believe that they will complete school and support their parents in future. 

We have awarded ten girls in this school to continue with their education. 

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Teachers receiving balls and kit at one school
Teachers receiving balls and kit at one school

EDUCATING YOUNG GIRLS IN NORTHERN KENYA

 

Distribution of reusable pads to 44 girls in Saku sub county

 

We were able to purchase 176 reusable pads and distributed them to 44 girls. Each girl received 4 pads for use. 

 

The reusable pads will help the vulnerable girls to improve their lifestyle and allow them to continue attending school even when they are menstruating because many girls miss school or drop out completely because they cannot afford one. 

 

One girl had this to say: “Thank you so much for the reusable pads as this will help us reduce the cost”.

 

SHOOT TO SCORE 

 

Distribution of balls to school,Youths and GK prisons

 

In August, we distributed 50 balls and 6 sets of football kits to schools in Marsabit. The 50 balls and 6 sets of football kits will be used by 488 girls and boys in the schools. 

 

We also distributed 4 footballs to Marsabit GK Prison for use by prisoners and youth. The Prison had sent a formal request for support through one of their officers. 

 

Refresher training for staff and coaches

 

A refresher training on football drills was conducted for 5 coaches in August 2021. The training was conducted over a period of 3 days at HODI and was meant to prepare the team ahead of the new school term. 

 

488 girls and boys from schools in Marsabit will be taking part in football sessions beginning September 2021. 

 

Strategic plan

 

HODI board members and staff participated in development of parts of the new strategic plan over the course of three days in August.The new strategy will guide HODI’s work from the start of 2022. 



THANK YOU

 

We could not have done all this without your support. We ask you to keep supporting and empowering communities here in northern Kenya. 

 

On behalf of all our communities and everyone on our team, we say a big thank you for your enduring support.

Beneficiaries pose with a set of pads in Aug 2021
Beneficiaries pose with a set of pads in Aug 2021
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Repainted goal posts
Repainted goal posts

SHOOT TO SCORE

Life Skills sessions for boys and girls

Sessions on children's rights, decision making, hygiene and menstruation were delivered over the last few weeks to 455 boys and girls. These sessions were delivered through our football drills.

Leagues

120 participants (60 girls and 60 boys) took part in 18 league matches over the last couple of months. Due to ongoing conflict, some matches could not be played. The leagues were supported by our coaching team. 

Girls had their own matches and were able to play football after training by our coaches. 

Distribution of bibs

100 bibs were purchased for the football matches and life skills sessions. The bibs make it easier for the players to identify each other and they are light and easy to wear. 

Pitch Repairs

We were able to make some repairs on 3 football pitches and facilities that we normally use for our shoot to score activities. The pitches and facilities are accessed by a total of two thousand and twenty-nine children. The repairs included:

  • Field marking.
  • Sport shade renovation.
  • Goal post repainting.
  • Removal of thorns and unwanted weeds in and around the pitches.
  • Repair of 76 changing room windows.


EDUCATING YOUNG GIRLS IN NORTHERN KENYA

This month we conducted monitoring and evaluation on the use of the previously distributed pads. A majority of the girls we spoke with noted that the reusable pads had less friction and were also easy to maintain. 

This month, we plan to distribute new reusable pads to 44 girls, with each girl receiving a set of four pads that will make it easier for them to change during periods.  

Some of the challenges we have recently faced include the cancellation of our tournament plans due to relatively high Covid19 infection rate


 

THANK YOU


We could not have done all this without your support. We ask you to keep supporting and empowering communities here in northern Kenya. 

On behalf of all our communities and everyone on our team, we say a big thank you for your enduring support.

Girls team
Girls team
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The food package for each family
The food package for each family

After receiving the disbursement of donations received over the last 2 months for our Building Resilient Households project, we decided to distribute foodstuff to three vulnerable families this week. 

The three families are all from the Saku sub county of Marsabit.

Based on the available budget, the following items were included in each family’s package:

  1. 4kg of rice 
  2. 4kg of wheat flour
  3. 4kg of maize flour
  4. 1 litre of cooking oil
  5. 6 litres of milk
  6. 4 kg of sugar
  7. 250g of tea leaves
  8. 500g of table salt
  9. 800g of bar soap


All the 3 families collected their food packages from our office. Here are the quotes from all 3 beneficiaries, whose names we have not included for privacy purposes:  

Family 1: “May you prosper, you have given me a lot. May you prosper and may your earnings increase.  

Family 2: “May God increase your resources and bless you for feeding my family during these difficult times.

Family 3: “When I received the call from HODI, I was in town looking for food for my children because they had slept hungry for two days. Thank you so much and may Allah protect you from all evil and bless your work.

Thank you

We could not have done all this without your support. We ask you to keep supporting and empowering communities here in northern Kenya. 

On behalf of all our communities and everyone on our team, we say a big thank you for your enduring support.

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Participants with balls during a league match
Participants with balls during a league match

The pandemic in Kenya

Kenya is now in the third wave of the coronavirus pandemic. Over the last two weeks, cases have been rapidly increasing and the total number of cases between March 7 and 20 is 11,801. South Africa, a much larger country and with more testing capability, has 16,595 cases over the same period by comparison. 

Schools are open but activities with participants are limited. A presidential directive currently in place prohibits sports activities between participants from different schools.

Our new website

We launched our new website on March 11. The website includes a more detailed look at our programs and fresh pages for our supporters to get involved through volunteering and donations. Please visit our new website at hodiafrica.org

Compliance

We also recently completed our annual audit and financial statements for the 2020 financial year. On March 15, we  filed our annual report to the NGOs Coordination Board as required by Kenyan law. The NGOs Coordination Board is the regulator of the NGO sector in Kenya.

Our projects

  • In February, we trained 7 people on football drills and child safeguarding. The coaches were trained at our office in Marsabit and safety precautions were taken. 
  • In our shoot to score project, we have continued to train young girls and boys in Marsabit on life skills topics delivered through football drills. Because of the current pandemic situation, participation was restricted to participants from a school only in order to reduce mixing. The drills were delivered by trained coaches and all participants wore masks and observed social distancing. 450 girls and boys are currently participating in these sessions. 
  • 76 girls and boys are training and participating in a weekly football league. The league is currently taking place in one location only due to restrictions caused by the pandemic. 
  • Over 100 community members and school pupils have been using radio to learn and get important information about the pandemic and other topics. The radios are solar powered and can be charged. 
  • Towards the end of last year, we distributed sanitary kits containing a reusable menstrual pad along with other basic essentials to 96 girls. We went back this year to ask them about the kits and how they have used them. Many of them have reported that they found the pads easy to use and clean. They are reusable, so they have not had to buy regular pads for the last 3 months. 
  • Working with 93 women in our Qusanno village savings project, we have supported 4 registered groups to file their quarterly reports with the national government. From February 1 to March 22, 2021, these women have saved a total of KES 74,700 between them. Previously issued loans have continued to be repaid, with a total of KES 130,500 repaid during the same period. These loans have mainly been used to support small businesses, providing economic empowerment for women and their households. 
  • In our sport on the cutting edge project, 27 former circumcisers have continued advocating against female genital mutilation. They reached 567 persons in February with messaging about the dangers of FGM, myths and facts about FGM and its illegality in Kenya. 
  • 7 girls were directly rescued from FGM through the work of former circumcisers.
  • 29 community leaders met 643 people during community meetings, religious gatherings and home visits. With these people, they discussed the dangers of FGM and encouraged community members to give up the practice.  


Thank you

We could not have done all this without your support. We ask you to keep supporting and empowering communities here in northern Kenya. 

On behalf of all our communities and everyone on our team, we say a big thank you for your enduring support.

Sessions at schools
Sessions at schools
Audio learning in Marsabit
Audio learning in Marsabit
Community monthly meeting
Community monthly meeting
Community member collecting water
Community member collecting water

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Horn of Africa Development Initiative - HODI

Location: Marsabit, Upper Eastern - Kenya
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Fatuma Adan
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