(Swahili for Hi dear friends)
In April, we bid one of our colleagues, friend, donor, board member bye bye after being with us for more than two years. Susi has been very instrumental and played a key role in initiating new programmes within our project. She came in as Technical advisor although she has been in the project since its foundation. To Susi we say Asante Sana (Thank you) and we know you will always be there for the project and wish you the best in your new endeavors. We also got a new social worker who will be working closely with the teenage mothers programme. Ann was initially working in a project in the adjacent slum, Korogocho and we hope she will have a good time here with us in Mathare.
All the kids are back to school after their April holidays. During this holiday, we had several projects that we undertook with the kids, these include; clean-up campaign that had more than 300 community members participate, life skills training on areas that the children felt they needed more inputs on, a visit by a Buddhist teacher who had a very active session with the children and members of the community in regard to the Buddhism religion and what it stands for. Niamh, a board member came visiting to see how we were fairing on. We had several meetings on the new changes and the way forward with all the new initiatives we had started with Susi. We were also lucky to have the Constituency Development Fund (CDF), Kasarani pay fees for two of our secondary students out of the 3 that we had applied for. We hope this is the first step towards a long collaboration between us and our local CDF. WE have also been able to receive two scholarships for 2 of our high school graduates to train in Media Related Studies through the Street Families Trust Fund, a government agency.
In August, 2013, 3 students from Austria visited our project and produced a movie – 17 minutes on Mathare and our role as a project in responding to the various issues affecting Mathare. Please visit the link below and have a view of the Mathare as narrated by us although it’s translated into German. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_eaQ5k-3K5k
The International Day for Street Children is a platform for the millions of street children around the world – and their champions – to speak out so that their rights cannot be ignored. As a network of organizations working with Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVCs) around the world, we want the UN to adopt the Day – when the UN adopts a Day it gives the issue greater global exposure and increases pressure on governments to act. We kindly ask that you join MCFpanairobi to Demand a Day by signing the petition in the link below. In Nairobi, the day was celebrated by street children, NGOs, policy makers, businesses and individuals around Nairobi. The celebrations were diverse and included a football tournament, street parade, medical check-up, dance competitions, poems, skits and local level advocacy with the guest of honour being one of the richest men in Africa and the county Children’s officer.
MCFpanairobi with 6 other organizations working with OVCs are currently working on a petition to the government after a stakeholders meeting sought to petition the National government to take responsibility of rehabilitation and reintegration of street children. This was brought about after an article was written in the Nation newspaper dated 26th March 2014 where the cabinet minister/secretary in charge of children affairs amongst others things denounced that he was in charge of children issues; https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/mobile/?articleID=2000110124&story_title=kazungu-kambi-s-exemption-is-discriminatory
When it is ready, we will kindly ask you to sign the petition and inform your friends to do the same.
Population Services International (PSI) Kenya through Kenya Women and Children Welfare Center – Jordan Foundation, an organization within our GBV network has agreed to train our 22 teenage mothers for the next 6 weeks on various issues from parenting to Nutrition. The training is based on the needs analysis that we conducted with the teenage mothers sometime back. This training will also have them trained as Trainer of Trainers and issued certificates to go cascade what they learned to others.
In April, the founder of Challenge Aid, Mr. Iestyn and Pamoja Trust visited our project and from this visit we are going to partner and establish a public library for children in both primary and high schools within Mathare to use in the evenings and half day on Saturdays. This will be an initiative that will also involve establishing a committee from the community to oversee the library together with MCFpanairobi. This initiative will be up and running by end of August and hope to serve a population of around 500-1000 children in Mathare. It will also employ two of our high school graduates and see the formation of a rugby team with two trained coaches.
So dear friends, these among other day to day activities have been what we have been up to the last 3 months. We want to thank you for your continous support and pray that you continue to be with us.
Regards from a cold Mathare,