From the nature of Trans-Nzoia County, it is really challenging and though for the young children who cannot work and expect to be fed by their parents. Once the children are left by their parent and even without food the whole day, they can't attend classes therefore the number of those attending school the months of May, June, July and August are challenging.
Through the initiative of Juhidi organization working closely with one ECD school nearby has seen a number of children remain in school. Supporting Chepkaitit came to agreement with the head of the school to eliminate the challenge of children remaining at home. As Brian a 5year old boy says "am happy that these days I get food in school and I can learn till I go home when my mother is back from work".
The months of February and March have been busy with many activities at Chepkaitit where more than 60 children have been participating in various activities of child development. All this children comes from families which were affected by the post election in Kenya. We are happy that we have brought more than children together through our food support and materials. These children get enough time to interact and other sessions support as they are seen traumatized by what had happened. Brian a small and intelligent boy tells a story on what happens to children once there is a problem and says “am very happy to have food and ball. I will make a good team of children to go abroad and play with other good children and people” This brings strength of the work that you are doing in supporting these children.
The month of December was very exciting for children who shared their holiday together for meals. A number of them orphans and children from single parents had very tremendous times. January has started and it's of joy that these children are going to join various schools as they will access food which is the most important thing in child development. "Am thankful, God bless, do it again, am happy" these were some of the remarks and quotes from the children after the sharing.
Months of July and August are very hard months of the year in most parts of trans-Nzoia. These months are tough such that most families do not have food in their homes and the whole region at large. This has seen a good number of children exposed to child abuse. Majority of children are taken to work in farms to help their parents to get food and money for domestic use. These has made them be out of school and see them drop in their academic results tremendously as compared to those who attend school at all times. Not that this children only miss food but also bulk of them can’t access school requirements which will maintain them in school. Most families prefer their children not to go school but work for food. Many parents see education as a burden rather than an opportunity to change their lives. Mostly those affected are children of single parent, Orphans and those who stay with their step parent.
Juhudi has come out to safe and help these children to get food and see that they are back in school. Eight (8) children have been supported in school fees and other relevant school requirements. This has not only seen the children being back in school but also reduced child abuse of all kind. ‘It is very exciting that I can now wear school uniform and be in school as other children. Thank Juhudi children in crisis for the continued support and all those behind the support’. Elizabeth Apondi
Though primary school in Kenya is free, not everything is paid by the government. The children still have to buy uniforms, examination registration fee among other levies. For majority of the families and especially orphans who live on less than a dollar every day, education is elusive. Several children in Munyaka areas on the slopes of the cherangany hills where Juhudi works found joy when they had fun and enjoyed porridge. The children here who are from poor family are most landless living in the nearby centre. The project has enabled children at least to attend school and receive basic education. Hunger remains the biggest obstacle. During the planting season, most of the children accompany their mothers in search of manual work to put food on the table. Our feeding and education project endeavor to provide support to the children to access education. The project pays for school fees and purchases some of the school materials. Since the school open early in the year, 2vchildren have been support to purchase uniforms, 6 bought books and 8 paid for internal examinations. As we plan to host the Day of the African Child on 16th June 2010, we look forward to offering children from Kabolete, Mwanga, Amani and Kimuri primary school an opportunity to share their experiences and inspire each other. We hope to engage the families, community member is ensuring that children are protected and supported to realize their dreams. We shall keep you posted on this development. Meanwhile, Juhudi would like to let you know that we have a new Executive Director. His name is Steve Ombere. This follows a restructuring at the organization. Mr. Eliud Akanga Who has been in charge of the organization moves on to take other personal duties. He however remains close to the organization. From now on you will receive updates from Steve. Juhudi would like to thank Eliud for his commitment and support to the organization.
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