Schools reopened for 3rd term in September 2017. All our 8 beneficiaries reported back to their respective schools and they are proceeding on well. Am happy to report that we are very proud of them since they are performing very well and we keep encouraging them to work even harder. We received results for their end of 2nd term examination where we had 3 students maintaining their first position in their classes. This was very encouraging and the beneficiaries reported that the support we gave them was very essential since they remained in school the whole term without being sent home for school fees or school uniforms. They said they were able to concentrate with their studies for the term and also their parents felt very relieved and they now concentrate on other family issues especially sourcing money for school fees for the other siblings and other basic needs. Our girls beneficiaries also reported that they were very happy to receive the recyclable sanitary towels as they are very effective and they don’t have to miss school during their periods as it was previously. They were happy as they don’t bother their parents or guardians any more during their days. We hope to support more girls with these sanitary towels as we realize that this is very challenging for the school girls in primary and secondary schools. We express our gratitude to all our supporters for their kind contribution and supporting the less privileged in our society. We will continue supporting them in all ways possible as we request all the well-wishers to consider contributing for the success of these and other students. Thank you very much.
Although the situation in Mukinyai was not really good in 2nd term, the situation has improved a bit as there were some rains and the farmers were busy in their farms although that could not help them much as it would not solve the immediate family needs but all in all farmers benefited from one way or the other.
As in the previous report, we conducted the need assessment in three secondary schools namely Mukinyai, Sachangwan and Koige. These schools are along Nakuru-Eldoret highway and the have high number of orphans and vulnerable children. The assessment was done to identify the most vulnerable students to be supported with the funds raised by kind donors on GlobalGiving. We are happy to report that we identified 8 students from the 3 schools, although the need was higher than that, we only managed to support 8 of them. We supported them with a set of school uniforms, shoes, text books and recyclable sanitary towels for the girls as well as school fees for 1st and 2nd term. During the assessment and distributions we learn from the beneficiaries, parents and guardians the many challenges they are going through we had stories from all 8 beneficiaries which were very touching. Some beneficiaries are living in very poor temporary houses and the kids have to walk very long distances to and from school every day. In their stories, some are going to school on empty stomachs
All the beneficiaries we identified are currently performing very well in school despite of being out of school most of the school days as they are sent home for school fees every now and then. They all promised to work very hard and those in positions 1 one will maintain the good performances. They were all excited when receiving the uniforms, books, sanitary towels and school fees. They confessed that their prayers have been answered and the expressed their gratitude to all those who have supported them and they hope that the support will continue till they finish their studies. They all mentioned the good jobs they want to do once they grow up namely doctors, pilots, lawyers and nurses. We encouraged them to work hard for them to achieve their goals and make their lives and that of their families brighter. We promised to support them up to form four if possible and we believe that together with the well-wishers we will keep the promise. I take this opportunity to sincerely thank all those who considered supporting this noble project and we hope that they will still consider extending their support to these students and many other.
The first school term is now and students and pupils are at home for April holiday. The term has been very challenging for many parents and students as reported by many head teachers from different schools. It has been extremely dry since January this year and farmers have been negatively affected as majority depend 100% on farming for their livelihood. Mukinyai farmers have had very rough time as they could hardly pay school fees for their children and most of them were sent home for school fees every now and then. The rains are yet and they fear that the second term might be worse but we hope the situation will improve.
Some guardians & parents were not able to support their children to secondary school after class eight as they were not lucky to receive scholarships from different institutions and donors. This resulted to the young youths searching for informal jobs and helping their parents in the farms to make the ends meet. Majority students were promised to be enrolled in vocational training centers by their parents and guardians but again not all were lucky due to the prolonged drought. They are still optimistic that they will have opportunity to either join secondary school or vocational training centers for skills development. We are happy that we have some donors who have contributed towards this project and we are in the process of identifying the most vulnerable children who we will support in education as we have limited funds to accommodate many. Thank you very much for this wonderful contribution which will support few orphans in their education. We continue fundraising and inviting all well-wishers and donors to consider supporting the most vulnerable children in their education. We are humbled by your generosity and may God bless you abundantly.
Some of our beneficiaries from Mukinyai primary sat for their final exams in November 2016 and they are expected to join secondary schools in January 2016. Parents and guardians are in the process of sourcing school fees for them though it is very challenging. Most of them are small-scale farmers who mainly depend on farming for source of income. Last year farmers were challenged by the harsh climate change which resulted in reduced yields and in some areas total crop failure. This has been a challenge to the small-scale farmers and they have to look for another alternative to source income which includes acquiring loans. Some of them have approached us for support but due to limited resources, we have not been able to meet their request and instead refer them to other organizations and other institutions like banks for support. We would wish to support these families but unfortunately, we are a bit low on resources and not in a position to accommodate more scholarships beneficiaries. This year we will work hard towards funds raising so that we can support more disadvantaged people in our society and especially on education and community livelihood. We call upon well-wishers to join us in improving living standards of the needy people in our society. We also thank all those who have supported us and request them to extend their support even this year.
In Mukinyai not much has happened for the past 3 months but we have been following up on beneficiaries especially those in schools. We have been monitoring their progress even as we work hard towards fundraising to cater for more immediate needs by the community. We are optimistic that we will succeed in fundraising to address the needs. After the youths’ workshop that we conducted, our youths have started forming youth groups and they are starting small projects as they source funds and approaching other service providers to support them. They are also exploring on government opportunities in their region. We are working closely with them to provide support where we can and backstopping even as we consider conducting more workshops. We are happy they have already started taking steps after the first workshop we wish them all the best in everything they do and invite more well-wishers to join us in actualizing these realities. Thank you all for this far.
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