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.
Finally we have been able to conduct the long waited workshop for the Mukinyai youth although with restriction of participants due to limited resources but we are happy that we have made a step as we continue to fundraise more for another workshop where we will have all the youths willing to participate as well as accommodate those in boarding schools at the moment. The main objective of the workshop was to raise awareness to the youths in schools and those out of schools on various youth opportunities. We encourage them to form groups so that they can benefit from the various opportunities provided by different players.
In primary school section we have managed to support 4 very needy children with school uniforms as well as books to ensure that they continue with their education. Although this is not enough considering many challenges facing the vulnerable families in Mukinyai we prioritized on school uniforms and books for the needy children. We intend to fundraise more to support others who are also very vulnerable. Towards this we invite all the well-wishers to join hands with us in fundraising towards supporting the orphans and vulnerable children in Mukinyai primary school as well as youths in the area. To this far we thank all those who have sacrificed in order to support the less privileged in our society and all those who are willing to offer support in one or the other.
We are still fundraising for the youths’ workshop from Mukinyai village but we have not raised much but we are still working on that. 10 students were able to join boarding high schools while others joined day schools from the neighbourhood. 3 of them were able to get full scholarships from different supporters and for the rest their parents and guardians are working hard to ensure they are in schools. Those in primary school are proceeding on well with challenges here and there but we are happy they are slowly coping and more importantly still going to school despite the challenges. We had requested the relevant government offices to consider supporting the very venerable households but unfortunately not much has been done towards that direction. A few have benefited from Community Development Fund (CDF) bursary and we are still pushing them to consider providing the same to more very needy pupils from the area. We hope they will honor our request and have more pupils from benefiting from Mukinyai area. We thank all those who have supported the community in different ways be blessed.
We did not have much on Mukinyai this time around and we have not managed to fundraise enough to cater for workshop on career development and government opportunities for the students/youths out of school as earlier reported. We have not given up on this and we will continue fundraising for this noble workshop. We are also waiting to know the number of students who will be joining secondary school in February 2016 for those who sat for their final exams last year. Once we know how many will be joining secondary school, we will be able to come up with a working budget that will guide us in fundraising. We intend to integrate those who did final exams last year both secondary and primary. We are hoping that majority will join secondary school although their parents/guardians have challenges in paying their school fees, we are looking forward for scholarships success especially those who got good marks. we have encouraged the guardians to apply for scholarships from the relevant bodies to ensure that these children continues with their secondary education. On this issue we request our partners and well wishers to consider supporting them. Thank you all for your support this far.
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