Mukinyai pupils who are orphans and beneficiaries of the support provided by well-wishers have a reason to smile again as they prepare to go back to school for third term. They say the holiday was enjoyable and more so very important to them as they had an opportunity to attend tuition classes as the exercise of fetching firewood as a daily duty during holidays is no more. This is after their guardians received energy saving stoves. This has created big impact to the guardians and pupils as they can now utilize little firewood as a result of using the stoves. It has been consuming a lot of time for the children and women to fetch firewood. Children had enough time to do their holiday homework and gave an opportunity for others to attend tuition classes and especially those preparing to sit for their final exams in November. Having received uniforms has also contributed a lot to the orphans as they are able to be in school all the time unlike before when they felt isolated and felt odd with other pupils with their home clothes in school and of course since their guardians could not afford shoes and smart clothes for them, they used to miss school most of the time and this led to poor performance. Their teachers have really appreciated this support also as they used to complain a lot to the guardians due to poor performance of these pupils and absenteeism. We wish to thank the donors for their continued support.
10 pupils have been supported with school uniforms, shoes and required text books. It has also emerged that the beneficiaries are improving in their academic work, as they now feel more confident and at par with other pupils as they can now dress smartly to school. 20 households have benefited from energy saving jikos, and this is one way of reducing forest degradation and ensuring they have more time for other activities especially increasing food production to ensure enough for home consumption and sale of surplus to supplement their income.
Words from Elizabeth Cheptoo, one of the beneficiaries.
“I am very happy for the new uniform now I feel very confident and same as other pupils, in fact I was position one during the midterm examination and I believe the support I got has contributed to this.Thank you very much for your support”
The project has continued to benefit orphaned pupils and their guardians. In the months of February and march 10 pupils were supported through provision of 3 pairs uniforms and shoes, to ensure they felt part of other pupils as they did not have the uniforms and shoes before. The 150 households with energy saving jikos have installed them and now they are using less wood fuel, therefore having time to undertake other activities.
Capacity building for households in areas of farm management and small livestock keeping is ongoing, to ensure increased quality food production, which could lead to surplus being sold and the money used to cater for basic family needs.
We thank our donors and look forward to their kind contributions, to ensure more orphans are catered for.
As the year begins, we look at the past achievements of the project in terms of the number of students that were fully sponsored and are attaining good grades. Through the project, about 150 households benefited from tree seedlings, planting materials, energy saving jikos and demonstration on installation of the jikos. 25 pupils benefited from full sponsorship.
In the year 2012, we believe more pupils will get support in school fees, uniforms and for other basic needs. We shall continue with capacity building of the households in areas of farm management and animal husbandry, because it is through the income they get from their farm produce that they utilize to pay school fees and buy uniforms.
We thank our donors and wish them a bountiful 2012, full of blessings.
The project is ongoing, during the third semester, school fees for 20 orphans was paid to the school, and they have no arrears, Report from Children’s garden home shows that the orphans admitted there are doing very well academically and health wise. 50 households of vulnerable orphans have been supported with 100 tree seedlings each to plant within their farms and this will form their woodlots to ensure they have wood fuel close to their homes, and in future they ca earn income from the sale of timber, that will help to cater for other basic needs ,they were also supported with 100 energy saving stoves (jikos) which are more economical when it comes to wood fuel. We appreciate our donors for being a part of this success.
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