The new dormitory
Dormitory: the girls moved in
At the end of May, the girls finally moved into their new dormitory. They were very excited and happy to be moving at last.
The old shelter, being built as a temporary refuge will have a new purpose. One room can be used as a nursery, hence, the team is now looking at creating such a facility.
A second solar panel has been installed at the Tareto Maa Center, aiding the girls with their homework. Now they no longer have to rely on unhealthy petroleum lamps and can power a radio (as well as a computer when they receive this).
A computer has been purchased by our European supporters so that the girls can have IT and internet access. This is going to be transported to Kenya in August when one of the European team members visits and will be a new valuable tool for the children’s education.
With new funds and supporters needed both for short and longer term plans, it was decided that our word press website needed a complete re-design, where all our links (for example, GlobalGiving, Facebook and Kiva) could be found and easily utilized by those who wanted to know more about our work and to give donations. Our website www.tareto-maa.org was launched in the early summer, informing our followers of our progress and news as it happens.
Naitawang Riverside Academy
Our new primary school was very successful in competitions for singing and storytelling. This was a proud achievement for the school which we founded in the beginning of this year together with the local community. In the Kilgoris Division the students of the Naitawang Riverside Academy secured first place. In the wider Transmara District they were no. 1 as well. And in the competition of the whole Rift Valley Province they were no. 2 of 100 schools. They received 83 points – 3 more and they would have been invited to the national competition in Nairobi.
At present, there are plans to build an additional classroom for January 2013, the funds for which the team has to secure. However, we can apply to the Kenyan government for assistance from next year onwards to extend the school further.
Now, 54 of the 95 girls in the Tareto Maa Rescue Center have individual sponsors for their school fees. More sponsors are still urgently needed.
A new henhouse
Tareto Maa is always looking at ways in which it can sustain itself. A hen house and now the arrival of 30 chickens mean that the children can have access to good sources of protein. It is hoped that an additional vegetable garden can be created but at present there is difficulty in purchasing some adjacent land. The team will keep you updated on this development.
Tareto Maa has continued to network with other organizations and charities for ongoing support. The need to sustain longer-term funding and to work alongside other partners for mutual benefit, as well as strengthening the long term future of the girls is vital. Various applications for funding have been exchanged with one central project that is being planned for the autumn. It is the intention that a public event discussing FGM in the local community will be organized for November of this year.
Children with chickens in their hands
Naitawang students at music festival