Receive Jambo (greetings) from all the orphans supported and from us Health and Water Foundation. We hope your year has began well and we all wish you a prosperous one. Your contribution has brought a wide smile to orhans kids together with their entire schools that you have been suporting . The beggining of this year alone from the three schools that we've been targeting their orphans i.e Kiangoso primary school, Nyambaso primary school and Nyakongo primary school their has been a great increase of orphans children enrolling for ECD in the schools. Their gudians have noted the support other orphans are receiving thanks to you contributions such as pens,textbooks,desks,uniforms,and porridge in the morning and have also decided to send the kids to attend school. We are happy for the turnout in both of the three schools as their schools opened for the new year.
I would like to update you on the progress we have been doing towards the end of last year November 2014.This period was towards the December holiday and as is custom here in kenya, all children go for the long December holiday to resume learning on January. We had received suggestions from ECD teachers who suggested that children lacked sporting/gaming items and were not able to play well and do their P.E ( physical education) so they required gaming items to enhance their learning experience and also make the orpharned children a day in school to look up to. We agreed to their suggestions and went ahead and bought recreational kits that comprised of footballs,skipping ropes,dancing rings,footbal nets,netball nets and kites.
We distributed the each gaming kits comprising of the above items to each school. The orphans and the entire school were very happy to receive the recreational kits and could not wait for games time before they starting testing the new sports kits. The children had this to say,
" Christmas has come early for us, i will always come to school so that i can play with this balls" Kennedy an ECD pupil.
The orphans could not wait to thank the donors for the support ' I was only seeing some of this dancing rings on tv, now we can play with them for real, thank you donors for giving us this.' Sharon a Standard 3 orphan.
This year we have planned to improve the appearance of the orphans we are supporting in the three schools by providing them with a pair of shoes to last them a year, this will be ontop of the monthly provisions we have been giving them in terms of porridge for the ECD pupils. Thank you very much supporters for making this a reality. Please see photos.
The end of March (a time when schools close for the holiday) was a great day for 25 ECD children at Kiangoso primary school who had the opportunity to receive awards for their Education performances and also to usher them to start the primary school system. The children who were accompanied by their parents attended the graduation ceremony at the school.
The ECD learning is designed for children who are about the ages of 4 years to 6 years and once there are through they start the formal primary education at the ages of 7 years. The ECD learning is important for the children education growth and without proper foundation, children often find it hard coping with their peers in primary education. Our project tries to lay this solid foundation to orphans within this age bracket so that they can excel later in their learning.
The children, parents, teachers and our staff attended this graduation ceremony. Children were given nutritional porridge, biscuits and bread during this event. The children were all joyful, interacting with each other as always and showing their prowess in solving mathematical toys and alphabetical quiz. We organized a challenge for the children in numbers and the child who was able to recite numbers more numbers was given a prize, we were very surprised that quite a number were able to recite numbers i.e 1 to 100. These we awarded them with number toys, others who were able to recite the alphabet correctly and as fast as possible, we gave them alphabet toys. All the children got their ECD certificates and are now able to proceed to primary school where they will begin with standard 1.
The ECD teacher at the school had this to say “ Last year and the previous year, we had almost half of the ECD children not qualifying to join standard 1, but this year all the children have qualified. The porridge and the ECD text books have really helped us”
“My child sings (a e i o u) when he comes from school and is so pleased as he thinks I don’t know the alphabets, he has learnt so much. Thank you Health and Water Foundation” , a parent of one of the ECD children.
Happy New Year! On behalf of the children and the organization get their warmest greetings and once again we humbly appreciate your contribution towards this project that ensures 400 Kisii Orphans are enrolled and retained in school. Following the disbursed amount that we received of $170 we were able to provide school uniforms to 20 orphans in the three Primary schools namely: 6 orphans in Kiangoso Primary School, 8 orphans in Nyambaria Primary School and 6 orphans in Nyakongo Primary School. These uniforms included a set of a short, sweater, shirt, socks and shoes for the boy child and a set of a dress, sweater, socks and shoes for the girl child. Majority of these orphans lack full or proper school uniform and end up coming to school with home clothes or torn school uniforms. The main reason behind this is because these children are orphans who have no other person to cater for their needs as most of them lost their parents due to the high HIV/AIDS prevalence in the county. Although the government of Kenya has provided Free Primary Education to all pupils, those that are orphans are not able to cater for the other basic supporting learning materials particularly in this case school uniforms. It is through your kind support that we are able to restore hope to these children and instill their confidence in learning.
The Health and Water team began this process with Kiangoso Primary School in which the school head thanked the donors through the organization for giving these orphans hope to continue with school by donating the new school uniforms. He also urged them to work hard in their studies so as to make their guardian’s proud.Secondly, the HWF team headed to Nyambaria Primary School where they were greeted with much enthusiasm. During the school assembly, a 5 year old orphaned girl pupil who is an Early Childhood Pupil (ECD pupil) stood up to give a speech on behalf of the pupils and was quoted saying,”Ahsante sana marafiki zetu kwa ukarimu wako sasa tunakuja shuleni tukiwa nadhifu natayari kusoma.”(Thank you our friends for being so kind to us, we can now come to school looking smart and ready to learn).Lastly, the team headed to Nyakongo Primary School where they were received with lots of eagerness. During a short speech ceremony organized by the Headteacher, a 6 year old orphaned boy pupil named also an Early Childhood Pupil (ECD pupil) was quoted saying, “Ahsante sana Global Giving kwa kutukumbuka na tunawaahidi kufanya bidii.”(Thank you Global Giving donors for remembering us and we promise to work hard).
Lastly, the HWF team organized Jigger Campaign weekends in which the team visited the three schools in order to create awareness and eliminate the jigger menace among 20 pupils in the three schools. Each week for two months ,the team would split in groups and visit each school staring with personal care classes in the morning form 9am to 11 am and then removal of the jiggers from 2 pm to 4 pm.Although there was the challenge of low attendance especially in the afternoon ,the teams activities of the day were successful. Your help has made us put a smile on these orphans and we appreciate your kindness in supporting this venture.
The girl child has been disadvantaged over a long period of time in term of provision of her basic needs. Especially during her monthly periods, she loses a lot of time from school to go and change her pads (other options of pads i.e mattresses, pieces of cloths e.t.c) sometimes making the pupils to be absent from school. It is from this background that HWF in with your generours funds are providing sanitary towels to the girls-child who are in their teens. Over 180 girls who are in their teens are expected to benefit from this activity in 3 schools within Nyamira County. The teachers and pupils in the schools named below actively participated and involved themselves towards the realization of the importance of sanitary towels to a girl child. Summary of the supplied sanitary towels as per school. School No. to pupils No. to teachers 1. Bigogo 45 girls 2. Bitundugusu 25 girls 3. Emanga 37 girls.
The delivery of sanitary towels was bought from Nairobi and transported to Kisii office whereby they were kept waiting the day of distribution to different schools by use of vehicles. We were warmly welcomed in all the schools. In some of the schools we arrived during class hours and had to disrupt them for some few minutes to distribute the sanitary pads individually to the pupils and take photos too. In some of the schools we arrived at break time while they were participating in their extra mural activities. We went to the headmaster/headmistress of each and every school to give us the mandate to talk to teachers in charge of the distribution of sanitary towels. Then the teachers in charge of the distribution of sanitary towels could go round the classes and tell the girls to assemble in one classroom or hall where we could carry out our talk.
The pupils were so happy for our arrival because they were ready to receive the sanitary pads for their use as usual. They welcomed us and actively participated in the asking of questions on the usage of sanitary pads and also sharing out their problems with others. We taught the pupils on the following; 1. The definition of a sanitary pad 2. The other options that pupils use in form of sanitary pads. I.e. Rags, Folded cloths, Bandages, mattresses, leaves, feathers, goat’s skin e.t.c. 3. We taught them the importance /advantage of sanitary pads. i.e. i. It absorbs menstrual discharge ii. They prevent irritation iii. They prevent leakages. iv. They keep an individual dry, refreshed and comfortable. v. They prevent odour. vi. They are easy to carry either in a bag or purse. 4. Disadvantages of sanitary pads. 1. They are not flushed in toilet. 5. Disadvantages of other options of sanitary pads. I.e. Pieces of cloths, mattresses and rags, leaves, feathers, goat’s skin. i. They cause itchiness and stuffiness ii. They enable one to have unpleasant smell. iii. They can lead to vaginal discharge. iv. They leak due to poor absorption of blood. v. They cause one to a vaginal inflammation. The pupils were taught on how to use the sanitary pads by the use of a pant and a pad by demonstrating to them on how they should use the sanitary pads. We agreed on the next meeting on the distribution of sanitary pads our discussion will be about sex, whereby each and every school could research on sex from their teachers, parents, friends and classmates and even read the books that have taught on sex education. Thanks once agains for your support towards this initiatives.
According to statistics on the Kenya Certiciate of Primary Education (KCPE) performances of year 2010, 2011 and 2012 on the the three schools i.e Kiangoso, Kiabiraa and Nyangorora primarys schools that we targeted during the last reporting period through provision of learning materials to ECD pupils, there has been a worrying trend generally on the education performances on the national examination which have been poor, these mainly affect pupils in standard 7 and 8 who are around aged 12 to 13 years.
In order to address this worrying education performance, we resorted to motivate these pupils in the whole primary school so as to instill in them the importance of performing well in school and the bright future chances education has to offer orphans and all the pupils who excell well in schools. Our theme for the motivation was " Good Education Performance = Successful Future and end to Poverty ". We selected a distinguished High court lawyer from the region who not only speaks the same native language but was faced with the extreme difficult conditions as an orphan during his early learning life, this was to resonate well with the marginalised pupils in the schools as they were expected to relate with the lawyer. The 3 schools administrations supported the idea and we embarked on the Motivation talk. The talk aimed at inspiring the pupils to excel in education and become overcomers and successful in life generally.
Mr Daniel Ogango the accomplished Lawyer and conquered all odds and succeeded educationally and lives a successful life. The motivator was selected based on the level of inspiration he could impact to the pupils and also how the pupils could be able to relate to him. The schools organized their respective schools and agreed on a games time i.e 3.30 pm to 5.00 pm each day per school. In each of the school the administration organized their pupils and assembled them on the field where the motivator conducted the speech within 1 and half hours.
The motivator talk was encouraging on many aspects toward education success, the talk covered;
· Overcoming Challenges
· Having purpose
· Focus on vision
· Character and Integrity
· Hardwork and reading
It was worth noting that after the three days motivation talk to the three schools, teachers reported to us that almost the entire pupils in school wanted to become lawyers, but the teachers had to persuade the pupils that lawyer was among many professions that are available to pupils who excell in education.
" I teach History and Government in the school and since the motivational talk by the lawyers, pupils have beenasking a lot of questions and shown interest in education overally, they related well with the challenges the lawyer faced and how he conquered them and succeded well" says Mr. Ongeri - History and Government Teacher, Kiangoso primary school.
" I never imagined anyone from this region would succeed that much and become a High court lawyer, i aim to be a High court Judge oneday" says Ronald Kibegwa- Standard 8 pupil about to sit for his National examination KCPE.
The 3 day event was a success and we were able to motivate pupils from the three schools, teachers and the entire school management committees were supportive towards our group and the motivator. We are looking forward to conducting another motivation talk to the pupils with people they emulate and can relate their challenges well with, and people who come from the same region and speak the same native language.
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