In the last report we were able to implement two activities which conforms with the project's aim of sending and keeping orphans to schools, the activities were done in Kiangoso, Kiabiraa and Nyangorora primary schools and the beneficiaries were 33 orphans mostly under the age of 10 years old and attending the ECD classes.Our organization was able to provide uniforms for the orphans and on top of that supplement the schools feeding program with 40kg of porridge flour per school. Due to financial constrains by living family members and caretakers, they were not able to provide proper uniforms, learning materials, and good nutritional food to the children especially the orphans under their care. And as such most orphans could not enroll in primary schools even though it is freely offered by the government. Such lack of uniforms, need of food, lack of learning materials, and lack of self esteem and belonging made it difficult for orphans to rentent in schools once enrolled.
Since the last reporting period, our organization received disbursement from GlobalGiving through your donations. We resolved to provide learning materials (curriculum syllabus text books including story books,writing books,pens, pencils,rubbers,geometrical sets and charts) to the ECD classes, these were given out to the teachers of the ECD classes in the three schools. Instead of giving these learning stationary to the orphans targeted initially with uniforms, we opted to given overall to the class so that not only will the orphans benefit from them but the whole ECD pupils who are 10 years under. The schools whose ECD classes benefited were Kiangoso,Kiabiraa and Nyangorora primary schools. It should be noted that the ECD (Early Chilhood Education) is not under the free primary education being offered by the government of Kenya, therefore the financial support it requires is cumulatively provided by the parents through fees. Being a poor rural region many parents are not financial stable to support the ECD education and therefore their children are forced to miss ECD classes, Furthermore unless a child has passed through the ECD then the child cannot continue to access the free primary education. This poses a heavy challenge for parents who can't afford fees for their children, orphans face extreme difficulty continuing their education under these circumstances as they not only lack fees but parents.
We are glad to report to you that since the beginning of this year we have been able to send 33 orphans to ECD classes 10 from each school (3 schools) and provide them with nutritional porridge and learning materials. As a team we are volunteering and are willing to work extra hard to ensure that more orphans will be reached in Kisii District. Below are the comments we have from the beneficiaries:
"I was not able to take this nephew of mine to nursery school, since i have also my own 3 children to take to school,it saddened me much to see him here all the time even though i was trying hard to make sure one day he goes to school. I cant thank you enough for what you have done to my diseased brother's son, he is now going to school, has new uniforms and eats in school.i am grateful for the people who donated" An uncle to Osoro - ECD pupil.
" i was wondering if i will ever go to Nursery like the other children, now i am" Jeniffer - ECD pupil
" We as a school have been having difficulty in increasing number of pupils enrolling to primary school from ECD classes, this is because most parents were not able to take their children to ECD classes and send their children to begin standard 1 in primary school, we as a school do not accept pupils who haven't gone through ECD classes and have been sending this children away. But through this project we have noted that their is increase in enrollment of pupils in standard since last year 2012 and all this is attributed towards the project Health and Water Foundation are implementing in ECD classes in our school and neighbouring schools. We encourage the zeal and kindness of the donors and pray and thank that they continue this endeavour. " Samuel Arumba - Head Teacher Nyangorora Primary School