Dear friends and supporters,
As the CIYOTA calendar year of activities enters into its third quarter, we at the CIYOTA Hostels have commenced the second academic term for 2013. Humbly share with us this brief journey thus far.
With a humble start in 2008, the CIYOTA hostel had 18 girls and 10 boys sharing one house; caring for themselves. Over the years, the hostels have seen many of its students from needy communities including; the homeless, orphans and refugees finish primary, secondary into tertiary institutions in and outside Africa.
This year has seen us move into bigger and spacious hostels with a manageable number of students as one of the quality assurance measures.
We began 2013 with a series of visits to our students' homes culminating into parents meetings. These two weeks' January activities gave us a chance to map out the origins for our students and afforded us an insight into the status and lifestyles of their homes as a mobilization and they were solution finding tools to our numerous challenges.
We structured programs and all scheduled activities reflecting our focus on functional education, social entrepreneurship and socially responsible leadership. We hold trainings and have had competitions in formal debating, soccer and netball. Leadership and basic computer trainings are on weekly basis. Our 21 dedicated and trained prefects are helping the management in the administration. We have guest presentations on life skills and social entrepreneurship and our students have showcased three projects including paper file making, bed sheet designing and modern small scale horticulture, though we are yet to reach out to the market with the current and other products as an income source. All our students participate in our entertainment sessions involving showcasing songs, dances, and poems reflecting their cultural backgrounds.
As we strengthen our partnerships and look for more resources, we are focusing on having a bigger and well facilitated staff concentrated on supporting our students in the academic and life-skills development while at the hostels and through more regular school support visits. We hope to better our accommodation facilities by installing electricity and water storage and or alternative sources and also provide more bedding to accommodate more of our would-be students stuck in the villages. It is in our plans to better our feeding, have a fully equipped and manned sick-bay, and install fully stocked and furnished reading spaces and we plan to have our students in not more than three schools and also expand our reached-out areas to enrich our hostel life with numerous experiences.
May you be strengthened and abundantly enriched as we partake in this great social transformation mission.