Action Two Africa (A2A) has been strengthening the capacity of its beneficiaries through different interventions in the community to support youth within our Child Sponsorship Program; however, the majority of our youth are still facing serious challenges such as high drop-out rates for girls in secondary school due to pregnancy and the practice of early marriage, limited technical skills learned in school which limits job opportunities in emerging job markets, a lack of clear educational policies that empowers youth to seek higher education, frequent changes and revisions of the curriculum in school which is costly and negatively impacts funding that could otherwise be used to support youth, and the increasing spread of HIV that impacts the overall performance of the education sector. Despite these challenges, A2A is continually striving to ensure that all youth in our Program are supported and able to thrive in school.
As we continue to reach out to empower families through income generating activities, A2A has also partnered with Waterstep International, where a group 30 youth in Wabukhonyi Primary School received a bleach maker so that they can improve their sanitization. We plan to continue working with like-minded organizations so that we can support more families in the coming months. Additionally, A2A has educated three prisons and trained them on sanitation practices, and advocated for entrepreneurships and business startups immediately after they exit prison so they can support their families.
Overall, we are working to improve conditions for youth within our community and we are grateful to our partners and our donors, because without all of you, we would not be able to continue the work we are doing!
Action Two Africa (A2A) has been continually strengthening the capacity of our beneficiaries by engaging in interventions that have been successful at empowering families to generate enough income to assist their children with school fees and associated expenses. Through our partnership with WaterStep, we have been able to support caregivers by creating sustainable revenue that supports their families, and provides education and materials that has led to safe sanitation and water practices for schools, hospitals, churches, prisons, and most recently, facilities that focus on youths living with disabilities. While we have seen successful outcomes from our partnership with WaterStep, we are still struggling to provide school fees for vulnerable youth within our program. The pandemic has greatly impacted our ability to obtain and maintain funding from donors around the globe, and our hope is that we will be able to continue to provide educational sponsorships for the six children in our Child Sponsorship Program for the remainder of the year.
We thank you, our donors, for your continued support and encouragement, because with out you, we would not be able to do the work we are doing!
Action Two Africa (A2A) has been strengthening the capacity of youth and families in Bungoma, Kenya, through different interventions that focus on increasing food, shelter, school fees, and scholastic materials.
One key strategy utilized to increase capacity focuses on the Savings and Internal Lending Communities (SILC) Methodology. This informal holisitic savings-led microfinance approach helps famlies who are part of our Child Sponsorship Program to better manage their existing resources by teaching them basic financial managements skills such as saving, lending, and credit.
Many caregivers who have used the SILC methodology reported they have been able to start new small businesses such as raising chickens and growing crops on small farms. One of Action Two Africa's roles to support caregivers is to provide ongoing training and monitor savings groups to ensure their businesses continue to grow. Group meetings also provide a space for caregivers to discuss their childrens' progress at school and talk about ways to better support them. Currently, A2A supports eight children through our Child Sponsorship Program!
Additionally, Action Two Africa recently collaborated with Waterstep International and provided three water tanks to a school in Turkana so they could harvest water. This means that 1800 children will not have to worry about waterborne related diseases while at school.
Lastly, we are excited to announce that A2A has been diligently working with women in prisons by assisting them with starting a small businesses once they leave prison.
Thank you all for your support and encouragment as we continue to grow our capacity and partnerships. Without you, we would not be able to do the work that we are doing!
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