Children have fun
RARE EXTRAVANGANZA FOR INTERNALLY DISPLACED PERSONS
Pomp and excitement filled the air at Noigam IDP camp and the entire Kachibora Township and its environs as the TYSA organised activities got underway. Thousands of participants and the general public lined up on the Eldoret-Kitale Highway and braved rains to witness this rare street extravaganza. . We are grateful to TYSA for bringing us together by holding this event close to us-on the street. We always felt left out. We thought sports and other activities are only for the IDPs as many of them are always organised inside the camp. Said mama Koskei, a host community member
What was the occasion?
Celebrations for the international labour day (May 1st 2008) at the Noigam Internally Displaced Persons’ camp.
Procession: Led by giant puppet and background music, hundreds of IDPs and local community walked for a kilometre, through the camp before finally settling along the Eldoret -Kitale highway for a three hour thrilling entertainment. I have never witnessed this kind of event in my 55 years; especially this huge moving and dancing thing (Puppet) said Mr Mogaka, an IDP.
‘Street’ Football: 16 teams of under 14 years participated in this “street” football. The players demonstrated high skills and prowess at this event. It was fun!! This was my first time to play soccer on the tarmac. When is the next! Commented Master Moses
‘Street’ Handball: 4 girls’ teams of under 17 years were very enthusiastic, as this was the first ever street handball activity to be organised at the IDP camp.
‘Street’ Darts: This event attracted over 100 participants mainly aged 45 years and over both male and female. It was a major attraction especially to the older people.
Face painting: For the first time, over 500 children from the IDP and the local community were treated to a rare experience of face-painting.
Rhythmic Gymnastic dance: A new concept of rhythmic dance was also on display and proved to be captivating.
Poems and dance: Mass dancing and poetry was one of the children’s speciality involving over 200 of them.
Through sports, music, poetry and dance, messages can be disseminated easily to a wider audience
Given a chance, children have the capability to speak and express themselves
Change of venue from the normal camp field to the streets generated a lot of interest and involvement of many parents both in and outside the camp. Sports can be used to influence children’s behaviour positively
By using sports, peace and reconciliation is achievable as witnessed by free interactions amongst IDPs and the host community regardless of their ethnic backgrounds. We are grateful to TYSA for bringing us together by holding this event close to us-on the street. We always felt left out. We thought sports and other activities are only for the IDPs as many activities are always organised inside the camp. Said mama Koskei, a host community member
Who made it happen? TYSA, Child welfare Society of Kenya, Handicap International, International Rescue committee, Kenya Red cross, International Rescue Committee, Kenya police, Provincial Administration, Global giving (Keeping Hope Alive), Mama cash, Alive and Kicking Kenya, IDP Management, Children and the Kachibora community among other well wishers.