Hello everyone! it is that time again when we come back to you to share news from TAGS, Nairobi. As you already know, we shared that this year we have 2 candidates who are working very hard to attain good grades. So far, the results have been very encouraging and we continue wishing them the best as they put their best foot forward.
In this report we wish to share with you some of the work that is going on at the shelter, to promote learning, sustainability and income generation. In the first photo, a chicken rearing project is in the works with a 100 chicks which are being cared for by the girls as part of their learning. The project will provide eggs for the girls consumption while the rest will be sold to complement shelter income. In the second photo, we have captured for you a bricket making activity where girls learn how to use charcoal waste, by mixing the charcoal dust with soil to make brickets for cooking. The brickets are energy saving as they burn for long hours and this way, we save on energy costs. The third photo captures our garden full of fresh veggies. This together with the eggs will help raise the nutritional status of our girls. As part of their rehabilitation, we seek to address their nutritional health. In future, surplus veggies can be sold to raise additional income for the project.. The essence of initiating these livelihood activities is to pass on vital skills to the children so that when they are reunited with their families, they can initiate projects to help alleviate poverty and reduce the incidence of child abuse and exploitation.
We are very grateful for your continued support and wish to assure you that every penny counts! You can count on us to stretch every dollar that we get!!!!
This year marks a big milestone for all of us at TAGS (Talia Agler Girls Shelter). This is because 2 of our girls are candidates preparing to sit for their National examinations at the end of this year. One girl is sitting for her primary school finals while the other is sitting for her 'O' Levels. This is the first time that we are presenting candidates!
I wish to take this opportunity to salute our girls for they have had to overcome a lot of challenges because of their very unique and disadvantaged backgrounds of abuse and exploitation. Oftentimes they have given up on life before they come to us. It is not surprising that they have missed many years of schooling before they are rescued and received in our program. Returning these girls to school is never an easy thing. However, i must admit that i am most inspired by the courage and willpower of these girls to confront their past and move on to create a better life for themselves and their families.
I wish to acknowledge all of YOU for the support you continue to give to this project. With your donations, you have enabled us to sponsor these girls and another 10 to boarding school where they can get quality education. While in school, the girls are supported with school fees/levies, basic needs, books and visits.
If you are feeling good right now, congratulations because YOU DESERVE IT!!!!
Trust me to keep you updated on the progress of our lovely and smart candidates!
We at the Talia Agler Girls shelter cannot find words to express our sincere and deepest thanks for your compassionate support in the year 2013. The girls, staff and all of us here at TAGS really appreciate the support you have shown us from time to time. You have demonstrated deep commitment to our work and your support has also repeatedly played a key role in our success. We hope that you will continue to partner with us in our commitment to support the girls in 2014. May lovely, happy times decorate this time of the season and peace and special memories be your gift this season and your blessing all year through.
Greetings from Nairobi, Kenya the home of Talia Agler Girls Shelter (TAGS)
We wish to take this opportunity to say thank you to all of you for supporting and partnering with us to address most urgent needs of our girls at TAGS. It is with great joy and humility that we write to report on the work you make possible. With your support we have been able to stay focused on our vision of Reaching, Rescuing, Rehabilitating and Reintegrating trafficked and abused girls here in Nairobi.
Our achievements in 2013
52 girls rescued and accommodated at our shelter. With your support we have been able to provide counselling, food, medical services and lifeskills.
A tailoring class with 9 sewing machines has been started this year. 9 of our girls are currently learning tailoring skills.
A project for rearing chicken is being piloted to help supplement the nutritional provisions for the girls.
9 girls are in formal schooling outside the shelter as part of their reintegration. The girls doing well in school as they lead with high marks in most of the subjects.
With the help of partners 32 girls have been reintergrated with their families, among them a girl who has been reunited with her family in DRC (Democratic Republic of Congo)
Below is a chart showing a breakdown of victims we have assisted this year
This report will focus on a recent visit to our project by the family of the late Talia Agler after whom the shelter is named.
In June we had the honor of having a visit from one of our greatest supporters and friends the Agler family. This is a family we value so much as the shelter was named after their late daughter Tali, a young woman who dedicated her life towards the transformation of others. Armed with very little resources but with a very huge passion for others, Tali expanded the vision of CDTD beyond measure by reaching out to young domestic workers in Nairobi, Kenya in 2006. In death as in life, Tali has not only been an inspiration to others but also to the girls at the shelter who will one day want to change the life of others like she did.
This is a visit that each one of us remembers and will remain in our minds and hearts for a long time. Rabbi Agler was extraordinary in the way he handled topics i.e ethical choices that confront us as we fight with good or bad/right or wrong decisions that we make in the course of serving others. Mindy was great as she shared on how to cope with stress and lift the burdens. Some of the most encouraging words we learnt from the Aglers teachings include “Preserving to the end”, “focus until you achieve” and “it is not for you to complete the work neither are you free to abstain from it”.
The Aglers brought many gifts that have really changed our lives and brought smiles to our faces. From their generous contribution we have been able to buy 8 sewing machines and the girls have therefore started tailoring lessons. Girls received clothing, necklaces, play items, classroom materials and hair bands. The family together with the girls also helped make a new face to both the classrooms and the girl’s bedrooms by painting them with beautiful colours, the colors that Tali loved.
As we celebrate this visit please feel honored because YOU too have touched the lives of our girls. Always feel welcome to visit, share, and inspire the girls.
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