Central African women experiencing the fun of P.Ed
Due to your support, we are on our way to build a program that is providing lessons to others. I am so humbled to share that in the Month of September 2015 we hosted 8 Central African Women (from Zimbabwe, Congo and Cameroon) who paid HFAW a visit to learn about our popular education approaches.
While they were in Kenya, HFAW staff demonstrated some of our participatory approaches and also made sure to bring the guests to the village to interact with the women and men who have benefitted from the program. Here they saw their economic activities and their own work of intervention of issues in their own communities. The women and men dramatized some of the skids they use in their own work such as in schools and shared their own experience with popular education.
We were pleased to see the guests capturing some of the lessons they took away with them. “The trip to Kenya was fruitful in that it opened my eyes to new things and ways in which to improve the community through interventions for women. The HFAW methodology of Popular Education is a good one. This is so because it engages everyone and acknowledges that everyone has a part to play, no matter their social ranking. It also builds people from their lived realities, it addresses problems according to the needs presented using the simplest resources thus saving on time and money.” wrote Samantha who is one of the guests.
Samantha added that “As an area of interest, I have identified the area of Cultural practices and sexuality. The experience in Kenya taught me that Africa still has a long way to go in terms of addressing cultural practices that are harmful especially to women and children. An example is that of the Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) practice that is still rampant in some parts of Kenya. In Zimbabwe, in Shamva district, there is a high rate of child marriages and people are comfortable with it… I would like to pursue this topic of cultural practices in my area as I have seen the impact it has on the girl child as well as the children that are born under such conditions.”
“Men can be facilitators in the improvement of the lifestyles of women and children; Women, in whatever circumstances, can be empowered to improve their situations; Projects, when well coordinated, can improve communities as a whole; There is need for the engagement of local authorities in programming” Wrote Grace Musuka who reported on behalf of the team.
I have to share with you what Michael Fonner, one of our staunch supporters, global giving contributer and the only man who attended the first workshop said, “I so very much enjoyed being with you last week during your extremely well lead, informative, enthusiastic, and promising seminar. I told Leslie all about it and she shares my joy at the good and important work you are doing…I think your work in popular education; the kind of empowering education that values every person and arises from the grassroots is powerful and life-giving to the communities that you serve. Leslie and I are grateful to be a small part of what you are doing. We thank you.”
Michael and Leslie, we thank you more and we appreciate that you had time to join us. You are the voice of all our global giving supporters worldwide who won’t have a chance to be with us.
At the end of the exchange the women expressed a strong interest to take the popular education training so that they can bring the methods to their countries. As we speak two of the women are registered to participate in the EPES international school in January 2016 in Chile where HFAW had taken lessons from.
HFAW plans to offer the trainings here in Kenya in the near future as we have seen demand for the program even in our own locations. We won’t stop until we expand to more locations. We are in real need to expand the methods and interventions. We are challenged by our limited resources but have hope that we will overcome this challenge. Please do not hesitate to reach us with ideas on how we can make this a reality. We want you to know that we value your advice and your contributions. Please talk to your friends, family and networks about HFAW and your role in bringing us this far.
Again, thank you so much for your partnership with us.
Kenyan and Central A. women sharing
Central African women experiencing Kenyan views
HFAW and Guests including our Michael Fonner
Community participation in Kisii meeting guests
Evans let his wife share experience of PEd at home
HFAW men and women Sharing a skid with guests
Rael explaining her economic activity to guets
Using a string to learn and share-codes wont break
Guests at Gisebei primary school our area of work