Virtues and Community Development for Kenya

by Virtues Project International Association
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Virtues and Community Development for Kenya
Virtues and Community Development for Kenya
Virtues and Community Development for Kenya
Virtues and Community Development for Kenya
Virtues and Community Development for Kenya
Virtues and Community Development for Kenya
Virtues and Community Development for Kenya
Virtues and Community Development for Kenya
Virtues and Community Development for Kenya
May 2022 Training in Kakamega
May 2022 Training in Kakamega

Virtues training resumed on May 21, with the virtues pick, Righteousness!  Since we have a venue for our trainings, we have focused a lot of energy into community-based virtues trainings.  Twenty-eight people were in attendance at our May training including teachers, post-secondary school teenagers, parents, virtues facilitators, clergy, business and civil service members. Success stories were shared by teachers, law enforcement, and community development group members.

In addition to virtues training, community development group members will receive training in table banking, farming indigenous crops and raising poultry.  We provide the initial seedlings and poultry.  Recently we resorted to rearing ducks, instead of chickens, because chickens were proving to be too costly due to their suceptibility to sickness and the cost of vaccines.   

We  are in discussions with school officials on how to bring virtues training into the school curriculum.  We have been referred to Nairobi for further dscussions on our way forward..  

We are are also in discussions to bring virtues training for police officers as part of the Kigano College police training program.  The vision is that officers would graduate with a Virtues Certificate to help them reduce corruption cases in the country and promote integrity.  

We have been able to translate virtues cards from English to Swahili.  We hope to raise funds from the sale of these cards to support  The Virtues Project training  that we provide with the support of the Virtues Project International Association.

We thank you for your ongoing financial support and encouragement.  

Virtue of Righteousness
Virtue of Righteousness

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We are facing many challenges.  Unfortunately, we attend many funerals these days--funerals for friends, family members, and community members due to Covid and other health issues. One volunteer lost his mother. Our team has faced its own health challenges, including hospitalizations for Covid and Malaria, but we are all eager to continue our work.  We are calling on our virtue of Fortitude.

With great care, our community development work is resuming.  We have now purchased a banner, tent, and chairs to be able to offer workshops and training outside.  This way we don't interrupt work inside of classrooms and workplaces, and we create a safer environment for learning during a pandemic.  We are very happy that our tent and banner display The Virtues Project logo. Our banner and tent are used for group training, activities, and projects with our partner organizations and participants.  We have been successful in holding virtues training. 

We thank you, our donors, and VPIA for your words of encouragement, generosity, and commitment to help us spread the program to people who have been waiting for an opportunity to learn.  We are very grateful for your support. 



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At a time when a pandemic is affecting all parts of the community, leading to increases in violence in the home, school, and community, The Virtues Project is making a positive difference. 

Here are evaluation comments from participants in virtues training held for the staff of the Child Protection Desk:

"To have self-esteem and believing in yourself through practicing all the gifts of character will better the next generation."

"Having facilitators break down all the virtues helped me to understand with ease, hence changing my mental perspective in a positive way."

"Attending this workshop was enjoyable and opened my inner mind to understand the changes possible."

"Virtues Training can help me change my family, village, community, and even the nation."

"The Virtues Program has positively changed my life and that of my family members.  We are more peaceful and ever grateful to our facilitators."

 By using the Five Strategies of The Virtues Project, and the random Virtues Pick, an activity, we are influencing the community to identify teachable moments thus preventing the harmful effect of violence on children, family, community.  We are transforming the attitude of those who come to us.

We continue to work in the Child Protection Unit where we are able to lower the number of juveniles referred to the judicial system.  

We trained  a group consisting of 20  school board members and teachers on 22nd May, 2021.

Their evaluations were uplifting:

 "I have learned to teach young children using the Virtues way."

"I appreciate the presenters for their commitment to teach us about Virtues. They were determined and loving."

"I learn  to set goals in raising up children."

"The workshop has transformed me to associate with family members and friends."

"The workshop has just been amazing, educative, informative, and motivating."

We are in the process of translating virtues cards into our native language so that we can share more easily with those we serve.

We continue to help our students advance in school as we raise the funds or receive donations.

Thanks to your generosity and support we continue our work and we want you to know it is making a positive difference in the lives of those we touch at home, school, and in the community!  

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As the pandemic continues to impact Kenya government operations, commerce, schools at all levels, our community, and now our own families, we continue our virtues training throughout the community with courage and care.

Since most of our activities are carried out face to face, at this time we have limited ability to meet and provide training in our groups.  Our Virtues trained groups carry out their activities with collaboration and solidarity through phone contacts.  We  continue to carry out counseling using the Virtues Strategies and Virtues Cards in the community, Children Protection Unit, Kakamega Police Station and through the Lutonyi Catholic Church Gender Based Violence and Children Protection Desk.    We have continued to receive requests for training but are slowed by government restrictions at this time. 

  • Faith communities are embracing virtues training throughout their communities saying, "it harmonizes their relationships."
  • As a woman peacemaker and a virtues practitioner, I intervened when the sexual assault of a school girl  left residents threatening to kill the perpetrator and harm his family because he was free to walk the streets.  I called on my courage and talked to the area Assistant Chief of police.  We agreed to work toward peacefulness. I convinced him that what the residents required was Virtues training as, "it has yielded harmony elsewhere." He agreed to mobilize the residents for Virtues Training and that the attendees would be Covid – 19 regulations compliant. We provided training to 100 residents at a local Catholic Church, 70 finished the training. I am pleased to report that no chaos has taken place and that the residents embraced peacefulness.
  • CHILDREN PROTECTION UNIT, KAKAMEGA POLICE STATION The power in counseling using Virtues Strategies and Cards can be seen at this unit within the police station. Many matters affecting the family, e.g. failing to provide food for the family, family conflicts, disagreements with children, are resolved without being referred to the courts.
  • LUTONYI CATHOLIC CHURCH GENDER BASED VIOLENCES AND CHILD PROTECTION DESK. The Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Bonface Kibaki, All Angels Lutonyi Parish, who is Virtues Trained and Catholic Diocese of Kakamega Education Secretary, organized for Virtues Training for leaders of the parish. His intention was to roll out training to other Church groups. Covid – 19 situations raised many challenges in the families and community. Arising from cases which have been handled at the church, we discussed with the priest and he has established the Lutonyi Catholic Church Gender Based Violence and Child Protection Desk. The committee who were elected to handle matters at the desk are Virtues trained. The Parish Priest is the Patron and I am the coordinator. We have a vision to establish a child/adult rescue center, a Virtue school and other relevant projects as resources allow.

We thank you for your continued support and caring.  Your generosity has made our work possible, and our community  more harmonious and tranquil.

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Kenyans have experienced many challenges during the year 2020 resulting from COVID-19 and Government regulations, e.g. stay at home, wear masks, etc. Employers and workers were under instructions to adhere to safety and health regulations issued by the government including COVID-19 Guidelines including all other measures laid down towards stopping the spread of COVID-19. Many people lost jobs etc. There were strict regulations which stopped crowding, curfew, closure of learning institutions, churches and other forms of crowding, e.g. meetings, burial ceremonies etc. Effectively it was a lost year with underperformance all round.   This led to a Memorandum of Understanding between Federation of Kenya Employers (FKE) Central Organization of Trade Unions (COTU) and Ministry of Labor to mitigate the danger that COVID-19 pandemic poses. 

We appreciate our Virtues trained groups for peaceful existence in spite of many challenges at family during this period.

The government has started easing the restrictions. Schools have started partial opening giving us hope that this may be a better year.

One of our major initiatives has been to train community groups in our part of Kenya to help them learn how adopting The Virtues Project can build community and help sustain community members through this crisis.  Our work to train groups at All Angels Catholic Church in Lutonyi has been an eye opener to other parishes.  We were invited to train Virtues to 35 members of the Catholic Women Association (CWA) Shirere, Christ the King, Amalemba Parish. The training was held in a home of one of the members and in attendance was the parish priest. The hosting family had put COVID-19 measures in place. We did a Virtues Pick "FORGIVENESS." After sharing the card, the chairwoman of the group shed tears, emotionally explaining that she had forgiven a group member who gossips about her. She called forward the lady and they reconciled. Many others gave their version of how the discussion had touched them. At the end of the training, the group asked their parish priest for training in The Virtues Project for the church leadership for they feel it is especially relevant during this time.

As the government eases Covid19 restrictions, we will more actively offer community Virtues Training and activities.  

We thank you for your continued financial support.  It is through your generous giving that we are able to continue to bring The Virtues Project to the community!

 

 

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