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Newsletter June 2017

 

 

Objectives for 2017

  1. Facilitate the beginning of year/term activities i.e. pay school fees, buy uniforms, books and       shopping
  2. Opening of the Nursery School
  3. Select suitable Secondary Schools for 7 girls and 1 boy
  4. College vacancy for 2 girls
  5. Fundraising event –April
  6. Girls’ Seminar
  7. Annual General Meeting
  8. Apply for the necessary certificates / authorizations required for construction
  9. Continue pursuit for potential donors

All the 31 children returned to school after a good holiday spent with their respective families.

The parents of the 16 Primary School children except one including 5 Secondary School children were able to do most of the back to school shopping such as toiletry and transport. The Nenkashe members had paid school fees prior to opening of the schools through varies banks and bank slips forwarded.

Of the 7 new Secondary School children, 2 girls did well and one was awarded a full scholarship through Equity Bank-‘Wings to Fly’ in one of the National Secondary Schools. The other was also admitted to a National Secondary School. The others were called to local Secondary Schools and all the children are happy in the new environment.

Four days Seminar was held for the girls at the beginning of the April holiday. The 18 girls who attended the seminar were housed at the Nenkashe Safe House.  The girls were looked after by a lady who cooked for them. There were 2 facilitators including 3 Nenkashe Members. The topics were: Personal Hygiene, Reproductive Health, Nutrition, Self Esteem.  The Nenkashe Members had a one on one talk with each of the girls. Evaluation was done on the last day and was concluded that the seminar be held annually.

The Annual fundraising was held at the beginning of April. Despite many odds, such as drought which necessitated many families moving from their homes in search of pastures for their livestock, several election campaigns and rallies held on the same day in the area, there was good attendance. The Community is suffering from draught and this was reflected in the Contributions. There was good will.

Preparation for construction of 2nd phase of the Livelihood Skills Centre is ongoing.  Applications for authorization have been made to the relevant Departments.

The 2 girls who completed Secondary School at the end of 2016 are currently in College. Resiato is at the Narok Teachers’ Training College doing Early Childhood Education while Brenda is at the Kabete Polytechnic doing Human Resources.

At the beginning of the 2nd term, Nenkashe Nursery School was started by a well-qualified teacher of many years’ experience. The nursery school has continued to grow and now has 18 pupils. The school has constituted a Parents Teachers’ Association which oversees the running of the school.

Drought has been severe in Kajiado County the area of operation. The Nursery teacher had noticed that the children were lethargic by midmorning due to hunger, therefor the Committee Members in partnership with the parents have started a feeding programme for the nursery school children with assistance from the Ministry of Education. The PTA has employed a cook, Nenkashe provides milk and vegetables and the Education Department has donated Maize and beans. The Children get porridge during the mid-morning break and a full meal at lunch time. The teacher has observed that the children are more alert and cheerful.

Through your generous donations, Nancy is now able to go to school in comfort, well fed and uninterrupted. Nancy’s parents have both been incapable of looking after their 4 children. The extended family decided to distribute the children amongst them. Unfortunately Nancy’s situation was worsened. She became the one who looked after the other children, housework, was underfed and often had to miss school in order play the role of a mother. Nancy is in boarding school and is gradually changing from the withdrawn, shy underfed child to one who is gaining confidence in herself. With your continued donations, Nancy will be able to continue with her education and one day attain livelihood skills to enable her reclaim a secure place in society to be able to decide her destiny .

The annual general meeting –AGM was held towards the end of June. It was resolved that:

All Members ought to be involved in fundraising. The Fundraising should be an annual event. There is room to admit 4 new children in Primary School.

Thank you all for your generous support both morally and financially which has made all the above activities possible.

I wish you a good summer.

Silole

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Objectives for the first 6 months, 2016

-Facilitate the going back to school-paying of school fees, uniforms, books and shopping.

-Find suitable Secondary Schools for 2 girls

-Find College -vacancy for 1 girl

-The fundraising event

-Visitors from Denmark

-Revise the website.  Please visit: www.nenkashe.org

The  first half of 2016 has not been business as usual.

For the first time since the Nenkashe Organization was established all the children were able to spent their Christmas holidays in their respective homes except for the 1st week of the holidays when four of the girls from Safe House stayed with me. Klik for at læse mere!

This, while we ascertained  the safety of one of the girls. Both parents assured us and the Department of the Children’s Office that they will allow their daughter to continue with school as far as her ability allows her. After the Holidays, all the children reported back to school on time and reported to have enjoyed their holidays.

All the children were able to spent the April holidays in their respective homes and all reported back to school at the right date. This was made possible by the reconciliation visits to the parents and community made by the Nenkashe members and the Children´s Office.

We are sad to report that the co-founder of Nenkashe, Zippie Sindiyo had to step back from the Organization  from  January 2016 due to illness but continues to look after the 10 Pokot girls. The Pokot girls continues to be sponsored by the Baylor University Choir. U.S.A

The only girl who set for Class 8 National Exam in 2015 did not do well to gain entrance into a National School. The Organization managed to have her taken to a local Secondary School. She has settled in well and likes the School.

Sanaipei , the girl who stayed at home for a whole year after finishing Primary School with good results for lack of school fees is doing well even after losing a whole year of school.

Sanoi is now enrolled in a College training as an Early Child Education (EED) teacher after staying at home for one year. She did work as a volunteer in a nursery school for some months. She  is well settled and enjoying her course.

Preparation for the Fundraising Event

Towards the end of December 2015,the Organization resolved to start developing the donated plot with the first phase of the Livelihood Skills Centre. The community was invited for an orientation meeting and invited to  participate, become partners.

 

Community Meeting

It was decided that the usual method  (the Kenyan way) should be followed.  Therefore The date was selected, list of prominent potential  donors, relevant guests and friends were selected and invited.

Preparations began in earnest.  Designing  invitation cards, T-shirts , caps and bungles with our logo to be sold on the day.

Saida and Annette were visiting during the preparation. They were a wonderful source of inspiration and worked  hard  with the logo to be ironed on the T-shirts, caps etc. They made and donated aprons. Donated solar lamps and money. Besides donating books, they also donated 3 computers to Safe house and a radio, 2 computers to AIC Library and one computer to our office. Mama Seneyia got a solar charger for her phone and never fails to mention how helpful it is whenever we talk. Another solar charger was given to a village elder at Enkorika who is our contact person in the area.

They visited Eunice´s Secondary School, the Safe House and Seneyia´s home. We appreciated their visit. It is always inspiring to share the engagement in the work you facilitate.

Unfortunately  they were not able to participate at the fundraising event as their date of  departure coincided with the fundraising event.

Breaking of the Ground

It was a festive day, schools were closed the day before the event so they were able to attend–to be seen. There were approximately 200 hundred people who contributed generously. Touching and supportive speeches were given.

Ksh. 1,700,000 was raised. ksh.260000 was spent in preparation. A great success which we intend to repeat every year.

Construction is ongoing. One acre has been fenced off, a pit latrine has been dug, a water tank and materials have been bought for construction of four rooms for a watchman, a person to plant trees etc. and work on the ground, a store and a nursery school classroom for the neighbourhood children.

Teresia Ntuda

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Teresia was born on the 13 May 2000. She is number four of 6 siblings.

Teresia was introduced to us by a village elder who is a friend of the family.

The story is: Teresia’s father died in 2003 of AIDS. The mother was also infected and was often too sick to look after the children and needed care herself. Teresia’s older sister had been given away/fostered in a far away home as the mother was too poor to feed and look after all the children.

Teresia often took the role of mother and nurse, often missing days and weeks of school. The old family friend realized that Teresia was about to undergo FGM and be married off soon thereafter in order to eliminate poverty in the family through bride price and help educate her older brothers

The elder intervene by reporting the situation to the Chief (The village administrator) and thereafter to the Children´s Office.

Teresia was small for her age, withdrawn and her school performance far behind her years.

Now Teresia has caught up in her school work and is above average. She participates in extra curriculum  activities such as the school choir and is a gifted athlete who has won several awards for the school and for the county.

Teresia is due to sit for her class 8 national exams prior to Secondary School in November 2016.

We wish her all the best.

I wish to thank each one of you for making it possible for Teresia to have an education instead of a husband.

I wish you a good summer.

Silole 

Newsletter December 2015

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The Nenkashe wishes to say thank you to you all that are members of Nenkashe.dk, all that have contributed and participated in the hard work of organizing fund raising events so all the above may be possible.

Your efforts are put into good productive use of raising and educating the needy Maasai girl child.

We wish you all a Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year.

Silole

Schools

19 girls are spread out to 7 different  Primary Schools. Three boys are in a Boys Boarding School.

One 8 year old is in a children’s home called Nyumbani (means Home) for HIV/AIDs survivors. She has put on 10.5 kg in 1 year. This little girl has made tremendous progress during her 1 year stay in Nyumbani from being a very sick, malnourished little girl to a happy school going girl.

The nurses predict that she will be able to join a public school next year. She has until now attended the protected school at Nyumbani whenever she was well enough.

We have 10 Secondary School going girls in 6 different schools.

A 16 year old pregnant girl was rescued by a Nenkashe member as she was about to be married off against her will. The Children’s Officer managed to secure a Mother and Child Home until she delivered. She has since delivered and has joined a primary school while her baby remains in the home where the mother is able to visit and stay with her baby during each school holiday.

Only one girl sat for National  Primary School Examination this year. We wish her the very best.

One of the girls who finished Primary School last year is physically challenged and had to undergo a corrective surgery on both legs and is recovering well.

The girl who finished Secondary School last year is now teaching in a nursery school as she awaits to go for training as a nursery school teacher.

Unfortunately public school teachers went on strike at the beginning of the term for 5 weeks and pupils were forced to remain at home. This was evident in this end of year Test results, despite which they majority had good results.

School Holidays

11 girls and one boy stayed at the Nenkashe Holiday Home for the August break. They were as usual looked after by a matron and had frequent visits by a social worker for counseling

All children, including Nempiris from Nyumbani will spend Christmas Holidays with their respective parents or guardians. Malel will spend this holiday at home, for the 1st time in 3 years. She was very happy when the Children Officer and I drove her the 70km to her home, where she was received warmly by her family and neighbors.

The parents promised to allow her to complete her schooling as far as she is able.

 Sports / Athletics

Teressia, a girl in class 7 has shown great ability in athletics by winning the inter schools competitions and subsequently running for Kajiado County and each time taking the lead. She has received several awards.

 

Newsletter June 2015

   

School Holiday

Out of the 40 children sponsored by the Organization 39 spent the 2014 Christmas holidays at their respective homes.

One of the girls spent the holidays with one of the member’s home as the organization continues to feel that the situation in the home is unchanged. The pride price paid to the child’s family has not been returned and therefore the child remains in danger of being abducted by the ‘husband’.  It is the government’s policy that all children should keep in close contact with their families when possible.

All children reported back to school on time and reported to have had happy holidays. Many of the parents were able to buy toiletries for their children as encouraged by the organization.

Seven (7) children spent the April 2015 at the NEC Safe House. This was necessitated by the severe drought in most parts of the Kajiado County  and partly by the unsafe home environment. The children are provided with a home environment  and are looked after by en experienced matron and the NEC members.  A Social Worker  connected to  the Children’s Office visited the home periodically.

Schools

Three of the four (4) girls who sat for the Primary  Certificate Examination got good grades that took them to secondary school. The three (3) girls were able to be placed in schools where other NEC girls attend. The 4th girl got low grades and the Organization is looking to have her in a vocational school after recovery from a planned corrective surgery.

The NEC is sponsoring ten (10) Secondary School girls in 6 different schools.

Twenty (20) Primary School girls attend 5 different schools and 3 boys attend a boys boarding school.

One (1) little girl is in Nyumbani Children’s Home and goes to school there until she is well enough to be able to attend a public.  

Medical Care

One (1) of the girls who sat for the primary school examination, unfortunately did not make it to secondary school. The girl has challenges of physical disability and is due for corrective surgery. The  Organization in partnership with the Kajiado Centre for children with Disabilities is organizing to have the girl operated on as soon as possible. The surgical cost will be shared by the two Organizations.  The single parent has no ability to contribute to the child’s treatment.

The 9 year old HIV/AIDs survivor is under medication and her situation requires constant specialized medical care. Little Nempiris ( who is HIV/AIDs survivor ) continues to reside at Nyumbani Children’s home and is getting excellent medical care. She has recently completed the tuberculosis treatment. She regularly attends school when her condition allows.

The NEC members follow Nempiris’ progress by regularly visiting her at the home. Her grandmother has paid her two visits in one year.

Counseling / Seminar

Two (2) counseling sessions were carried out at the AIC  primary school  where the majority of the Primary School girls attend. This was carried out towards the end of the school term.

A seminar was held for secondary and primary school girls during the school holidays.

The objective of these sessions is to raise self awareness, self esteem, and personal hygiene, motivate and encourage them to make informed choices.

Challenges

Unfortunately three girls have discontinued their education. One of the girls, 18 years old who has had learning challenges decided to permanently discontinue with her schooling.

The 2 girls are pregnant and have been suspended from school until after delivery. The children’s office is trying to find a vacancy in a mother /child home. Such a home would look after the baby while the mothers continue with their education.  

Two Secondary School girls Visit Denmark

The two girls were invited to meet their contemporaries in Copenhagen and the suburbs to raise awareness on the Maasai school girl’s life in a boarding school. The girls visited a High School and  interacted with three (3) different classes and other students during lunch and breaks. They met in all about 80-90 students. There was mutual interest shown by both parties in each other’s culture and school.

They visited an art college and interacted with ca.50 students. These students showed great interest in a life of a Maasai girl therefore asked many questions.

They visited the Queen’s Palace, museums, the aquarium and several other cultural sites.

Of great interest to the girls were the visits to member’s homes where they interacted with their Danish families.

There were two organized meetings with an audience of 50 people each. They participated in a flea market which is one of the ways the Support Group in Denmark raises funds for the NEC sponsorship.

The trip was funded by an agent of DANIDA. The girls were accompanied by the Chairlady of the NEC.

The girls were overwhelmed by the difference in the two countries, schools and by the many experiences .

Future Activities

The NEC members plan to involve Community Leaders, Local Administrators, The Children’s Office and Legal Agents in holding 6 seminars  in 6 different communities to raise awareness on the child’s rights, human rights, consequences of FGM and teenage marriages and pregnancy.

Silole Mpoke

DECEMBER 2014

This is to thank all the donors, sponsors, friends and partners for supporting and educating 39 girls and 3 boys in the 2014, including their school shopping (toiletry, sanitary towels, books etc.) and accommodation during schools’ holidays for those who cannot always go home due to poverty at home or due to hostile circumstances in the child’s home.

Twenty four (24) of these children are in primary school spread out in 4 different schools. Eleven (11) are in 6 different secondary schools and 2 are in two different children’s homes.

Little Nempiris who was admitted to Nyumbani , a home for HIV and AIDs victims who have little or no support from elsewhere is doing very well. At the age of 8 years when we got her she weighed 10 kg and six months later she now weighs 16 kg.

The last two (2) terms have gone without any problems, the children are happy in school.

Nine (9) children stayed at the holiday home during the August holiday. They had a good time. The holiday ‘home’ has proved to be a big success. The children are happy and so are the Nenkashe members as they know that the children are in good hands.

Counseling of the girls during the school term has been carried out. The organization hopes that these sessions will help the children be aware of who they are, help them make informed choices and give them self esteem.

Reconciliatory visits have been carried out in four (4) different homes during this month of December. One of the homes was visited for the 1st time to find out about the family situation of a girl that had been abandoned at the AIC school for four (4) years. The A.I.C. school approached the NEC organization to ask whether we could take on the girl as she had been brought to the school rescued from FGM. No one had visited her or gotten in touch with the school since! Since the school knew where the child had come from, Nenkashe found the child’s family and visited them.

The girl, Nasieku is 15 years old. She has a mother who is blind and is poverty stricken. She has an older brother who is in secondary school. They have a stepbrother who is employed and has been paying school fees for the brother. The stepbrother assured us that he will take on the responsibility of Nasieku and that she will be staying with his family. He has a wife and four children under the age of 7 years. Nasieku informed us that she is happy there. The mother lives within a half hour’s walk. Nasieku is one of the girls selected to visit Denmark in April.

Reconciliatory visits to the parents have failed to produce positive results in the case of the 9 year old that underwent FGM and married off to a 35 year old man two (2) years ago. The parents albeit friendly when called fail to show interest in their daughter.

The child is happy in school, catching up with school work and has friends in school.

We congratulate the Nenkashe Support Group in Denmark for their remarkable achievement of getting funds from CISU to have two girls visit Denmark to talk about the plight of a Maasai girl. Two girls have been selected and are in the process of applying for travel documents.

The new constitution of Kenya specifically forbids and criminalizes FGM and early marriages. The Kajiado County is proactive in raising awareness about the consequences of these harmful practices. The government has established an independent board called “The Anti FGM Board”. There is therefore good political will in the country to end these harmful practices against the girl child.

NEC will strive to alleys with the government for support in allocating bursaries to the NEC supported girls.

All of the above will not have been possible without your moral support and through the funds raised to pay school fees, uniforms, medical expenses, counseling and reconciliatory family visits and not least holidays home expenses.

The Nenkashe Organization thanks each one of you for your support throughout 2015.

We are looking forward to a continued partnership in the year 2015.

Happy Holidays to you and your family and a Happy New Year

On behalf of the NEC,

Silole

Newsletter May 2014

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Secondary school in Pokot

Newsletter May 2014-05-25
Schools
This year started off smoothly. It was easier to find secondary schools for the four (4) girls that finished primary school last year. They were placed in 4 different secondary schools.The girl from Pokot was admitted to Kimngoron Girls Sec. School to join the other girls from Pokot and to be closer to her community.
Five needy girls from Pokot who were selected by the School Committee were admitted into St. Patrick Primary Boarding School- Pokot. The 5 girls are sponsored by the Baylor University Students and administered by Nenkashe.
With the loyal assistance of the sponsors, the partners and friends, school fees and shopping funds were readily available for the start of year for both secondary and primary schools.
NEC sponsors 40 children: 24 primary school girls and 3 boys. 11secondary school girls. 2 girls are in pre primary school. We have a girl who is an HIV victim and is waiting to be admitted into a Home (Nyumbani ) which provides a home like environment, school facility and medical care.
This year NEC is paying school fees for 43 girls and 3 boys spread out in 4 primary schools, 6 secondary schools and one Children’s Home .
School Holidays
This holiday, 6 NEC girls stayed at the Holiday Centre ( a boarding school for the Children with challenges which Nenkashe uses for a fee during school vacations)to house the girls who are orphaned, vulnerable . Nenkashe buys food and all the requirements needed for their stay. The vacation went well.
All the other children were able to go home to their parents or guardians.
Counseling/Seminar
The Headmaster of the Olosho Oibor Primary School where 4 of the Nenkashe girls are, requested Nenkashe to include the higher classes of the school in counseling and raising awareness on HIV/AIDs and Female Genital Mutilation. This was carried out in partnership with the local nurse. The children were interested and participitated actively.
Reson who is the Nenkashe Counselor held a one day counseling / seminar session for the Nenkashe girls including local teenagers. There were 32 girls who attended the whole day seminar. The subject of the seminar was to: mentorship through interaction between secondary and primary school girls, share experiences, motivate and encourage each other. Raise self awareness and self esteem and learn to make informed choices which lead to a purpose driven life.
Reconciliatory Family Visits
It has taken NEC members 2 years of home visits to meet Malel’s parents and many telephone conversations to facilitate a reunion between parent and child. ( Malel is the child who was to be married off to a 35 years man at the age of 9 years!) During the school term, Malel was introverted, restless and unhappy and expressed that she was missing her family! The mother was persuaded to visit Malel during the school holidays and Malel was taken home to visit her family. There was a happy reunion with her siblings.
To bring about genuine change of mind and acceptance of the child’s right to education has been a tough task.
These visits revealed a need for awareness raising against FGM, early marriages and child’s rights in this community. NEC plans to run 2-3 seminars on these issues in conjunction with other relevant agents.
Visitor
March 10th 2014 brought 3 visitors from the Støtteforening Denmark, one of the founders, a member of the bestyrelse and a member. It was with pleasure that a few Nenkashe members took the visitors round to 2 primary schools, a secondary school and they visited some of the girls homes. The height of the visit was when the group met the parents of the girls that prompted the founders to start the Støtteforening. These parents were excited and expressed gratitude that their daughters have a chance to have the education that they the parents did not get.The group also met the members of Nenkashe. The Danish group paid for all expenses during their stay in Kenya.
Nenkashe has realized the need for a livelihood skills school now that girls have began to graduate from primary school and the concern is for the girls who are week academically. The big concern is knowing that chances are that these girls, out of school would surely be married off.
Therefore Nenkashe is beginning to deliberate in methods of raising funds to develop the 5 acre plot that NEC has for the purpose.
Sponsors
Most of the above has only been possible through the constant funding from Denmark raised through hard work from the members.
NEC is also grateful for the friends that have contributed to paying school fees for specific girls, those who have pledged to contribute annually and the ones who have made one time contributions. We also have a school sponsoring a 9 year old girl with full board. All of the above has made this year brighter and secure.
We wish our sponsors a good summer and happy holidays.

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