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