"It takes a village to raise a child" - this African proverb encourages us to reflect on the partnerships required to nurture the development of children and youth. In this newsletter we provide a snapshot of some of the people that make up WVP Kenya.
Hello! My name is Willis, and I am the first born in a family of seven, five girls and two boys. One of my sisters passed away in 1997 at a tender age. My only brother passed away in 2005. They both succumbed to anaemia and we are still nursing one of my sisters who is anaemic. Both my parents are alive. They are small scale farmers, and occasionally do odd jobs in the community.
I attended kambajo primary school from class one to eight, where I sat for my KCPE in 2003. It was a struggle to raise my small fees and most of the time I was out of school due to lack of fees. This affected my school performance. After finishing primary school, I was admitted to Got Agulu secondary school. Due to lack of fees I resorted to Kapiyo Mixed Day secondary school. I managed to stay in school from form one to two, my parents were unable to raise the required fees for the second term of form two and I had to leave school to join them in search for fees and family support. I would carry out manual jobs in the community to raise money enough to support the family and medicate my ailing sister. The school administration agreed to offer me supplementary exams after form two and three. In 2007, I was enrolled in form four for KCSE even though I was not attending classes as from form two. The school deputy by that time stood firm in this arrangement that he may see me off with a secondary certificate rather than dropping out at form two due to fees. I would do voluntary works in the community, for passion and survival, among the organisations I volunteered with were the Tuungane programme, that focused on youth and HIV: Nyanza Reproductive Health Society, that focused on male circumcision; Action Aid, that focused on community social audit. The stipends I received from these organisations enabled me to support my parents in raising up the family. I sat for my KCSE in 2007 and scored grade C. I finally achieved my dream of completing secondary education, opening another window for full time voluntary and casual jobs in the community to clear my secondary arrears as my certificates were retained until I pay the last cent.
In 2011, I joined WVP Kenya. Getting a full-time job helped clear my fees, care for my ailing sister and supporting the family. Working for WVP Kenya have changed my way of living and perception in life greatly. The job I was offered was relevant to my previous voluntary activities and I am enjoying it greatly. I found a dedicated team who would always advise me where necessary to ensure that the organisation´s goals are met in time.
Through working for WVP Kenya, I managed to collect my secondary certificate in 2014, afterwich I enrolled for a certificate course in Human Resource Management, later on to Diploma in Human resource management at the University of Nairobi. I graduated with a diploma in HRM in 2015 Dec 4th.Through working for WVP Kenya, I´ve managed to comfortably advance in education, support the family, including the education of two of my sisters, who are currently in secondary school, as well as gain a lot of experience in community and organisational work.
I feel glad and privileged to work for WVP/CACOP and very grateful the opportunity I was given to be part of this team. Thanks to WVP/CACOP and its supports for enabling me, and the rest of my family, reach this far.
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I am Samuel Omondi Deya, aged 23, a Kenyan student. I am a total orphan after the death of my parents, my dad in 1994 and my mum later in 1997. I remember when my mum died after the death of my dad, the villagers cry was, “who could take care of us?” I was so young then to comprehend what was happening but was told.
After the burial, I settled at my paternal grandmother’s place. It is after the death of paternal grandparents that I moved to my maternal grandparent’s place from where I started my pre-primary education. My younger bro and my only sibling would move to my aunt’s place.
It is here where I completed my primary education under free primary education programme by the government. I qualified to join one of the Kenyan national secondary schools, Maranda National School. But my worry was where I could get my school fees. Here I was, having secured a chance to join Maranda high school, but where was the fee?
It is then that things never worked out. To all my relatives, I was a liability. They deserted me. Disturbed, had to find a way of helping myself get secondary fees. This could enable me realise my dreams of becoming a medical doctor. Though, I also thought of becoming an engineer later in life.
I could later come to know of CACOP. I went through the application steps. The good news was that I qualified. I was so happy to extent of being moved to tears. I had to make some vows on this date. Vowed to ensure that my dream of becoming a doctor is realised. Vowed to say ‘thank you’ to the organization through my hard work. Vowed to one day start my own or support an organization supporting needy students.
I was later admitted to Maranda National School under the sponsorship of CACOP. It this organization, its donors and staff that acted as my mum and dad. It struggled to provide all the basics I needed for my secondary education.
When I sat my fourth form national examination, Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education, KCSE, I did well. I scored “A” plain of 84 points coming position 48 nationally out of over 416 900 students. I qualified for my dream course, bachelor of medicine and bachelor of surgery. I was selected to join one of the Kenyan leading university, university of Nairobi, where I am now, again supported by CACOP. Next year am proceeding to third year.
What keeps me going is that though at some point my hopes almost died due to lack of fees, through the organization I found hope, I found a home, I found a dad, I found a mum, I found a brother. I mean I have an organization to count on, bank on and put my trust on. Sometimes I ask myself how possible I stay in school for over a year, and no single relative remembers that am in school and I require a lot, financially, morally and socially. But here is the consolation, I have an organization, whose donors and staff are concerned about my future. It therefore follows that I must work hard towards that future. I hope to see myself become a neurosurgeon in future. I know it is tough, but someone else did it why not me?
Having gone through it, it pains me to see an orphan drops out of school due to lack of school fees, it pains me to see an orphan go without food, it pains more when they are neglected by their close relatives, it pains me to see needy children in our streets as street children, it pains my heart to see people die of diseases that could easily be cured or controlled, it pains to see how the poor lags behind as far as information is concerned. It is ,however, sad to note that while an orphan goes without food, his/her immediate neighbour gets more than enough food, that while an orphan drops out of school due to lack of fees, his/her immediate neighbours are able to educate all their children, in fact in private institutions. My hope and wish is that this gap is bridged. It is only through education that we are going to have this gap bridged. But our orphans are disadvantaged, no fees. I wish I had a voice to speak on behalf of fellow orphans. I wish I could help.
I lack words to express my gratitude to the organization’s donors and staff. My hope is that the organization remains operational. I vowed that once employed I must take part in financing the organization within my capacity. My wish is that other beneficiaries do the same. Thanks.
Samuel Omondi Deya, a beneficiary of CACOP/WVP Kenya firstname.lastname@example.org
In September we had the pleasure of revisiting community groups in western Kenya whom we three years ago provided with a bag of money to set up social enterprises in support of orphaned children. Their businesses are thriving and some have even expanded to do other income generating activities. Here is the pan-paper group proudly showing the land they are now able to rent and cultivate (maize and millet).
We have now launched our 60 day campaign, #Change4Life, to recruit 20 new monthly donors! We have had many loyal donors over the years but now we are seeking to expand our donor base to include YOU! Over the next 60 days, WVP Kenya will be highlighting the various areas your monthly donation could help improve the lives of children and adults in these communities, adding to the sustainability of our work. From as little as £5 a month, you can make a difference in a child's life. Click here to make a monthly donation.
This July has been an exciting month for our CCT projects and our sports and health education workshops. A total of more than 900 children in schools within the Lugari district attended seminars held by WVP Kenya on behaviour change and communication. The children actively participated in these interactive sessions, as part of our health education workshops. In line with our capacity-building goals, the Chekalini group received tents and chairs from WVP Kenya; specific project training is planned for them to start hiring out their tents. The Pan-Paper team received their two motorbikes, as well as insurance on all three motorbikes in their possession. It is reported back that the motorbikes are working well for the members, below you can see them with their new motorbikes.
Within our scholarship programme, a group of five scholars received payment of their fees in order to join local polytechnics, with three pursuing electrician training and two receiving tailoring training. Within our education projects, the performance of children in relation to the IGA was discussed among parents in meetings across the district. The general consensus came to the point that the IGAs would help scholars improve their performance.
WVP Kenya is now looking for a Social Media, Campaigns & Fundraising Intern to lead a three-month fundraising campaign to promote WVP’s work to a wider audience through the website and social media, increase WVP’s private donations and diversify its funding base. For more detail, click here