Kenya Highlights (April 2022)

These are our highlights for the month of April 2022

In April we’ve been receiving little rain with cold weather to get us all up and prepared for farming. Active and enjoying the great outdoors. Here in Kenya, we’ve certainly enjoyed the most of it.

This month we would like to highlight Herzel. She joined our centre on the 19th of March and so far she has been the most amazing human being that every other human would like to spend their time with. Volunteering is at the very core of being a human. No one has made it through life without someone else’s help.

Herzel possess some beauty skills like hair plaiting and she has been plaiting our girl’s hair and also teaching them the hair plaiting skills. The girls might be made fun of for how important hair is- but before we judge: which of us make or female does not pause before a mirror abs wonder how we look to others- an image we ourselves can’t see about ourselves. This first impression society cares so much about.

When we were young we didn’t have mirrors where we lived. And didn’t think about it or care. But now we live where it is very important to people so find ourselves thrilled to learn hair from lasting skills. Learning all these different skills that society values, is important for our own individual strength and voice. And for each of our our tribes voice and future too. All skills giving us options which of course they may need down the various roads life takes us on.

I read this politicizing named Winston Churchill said, ” We make a living by what we get but we make a life by what we do.” This quote hit me for some reason. When my brain gets tired of learning to do new things. It isn’t easy for any of us.

Join us next month to find out more about our GLDs like amazing Herzel and her positive impacts on our children.

See you next month!

Sandra
Becky and Adrian

Fundraising Priorities

April is when our form four children have finished with their exams and visit back home, spending time with their tribe and relatives. This is very important tune to be nurtured whenever we safely can. Sadly some of our children have to stay at the center because they don’t have biological parents but they can always count on us. Right now we have nine graduate children from high school and waiting for their results.

The sponsorship program has enabled the Kenya Center to provide food, supplies, educational programs and educational resources such as books. We are grateful that eight of our children will graduate from high school – the first in their family and for some even in their tribal clan. They are completing vital steps in their lives, for themselves and for the survival and health of their tribe, but they still need support to further their studies, as college or any advanced training is so important for their tribe’s future and voice in this changing world.

During the month of April, we began our farming project because we are approaching the rainy season. We are so thankful to have enough water at last. We intend to plant vegetables, maize and potatoes. They can grow well on our land during this season.

We ask that you please donate towards seeds and our farming irrigation system, so that we can reduce the cost of food. Our goal is to once again provide enough food for our children and for the neighborhood children who wonder about when their single mothers must be at work.

In addition, we are are seeking funds for larger crops. We are not sure if we can grow enough for this, but we remember when we did in years before COVID and it is our goal. We will let you know how it is going next month.

You can help our farm and help our children continue their education by sponsoring them! Click here to sponsor our kids or make a donation. Thank you so much.

The Kenya Team

Kases Kakuko (GLD)
Lead, Kenya Finance Team & Sponsor Letters
kases@ihfonline.org

John Ochieng (GLD)
Co- Lead, First Response Team, Media Box & Lead Reference Teams/GOOT
john.ochieng@ihfonline.org

Kerryn T Muleya (Director)
Lead, First response Web Search Team/GOOT & Co-Lead References Teams
kerryn@ihfonline.org

Grace, Herzel & Judith K
Online GLD & Co–Lead, Fundraising/Grants Team, Mentor Team & MOU Teams
judith.kimeu@ihfonline.org

Savithri
Executive Manager, Kenya Center & Lead, Curriculum/Education Team
savithri.erikola@ihfonline.org

Volunteer Manuel

Click here to read the Kenya Centre volunteer manual.

Volunteer of the Month

Can you tell me a little about yourself?

My name is Herzel Nyangasi, an individual who is passionate about working for humanity and enjoys volunteering her time to serve the community.

How do you know about IHF?

I got to know about IHF through social media where I saw a volunteer advertisement through which I applied.

How long have you been here in IHF?

I have been at IHF for one month.

What things made you interested to join IHF?

My interest was moved by the act of giving my time to work with children who are less fortunate (giving back to the community).

What is the most memorable experience you’ve ever had in IHF so far?

The most memorable experience I had was engaging with the children where they could tell us their experience in Pokot and how life is there. They were so open and free to share their experiences. They even added some humour in their story which could make us laugh hard. I also had some great time with them, especially the girls, where I had plating courses and cooking classes with them.

What is the most important thing you have learned in IHF and how does it affect your life?

I have learned to give what I have to assist those who don’t have. We all have different stories and we need to lend each other an ear to listen and to encourage each other.

Herzel

Events

It’s yet another great moment here in Kenya Center IHF. Some of our children have graduated from high school and we thank God for this achievement.

We are so proud of these great champions for holding on throughout their high school. It has been challenging, especially the past two years; with abrupt school closures and other social issues.

The COVID-19 pandemic has specifically been one heck of a test for them. Despite all these, they have endured and managed to go this far. When we remember back to starting school, many not even speaking Swahili let alone English, far behind all classmates … not believing us that they will catch up… not believing they will graduate from Highschool or understanding it’s value… to now when they speak Swahili and English both fluently along with not only their mother tongue, but often several additional languages: WOW. THESE HIGHSCHOOL GRADUATES have come so far and worked so hard. We’ve has many problems from the start with adjusting to the environment and laws we are required to follow. It has not been easy for them, nor the Volunteers and staff. Many in government said it would be impossible. But it wasn’t. We are proud and commend them for their hard work and persistence. We have a difficult position as having been children of this center also, their eldest brothers and sisters, and now in roles of authority and hopefully inspiration to study and believe they can pass the exams.

We held a party for them and we all were really happy. We won’t know the grades for several weeks- but hope that they get good grades and have bright futures. The Kenya government does not allow any to stay once they’ve turned eighteen and graduated Highschool. This has many students both happy to graduate and scared , angry to not be able to stay. We wish we could afford to hire all as GLD into staff and to put all through University. Unfortunately this requires they have a certain level of grades or funding for training.

Our wonderful career mentors will help us with this, focusing first on the females so they are not sold off as brides and in those males whose grades will allow them further training. We are all hoping and praying.

The graduated children will be heading to draught ridden Pokot soon as mandated by the government. We are so proud of them and are excited about their new chapter. We would like to thank everyone who made it possible for them to reach this far; mentors, sponsors, volunteers and all those who have in one way or another contributed to their journey. May God bless you!!!

Despite this great achievement, the children still need mentors, career advocates and sponsors as they move to their next levels. This will help them as they integrate into society and the world.

Cheers to a new journey!!! The Kenya IHF Volunteers, GLD, and Staff.

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The candidates finished their national exams and will soon be moving to institutions of higher learning after their results have been released

Party 2

Some of them will be visiting their homes in east and central Pokot where they will be staying for a while as we work around the clock to get them donors and sponsors to fund their university education.

Party 1

Charity, who was among the ten candidates finished her exams earlier and has already received her results and we are pleased to inform you that the outcome was impressive.

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As the candidates are going to open new chapters of their lives, we decided to throw a graduate party for them to celebrate their achievement and transition to the next level of life.

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The party was attended virtually by our CEO and loving mom to the children Carol Sasaki and our highly esteemed mentors who provided career guidance and counseling to the candidates.

Student of the Month

Mercy Chepkite

High school is not only about how a student performs academically but also about the activities students are involved in and relationships they build each year.

Mercy Chepkite, Student of the Month, is a role model for her peers in all three of these areas. Not only does she do extremely well in each of her classes, but she does so while being involved in extra-curricular activities including Student Council and cheerleading. She is very kind to all of the children she encounters throughout the day regardless of whether or not they are part of her friend group.

In class, she is always focused and attentive while being conscientious towards her work. Going above and beyond is the norm for her, and she truly gives 110% each day. This student radiates kindness, and she is very sincere.

She is an absolute joy to have in the Kenya Center. Her work ethic and kind heart will take her far! It is with pleasure that the Kenya center team awards Mercy Chepkite as our April Student of the Month.

Mercy Chepkite

Children Highlights

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Krop Ngoriadomo
Currently studying at college.

Party 2

Apura Lotuw
Currently studying at college and loves playing football. He also helps with organising boys and girls football teams.

Party 1

Kapanat Kakuko
Sitting his final exams in Form 4. Passionate about football and also wants to pursue a criminology course after graduation.

Party 5

Krop Losute
Form 3 student. He works very hard to achieve and performs very well in the Debates Club, every Saturday evening. His dream is to become an Advocate.

Party 4

Nyoru Kamama
In Form 4, sitting her final exams. A very disciplined and social girl. She is loved by everyone in her center and loves teaching other girls how to paint.

Party 4

Chepanga Natim
Currently in Form 3. Her dream is to become a chef as well as an entrepreneur.