The community program has been undergoing redesign since 2012 to empower communities to be able to take care of their own children instead of depending on external donation. The community program started a gradual process of phase out to pave way for Child Centered Community Development program whose main aim is empowering communities to take care of their own children.
Child sponsorship Program has been supporting six rescue homes namely Achego in Kisumu County, Litein in Kericho County, Siyiapei in Narok County , Mufu in Embu County, Kathonzweni in Makueni County and Tumaini in Trans-Nzoia County. From January to June 2017 the program has also supported community based children in Secondary and Tertiary Education.
- 125 orphaned and vulnerable children were rescued and placed in the six rescue homes for care and protection.
- 430 orphaned and vulnerable children living within the communities were supported with secondary and tertiary fees to be able to access education in various learning institutions countrywide.
- 36 children were successfully integrated back to the community from the rescue homes after completion of their committal period.
- 325 children took part in marking the day of the African child and educating communities around them on the importance of children’s rights and protecting children against abuse.
Kumpash is a young bright girl aged 14years from Olodokukuoni village, Naroosura Sub location in Narok west Sub County. She was rescued together with her brother Taiko in 2013 and enrolled at Siyiapei Primary School. Currently, Kumpash is in class eight waiting to sit for her Kenya Certificate of Primary Education Exam scheduled for November 2017.She is a very humble and disciplined girl who is focused and determined to change her life through education, life skills training and spiritual nurture.
After the death of her parents in the year 2008 Kumpash and her brother Taiko did not have any hope of going to school. They were both rescued and brought to AIC Siyiapei Children’s Home for care and protection so that they could realize their full potential. Her rescue was also aimed at helping her get rid of the retrogressive cultural practices that are deep rooted in the Maasai community.
In her journey to register success through her determination in school, Kumpash could tell a long story that always makes her stand tall in life yearning to achieve her main goal of becoming a doctor in the future and later helping those in need in the society.
During her enrolment in school, she could only speak Maasai language since she did not know any other language. Initially she never performed well in school as language of communication was a great challenge for her. Her need was identified by staff that paid attention in helping her do her homework and to develop a positive attitude towards doing better in school.
Early this year Kumpash delayed reporting back to school after December vacation where she went to visit her relatives during Christmas season. As a rite of passage, one of her uncles planned to force her to undergo female genital mutilation which is still a cultural practice in the Maasai community. This was stopped through the help of Children’s Office Narok where the matter was reported immediately. She was glad to be rescued and immediately reported back to school.
Kumpash managed to settle in school and concentrated on her education and by the end of the term Kumpash was reported the most improved girl in class eight after scoring 398 marks out of 500 and became number 1 in their class. She was therefore rewarded for her good determination. Her best subjects include mathematics, English and science. Her hobbies include rope skipping, leading in devotions and reading short stories as well as doing her other normal chores with other children at the Rescue Centre
DAY OF AFFRICAN CHILD
This event commemorates hundreds of children killed in a protest demanding for quality education and their rights to be taught in their own language. This took place in Soweto, South Africa in the year 1976. This event was first observed in Kenya in 1991 and up to date Kenya as a nation is well understood in its participation in policy formulation on children rights and more so in protecting Kenyan children in every corner of the country for quality living.
All the six rescue homes collaborated with public and private organizations in a joint celebration of the day of African Child held on 16/06/2017 in their respective counties. The theme of this year’s day of African Child was child protection against child labor and any other retrogressive culture.
From Area Advisory meetings held throughout the period, most of the meetings agendas were based on children welfare and management of Charitable Children Institutions (CCIs) within the Counties and in Kenya at large. This was an advantage to many organizations across the counties that are directly or indirectly part of the lager group that deals with children rights and protection of children.
Through teamwork at the Rescue Centers, staff managed to organize Rescued Children and community based children for a joint participation in terms of presentations which included songs, skits, poems and coral verses to share the theme of the day –Accelerating protection, empowerment and equal opportunities for children by 2030.
As part of rescue centre contribution towards celebration of this very important day, the team managed to contribute in terms of children participation and refreshments. Printing of T-shirts was done by stakeholders from other organizations that were part of the event.
Children were happy to celebrate their big day in a colorful event where everybody spoke about the importance of children in the society, their rights, preached against torture, child labor, child abuse, neglect, abandonment, female genital mutilation (FGM) and what it takes to have a meaningful nation in the future. Children were happy to take part in processions while carrying printed banners and placards that depicted their celebration’s theme.