Lydia Join School

By Lucas Fwamba – Project Manager
Mar 25, 2015

Lydia Nekesa is a 16 year old girl from a single parent family of mother after her father died 10 years ago. Lydia has been facing a school dropout challenge as she could not raise and get any support from the mother who works hard to feed her and other six children. After we identified her and prepared her to join secondary school, she was very happy that she could not control her emortions. she was jumping and singing that at longlast she will learn like other children in the community. We have paid her school fees and bought her school requirements and now she is in school. “am happy that am in school now. i will work hard to come and support other children in the community who face the same challlenges that i face. Thanks alot for Juhudi and all those who support us as girls who are at risk of dropping out of school” said Lydia.

Children Increase in School

By Lucas Fwamba – Project Manager
Mar 25, 2015

After a continueous feeding program in our schools, we have seen an increased number of children attending school of both orphans and valunerable. January is a hard month that most children face the challenge of attending school due to luck of support. this is where juhudi joins hand with the community and schools to see that children get food and access education. Calnile, Judith and Brian are few among the children who are smillig everyday getting meals and fees support in attaining their education. We are both supporting these children in their homes and the schools that we work with.”am happy to get uniform and food to continue with my education” said Calnile. ” i will always go to school” said Judith. ” thanks Juhudi for your cntinued support” said Brian.

I Will Always be in School When it Opens

By Lucas Fwamba – Project Manager
Nov 25, 2014

After supporting children to access food, majority of them are promising to continually remain in school as they get meals while there. John a 7 year old boy orphan is promising with great hope to continually remain in school. John excitedly dances as he takes his meal of the day before schools get closed. “Am dancing because am sure after my school I will serve the community as a nurse taking care of small children like me. Am very happy that Juhudi continually supports us with food. I will always be in school when it opens”. Says John. As our feeding program moves on, we will continually support our children both orphans and valunerable children in schools and homes.

I will always be in school when it opens

I will always be in school when it opens


Children Opening Up

By Lucas Fwamba – Project Manager
Nov 25, 2014

It was very great moments for children as they took their time to have small games and plays. The games which are held at Geta play ground bring more than 73 children from across Geta. The events aim at helping different children who were affected by the post election violence to heal. As the game are on children share their feelings and requested to continually host this events for them. As Maria says “Haki mimi nina furaha kucheza na watoto wengine. Najisikia kuwa uhuru na mwepesi sasa. Naeza enda shule na nisome zaidi” (surely am very happy playing with other children. Am feeling being free and light now.i can go to school and work extra hard). Maria was saying these inspiring words in swahili. We are very happy that the children are getting on well.

Small games for children

Small games for children


Small games for children

Small games for children

Girls Spending Their Holiday Well

By Lucas Fwamba – Project Manager
Nov 25, 2014

As schools have been closed, as Juhudi children we have set our office to be used at this time with our girls and boys for learning. The books which are in our office are keeping our boys and girls busy with reading and not engaging in unwanted behaviors which mostly leave our young girls pregnant and drop out of school. These young people get the opportunity to guided by our staff on the things expected for their development by the community. “We are happy to have this place for our time and learning. This place is safe for us and we hope to get more books to continue reading at this holiday. It is a safe place for us” says Lilian

Girls spending their holiday well

Girls spending their holiday well


Children Enjoying Their Meal

By Lucas Fwamba – Project Manager
Sep 9, 2014

Chepkaitit ECD received their food support to continue with the feedig program.As schools open from August holiday, this children still need to be supported to remain in school and continue with their learning. The month of September is another challenging month to most children. Juhudi has given a bag of maize which was accompanied with 25 kilograms of sugar these for their porridge feeding program. More than 70 children are today very happy smiling as they got access their education and get a meal. “we are happy that this children will remain in school and learn like others from different parts of the country. We appreciate the work you are doing to support children and community” Senior Teacher

Children having their meal

Children having their meal


Jackline Remain in school

By Lucas Fwamba – Project Manager

Sep 9, 2014

Jackline a form four student at St Teresa secondary school has been facing the challenge of dropping out of school. A very clever and intelligent girl was identified during the August holiday when schools were closed. Confident and strong Jackline took a step to meet one of the Juhudi staff to share her story. She shared on how her family background is with a lot of other girls dropping out of school. We took her case up and we promised to pay her school fee which has been her major challenge that could help her finish school. “I have tried to look for people to support my education but it has been hard. My passion is supporting vulnerable girls to overcome the challenges they face in the community. Am happy that Juhudi has taken my case and am now assured of finishing my education and move to the next level. I thank all those behind this great idea and support” said Jackline.

Building Trust

By Lucas Fwamba – Project Manager

Aug 26, 2014

Today more than 31 young people were counselled and trained on how to take their live positive and change their attitudes. Majority of the children trained are going to sit for their Kenya certificate of primary education at the end of the year. The exams determines their fate in joining seconday schools. The training was meant to draw their attention and put them to positivel judge things and their studies in developmental manner. “Am realy happy of the training as am one of thge children given the opportunity to participate in the East Africa cup festival in Moshi Tanzania. i have been guided in a very good way and now i am changing my attitude towards others and my education. am sure i will do well and be able to join secondary school. Thanks for Juhudi and those who continually support your work” said Nyakundi.

Building Trust

Building Trust


Back to School

By Lucas Fwamba – Project Manager

Jun 18, 2014

After being at home for one year, Kerubo who has been facing school fees challenge has managed to secure a position in form four. She showed a spirit of hope and trust as she went back to school. Kerubo has been dreaming to become a doctor who will serve the community she was happy sharing how she will be working hard to achieve her goals and dreams. A very determined young girl focused to serve. “You look determined and much disciplined girl. We trust and hope that you will make it to the highest level as Juhudi has made you proud. We thank them for the good work that they are doing to support teenage girls who are at the risk of dropping out of school” Said the principal of her school. Kerubo’s school fees has been paid by Juhudi and we trust this was a great turn point for this young girl.

Children get happy

By Lucas Fwamba – Project Manager

Jun 18, 2014

On 16th of June every year is the day of an African child. This year Juhudi brought together more than 400 children from 5 schools. The month of June is one of the hardest months in this area as many families cannot cater for the food of their children. Most families take their children to work in the farms exposing them to child labor. Juhudi used this special day and brought the children to have fun play and share meals together on 14th of June. Many people came out to support this great work of Juhudi which sees many children smiling and being happy with meals. “Am very happy that Juhudi comes for our rescue all the time when we are in hard situations. We appreciate all those behind this great work for us”Said Nyakindi 13 years old boy.

Happy for the Counselling Sessions

By Lucas Fwamba – Project Manager

Apr 16, 2014

Having undergone the challenge of violence, majority of over 50 children who have been counseled has really captured the training very well. Children have been able to talk openly on how they have been feeling of the other children and community that attacked them. “Am happy for this great exercise that has helped me to be the way I am now. I feel good and taken care off. I have been feeling very bad with negative attitude towards my friends from the other community. More of this will bring us together as children and we will be able to live as one family. Thank you for the support. Am happy that we played together and sung good songs” This was a great message from one participant who attended the counseling sessions.

Happy for the counselling sessions

Happy for the counselling sessions


Happy for the counselling sessions

Happy for the counselling sessions

We Will Remain in School Always

By Lucas Fwamba – Project Manager

Mar 10, 2014

On Thursday 21 children from Eronge and Chepkaitit primary schools were supported with their school fees. Through the head teachers of the two schools, we identified the 21 children whom are from vulnerable families and orphans. The children were smiling as they were receiving the support from our project officer. When we met one orphan, a class one pupil, he thought that we were to send him home to get the fees required for him to stay in school. But after a short while, the pupil was smiling and saying “I am happy that I will remain in school like other children. I promise to work hard and thank a lot”. These inspiring words Keep the work of Juhudi going. “We are very grateful as a school for the assistance accorded to our pupils. May the Lord bless you as you continue assisting the needy”. Says the head teacher Eronge primary school.

We will remain in school always

We will remain in school always


Their School Fees Paid

By Lucas Fwamba – Project Manager

Mar 10, 2014

After going home several times to look for fees to keep them in school like other children, 12 girls were supported this week by Juhudi to keep and maintain them in school. These girls who are orphans and vulnerable are from Eronge and Chepkaitit primary schools, were at risk of dropping out of school. “These are children who need care and good handle as some of them can loose hope and decide otherwise. We need to continually support them as some of them they do not have anyone to run to when they need support. We appreciate the work that you are doing and hope that you will continue to do this to support this generation of tomorrow. We will continue working together to see that all those that need support go through those though moments. Thanks to those who are behind this great work” Said the Head teacher Chepkaitit primary school Mr. Nemwel Nyachieo.

Their school fees paid

Their school fees paid

Exchange Learning for the Children

By Lucas Fwamba – Project Manager

Dec 31, 2013

It was a great moment for children to interact with other children from other countries. On 7th to 12th December 2013 was a memorable moment for the children from Juhudi Children In Crisis (JCIC) as they participated in the streetfootballworld East Africa festival that was held at Kitale Kenya. Through our partner organization TYSA, JCIC received an invitation to participate in this great event. Young people from Congo, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, S. Sudan and Kenya participated. Children shared their different experiences, cultures and discussed more on the issues that affect children in either of the areas and countries that they come from. “Let me say that am very happy meeting many children playing together and sharing about our home. I have made friends from Iringa Tanzania and they are very great! I have never moved out of my village. I never thought that I will one day meet with people from other countries and eat together. Am very thankful for JCIC for supporting children like me” Andrew Nyakundi

Exposure for the Girls

By Lucas Fwamba – Project Manager

Dec 31, 2013

In most of the African cultures, girls and women are never given a chance to do some things and activities as boys and men. 5 girls from Juhudi Children In Crisis, got an opportunity to participate in the streetfootballworld East Africa festival. It was a learning moment for our girls as they interacted with their peers from Tanzania, S. Sudan, Rwanda, Congo, Uganda and Kenya. The girls also got an opportunity to play football with other girls and boys a sport activity that is perceived to be of the boys in most of the African communities and even countries.

“Am very happy to meet girls who play football and share issues that affect them openly. In my community, you cannot find girls playing just like that. I have something to tell other girls back in the village and what to share with my community. My great thanks for JCIC for supporting girls like me to see light and know where we are coming from and heading” Said Vivian. “Am happy that our girls are learning great things. This has made me be strong and focused as a young female leader who accompanied these girls” Said Ruth.

Graduation Day for 35 ECD Children to Class One

By Lucas Fwamba – Project Manager

Nov 11, 2013

It was a great day for 35 children from ECD at Chepkaitit when they were having a meal together with their parents, teachers and awarded with Certificates by the Director of Juhudi Children in Crisis. Juhudi has been strongly supporting their education and seeing them moving to the next steps in life. These children have been part of the 68 children supported in getting food to keep them in school. They have been having good learning time with their teachers.

It was a challenge mentioned from the head teacher of Chepkaitit primary school where these children will be schooling, saying “we appreciate the work that has been done by Juhudi. Majority of these children are young and it is becoming a challenge to us as teachers because when it’s ten o’clock, they want to go back to kitchen to get porridge. We are therefore requesting if there is a way of supporting children in class one to also get porridge we will appreciate” Said Nemwel Nyachieo Head teacher chepkaitit primary school. “We are pleased with the support that you have given and you are still giving these children. Thanks very much director and all those behind this good work. Be blessed and continue to support more and more” Said Mama Emily a parent of one of the graduant.

Happy children having their meal

Happy children having their meal


Ready to receive a certificate

Ready to receive a certificate

Future leaders awarded

Future leaders awarded


Ready for Exams

By Lameck Nyandega – Director

Oct 17, 2013

We are very happy to share with you the story of Rose Apiyo who had dropped out of school because she got pregnant. After her delivery, Apiyo was focused and wanted to go back to school. We supported her and she returned to form two at her Geta secondary school. “The journey has not been so easy for me especially a young girl like me with a baby and schooling’’ says Apiyo. She was speaking this today morning when I met her in school very happy and excited to see me from Juhudi Children In Crisis to visit her.

Apiyo at Geta

Apiyo at Geta


“I didn’t expect anybody from home, but thanks to God that Juhudi is there as a father, mother, friend and relative”. It is at this time that she shared with me that once she finishes her exams on November, she will join Juhudi to support other girls and children who are in a great need. “I thank all those who have been behind my support and other girls. Please keep on supporting more children and young people as they are the pride of tomorrow” she continued to say. We are in great appreciation to all those who have been behind this and those who are planning to support these great people and community.


Children’s Education Prioritized

By Lucas Fwamba – Project Manager

Sep 30, 2013

It was a very interesting and learning moment for the teachers of Eronge primary school. Juhudi Children in Crisis is supporting children who are orphans, vulnerable and at risk from the local area. The deputy head teacher said that the program of supporting these children in paying their school fees which sees a number of them drop is so unique and relevant to them. It is great that a number of those who are going to benefit are girls who are at risk of dropping out of school as a number of them has challenges as compared to the boys in this community. More than 30 girls have been supported through this initiative which will see them complete their primary education. “We appreciate your work and hope that these children will be able to access education as other children out there” Deputy Teacher Eronge said.

Children Get Food Support

By Lameck Nyandega – Program Manager

Sep 20, 2013

It was a very exciting moment for the children as they received maize for porridge at Chepkaitit ECD. More than 65 children with 8 orphans benefited from the Juhudi Children In Crisis Feeding program. “Am very happy for your continued support for these young ones as they are going to grow well without any problem of malnutrition and they will continually attend school as they are sure of getting at least a meal. These children need support as majority do not take anything at home before they come to school,” Boniface Gisore ECD teacher commented. Juhudi will continue to support these children as most of the families where they come from were affected by the post election violence in Kenya and now that they cannot cater for their families well.

Juhudi receives food

Juhudi receives food


Children happy

Children happy

Happiest child

Happiest child

Smiling face

Smiling face


I Will Always Smile

By Lucas Fwamba – Project Manager

Sep 4, 2013

The month of August was very great for many children who are Juhudi beneficiaries. Mary was not left out when she said “I will always smile”. Mary a 12 year old girl had lost hope in continuing with her education. She is a orphan girl who had difficulties in accessing some of the basic needs at home and therefore this made her unhappy. She could not get school support in her exams, uniforms and books. Juhudi children in crisis took her case and supported her. Today Mary is happy and thankful as you can see that from her face. She is focused and ready to sit for her certificate of primary education this year.

Source of my Happiness

By Lucas Fwamba – Project Manager

Aug 14, 2013

Lucas has just closed school and very happy to join other children in having fun. Very intelligent boy, Lucas says that his happiness is in Juhudi children because it provides with what he needs and uses his time to play with other children. Lucas reminds us that we continually bring some of his friends to the program as they are in same class with same challenges. That his friends only have one meal a day. As now he will be using most of his time learning small games as he uses the small games to relate what he has been leaning in school. The best part of it, he will be getting his meal and his friends till the schools are opened.

Happiest Children

By Lameck Nyandega – Project Manager

Apr 5, 2013

It was a memorable time that children will never forget as they shared and used their time playing and eating together. In the month of April to October children face a challenge of food in Trans-nzoia leaving them with many chellenges as youngones. Juhidi take it meager resources to the neediest children. It was at this time that children played small games to open up their mind and have all sort of fun with others. You could hear children shouting and saying in local language that we are very happy and the games are good. Children need time to play with each other and food that will give them energy to get focused and moving on. It is through your support that all these become successful and we thank all those who are behind this for the children who will never forget.

Happiest Children

Happiest Children


Door Opens for Chepkoech

By Lameck Nyandega – Project Manager

Apr 5, 2013

Chepkoech is second born girl in a family of six with a single parent. She is a focused girl who is working hard to see that she is a successful woman in life who can help others. After the 2008 post election vioence in Kenya, Chepkoech found herself on cross road of pursuing her education. Juhidi has been supporting her to access her primary education and this year this is what she had to say; “I am thankful for the support that I have been getting from Juhudi. I have managed to finish my primary education and now in a secondary school. I never thought that I could join secondary school as my mother could not make looking for food for us and also paying my school fees. I am in form one and hope that through your support I will finish my education and I will help my family and other girls who are facing the same challenges with risk of dropping out of school. The path is now visible and I see myself opening doors for other girls” Through your support, we are seeing more girls access education and focused to face the future.

Chepkoech

Chepkoech


Focused and Determined Morent

By Lameck – Project Coordinator

Jan 8, 2013

Morent is 19 years old who is going to join university this year. Coming from a humble family as a first born of five with three boys and two girls. Morent is going to do her bachelor’s degree in science (agriculture). She has been motivated to do the same as most of children from where she comes from face a challenge of food and support. As Morent says ”the four years in the university will look a very short period of time as the support from Juhudi Children in Crisis is great to me and i will use my resources and energy to support children who face the challenges I have been facing once I finish my course” It is through this statements that most young girls are coming out and seeking the support of Juhudi to see them go through the hard times in life. Morent is one of the promising girl whose vision is to see that children and girls excel as equal as boys from all background.

Happiest Moments for Children

By Lameck – Project Manager

Jan 8, 2013

Monica and Lillian can’t forget the fun and enjoying moment when they were proud roughing after Juhudi children in crisis shared meals together before the close of 2012. After spending their most of the time in school and some of them not meeting their peers in the course of the year, these children were smiling and enjoying themselves. It was such moment that will remain in their minds for years to come and times that they will never have taught nor their parents in life. It was exciting moment that children will never forget as they also started a New Year together where they shared there experience as they were on the past. Thanks for your continuity support as you made this children smile all the way from 2012 to now 2013.

Mercy Joins University

By Lameck – Project Coordinator

Oct 1, 2012

It was exciting to see mercy an orphan girl joining university after her good performance in her secondary school results. Mercy who is from a family of four children without the mother or father, she has worked hard to see her younger brothers and sister get and access the education like the other children in the community. Mercy is committed to her studies and focuses on passing well and get a good job that will make her help the other orphan children in future. We are also proud that after she was supported by Juhidi children in crisis in paying her secondary school fee, Mercy remained in school and now she has proceeded to high level of education in Kenya. As Mercy say “to all those who have stood with me at the hard times , I wish that God will open more doors for you and you will continue supporting other children like me who are out there and have lost hope in life. I hope that one day I will be back to help my community and other children from other parts of the world”

Joel Smiles

By Lameck – Project Coordinator

Oct 1, 2012

After staying with Joel a 5 years old boy for six months, he has passion of being a Mechanic Engineer, he is ready and determined to learn and achieve his dreams after he was provided with a school uniform. Joel who seems to be a naturally intelligent boy, show very strong leadership characters as he plays with other children. He is the one who takes the responsibility to organize the other children to have any play activity. His behaviors are motivating and he is often seen advising his senior children. It exciting that many children are still getting exposed to education and access food which has raised the number of the children that we support directly.

Joel in his new school uniform

Joel in his new school uniform


Successful Mercy

By Lameck – Project Coordinator

Jul 11, 2012

A number of girls drop out of school due to the extreme poverty of their families or lack of support from the single parent and orphan children. But for the case of Mercy an orphan and firstborn orphan, was just a challenge to pass.

Mercy who is joining her university in the month of September has successfully finished her form four and passed with a mean grade of B+. She is focused and now thinking on how to help her younger sister and brothers. She is also thankful as she continually asks Juhudi to come out and help more other girls like her.

Thank you.

Happy Children

By Lameck – Project Coordinator

Jul 11, 2012

From the nature of Trans-Nzoia County, it is really challenging and though for the young children who cannot work and expect to be fed by their parents. Once the children are left by their parent and even without food the whole day, they can’t attend classes therefore the number of those attending school the months of May, June, July and August are challenging.

Through the initiative of Juhidi organization working closely with one ECD school nearby has seen a number of children remain in school. Supporting Chepkaitit came to agreement with the head of the school to eliminate the challenge of children remaining at home. As Brian a 5year old boy says “am happy that these days I get food in school and I can learn till I go home when my mother is back from work”.

Thank you.

Confident and Determined

By Lameck Nyandega – Project Coordinator

Apr 9, 2012

The months of February and March have been busy with many activities at Chepkaitit where more than 60 children have been participating in various activities of child development. All this children comes from families which were affected by the post election in Kenya. We are happy that we have brought more than children together through our food support and materials. These children get enough time to interact and other sessions support as they are seen traumatized by what had happened. Brian a small and intelligent boy tells a story on what happens to children once there is a problem and says “am very happy to have food and ball. I will make a good team of children to go abroad and play with other good children and people” This brings strength of the work that you are doing in supporting these children.

Successful Ann

By Lameck Nyandega – Project Coordinator

Apr 9, 2012

Ann Bosire has finished her secondary school education and now she is focused in helping and supporting other girls by motivating and encouraging them to continue with their education. As girls are the mostly affected by school dropout challenge, Ann is now at her front line in seeing that more girls complete at least their secondary school education. As Ann says that Juhudi has been in her continued support to see that she could get all that she needed in completing her education. “I could drop out of school and get married if it were not the support that you have given me. I got all what I wanted as a girl and this motivated me and maintained me to continue with my studies. Please continue in supporting more as this will bring light to many young girls who are out there and in danger of dropping out of school for marriage as things look tough for them and nobody is there for them. Thanks Juhudi and all those behind this” she says.

Rose and Josephine Back to School

By Lameck Nyandega – Project Coordinator

Jan 12, 2012

It is very impressing to see that Rose Apiyo and Josephine Namalwa have gone back to school. These two girls were smiling and asking themselves questions which we answered together as we approached their Geta secondary school. They were asking where they could be if it were not the support of Juhudi Children in Crisis. Apiyo said that she could be somewhere in the village as a house wife and Josephine said that she could be in the village married but no exact number of children that she could be having. It is through the support of Juhudi that these young girls with a lot of potential that they are back in school. ‘Thanks for your continued support’ says Apiyo and Josephine.

Rose and Josephine back to school

Rose and Josephine back to school


A Memorable Holiday

By Lameck Nyandega – Project Coordinator

Jan 12, 2012

The month of December was very exciting for children who shared their holiday together for meals. A number of them orphans and children from single parents had very tremendous times. January has started and it’s of joy that these children are going to join various schools as they will access food which is the most important thing in child development. “Am thankful, God bless, do it again, am happy” these were some of the remarks and quotes from the children after the sharing.

Children having lunch

Children having lunch


Apiyo back to school’s smile

By Lameck Nyandega – Project Coordinator

Oct 17, 2011

Rose Apiyo Abala was born in a very poor family. Seventeen years old Apiyo was forced to live with her grandmother in order to get her primary education. Also this made her parents to move away from home to an urban area for a job to help her and other children to access education. Apiyo struggled and worked hard, which saw her finish her primary education which prepared her to join secondary education. This made her to move living with her aunt. Here the challenges of Apiyo started. After attending form one the first year, she was working hard but not of real good performance.

On her second year in secondary school, Apiyo got a very big challenge which made her drop out of school. She was cheated by another fellow student from different school that she could have been married by the boy. This could not happen because they were both in school. After some time in relationship, Apiyo got pregnant. She could not go to school anymore as the pregnancy was growing big and she could not conquer the insults from other students in her school.

Apiyo at Geta Secondary School

Apiyo at Geta Secondary School


Apiyo's smile of hope

Apiyo’s smile of hope

After talking to her and sharing of her situation, she promised to go back to school once she gives birth. Coming this year by April, Apiyo had delivered a baby girl and now she was anxious to go back to school. Last month, she joined Geta secondary school where she is boarding. Juhudi has come out strongly to rescue this young girl who now smiles and enjoys the secondary school environment. She can now get the requirements and the support that she needs to continue with her education. ‘’I am happy to be in school where I feel secure and comfortable to be. I will be happy helping other girls who are facing the same challenges in future. Thanks for those who are behind my support’’ Says Apiyo.


Irene and Elizabeth in School

By Lameck Nyandega – Project Coordinator

Oct 10, 2011

Months of July and August are very hard months of the year in most parts of trans-Nzoia. These months are tough such that most families do not have food in their homes and the whole region at large. This has seen a good number of children exposed to child abuse. Majority of children are taken to work in farms to help their parents to get food and money for domestic use. These has made them be out of school and see them drop in their academic results tremendously as compared to those who attend school at all times. Not that this children only miss food but also bulk of them can’t access school requirements which will maintain them in school. Most families prefer their children not to go school but work for food. Many parents see education as a burden rather than an opportunity to change their lives. Mostly those affected are children of single parent, Orphans and those who stay with their step parent.

Irene and Elizabeth in school

Irene and Elizabeth in school


Juhudi has come out to safe and help these children to get food and see that they are back in school. Eight (8) children have been supported in school fees and other relevant school requirements. This has not only seen the children being back in school but also reduced child abuse of all kind. ‘It is very exciting that I can now wear school uniform and be in school as other children. Thank Juhudi children in crisis for the continued support and all those behind the support’. Elizabeth Apondi

Jecinter’s Smile

By Lameck Nyandega – Project Coordinator

Sep 18, 2011

Having lost her parents at an early age, Jecinter Naliaka has gone through many challenges which led her to seek refuge to relatives for her living. Its only last month when Jecinter lost her relative who has been taking care of her. This made her move to her step grandparent because she needed someone who understood her well and who could take care of her as an orphan. Her step grandparent who surely struggles everyday to get food for her and other children that he lives with could not to support in paying her school fees which saw her sent out of school every time.

Jecinter

Jecinter


After meeting Juhudi, jecinter’s school fees has been paid and know she is back in school getting the formal education in Kenya. Jecinter has taken a very big responsibility in her school as a peer educator whose passion is to see other young boys and girls excel in education and life. She frequently trains others in various areas of development. ‘Am happy that I can be in school as other children and promise to give out very good results as I continue to help others as a peer educator’.

Food is Essential for Education

By Eliud Akanga – Sustainability Director

Apr 6, 2011

Though primary school in Kenya is free, not everything is paid by the government. The children still have to buy uniforms, examination registration fee among other levies. For majority of the families and especially orphans who live on less than a dollar every day, education is elusive. Several children in Munyaka areas on the slopes of the cherangany hills where Juhudi works found joy when they had fun and enjoyed porridge. The children here who are from poor family are most landless living in the nearby centre. The project has enabled children at least to attend school and receive basic education. Hunger remains the biggest obstacle. During the planting season, most of the children accompany their mothers in search of manual work to put food on the table. Our feeding and education project endeavor to provide support to the children to access education. The project pays for school fees and purchases some of the school materials.

Kids take porridge

Kids take porridge


Some of the kids not in school

Some of the kids not in school

Since the school open early in the year, 2vchildren have been support to purchase uniforms, 6 bought books and 8 paid for internal examinations. As we plan to host the Day of the African Child on 16th June 2010, we look forward to offering children from Kabolete, Mwanga, Amani and Kimuri primary school an opportunity to share their experiences and inspire each other. We hope to engage the families, community member is ensuring that children are protected and supported to realize their dreams. We shall keep you posted on this development. Meanwhile, Juhudi would like to let you know that we have a new Executive Director. His name is Steve Ombere. This follows a restructuring at the organization. Mr. Eliud Akanga Who has been in charge of the organization moves on to take other personal duties. He however remains close to the organization. From now on you will receive updates from Steve. Juhudi would like to thank Eliud for his commitment and support to the organization.


Light at the End of the Tunnel!

By Eliud Akanga – Sustainability Director

Apr 5, 2011

Despite challenges facing girls especial lit in the rural areas, the project has had some significant impact on the lives of some girls: we share with you such success:

Girls in school

Girls in school


Emily – 3rd born in a family of 8. Brought up a single a mother who has to brew and sell illicit brew. She was exposed to high risks and sexual exploitation as the home was turned into a bar. Through the project, Emily 16 years is now able to cope with the situation at home. She knows her limits and has confidence to say NO to any sexual favors. She hopes s to perform well in her class 8 exams this year. Irene; A daughter of a single mother. A mother who has to make and sell illicit brew to cater for her 10 children. Irene, 17 years found herself caught up in the brewing business which went into late nights. This affected her educational and social performance. After being in the project where she learnt life skills, she opted to move away from her mothers, home and took refuge at her Uncles place. Her education has improved and hopeful she will do well in her KCPE exams this year.

Velian – At the age 15, Velian has seen it all. An alcoholic and promiscuity family. She was under stress for a while which directed her to promiscuity. The project is helping her realize that her life is not shared. She discovered she has to hold her destiny in her hands. Elizabeth : Finished her secondary school education in 2009. She stayed idle at home for a long time after which she got pregnant something that led her to lose hope in life. After joining the project her parents decided to give her a piece of land which she started planting vegetables and selling them at the local market.

Bilha – Dropped out of her secondary education due to lack of school fees. She has now started a business of buying and selling of milk Willbrodah: Finished her secondary education in 2008. She had passed well but her parents did not have money to enable her pursue with her education (college).She later got a baby while still at her parents’ home. She is now teaching ECD at village from which she raises her kid.

Lillian – She finished her primary school education but did not continue with secondary education because her parents had no money. She started working as a casual labourer in people’s farm. She got pregnant and then married but her marriage did not work. She went back home. She now buy and sells sugar cane, maize and vegetables.

Rebecca – Got pregnant while still taking her secondary school education. She managed to finish her education. She went for a course in secretarial and finished. She is waiting for her internship at Pan Paper Webuye. Meanwhile she is selling vegetables and milk.

Sarah – They have a joined Tailoring business at small centre. Rebecca also buys and sells vegetables to kitale town. Letesia did not do her class 8 exams due to pregnancy last year.

Meanwhile, Juhudi would like to let you know that we have a new Executive Director. His name is Steve Ombere. This follows a restructuring at the organization. Mr. Eliud Akanga Who has been in charge of the organization moves on to take other personal duties. He however remains close to the organization. From now on you will receive updates from Steve. Juhudi would like to thank Eliud for his commitment and support to the organization.

Learning Made Easier

By Eliud Akanga – Director, Sustainability

Dec 22, 2010

The children in sinyereri rural area are now able to use locally available learning materials. These materials are made from gunny sacks, papers and plastics. These have enabled the children to enjoy learning.

Children especially in the Early Childhood classes have for a long time been left out from mainstream government funding and support. It is the parents who pay for this education. Children from poor family or orphans find it very difficult to access this vital early childhood education.

Children learning materials

Children learning materials


Teaching aid

Teaching aid

We have witnessed increased school attendance by the children from the community. ‘ My child likes attending school nowdays’ Guardian. The facilities in the classroom help the child enjoy learning. 13 children are now able to access early childhood education, which was not possible before.

Juhudi continuously meet with community members and schools to find better ways of helping children. In 2011, we hope to reach out more children especially in school and community. We believe, you will continue to offer your support to this initiative. ‘ We are happy with Juhudi for its support and we look forward to their continued support’ Guardian

‘ We thank you all for your support this year.We are glad you supported us. Remember us during Christmas and new year’ Mercy


Mss Apio Rescued

By Eliud Akanga – Director, Sustainability

Dec 22, 2010

Mss Apio is an 17 year old girl. She is form 1 in a near by secondary school. Set stays with her father’s sister. During the August Holiday, she indulged in unprotected sex and became pregnant. She never new about her pregnancy till when we conducted pregnancy test. Juhudi Children staff had a discussion with her guardian about the situation. The guardian was furious and wanted the girl to go back to her father immediately. When the girl was consulted about what would happen, she refused to the idea of going back to her father home. ‘There I would be married off immediately. I am safer here’ Mss Apio said.

Juhudi Children staff have now held discussion with the father and guardian and an agreement reached about her safety. She will stay with her guardian and resume school once she has delivered. The 17 year old boy who impregnated her together with his parents have also agreed to take care of the baby. This has been a very challenging moment as it is a very sensitive endeavor. Juhudi is happy that the process was successful and Mss Apio is safer.

Mss Apio

Mss Apio


Juhudi did organize a community meeting for the girls and their mothers/guardians to discuss the issue of early marriages and schooling for girls. The girls shared their concerns especially when they get pregnant at home. They feel unprotected. Mothers said there are many challenges facing their daughters. One such case is on high demand by the girls to want so much to look like modern girls. Mothers said, domestic resources are scarce to support their daughters demand. By the end of the one day meeting, both the girls and mothers agreed to create more time to meet and share information at the home level and quarterly organize a joint community meeting. Juhudi want to thank you for your continued support which has seen girls benefit from your donation. 3 Rescued girls did their examination this year and will be hoping to join secondary school in 2011.’ I thanks Juhudi for ensuring that I have done my Class eight National Exams’ Betty We wish you all the best during Christmas and new year celebrations.

Income Generating Activities Supporting Pascalia

By Eliud Akanga – Director Sustainability

Sep 13, 2010

Small Income Generating Activities Supporting Pascalia

Pascalia Chepkorir is one among 6 girls whom Juhudi is helping to start up small income generating activities. Pascalia dropped out of school in form two and was forced into marriage after getting pregnant and could not continue with her secondary education. She found a boyfriend who helped her bring up her kid but, she got pregnant again. This forced her parents to chase her out of the house due to their culture. She sought refuge from her step-brother from where Juhudi is supporting her do small business of selling vegetables. ‘At least my life is having meaning now. I hope one day I will go back to school or a tailoring college’ Pascalia

Pascalia

Pascalia


The last 3 months Juhudi has been working along the Cherangany Hills and across the Marakwet and Pokot ethnic communities, where girls are forced into Female Genital Mutilation leading to school dropout. As the girls escape from this act or forced marriages, they seek refuge in the safe communities where Juhudi then finds them and offer them support.

We appreciate your continued support, without which Pascalia and other girls would not have had a taste of better life.

We are now providing short-term income generating support to our beneficiaries especially those who have children. What do you think about this!

Feeding, Uniforms Increase School Attendance

By Eliud Akanga – Director Sustainability

Sep 8, 2010

20 children have so far received uniforms and continued to get their meals weekly. This has enhanced their school program as they attend school more regularly. ‘As a head of this school, I am happy with the work of Juhudi in supporting the vulnerable children. They don’t miss school as before’ said Head Teacher, Mwanga Primary.

Without your commitment, these children would either be at home or loitering in the streets and school will be a far fetched dream.

Children in school

Children in school

Feeding

Feeding


Some of the children get ailments which require specialized treatment like the one facing little Josephine (Her picture attached). We know you will share widely this information with your friends to save such kind of children. What do you say!

Josephine sickness

Josephine sickness


Two Girls Back to School

By Eliud Akanga – Sustainability Director

Jun 14, 2010

Jane and Ann at the end of last year did their class eight national examinations. It was great moment for them after being out of school for more than two years.

This year, the two girls who are beneficiaries of this project joined Form one at St Pauls’ Secondary school. ‘I never knew one dy I will be abck in school and continue with my dream. My life had been shuttered. I had eloped with ayoung money who later abandoned me’ Ann

‘Iam very greatful to Juhudi Children and all donors who are giving support to our education. This project has given me a new chance to realize my dream of becoming a teacher’ Jane

Jane and Ann back to school

Jane and Ann back to school


On the 16th June 2010, Juhudi Children together with other organizations will be celebrating the day of the African Child.On this day, Globalgiving will also be matching all your donations.Make a specil donation on this day.Share with your family and friends to make a donation to rescue gril from early marriage in Kenya

We welcome you to share feedback with us regarding this project.

Five Children Now Access Education

By Eliud Akanga – Sustainability Director

Jun 11, 2010

Maria Achieng is a 16 year old girl. Maria’s parents died four years ago.

Juhudi children in Crisis organization offer Maria and other orphan children the opportunity to remain focused in her life. It pays for her school fees, clothing and medical care.

Maria in Hospital,Her leg supported

Maria in Hospital,Her leg supported


Maria ( Right) with a good neighbour in hospital

Maria ( Right) with a good neighbour in hospital

To date, Juhudi has supported 5 orphan children to access education in primary and secondary. Jacinter 15 years, an orphan now in St Teresa secondary school, Milicent 16 years at St Pual’s Secondary school, Master Cheres in Class 8 at Sinyereri Primary School and Mss Jerono in nursery school. These orphan children have benefited from this project. They also get food and clothing.


The sad news we have is that Ms Maria broke her leg two weeks ago while going to school. We have tried to raise money to pay for the hospital bills. However, we still have a deficit of US$ 300.

Save the live of Maria, donate now

Regards

X-ray showing the fractured leg of Maria

X-ray showing the fractured leg of Maria


Children now accessing early childhood education

By Eliud Akanga – Sustainability Director

Mar 24, 2010

Children accessing education early

Through this project, children are able to go to Early Childhood Centres. This is helping the children develop their mental abilities in good time.

We have this year supported 15 children to go to early Childhood Centres. Your continued support will ensure that the children do not miss this opportunity.

Make your donation to ensure these orphan and vulnerable children access education.

With Warm Regards from Juhudi Children

Eliud

Agness going to school

Agness going to school


Season’s greetings

By Eliud Akanga – Sustainability Director

Dec 24, 2009

Seasons_Greetings
Season’s Greetings from Juhudi

We the entire fraternity of Board of Directors, Management, Project Leaders, Volunteers and the Beneficiaries at Juhudi wish to extend our Christmas and New Year greetings to all our sponsors, well wishers and donors all over the world during this significant season.

We wish to sincerely thank all those who have supported us over the years and more so during this challenging year that is drawing to a close. We profoundly thank you for having made a positive difference in the girls’ lives, and look forward to continued support of our projects in the coming year. Each individual contribution however small pooled together with another to make valuable involvement.

We at Juhudi wish you all the best as you usher in 2010 and may you have the most excellent returns for all your endeavors.

Eliud Akanga Director of Sustainability

Ebby Completes Dressmaking Training

By Eliud Akanga – Sustainability Director

Oct 1, 2009

Ebby Nyapara Completes Dressmaking Training!

Ebby Nyapara, who was rescued in February 2009 and admitted into a dressmaking class has now completed her vocational training. She has re joined her parents who are now happy at the skills she has acquired for the period she was away. Ebby too is delighted that her capacity has been really improved and now she looks forward to being self reliant using the skills she has attained. “I am quite happy I can now design and produce nice dresses”. “When I joined the school, I didn’t know anything about dressmaking” She said during the interview with our field officer. She will take a few months’ break as Juhudi and well wishers organize to help her start her own business in order to support her siblings.

Her parents, tutors, community leaders and the entire Juhudi Organization fraternity are sincerely thankful to the donors and sponsors who made her training successful through their donations. We also welcome feedback on our project activities and look forward to further collaboration in positively transforming the grassroots communities.

Eliud Akanga Director of Sustainability

Attachments:

Ebby_Completes_Dressmaking_Training.doc (DOC)
Ebby_Completes_Dressmaking_Training

Alive and Learning Challenge Update

By Eliud Akanga – Sustainability Director

Jul 30, 2009

The Dilemma of 11 Non-quitting Girls!

The Juhudi field team has identified 11 teenage girls who urgently require fees in order to attend a 3 month tailoring and dress making training. The girls, who dropped out of school due to poverty, are keen on reigniting their shattered dreams. They are expected to join the Juhudi project of rescuing teenage girls currently listed on Globalgiving UK website.

Through well wishers and other sponsors, we hope to raise £1500.00 required to cover tuition and practical session fees by Mid August 2009. We thank Globalgiving UK for the alive and learning challenge; an opportunity we believe will help our organization reach a wider audience on this noble course. The chance to receive a bonus of £1000 if we reach the target of £2000 by 14th August is indeed a challenge within a challenge. We therefore appeal to more sponsors to help us achieve this realistic goal by making a donation to www.globalgiving.co.uk/2247.

We are highly optimistic that together we will help these young girls reshape their future with every penny that is donated. Rita, one of the girls, has her ambitions set to becoming a boutique owner once she is through with her training and supported with capital to start off. She expects to uplift the rest of her family members from the yoke of poverty. “I am very encouraged by our sponsors, I won’t let them down. I want to help the rest of my siblings and myself to have a better life than we do” she said amidst tears of joy.

Eliud Akanga Sustainability Director

Attachments:

Alive__Learning_Challenge_update.doc (DOC)

Gearing up for Mothers’ Day 2009

By Eliud Akanga – Sustainability Director

May 4, 2009

The countdown to this year’s mother’s day is excitedly on. Only a couple of days remain ahead of the 10th May holiday to be celebrated in honor of all mothers to express gratitude for the hardships they bear in bringing up children. Mothers Day came into being due to the efforts made by Ms Julia Ward Howe and Ms Anna Jarvis. The Resolution for having a dedicated Mother’s Day was signed by US President Woodrow Wilson on May 8, 1914. Since then people across the world have been celebrating Mothers Day with joy, fondness and dedication. This year, the day falls on a Sunday.

At Juhudi, we have lined up a couple of activities for the teenage mothers rescued from early marriages. These include fun games, team building activities, stage shows, poetry, comedy and dance. Later, the teenage mothers are expected to visit the Saiwa National park on the outskirts of Kitale town to enjoy the natural beauty of wildlife. During the visit, they are expected to see a variety of wild animals that they had hitherto only read about.

These activities have been organized in order to appreciate the difficult times these young girls went through as well as erasing the condemnation they had received from the society. They should be able to feel that they are in solidarity with the rest of the mothers in the world, and more so that “They are not lesser mothers!” This is one of the unwinding processes the organization using help in trauma healing, therefore all support is welcome. “I look forward to having fun on mothers’ day; I can’t wait to recite the poem I have for my mum” said Ebby, a beneficiary.

Easter Sports Festival Attracts Multitudes

By Eliud Akanga – Sustainability Director

Apr 16, 2009

Juhudi Children in Crisis project beneficiaries were among the over 800 youths who participated in a 4 day event dubbed “Youth Behaviour Change Easter Sports Festival 2009” The event which ran from 10th to 13th April 2009 at the TYSA grounds in Trans-nzoia East District was organized by Trans-nzoia Youth Sports Association (TYSA) in collaboration with World Vision Kenya. The theme of the sports extravaganza was “Shifting the youth to positive thinking” The objective of the event was to equip the youths with life skills for positive behavior change. Given that the youth are dynamic and innovative yet very destructive if not well directed, this was meant to create awareness as well as forestall harmful behaviour such as violence, drug abuse, irresponsible sex and indiscipline.

The medium of sports was used to reach out to the youth. Several activities were held including focused group discussions on reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, career choice, positive thinking, self esteem and drug abuse. Also held were sports and games activities among them Football, Basketball, Volleyball, Netball, Darts, and Tug of war. Information sharing and exchange was well articulated through dissemination of Information, Education and Communication (I.E.C) materials, Music, poetry, dance and drama during the four days.

The event provided a perfect Easter holiday to the youth, as recreation, leisure and educative goals were all met at one go. The Juhudi project beneficiaries expressed their gratitude and satisfaction as it was highly beneficial to them. They would wish that the event be held annually, if other partners can support or sponsor the initiative. Please feel free to forward your feedback regarding this update.

Globalgiving Visits Juhudi Projects

By Eliud Akanga – Sustainability Director

Apr 2, 2009

Students from George Washington University in the USA visited Kenya in the third week of March 2009 on behalf of Globalgiving. They had the opportunity to visit and learn more about Juhudi’s projects. Christine Illanes and Michael Acton who arrived on 15th of March 2009 had very cordial and informative talks with the Juhudi Children in Crisis representative in Nairobi on 18th March 2009. The meeting was an open forum of free discussions about Juhudi organization, its donors and Globalgiving’s effort to connect them to their noble causes.

Christine and Mike shared their objective of visiting Kenya for interviews. They were visiting on behalf of Globalgiving to establish the information that donors would respond to best about projects that interest them. They also illustrated how ranking of projects is done and the criteria utilized. They provided several information handouts from Globalgiving that answered the most frequently asked questions about GG’s marketplace and how it works. The handouts were very ideal in marketing Globalgiving to other organizations in Kenya that may be interested in raising funds for community projects.

Mike and Christine also had the opportunity to learn about Juhudi, which is a Kiswahili term for “effort”. They received a narrative background of the inspiration behind the organization’s inauguration way back in 2005 as well as a written brief profile of the organization. They were briefed on how the project had transformed lives of indigenous community children and more so the feedback received from the actual beneficiaries. Indeed they were absolutely impressed by the good work at Juhudi. The Juhudi Board of directors on the other hand profoundly appreciated the endeavor by Globalgiving to go an extra mile in obtaining first hand feedback from beneficiary organizations. We believe the information shared will be resourceful in taking community projects to the next level. This exercise was very commendable as it added value to our fund raising strategies and therefore we recommend that it remains an on going engagement.

Eliud Akanga Sustainability Director

Ebby Nyapara Joins Dressmaking School!

By Eliud Akanga – Director of Sustainability

Mar 18, 2009

Ebby Nyapara, a 19 year old girl received admission to join a private dressmaking school in one of the suburbs of Eldoret town, North Rift Kenya. She started attending classes on the 27th of February 2009, courtesy of Juhudi’s efforts to rescue her from neglect and violent parents in her rural home. Her dream is to become a world class designer. Ebby’s woes started when she dropped out of school in November last year (2008), after getting pregnant. Her parents were annoyed by this occurrence and hence mistreated her leaving her so depressed. She could sometimes spend two to four days without food, as she was prevented from accessing the family facilities. Unfortunately due to the frustration, misery and poor pre natal care, the pregnancy was miscarried in the month of January this year. This made her weak, sickly and miserable.

Ebby Nyapara Joins Dressmaking School!

Ebby Nyapara Joins Dressmaking School!


Prior to joining the dressmaking school, she was treated at Hope Medical centre and continues to receive periodic medical check up from professionals affiliated to the centre. She also underwent trauma and psychological counseling from hired professional counselors.

When interviewed about her new status as a dress making student, this is what Ebby had to say. “I had lost hope of ever continuing with education after my own parents disowned me”, “But now with the dressmaking skills I shall acquire from here, I look forward to dressing the whole world one day”.

It is quite encouraging to note how positive she is now, yet a couple of weeks ago she had despaired. Ebby’s classmates were delighted to receive her and were quite empathetic on learning of her story. They find her a team player and also quite humorous. She participates actively in group work assignments and discussions.

Juhudi Organization is most grateful to the donors who have lent a hand in bringing positive change in Ebby’s life. Please keep up the great job as we help her achieve her greatest dream of becoming a world class designer. Who knows; she could design your fabric one day!

Eliud Akanga Director of Sustainability

Counseling Sessions for Anne add Value

By Jacqueline K. Ingonga – Lead Counselor

Feb 11, 2009

Anne Nanjala, one of the girls rescued from marriage by Juhudi organization volunteers has been successfully attending weekly counseling sessions to help her heal from the trauma of being forced into marriage.

The sessions have been necessitated by Anne’s previous attitude towards male teachers, which she developed against men while in the brief painful marriage union. Because of her immediate experiences, Anne has been having a mind-set that all men are bad. However, to reverse this trend, we at Juhudi have engaged services of an external counselor to help her out of that mind state.

We thank those who have contributed towards this noble course and we are happy to report that it is adding value due to the positive results being witnessed. We also thank Mabel the counselor, for finding time to attend to Anne despite her busy schedule in the counseling profession.

This is what Anne said a week ago when asked about what she thought about the male teachers in her school: “When I came here to join the school, I wasn’t free as I thought the male teachers were just like the cruel man who had forcefully married me”. “But now I realize that they are actually out to assist me get educated, I am no longer afraid”.

We welcome comments on this update from all our sponsors and readers.

Joyce Re-joins School

By Eliud Akanga – Sustainability Director

Feb 5, 2009

After her successful rescue from marriage in Saboti division Trans-nzoia West District last December, Joyce Oyiela finally joined one of the local primary schools from where she is expected to get her basic education back on track. She was overjoyed as she donned her new uniform to begin a journey she had longed for. The last visit at the school by one of our volunteer counselors established that she had settled well and made new friends at the school. “They have been very good to me” she said of her classmates. “They have showed me many things that I didn’t know” she added during the interview.

Her class teacher has promised to be close to Joyce in order to assist her catch up with the rest of the pupils who had begun their classes earlier. Other teachers have hailed the intervention made by Juhudi organization and appealed for more efforts since there are many similar cases within the remote villages, which are unreported.

Issues of upkeep and meals should be effectively handled once more sponsors and donors come on board. Juhudi Children in Crisis organization does not consider this as a major distraction to Joyce’s education. However it is still an issue that requires great attention. We are grateful to all the donors who continue making this positive change possible.

Anne gets rescued

By Eliud Akanga – Sustainability Director

Aug 25, 2008

Anne Nanjala a 13 year old is now happy after being rescued from imminent marriage. She had dropped out of school in May 2008. Our project community monitors for early marriages intervened in time to save Anne. “I am grateful to Juhudi Children for saving me and restoring my hope of continuing with education” Anne

Currently, Anne is staying with one of our community volunteers as reconciliation with her parents is on going.

Anne holding her younger sister after their brief re-union

Anne holding her younger sister after their brief re-union