HAPPY HOLIDAYS
WVP Kenya would like to wish all of our supporters a festive seasons. We thank you for your gracious support of our Programmes in 2010 and look forward to sharing with you new developments in 2011.
 
Happy New Year!

Volunteers joining our Lugari office
The WVP Lugari Office welcomed two new additions in October and November as Twahir and Fredrick joined the team as WVP volunteers.

With the expanding reach of the WVP Programmes in Lugari District and future plans to add new projects, volunteers were needed to help ensure the continued quality implementation and operation of our Programmes.
 
Twahir and Fredrick are learning quickly and have joined our Lugari team out in the field for sports and health events, as well as to meet communities and WVP sponsored children. We welcome our new WVP volunteers!


Community Conversations
As a side project to our Young Carers Programme, WVP held meetings with several communities to share information on young caregiving and the lessons learned from our Programme. The feedback from the communities has been highly positive, with many members indicating that they are now more aware of the challenges faced by young caregivers. 


IGAs in full swing
Through November and  into December, the WVP Bondo Office  has been abuzz with purchasing and distributing income generating activity  (IGA) materials to a number of communities in Bondo and Rarieda Districts that we partner with.
 
IGA items such as maize, soap, beans, rice, sugar, kerosene, tea leaves, poultry, goats, and second-hand clothes are provided to the guardians of our WVP scholars in order to  enable them to run small sustainable businesses. The income earned from selling these IGA materials will provide financial support for the scholar and their families.
 
 The WVP Bondo office will complete the distribution of IGA items by the end of December and will monitor and evaluate each IGA throughout next year.
 
In Lugari District, many guardians have received another round of IGA materials to supplement their profitable IGAs to-date. The Lugari team will continue to monitor and evaluate each one to ensure their ongoing success. 

Other project updates
The Annual WVP Sports Tournament in Bondo will be held on December 16th and 17th at a local primary school where hundreds of children from the surrounding communities will participate in health talks as well as football and netball matches.
 
We have started working with 10 young caregiving children in Migono community in Bondo District as part of the Young Carers Programme and will begin learning exercises with them early in the New Year.

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Thank you!

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our generous donors:
  • The Chello Foundation
  • Wereldkinderen
  • The Liberty Foundation
  • The Community Development Fund, Kenya
  • Our many individual supporters

 


The Chello Foundation visits Bondo to film video footage
On an annual basis, the Chello Foundation, one of our primary donors for the WVP Scholarship Programme, holds a fundraising gala where attendees are shown a video of the children that the organisation is helping through their partnerships. 

Over the course of two fun jam-packed days, WVP joined the Chello Foundation as they met with, interviewed and filmed four WVP scholars and one young carer at their schools. Each child shared their family background, the struggles that they faced in completing their education prior to becoming sponsored under the WVP Scholarship Programme, the challenges they continue to face, their academic achievements to-date and their aspirations for a very hopeful future. Our scholars were initially a little shy and nervous when the camera started rolling, but as filming progressed, their confidence grew and they let their personalities shine through!

The Chello Foundation and WVP also visited the community of one of our scholars to film their home environment. As well, interviews were conducted with community leaders and WVP staff members to discuss the plight of orphaned and vulnerable children in Kenya who are unable to complete their academic studies without financial assistance and the great importance of education in improving their livelihoods and creating a better future. 

Sylvia, a bright scholar attending Akoko Secondary School, is interviewed by the Chello Foundation


First WVP Kenya Girls Forum A Resounding Success 
On December 4th, a Girls Forum was held in Bondo for the Primary, Secondary and Polytechnic female scholars of the WVP Scholarship Programme.
 
The purpose of the Girls Forum was to address the growing problem of pregnancy-related school drop-outs that has not only impacted a few of our scholars, but all across Kenya, and to reiterate the importance of education.
 
A total of 85 female WVP scholars, from age 13 and up, attended the full-day event. The Girls Forum was facilitated by Violet Adhiambo Obara, a counsellor that works for an NGO dealing with at-risk youth and specialises in girl child education.
 
The Girls Forum was split into three teaching sessions. The first session focused on the challenges that the girl child faces such as gender discrimination, poverty, sexual relationships, menstruation, pregnancy, and peer pressure. The scholars discussed how each challenge impacted them and identified possible ways to solve or cope with them.
 
The second session started with a discussion of personal values and priorities such as family and education. 

The facilitator then presented about sex and sexuality and the scholars were separated into groups to discuss and present the reasons why young females choose to engage in unsafe sexual activities and practises despite knowing the risks and consequences.
 
For the third session, the facilitator taught the scholars about key decision-making steps: identifying the issue, asking questions and seeking help, and thinking about the outcome or consequences. The facilitator then applied those steps in the context of making a decision on whether to have sexual intercourse. Although the facilitator encouraged abstinence, she also stressed the importance of making safe sex decisions such as always using a condom to prevent unwanted pregnancy and/or contracting HIV/AIDS.
 
Overall, the Girls Forum provided a safe and comfortable environment for our female scholars to open up and share with their peers about the risks they face and to encourage each other to complete their education.
 
A huge thank you to Jane, our WVP Child Protection Officer, who coordinated the event; Violet, the Girls Forum facilitator; and our girl scholars who all helped make the event a success!



Farewell to the 2010 School Year and Looking Ahead to an Exciting 2011!
The completion of Term 3 at the end of November signalled the end of the 2010 school year, the start of holiday break, and high hopes for our scholars in 2011.
 
November was a busy month for our scholars and the WVP office as the end of the 2010 school year drew to a close. Our Primary and Secondary scholars sat for their final school examinations while our Polytechnic scholars prepared for their practical examinations in early December. We had some outstanding performances from our scholars, with many finishing in the top 10 – and even first overall! – out of hundreds of students.
 
The scholars will have a most welcome holiday break before resuming classes again on January 4, 2011 to begin the next school year. The 2011 school year marks an exciting milestone for the WVP Scholarship Programme and its scholars. 

Our 2008 cohort of Primary scholars will begin Class 8 and sit for the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) final examinations to advance to Secondary school. As well, our 2008 cohort of Secondary scholars will begin Form 4 and sit for the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) to graduate to college/university.
 
We look forward to another successful Programme and school year and will be working hard to support our scholars in their academic endeavours!

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