<![CDATA[PROTECT THE CHILDREN OF KENYA - Latest News Updates]]>Fri, 06 Dec 2019 02:52:11 +0000Weebly<![CDATA[November update from Janet in Kitui]]>Wed, 27 Nov 2019 16:05:15 GMThttp://protect-children.ie/latest-news-updates/november-update-from-janet-in-kitui
November 2019.

Anne, our final year student in Fashion Design and Dressmaking will be taking the Kenyan Industrial Training Authority Grade 3 exam in a couple of weeks. Let us wish her the very best.  She has proved to be a wonderful student and a role model for the other four first year students.
Next week the Training Centre will close for school holidays but that does not mean that the students will forget about their studies, no, they have prepared study and revision timetables and their progress will be monitored by the PROTECT staff.

Our young boy who is a residential student in Nuymbani Village is very excited because he is now well enough to be allowed to go home for the school holidays and be with his grandmother.  His grandmother is very old and thankfully she is in reasonably good health.  She is cared for very well by her daughter.
We will enrol two more girls in the Skills Training Programme next January.  Both will study Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy.   They have undergone Vocational Preparation Training; their Guardians have undergone Guardianship Responsibility Training and will join the Parental/ Guardian Training in January.
The three post-trained youths are doing very well, one is employed in Nairobi as a welder; another in Mombasa employed as a carpenter and the other employed in Kitui as an electrician.  They are always so appreciative for the chance of education, a new life of dignity and removed from the poverty trap they were previously involved in.
Thank you for all your continued support, without you those children would have been leading very hopeless lives.  Asante Sana/ Go raibh mile maith agaibh go leir.

<![CDATA[Latest updates from Kitui: May, June 2019]]>Mon, 08 Jul 2019 16:08:57 GMThttp://protect-children.ie/latest-news-updates/latest-updates-from-kitui-may-june-2019CHILD RESCUE AND HOLISTIC DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME

Student Reports:

The students reported back to school on 6th May and school fees were paid for this 2nd term amounting to €352.  All their school reports were very satisfactory and on following up with the Class Teachers their reports were very positive about the school progress and the personal development of all the students, particularly the girl who is in her final year of study.  Next week we will be paying the Examination Fee and Materials costs to the school and she will sit for her exam in November/December 2019. 

Consequences of breaking school rules
In early June,  a student reported that some items of clothing had been stolen from him in the school, he reported the issue to the teacher in charge, as it the correct procedure, but unfortunately the teacher was unable to resolve the issue and the student acted immaturely and went home without permission.  Fortunately, the when the father accompanied the student back to the school, the matter was addressed within the school, and a fine of €10 for such behaviour did not have to paid by the father.  I don’t know how he would have afforded that kind of money. 
There were further complaints regarding theft and when the cases were investigated the correct procedure of complaint was not followed and the students and parents will have to suffer the loss. 

Life Skills Trainings and One to One Sessions 
The issue of reporting stolen property was once again revisited and understood by the students.  
Some students raised the issue of the parents not providing adequately for them when returning to school and that this was a source of stress and embarrassment for them, so we followed up with Parental Training reinforcing the conditions of both their contracts regarding for providing adequately for their children relating to personal shopping and transportation to and from school.  
It was agreed that a provision of supplies system by the parents would be put in place and administered by Roselyn and Wycliffe (PROTECT staff) to avoid this unnecessary worry for the students and also to assist the parents in making the necessary provisions on a regular basis thus relieving the stress of trying to provide everything at the last minute before the reopening of school after mid-term and school holidays.  The idea was embraced very warmly and the process in now in place. 
The Parental Trainings are working very well, resulting in unity and co-operation within the group, e.g. parents are assisting one another in sourcing casual labour for one another and also providing casual labour opportunities when they find a need to do so in their own farming enterprises.  

To further assist the Post-Trained Youths, we are introducing a six months attachment to take place in the town of Kitui where we will be able to provide further Life Skills Training, Personal Development and Business Management Skills and have the adequately prepared to enter the World of Work.  This will cost us money because the youths will need to be assisted with rent and food.  The cost is estimated at €300 per youth for the six months but it will be well worth it for the youths.

Kitui County Health Insurance Scheme.
Kitui County has introduced a Health Insurance Scheme and we have included the parents of the children in the scheme, in that way the student is covered together with all the other family members.  We will also do the same for one of the Post -Trained youths because he is living and working in Kitui County.  Unfortunately, the other two youths are residing outside the county and they will have to come under the NHIF (National) scheme, which is much more expensive, €10 compared to €60 per year.  

Preparations for the Tom Waldron 5k are underway and it will take place on the evening of Tuesday 13th August.  Further information will be available on the website and facebook and we hope that you will be able to be there on the evening.

We will always appreciate your financial help in assisting with the education of children who have been removed from child labour in Kitui, Kenya.  Every euro is spent very wisely.
You can donate through our website.
Janet Hinchion

<![CDATA[FEBRUARY & MARCH 2019 UPDATE]]>Tue, 07 May 2019 09:50:42 GMThttp://protect-children.ie/latest-news-updates/february-march-2019-update

Child Rescue & Holistic Development ProjectThe five students have completed the first term of the school year obtaining very good results and reports.  All students achieved A’S and teachers reported that they were very well behaved, motivated and co-operative within the school system. 
Two students are studying Masonry, two Electrical Technology and the final year student Fashion Design, Tailoring and Dressmaking.

Group Life Skills training with the students has been taking place every week which is proving very beneficial.  This year we introduced individual counselling/mentoring sessions with the students, i.e.  one student per week which uncovers challenges the child may be facing, in-depth family background, realistic ambitions of the child, increase in self-worth, self-esteem and self-confidence.  It has proved to be very worthwhile and is of benefit when meeting individually with the parents of each child, in reflecting difficulties and challenges experienced within the family situation.  In turn, many of the presenting issues can be addressed in the Parental Skills Training and are of significance to the parents.

Every family has been visited in their homestead and this has given us a very clear picture and understanding of the living conditions and circumstances of the families.  Bi-weekly Parental Trainings take place with both the parents of the present students and also the parents of the former students where they act as mentors.

Prior to the school holidays both parents and students were trained and prepared for activities to be undertaken during the holiday period which include homework revision; family chores and community activities together with acceptable social behaviour.  A joint meeting of the children and the parents took place last Thursday, April 4th, to ensure that the holiday time will be spent wisely and harmoniously.  Roselyn reported that both parents and students were happy with the direction given to them and that there was a very good understanding between parents and children.

Prior to coming home, I did some Monitoring & Evaluation of the Parental Trainings and the finding were very encouraging. 
Positive comments about trainings from parents included:
  1. Facilitators are understanding and co-operative.
  2. Punctuality is maintained.
  3. Delivery & facilitation is good.
  4. Handouts are available.
  5. Meeting room is now available.
There were no challenges.

Positive effects as a result of the trainings:
Comments of parents
  1. A person empowers themselves positively.
  2. Change in one person will automatically influence change in others.
  3. Before the trainings communication in my family was hostile.  As a result of the trainings we are now listening to one another; family members are feeling heard and listened to and feel important.  We are courteous and respectful towards one another; self-image, self-esteem has improved.
  4. My husband’s attitude towards discipling the children through beating changed because I lead by example and he is now using other ways to discipline the children like forbidding them to meet friends after school.
  5. My children are more respectful towards me now.
  6. I am now seen in my community as a positive person.
The three youths who qualified last December are employed.  One boy is doing very well for himself.  He is employed as an electrician, given accommodation; food; and his employer is a very good mentor.  He is based about 25kms from Kitui.  Roselyn (Project Officer) and Wycliffe (Attaché) do a field visit every three weeks to check on his progress and deal with any challenges that he is facing.  
The other two lads are not doing as well.  One, a carpenter, is now in Mombasa with his uncle and getting work when possible.  He was also offered employment by the same employer as the electrician, but he did not take up the offer.  
The other lad is now in Nairobi with his brother, who is a casual labourer, and finding work when it is available.  His situation is not ideal, and we are working very hard to enable him to get employment locally and he himself is anxious to work nearer to home.    We are also working closely with his mother.  It is always better that they are close to PROTECT for the first year after qualifying so that we can guide and mentor them along.  When they are at such distances it becomes difficult, practically impossible, for us to continue monitoring and evaluating them over the phone.
Before coming home, I had meetings with both youths and I’m hopeful that employment will be found for the boy who is presently in Nairobi.  The other boy seems to have decided on Mombasa. 
The bright lights of Mombasa and Nairobi are very attractive to the young people.
I feel that it is an area that requires much more attention in both the Student Life Skills Training and Parental Training, and we will incorporate this more effectively into our curriculum.

Family Sustainability ProjectThe young boy who is in residence in Nuymbani Village is making good progress in school and his health has improved.  We visit him every month and take him some goodies that he can share with the other children in his house.
Unfortunately, his grandmother suffered a stroke some weeks ago, she has now been discharged from hospital but has paralysis on her right side.  It has been obvious over the past number of months that her health has been failing.
Roselyn notified the team at Nuymbani Village about the condition of the grandmother because unfortunately the uncle or aunt of the young boy do not contact Nuymbani.  The team were very appreciative and promised to take the boy to visit his grandmother and possibly allow him to stay for some time with her during the school holidays.

School Fee Assistance Project

Both young girls attending secondary school are doing well according to reports from their parents.  They are now on school holidays, but I was unable to get their school reports before coming home.   The parents are very appreciative of the assistance given to them by PROTECT.

Self-Help Group

The remaining SHG was dissolved during February because of mis-use of funds and non-adherence to the rules.  The dissolution was carried out according to the SHG Constitution through the Chief of the area.
It was with regret that this action had to be taken but actions of the members were beyond our control and we could not tolerate their corruptive behaviour.

Appointment of Kenyan AccountantThere has been a delay in the appointment of a local accountant.  On checking documentation, it was discovered that the first person selected was not a Certified Accountant.  Documentation checks are now taking place with another person.  Alex Muthoka (Kenyan Development Co-ordinator) is looking after this, and I will inform you as soon as he reports to me.

FinanceAll expenses have been provided for up to the end of May and the payments due are in the care of Alex Muthoka (Kenyan Development Co-ordinator).  The KCB bank balance at end of May should be approx. €900 after all payments have been made unless there is some unforeseen incident requiring finance.

Office EquipmentA new lap-top is required in the office.  Presently there are two in use, one which was given to us on loan by KDC and they have been requested to return it to US AID.  The other lap-top I donated to the office. I feel that it is better to purchase a lap-top here and take it back with me on my return.

Media EquipmentA camera/video is also necessary during field trips.  A supporter of PROTECT has promised to give us one but should this not materialize I suggest we purchase one here and that I also take it back with me. 

MotorbikeThe deal on the motorbike did not materialize as expected. Unfortunately, due to time and work constraints I did not have time to procure a new one.  Presently we are using, maintaining and insuring the one belonging to KDC.  All accessories required for compliance with the Road Authorities Act have been purchased and always used by the staff.

That’s about all for now.

<![CDATA[Kithenzi]]>Thu, 11 Jan 2018 20:59:57 GMThttp://protect-children.ie/latest-news-updates/kithenziThis young boy is now at the stage where he moves to another school which will be of better assistance to him with his education and personal development.  My goodness, he is very excited about this and preparation are now underway for him to join the new school. 
Required documentation needed for his new school included his Birth Certificate and the Death Certificates of both his parents and boy had we some challenge in getting them.  Many children in Kenya do not have Birth Certificates and in the case of Kithenzi it was particularly difficult because his mother died when he was just a few months old and his elderly Grandmother did not realize the importance of having this document.  This is a very common occurrence in Kenya and let me tell you there is a lot of bureaucracy involved not to mention time taken up with procuring these documents.  Anyway, we are nearly there with just the Death Certificates to be written up.
Let us wish Kithenzi well in his new school and hope that he will be very happy there.
<![CDATA[NEWS FROM OUR THREE BOYS RESCUED FROM CHILD LABOUR]]>Thu, 11 Jan 2018 20:57:06 GMThttp://protect-children.ie/latest-news-updates/january-11th-2018Picture
The boys have completed their 1st year in Vocational Training in Mulango Youth Polytechnic having had a very successful year both in skills training and personal development.  All thee have obtained excellent school reports achieving high credits and it is their desire to increase this to distinction by the end of this year 2018, when they will take their final exams with the Kenyan IndustrialTraining Authority.
The parents of the boys are so appreciative of the assistance give to their sons and are totally amazed with the changes and development they see when the boys are on holidays with them at home.  The parents also report that the boy’s personal development in areas of confidence, self-esteem, responsibility, openness and willingness to assist in the community during holiday time is so apparent and wonderful.  During the holidays since November the boys have been continuing with their Life Skills training and have also been trained in mentorship skills to assist with the new children that have been withdrawn from child labour during 2017 and who will be attending Mulango Y.P.  this year.

Let us wish all the children the very best with their studies and new life during 2018.