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:
Positive effects as a result of the trainings:
Comments of parents
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.
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.