This year has been a busy one so far, with the setting up of our new office in January, teaching nutritional home gardening to the rest of our group, starting some of our teenagers off at secondary school and others on practical training courses, amongst other things!
In April, we had our first youth committee meeting and discussed challenges faced by the children in our group and what support they need from us. They really liked our new office and the library which is slowly growing bit by bit. Something they wanted more of was Kenya curriculum text books and the opportunity for teenage girls to attend a week-long counselling session in December at the same time as circumcision is held for boys.
In June, we had a very successful project management committee meeting with an evaluation of activities we have carried out so far and plans for the future. Because of the success of our chicken project, our committee would like to try a similar venture with goats, whereby we have a breeding pair that can be bred with local goats and then shared amongst the group. Goat milk is nutritious and sells at a good price while the meat is also popular in the area.
In December, we had a big get together with all of our children and their guardians to share a meal together, give out some gifts, and discuss progress over the past months and plans for the future.
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This month we received a wonderful donation of solar lights from Jaguar Land Rover, enough for all our children and guardians. This will make a huge difference - it means the children can study in the evenings and other chores can be done much more easily after it gets dark.