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Emori Joi Community Donor Report Fall 2009

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Emori Joi Community Donor Report Fall 2009

  1. 1. "#$$!%&$!'&()*#$+! ,-.#(!/.(!0!"1))!234! %.5$6&$#!7$!'1+!819$!:!;(<<$#$+=$>! Changing the world seems like an impossible task Together with the hard work of our in-country team for one person, but by working together, we can and the valued cooperation of all community mem- make a world of a difference! Thanks to your gener- bers, Free The Children’s communities in Kenya ous support, we have provided the people of Emori have transformed into environments where children Joi with the skills and resources that they need to are better able to learn, grow, play, and be healthy. affect positive, sustainable change in their own With your commitment to change, we have empow- communities. ered the people of Emori Joi, one step at a time. !
  2. 2. H< !1))!=.D+6#($IJJJ! Free The Children in Emori Joi Impact at a Glance ……………………………. Classrooms built: 14 Classrooms under construction: 2 Students: 624 Teachers: 18 Water projects built: 2 Hand washing stations built: 2 ! ! 7&?!@$+?1A B$?.+*!C=&..)!BD()*(+5 People frequently ask us why we choose to work Free The Children’s early international develop- in the six countries of Ecuador, India, China, ment projects sought to build more schools in or- Kenya, Sierra Leone and Sri Lanka. der to broaden access to education. However, it was clear that even though communities now had With a mission to free children from poverty and schools, there were several other barriers prevent- exploitation, we have chosen to focus our work in ing children from attending class regularly. If a areas that really need your support! We seek to child has fallen ill from consuming contaminated provide opportunities to break the cycle of poverty water they cannot regularly attend school. If a fam- for children and their families in places where ily cannot put food on the table, they will most there is limited or no access to even a primary likely take their child out of school. Working with education, especially in areas where girls are often communities to critically examine how they can denied their right to an education. realize their rights has led us to develop our holis- tic development model, which we call… We work with marginalized and mainly indigenous populations that are not able to access social and :*.E6F:FG())15$>! government services. We work in places where Free The Children has identified four pillars of sus- there are high incidences of child labor, working to tainable development. We work closely with com- provide these children with an education and their munity members to implement education, clean families with access to sustainable income gen- water and sanitation, health care and alternative eration activities so children can attend school. income programming so that children and families Finally, we work where we are invited to work in may have a better quality of life and a brighter fu- partnership with communities who truly are at the ture. With this approach, we have truly broken heart of all that we do and commit so much of their down the barriers to education, and have seen time and energy to make the programs successful ! higher levels of classroom attendance and primary and create change for the future. school completion as a result!
  3. 3. :*.E6!:!G())15$! ,*D=16(.+ To date, there are 18 teachers leading classes for Free The Children schools provide a safe, bright and the students of Emori Joi, all of whom are participat- positive learning environment for children to earn a ing in Free The Children’s Better Education Program quality education. In order to provide adequate edu- in Emori Joi community. This program includes the cational opportunities for the children of Emori Joi we Teacher Incentive Program, a challenge which en- plan to build a total of 18 classrooms for the 624 stu- courages teaching staff to deliver quality education, dents attending school on a regular basis and to en- promotes student and teacher attendance, promotes courage an increase in enrolment amongst other pri- respect for school space and lastly fosters increased mary school-aged children. academic performance. Free The Children also held a workshop on alternative education methods which Construction of 14 classrooms is complete, while was very well attended. Since the workshop, teach- construction is still underway for another two class- ers at Emori Joi Primary School have been using rooms. This past year, 298 girls and 326 boys en- some of the lessons learnt such as giving students rolled at Emori Joi Primary School and 32 children the chance to lead class and foster leadership skills graduated. in older students. At Emori Joi Primary School we encourage both Students from Emori Joi Primary School studying in boy and girl child education! a new classroom! '#D+=&(+5!KD-L$#I! Worldwide, 121 million An estimated 158 million It would cost less than children of school-age children aged 5-14 are 1% of the world’s annual are not in school. engaged in child labour – weapon budget to put one in six children in the every child in school world. Free The Children believes that education provides the highest return of any so- cial investment in the developing world. We need your help to build schools and libraries and train teachers in order to empower children and entire communities to break the cycle of !poverty for future generations.
  4. 4. :*.E6!:!G())15$! 716$#!1+*!C1+(616(.+! To address community members’ immediate water needs, Free The Children has built a rainwater catchment system at the school site in Emori Joi. Due to the size of the school, Free The Children and the community members are working hard to install additional gutters to maximize the rain catchment systems. The success of the rain catchment sys- tems is impacted by this year’s drought, but remains an important source of clean water. Additional sup- port for Emori Joi’s water needs is coming from the nearby community of Enelerai where Free The Chil- dren has recently drilled a water well. The well will serve thousands of people from both Enelerai com- Students understand the importance of washing munity and Emori Joi. We will be creating wide- their hands! spread availability of clean water through multiple access points via an extensive piping system. Water :)6$#+16(M$!N+=.-$! kiosks will be provided to facilitate proper collection The women who regularly attend Free The Chil- of the water. Over the next six months this infra- dren workshops go on to not only implement the structure will provide Emori Joi citizens with close skills and knowledge they gain regarding financial and plentiful access to clean water for all. literacy and microenterprise development, but also to implement other important aspects of Free The Children programming including those pertaining to health, education and water and sanitation. Free The Children has held 20 workshops and training sessions for women in the community. Through these trainings the alternative income programming is benefitting over 1050 people in Emori Joi. Since our last report the alternative income projects have helped purchase 60 goats and equipment to sup- port 150 beehives for the bee-keeping projects. Currently 30 women are involved in the bee- keeping projects, with each one managing 5 hives. The majority of the hives have been colonized and many community members are looking forward to Women from Emori Joi form women’s groups their first harvest and subsequent sales. where they learn important lessons O$1)6& Free The Children’s lunch program has benefitted all 624 students. Free The Children led workshops have provided health information and training to 30 women, 20 girls, and 40 additional students through the clubs who are all now ambassadors of healthy living in the community. The mobile health clinics continue to treat people on a monthly basis. One of the other ini- tiatives in Emori Joi that contributes to better health outcomes is the community garden and nutrition pro- gram. Over 800 people benefit from the garden pro- jects. Thus far, 15 gardens have been planted and Emori Joi now has many community gardens that 9427 trees have been planted. There have been 20 community workshops surrounding environment, agri- ! grow healthy vegetables culture, community gardens and nutrition.
  5. 5. :!7.#)*!.< !N-E1=6! 8$$6!P$.+1#*!C$#I$#!8D+1(! Leonard is a bright 17 year-old, growing up to be a caring young man and active citizen within his community. He is an eager student who enjoys mathematics, social studies, and Kiswahili. Leonard works hard towards aca- demic achievement and his parents recognize his efforts, making Leonard feel even more proud of the education he is earning. Free The Children has impacted Leonard’s life in many ways. Leonard feels privileged to be a part of the new school and especially enjoys the beautiful trees and flowers in the school garden as they add to the positive learning environment. At home, Leonard has noticed the impacts of Free The Children’s alternative income programs. The women in the commu- nity have begun investing in an exciting, new beekeeping project and can sell surplus from their kitchen gardens. Not only this, but the women are learning important health lessons through their women’s groups which they are implementing in their own homes, such as having a hand-washing station, a dish rack, and boiling water. Leonard says: “These lessons have improved the living standards within our homes; and diseases are on the decrease now.” Free The Children has also implemented vari- ous initiatives, such as the Feeding Program and rain catchment systems for water collec- tion, which have freed up more time in Leo- nard’s day to study and spend time doing the things he loves most, like playing football and singing. He has noticed improvements in his health as well by practicing proper hygiene, eating a balanced diet by supplementing meals with vegetables grown in a kitchen gar- den, and by making use of the mobile health clinics. Leonard dreams of furthering his education so that he can one day become a doctor, give back to his community and help the poor. He hopes to have a strong marriage, be a good partner, and to inspire other children to be- come role models for each other. He envi- Leonard dreams of becoming a doctor to give back to sions a future where all people live in peace his community and help other children ! and harmony.