TVT has commenced implementation of her projects of 2015 with a renewed resolve to fight poverty, diseases and ignorance by linking up with other development partners with similar mandates. TVT’s education programme which targets mainly girls, who have been orphaned by HIV/AIDS and other very needy bright children, has given hope to many families who would never have been able to send their children to school. The education programme has continued to benefit from the generosity of International Centre for Earth Concerns, Educators without Borders (EWB) Bethel University, Franz Von Game and many individuals who have come out in large numbers to support a child with either schools fees, uniform, books, food or mentorship. Sponsors of the TVT Education Programme have continued to build a lasting relationship with the children they support through constant exchanges either directly or through TVT.
Construction of a women training house continues to be another main focus in the New Year with the hope of having it completed by end of the year. Currently TVT conducts training and capacity building activities in open fields, under trees, churches and schools due to the high cost of organising such activities in hotels or other commercial settings. Completion of the women training house will not only enable women to have a training venue but it will also enable the local communities to have meeting place for civic education at a small administrative fee. Furthermore TVT women house will be used as library, reference or study centre for school children during holidays. Appeal for donation of both old and used books (inspiration, fictions) has been sent out. Many supporters have donated old books and more donations are expected as the year progresses. Establishment of a reading club for students and pupils in the villages around the women training centre is also underway. Training on the making of reusable sanitary pads will continue to be offered at the TVT women training house, once it is completed.
Rural schools in Kenya face many challenges ranging from poor infrastructure to lack of adequate trained teachers. Even though primary education in Kenya is free, parents are often required to buy books for their children. TVT has therefore extended her national and international networks by partnering with The Educators without Borders (EWB) of South Korea and Text Book Centre to support education in the rural schools through provision of text books for all subjects. EWB and TVT are also supporting students through guidance and counselling programmes. Since last year TVT has support nine schools in Kenya with text books; two primary schools and six secondary schools. Apart from four schools, all the others are day schools which are even more disadvantaged when it comes to educational facilities. The following schools have benefited from text book donations by TVT, Laciathuriu Day Secondary School, Athwana Secondary School, Athambu Day Secondary School, Kailutha Day Secondary School, Urru Day Secondary School, Manthi Primary School, Yururu Primary School, Uringu Girls Secondary School and Kiamuri Secondary school. Photos taken during the handover of books in these schools are available in the TVT photo gallery.
Arrangements are underway to support students who perform well from the rural schools to further their studies in Korean Universities as a way of exposing them to global competition by exposing them to other international education systems. Students under TVT supported schools have promised to be more committed to their studies now that there is hope for a scholarship to study abroad.
Urru Day Secondary School. Even though the handover ceremony took place later than anticipated, teachers and students patiently waited and they were very excited to receive the TVT and EWB teams. The speeches from students and teachers gave TVT an extra dose of inspiration to search for more partners in order to support more needy schools.
Laciathuriu Day Secondary Schools. This is one of the schools located in the most arid part of Meru County. Just like in most schools, students in Laciathuriu travel up to 4 hours each way on foot to reach to school. By the time they reach school they are so tired and exhausted to retain much of what they learn. This coupled with lack of text books, makes it very difficult for such students to do well in the national examinations. This school is one of the poorest due to lack of water and other facilities.
Athambu Day Secondary Schools: Among the schools provided with text book by TVT, this is the school that performs better than others in the final examination. An exchange programme with institutes of higher learning in other countries would be a motivating factor.
Athwana Secondary School: Students in this school are very creative going by the way they quickly organised themselves to compose a song to welcome the guests they had not anticipated to arrive. Children in this school study under very difficult circumstances due to the poverty level of the location where the school is situated.
Manthi Primary School: Pupils in this school and eager to make a difference in their lives and those of their family members and they were inspired by the presence of the young Korean students. At the end of the visit one of the small children about 6 years old proclaimed that she wanted to study heard and visits one of the team members from Korea.
Kailutha Day secondary school. The school is next to a primary school and due to lack of facilities the secondary school teachers use the staff room of the primary school. They also share other facilities with primary school pupils. Students in this school have the desire to learn and but the facilities are very lacking. Donation of books by TVT raised the morale of the students and gave them hope of being able to benefit from the TVT-EWB exchange programme. One of the TVT sponsored girl is a student in this school.
Yururu Primary school. This is a school located in a compounded with five different leaning institutions but still lacking in terms of facilities. The donation of books created new awareness and inspiration for students to work hard.
Kiamuri Secondary School: This is a school in the middle of what one would call wilderness. It takes more than one hour to drive from the main road to the school through a rough dusty road that becomes impassable when it rains. This has not dampened the desire of the students of Kiamuri to excel in their studies. Students do their studies under the tree due to lack of a library. Despite lack of adequate teachers and facilities, students are determined to study hard and get their families out of poverty. The donation of text books by TVT a real source of inspiration. The representative of the parent association was clear in reminding students that they no longer have any reason for not performing well in the national examinations. One of the TVT sponsored orphan is a student in this school.
Uringu Girls Secondary School: This is an all-girls secondary school basically with no facilities at all. Students have no decent eating place or dormitory. The office of the Principal doubles as the staff room and library. During the speeches, students appreciated receiving the text books but they were concerned that they have no library to stock them. The school was selected for support due to persistent poor performance in the national exams. TVT and EWB made a pledge to support anybody with C+ and above to secure scholarship to study in foreign institutions as a way of motivating students and teachers to work harder. The students require regular visits by motivational speakers and Dir. Sarah Kilemi of TVT took it upon herself to support in this area.