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TVT is a community based non-profit and non- governmental organization whose main objective is to empower villagers, especially women and youth, to address their challenges through appropriate interventions, which include; supporting income-generating initiatives; social mobilization; training and capacity building.
Dear Friend and Partner
Happy New Year to you and your family! TVT family is excited to reconnect with you after that long break occasioned by the uncertainties of the corona pandemic. We are happy to announce that we at TVT have resumed all our services with renewed enthusiasm and zest because corona or no corona we have to continue serving those in need.
As we embark on 2021, we are especially excited at the opportunities and new beginnings that the year has to offer, having come out of a very trying year. 2020 tested our ability to deliver under difficult circumstances but we managed to stand with women and youth who were the hardest hit by COVID 19. However, though the grace of the Almighty, TVT was able to stand with those in dire need of support during the most difficult time. It was during the pandemic period that TVT came up with other initiatives such as organizing chakula camps and establishing vegetable kitchen gardening nurseries.
APPEAL FOR SUPPORT TO STOP CORONA IN OUR VILLAGES
The arrival of Corona virus has caused overwhelming fear in each one of us, with the entire world being thrown into a panic mode. The way the virus has been operating is a clear message to all of us that none of us is safe if our neighbor is not. Life has become hard for everybody and it is even harder for the poor, vulnerable and needy families in our communities who cannot afford to feed their families leave along adhering to the protective measures that Government has been put into place.Read More
COVID-19 : Message of Good Wishes, Encouragement and Solidarity
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, The Village Trust (TVT) is hereby sending a message of good wishes and solidarity to all her partners, donors, beneficiaries and indeed all stakeholders, whose normal way of lives has been affected by deadly Corona virus.
This global pandemic requires each one of us to be vigilant and to take action for our common survival. TVT has already taken measures to ensure that our staff and all those who use TVT resource centre are not exposed to unneccessary risks of contacting Corona virus.. Furthermore, TVT Management has been sharing information on how to prevent the spread of this deadly virus in line with the guidelines given by both WHO and Kenya ministry of health.
The use of library and TVT training facility has been suspended for 30 days and thereafter further decision will be taken depending on the prevailing situation.
Meanwhile TVT will continue to create awareness and sensitize her clients, most of whom are not able to read or write, of the need to adhere to experts advice on how to prevet the spread of COVID-19 . Practicing social distancing might pose a major challenge to the majority of TVT clients, due to their living conditions but washing hands and maintaining hygiene environment would prioritised. Our collective existence is under threat but Together we will win this war
TVT had a community borehole in Ngundune since 2010 which was serving the residents well until it developed mechanical problems last year and since then it wasn’t functional. This year TVT through different supporters was able to renovate the existing borehole and also construct, equip and partially distribute a new borehole at the TVT training centre.
TVT COVID-19 INTEVENTIONS
TVT raised an emergency call to cushion vulnerable members of our community against the adverse effects of CIVID 19 in April and early May. TVT came up with a proposal budget of kshs. 675,000 and to our surprise, our friends from home and away contributed a total of 716,321 in cash, pledges and donations which was 106% of the budget. Distribution was done in the marginalized areas of Tigania East and West as follows: Tigania East (Maburwa, Mweroomalia, Kaongo, Ntulili, Gambela, Lanyiru, Matabithi, Nduluma/Thuria)Tigania West (Machegene, Kagaene, Kieru, Kaamu, Kibuline, Ntombo Rwanjoe, Mwithanga, Kaliati/Kimuthii, Lairangi, Mumui, Rei, Marere, Mugae, KK Nkengecia, Kandebene, Kibiru, Nkiluthu, Mwerondu, Mweronkanga, Thirimu, Limoro, Laciathuriu, Linguri, Limaurru, Mwili). We remain grateful to all who supported the initiative in cash and in kind including offering themselves to assist in the distribution work.Even after the distributions, some families were still facing hard times due to the pandemic thus unable to provide for their families even a single meal per day. TVT then did a second distribution which entailed food items that was supposed to last for at-least two months since the pandemic was assumed to end within the stated time.
EWB VISITS TVT COMMUNITY LIBRARY
In 2013 Educators Without Borders (EWB) from South Korea led by its founder Professor Ki Seok Korbil started a partnership programme with the The Village Trust (TVT), to combat poverty through promotion and support of education in rural villages of Meru County. The programme headed by the Founder and TVT's Economic Advisor, Dr. Sarah Kilemi has built schools and distributed school text books in the entire Meru County. This partnership, between TVT and EWB, has led to the establishment of a community library at the TVT resource centre in Laviathuriu which caters to the reading needs of children from families that can't afford to buy text books for their children. The library is well stocked with books for pupils from class 2 to class 8. It also stocks secondary school books and also for youths pursuing post secondary studies. Read More
TVT partners with Ginco Germany to create forests in the deserts
The need to preserve our environment is as important as the need to fight illiteracy and poverty. TVT has been in the forefront in promoting education among the poor families and empowering women and youth to live descent lives. TVT is also motivated by the words of the late Professor Wangari Mathai during one of her tree planting campaigns when she linked continued environmental degradation to the increase in poverty and conflicts. Professor Maathai advocated for sustainable all round interventions to fight poverty. She appealed to leaders and governments to do something because if nothing is done “Poor people will cut the last tree to cook their last meal. She also said. "The more you degrade the environment, the more you dig deeper into poverty." Read More
2018 Last Mile News
Because of your support and goodwill, 2018 has been another year of great achievements for TVT. We appreciate you for having been part of our mission to empower women, youth and their communities to take charge of their own destinies. Because of your partnership, TVT is able to support orphaned girls to go to school. We have seen these timid rural girls we mentor and support through education transform to be successful and confident young women ready to take on tomorrow’s leadership of their communities. Read More
WE ARE MORE EFFICIENT AND EFFECTIVE WHEN UNITED, WITH A COMMON AGENDA
As the year 2018 comes to an end, TVT has been having consultative meetings with supporters and partners to review impact of the joint interventions aimed at women and youth empowerment and to approve the strategic plan for addressing needs and challenges of 2019 and beyond.
On 8th of November 2018, TVT hosted GinCo, a German based organization whose main focus is girls’ empowerment. GinCo teams from Meru, Kibera and Germany met at the TVT women training center for the year end workshop which was a huge success. In attendance were 20 orphan girls in class 7 and 8 who are under the sponsorship of GinCo and their teachers. TVT works very closely with teachers in mentoring and following up on the performance of the girls who are in various schools. Read More
Report of the Free Community Medical Camp (Meru County; August 11, 2018)
The Constitution of Kenya recognizes access to medical care as a basic human right for every Kenyan. Unfortunately, millions of Kenyans cannot afford to pay for quality health services in public or private clinics. Even with public health insurance available to all since 1966, coupled with the heightened campaigns for citizens to register for health cover by the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF), only 20 to 30% of Kenyans have access to some form of medical insurance. With a population of 45 million plus, it means that about 32 million Kenyans are excluded from quality health care insurance. The rural poor comprise the majority of those not covered by any form of medical insurance, meaning that they have to pay for medical expenses from their meagre savings. In the process, many end up selling all they own to pay hospital bills. This is why TVT organized a free medical camp in Meru County on August 11, 2018. Read More
TVT Free Eye Medical Camp - 11 August 2018
The Constitution of Kenya recognizes access to medical care as a basic human right for every Kenyan. Unfortunately millions of Kenyans cannot afford to pay for quality health services at public or private clinics. Even with public health insurance available since 1966 coupled with the heightened campaigns for people to be covered by the National Hospital Insurance Fund, only 20 to 30% of Kenyans have access to medical insurance coverage. With the population at over 45 million plus, it means that about 32 million Kenyans are excluded from quality health care coverage. The rural poor make the majority of those not covered by any form of medical insurance meaning that they have to pay out of their pockets for medical expenses. Some end up selling all they own to afford to pay for the sick. Read More
TVT Donates books and sanitary pads to a poor school in Meru County, Kenya
25th May, 2018 is a day which will stay in the memories of the pupils, parents and teachers of Kiremu primary school for a long time. The community was truly grateful to TVT for their concern of the education of their children. TVT donated text books for classes 1-8 and sanitary pads for all the girls in the school to last for 5 months. Some of the girls who normally receive monthly periods were in class 5 and in the age bracket of 11 and 12 years, which means that about half of the girls in Kiremu primary school were in need of sanitary pads. Read More
Holiday mentorship Seminar popular with students
TVT organises holiday mentorship seminar for the students sponsored by various donors as a way of enabling students to learn from their role.models and more important exchange on their challenges, successes and lessons learnt in their struggle to acquire education. In the past the seminar was only meant for TVT supported students (under the Earth Concern International sponsorship) but this year others from the sorrounding communities also joined. From the usual number of below 60 the April 26th mentorship.seminar was attended by over 200 students ranging from Class 7 to University... Read More
Greening our Villages and Schools
In January 2018 TVT has supported 20 girls drawn from std 7 and 8 from various schools in Nyambene, Meru county. The girls were provided with school uniforms, books, sanitary pads and fees. In addition the girls were trained on importance of planting trees. TVT gave them tree seedlings for planting at home and in their schools and the exercise was supervised by TVT officials... Read More
2018 Women's Day
As we celebrate this year’s International women’s day, TVT wishes to congratulate all people of good will who have sacrificed their time, efforts and money to empower awomen. Tremendous progress has been made but much more needs to be done especially to the rural women and girls. TVT has a number of initiatives for empowering rural women , girls and youth with a view to giving them a voice, independence and hope of a better tomorrow.... Read More
TVT marks the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
As the word marks on the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, we at the TVT truly believe that poverty is not a solely economic issue. No! NO! Poverty is a multidimensional concept that comprises of issues that lead to lack of basic needs and capabilities that enable one to live a dignified life. In addition to financial empowerment, which we are pursuing through women and youth groups, the poor are also entitled to right to equal protection before law, right to liberty and right dignified life. The poor should have right to privacy and protection for their homes and families; they should have right to water and sanitation , rights to work and rights at work; right to education; and... Read More
First TVT Reading Competition was a Huge Success
On 26th August 2016, TVT held the first reading competition and it was a huge success. The reading competition attracted students from both lower and upper secondary classes. The audience who turned up in large numbers included parents and relatives who came to witness the historical event at the TVT training house in Meru. The media was invited to cover the event in order to ensure that the next competition has a higher coverage in terms of participation...Read More
Education is a right for all and not a Privilege of a few
TVT Library services are located the TVT Training Centre. The Centre houses offices of the TVT, tailoring school and community grain bank. The Centre is dire need of a perimeter wall for security and bole hole for water supply.
Reading club now open at the TVT resource Centre. With the ongoing disinterest in serious reading TVT has initiated a project...Read More
Classroom Handing Over to Mukalamatu School
Earlier on, the TVT Founder and economic advisor Dr. Sarah Kilemi officiated in a ceremony to present a classroom that had been constructed by TVT for the nursery school students of Mukalamatu. Present were, Dr. Kilemi Mwiria, Prof. Korbil, Prof. Park, Prof. Kol Sun, school management committee and other local leaders.
Here is the kind of playground the children of Mukalamatu use when they go for sporting activities. It’s nothing but soil and sharp small stones. With water this place could be turned in a green field with grass ...Read More
With the ongoing drought in some parts of Meru County, TVT has extended its services to schools in order to address the problem of absenteeism. Giving even the best of books on empty stomach would be an effort in futility. Thus in addition to donating books the management of TVT led by Dr. Sarah Kilemi.
Prof. Korbi and Prof. Kol Sun are seen handing over the text books to head Teacher of Mukalamatu Mr. Muriki while Dr.. Sarah Kilemi, ...Read More
The school cooks food in one of the cooking shed as a way of retaining children in school during famine period. Children and parents are grateful for the food donated because they are now reassured that when the schools open in September there will be some food...Read More
TVT Annual Education Mentorship Day
April 22, 2017 was a Day which had a huge success. All the students under the sponsorship of both TVT and GinCo(Standard 8-Last mile girls) had the opportunity to share touching life experiences that students go through. The mentors were Former TVT supported Students who are now graduates in various fields and also experienced high school teachers. There were open discussions ... Read More
TVT Delivers Books To More Needy School In Meru County
First term is a very busy term all students of both primary and secondary schools in trying to cope up with new year challenges in new classes. TVT and their South Korean Partner- Educator without Borders, provided books to a number of schools in Meru County. In continuance of the books donation TVT donated those books that were not donated last year after some schools closed before the delivery. Read More
LATEST ON EDUCATION
- People With Disability Mini Medical Camp
- Charuru 2013 Free Medical Camp
- About the 2013Charuru Free Medical Camp
- The services that were provided at the medical camp were as follows:
- Appreciation to Sponsors and Partners
- Challenges encountered
- Special Note of Appreciation
- A Joyful Day for the People with Disabilities
ONGOING TVT PROJECTS: Construction of the Community Resource Center
TVT also supports awareness raising campaigns against gender violence, female genital mutilation, child labour and bad governance. Thus TVT activities directly contribute to the fulfillment of the first millennium development goal, which is to “eradicate extreme poverty and hunger” by targeting the most marginalized groups in the rural villages.
The Village Trust ( TVT) is a registered Charitable and non- Governmental Organization working towards the global vision of poverty eradication in the developing countries, especially in villages throughout Africa. TVT is incorporated under Kenya’s Succession Act Cap. 164 and it has operational offices in Eastern and rift valley Provinces.
TVT marks the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty