Friday, February 1, 2019


IF YOU ARE NOT COMING WE ARE GOING WERA

This year we are privileged to work with schools that rehabilitate drop out children and street connected children. Undugu Basic Education unit is one of those interesting schools we are working with. In short description Undugu has both boys and girls who have been drawn from street connected activities and the school endeavors to rehabilitate them by offering basic literacy and numeracy skills as well vocational training to help them with self employment opportunities. Most of the children in this school are in the age of puberty and adolescence.

After conducting a session with the children as I was on my way to the office to appreciate the teachers for the time and support and also to notify them that we had finished and now leaving the school, three girls of adolescent age came after me running. Realizing that they wanted to talk to me, I stopped to give them a listening ear and this question immediately followed from one of them, “Teacher, are you guys coming back on Friday?” “No, we only come once in a week.” I retorted. “If you guys do not come then we are going wera” They answered, beginning with the first whom I wish to think is the most influential among them and then the other two joined in unison in such a way that one would think they had a rehearsal of it before approaching me.

Wera” is a slang name for work and even though I have limited proficiency of this language commonly used in Kenyan urban areas with Nairobi being the most popular with it, I no doubt knew what these girls meant. I shared this with their teachers to hear their views about it but they never appeared bothered, all they said what that we will get to understand the nature of their children. Like plague this little conversation with these girls did not immediately vanish from my memory, I kept reflecting on why our absence will make them miss school on that particular day. I stretched the reflection further by meditating on the value our program offers to these young ones that our presence will make them come to school while our absence does the opposite. Immediately it came to my mind that one of the objectives we address in this particular program is to increase regular attendance of children in school. This conversation with the children alone showcases that children are eager to have our team in their school for activities. I am rest assured that Tuesday which is the day we visit the school children will want to attend school unless otherwise. Moving forward I will be keen to have discussions with the children and the teachers to know whether or not there is a difference in attendance on Tuesdays vis a vis other school days.

If you are not coming, we are going wera.” This statement as was said by the children has become my mantra of reflection on how as an organization we can leverage on this opportunity to help children increase attendance in school.

Friday, January 18, 2019



          WORKING WITH NEW SCHOOLS

This year Sadili Oval Sports Academy is targeting out of school children to ensure that they get back to school and with that we identified three schools .St Vincent De Paul Rehabilitation and Rescue Center, Undugu society and Bridge of Hope located in Kibera who are doing an awesome job in rehabilitating this children and giving them hope that tomorrow will be better.
  Undugu Society was started by a priest who had  passion in helping street children, because they were old enough that is 12 years and above and could not go to formal schools he started a non formal system and looked for a curriculum tailored to suit these children .They undergo classes where they are taught literacy and numeracy for 4 years there after they go for short technical courses where they get different skills for self reliance ,however the school noticed that they could prevent this children from becoming street children by taking  them in when they are young and integrating them to formal schools after a while. Despite the good work that they are doing they also face challenges as there is no parental support most parent neglect their children, there is peer influence some street children go back to the streets, integrating the children to the formal system is a problem, unfriendly environment and community interference in their activities but Mr. Kamau Ngugi the head teacher of the school is determined to bring change and help the community with the few he is working with. His motivation comes from the few who successfully finished their courses and are now running their own businesses and are self-reliant.
St Vincent De Paul is run by a group volunteers connected with St Vincent De Paul the organization caters for a maximum of 30 children aged 3-6years and in there criteria of admitting new children, they give the first priority to total orphans, HIV positive parents and children to reduce stigma in the community, young mothers and the destitute they achieve this by the help of social workers. “We encourage equality thus we provide school uniforms for all to promote uniformity and food for lunch and tea break we also economically empower our parents who are unable to support their children by giving them initial capital to start up a business to support their families, we have beautiful classrooms to help the children forget all the problems that they go through at home and experience a new environment and even after our children are done with Nursery school we always follow-up with them to ensure that they successfully join class one and we offer scholarships to those who are unable. Our essential areas are Love, Nutrition and Education to ensure positive growth of the children” said Edwin Ariz who is the school administrator.
We as Sadili are super excited to be partnering with these schools by using sports and life skills to teach them various WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) practices to improve their health, education and later their future. 
St Vincent De Paul classroom
St Vincent De Paul library

Bridge of hope classrooom

Children rights as designed by Undugu

Undugu School