Friday, December 28, 2007

Christmas in Kibera

As you walk around Kibera slums everyone is happy and jovial inoder to celebrate the birh of christ.

As you turn back in the area most men are drunk and they dont even know what to do next.
Most kids are happy since they know they will have new clothes from fall flee market (Toi market)

Most women were anxious since they dint know what to cook, most kids do prefer eating chapatis and chiken but unfortunately the flour was so costly so most of them ended up eating Ugali (made from maize flour) and sukuma wiki which is the cheapest vegetable.

For those who had enough money went to Uhuru park where they had an opportunity to see fish relax and have some ice creams.

But the situation was hectic since after the boxing day they had to vote for the New members of parliament and of course a new president.
Finally the voting has been done and most people in Kibera expect Raila Odinga as a new president since he is the member of parliament of Kibera.
The situation is now calm since people are quietly waiting for the presidential candidate to be announced by the electrol commission of Kenya( ECK).
And we hope for the best!!!!!

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Rose and Mom

Hallo friends
Rose is now fifteen years old and she has a wonderful dreams of becoming a doctor right away after her studies.
Rose does stay in Kibera slums with her mom who is physically disabled.
Her mother also has wonderful dreams about Rose since she is the only one who has managed to join high school.
Due to higher poverty In Kibera slums the brother to rose had to drop out of school since the mother could no longer cater for the school fees.

Rose really admires to be a role model to the girls in Kibera she has hopes of completing her high school education so that she can empower other girls in the area.

Rose is now out of school and she is really scared since she no longer has fee for her education.
These is an issue which makes her worried about achieving her goals.
She like meeting friends (girls) and mobilizing them about HIV/AIDS and also she likes swimming and football.
She does use the activities to stop her from being stressful and keeping her safe from idleness.
Since she knows an Idle mind is a devils workshop.

She is a very nice girl who hopes for the better Kibera in future.
Rose hope for the best in everything she endoever

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Cultural belief in Africa about disabilty

In Africa when a baby is born everyone is always happy and ready to accept the kid.
But on the contrary when a baby is born with various disabilities like blindness, deaf, mentally handicapped or physically handicapped that becomes a source of embarrassment and in turn the baby may be hidden.

In Malava part of western province of Kenya which borders Uganda when a baby is born with a physical defect he/she may not be allowed to go to school is they are considered as abnormal.
And to them abnormality comes from a curse, bad omen or witchcraft and consequently it leads to stigmatization of the persons with disabilities.
A few who attend schools may be from very rich families or may be sponsored by organizations.
Among the Bakabras of western province in Kenya when someone dies he is kept in a hole dug in his sitting room then transferred to a grave in front of his house for him or her to be remembered but in the case of a disable they are buried `thrown` in the backyard and their grave is covered with banana leaves for them to be forgotten forever.
This shows complete stigma and neglect in a life time.

In western Kenya boys are always circumcised in a cultural way like going to the bush(seclusion, separation) and where they may need to dance vigorously as they come back home.
But for the disable child it is so difficult: while according to them if the young boy has not gone for the all process he is not considered as a man and therefore not allowed to marry.

In the year 2003 (Kenya) when new president was coming to power (President Kibaki). He promised free primary education for all kids forgeting that the county had disable students and therefore as the parents with regular students were celebrating about free education and how they could save for the high school fee, but on the contrary the parents with disable kids dint have anything to celebrate for, since the special schools are still expensive since the kids may need Braille machines, special teachers and conducive environment where the wheelchairs can move without disturbing the kids.

According to the government giving the disable people support means giving them crutches, wheelchairs and food and forgetting the saying "teach me how to fish but don't give me the fish" they end up not given education .

To some extend government may build institutions for carpentry masonry, hairdressing and tailoring
But I do wonder, cant the disable people be professionals??????????? Like doctors, lawyers and even lectures.

According to Werner in his book THE DISABLE VILLAGE CHILDREN he says `disable persons and families must Begin to work together to look for resources and to reeducate both themselves and community.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Disability and Girls

Ciao Miss Welby thanks for your comment and suggestion on these blog it has made a big impact on improving these blog more comments are welcomed. Thanks alot.

Hi Orietta and Manuela I really appreciate your comments because they have made me work more for girls and do much reasearch as well.
More Comments are welcomed.
Keep it going!!!!!!

Hallo friends today we are going to focus on how disability do affect girls.
For example Spina bifida and hydrocephalus.

Hydrocephalus means water in the brain and spina bifida is a bag of nerves on the back of a new born baby.
Spinabifida is a result of lack of enough follic acid/folate in the mothers body immediately or the first 28 days after conception.(that's why mothers are required to take follic acid before conceiving)

Girls with SB and HC do encounter many problems because these defects do result to a higher level of disabilty.
For example kids with the defect may need more medical attention:
They may need to go for surgeries more frequently and also they may need more time spent on them.
Some kids with the defect most of the time they may have loose bladders and also they may have problems to control their bowel,in turn this leads to stigma in our society, and even when it comes to their education they may have more problems like dropping out of school due to embarrassment.
The usually face more problems since they may need braces which are costly and due to poverty the kids may end up without special shoes or braces and hence leading to feet infections and later amputation of the feet due to pressure sores.

NB: having SPINA BIFIDA i have experienced these problems.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

FGM in Kenya

FGM which is female genital mutilation is the main factor in Kenya as why girls do not complete their education.
FGM is a very delicate cultural actions that some communities in Kenya do follow.
Girls who are in the adolescent stage are always forced to undergo the ritual to prepare them for their marriage in early stage.
The process is always done with elder women in society who may claim to be so cultural.
During the process hygiene is not always considered and in turn the women may use the same blade or knife to circumcise the girls, this is always dangerous since it may lead to spread of HIV/AIDS.
After the process girls daily activities are always affected and for instance it is always very painful for the girls to pass urine so in turn the girls usually miss out the classes to heal the wounds.
Due to FGM girls may drop out of school because after the initiation they are always ready to get married and to make the matter worse due to excessively bleeding they may get weak and die.
And finally in future FGM usually leads to parental problems that is girls/ women may be unable to give birth or may die during the process,

These are the factors which do make Kenyan girls remain behind when it comes to their education.
This is a very pathetic problem for the girls since they are told FGM is there to preserve their virginity or be a pleasure for their future husbands.

Friday, November 2, 2007

Rose and Margaret

Hallo friends,
Here in Kenya girl do experience many challenges when it comes to their education.
Most of the small girls have to encounter child labour for them to proceed with their education.
Girls do lack basic things for them to study : example books pens and ruler in turn they may join up some paper for them to make up a book.
Socially they may face embaracement since they may lack sanitay towels which makes them embarassed and unable to mingle with the boys in the class rooms: inturn they may use pieces of old clothes or completly miss the class for about a week.
For the girls who come form Magadi (maasai land) may be forced into (FGM) Female genital mutilation and in turn they may get married as earle as 12 or9.
This condition makes Kenya A place of illitrate girls.

Then some thing needs to be done and we can do it together!!!

Margaret Warukira
Her nick nae is Maggie
Is a seventeen uear old girl who is born in a family of seven kids.
Rose comes from Waithaka in Dagoreti division of Nairobi Distict.
Margret aspires to be an accountant after completing her high school.
She encounters many problems sine she has to walk for a long distance from home to school.
Her mom who is a green grocer has hope in her although the high school education is costly for her and hence it made her drop out of school.
Through these project Margaret has been able to have hope again since she joined school once more again.
But Margaret needs mor suppport to compete her studies.

Rose Adhiambo
Well known as Sweety
Is a fifteen year old girl born from a family of two kids with a single mother who is disable.
Rose elder brother could not complete her education since it was expensive for her mom to afford.
Her mom works as untrained teacher in Kibera slums where she earns less for Rose education.
For primary school education Rose was educated by catholic brothers missionaries even before the free primary education in Kenya,
Rose Passed well and Through her moms struggle she managed to join high school these year but unfortunately she has dropped out of school due to luck of enough funds.
Now she stays with her aunt where she assist her to clean the house and take care of the kids.
Despite all these challenges Rose still has hope to complete her education and she still dreams to be a nurse in future.

Saturday, October 6, 2007

School for the girls

Hi friends and everyone,
This is a site for supporting girls who need to pursue in their high scool education

I have Margaret who comes from Dogoretti division in Nairobi who is now in form 2. And she needs support to complete her education.
Therefor she need 16000 kenyan shillings for her fees next year.

Rose comes from Kibera slums and she stays with her mother who is a single parent and at the same time is disable.
She may need 26000 ksh for next yaer

Shelmith comes from Magadi division in Kajiado (maasai land) she is now in form 3 and she encounters many problems since she comes from a very arid land and surrounded by a tough community where a girl child does not have a right to study due to many taboos and hence she needs 25000 kenyan shillings for her to complete her education next year.

Albright is a disable and a young girl who come from Kibera and she studies under tough conditions due to her disabily and the surrounding community.
All the girls hope for the best as they continue with their education.

You can make Kenya a best Place for happy girls If you support one of ths girls.
You can send your support to:

School for the girls
Rebecca Opetsi Alitsi
Kenya Commercial Bank
A/N 002139203688

Thank you in advance