Read the Year End Summary of Organizing Fellows, Tony Ngala and James Njoroge. James and Tony are running a campaign in Kanyerere to mobilize parents involvement in their children’s education.
We have been running a campaign in Kanyerere which is a sub location of the Nkaimurunya ward, Kajiado North constituency, Kajiado County. When you take a walk in Kanyerere at during the day you will see children who are walking around collecting plastics containers and scrap metal, others are seated in groups smoking cigarettes or bhang, others have not yet joined school despite them having attained the right age for preschool, others are on the malls asking for food, money and any concerned person would try to fix the challenge either by giving the small children money to buy food or turn the off by telling them “enda shule ukasome, masomo in ya bure” which means “go to school and study , education is for free”. We (organizers) have heard that over and over again. We take a brave step of meeting parents at Kanyerere on what is happening in this community, why is this happening?
Kanyerere is composed of people from different communities all over Kenya which makes it difficult for them to work together since some of them are tribal. The leadership Structure of the community is dormant and is influenced by key stakeholders who get people they want into the leadership of the community. Most people in Kanyerere are not employed they depend mainly on manual labor done by the man and male youths and vegetable shops which is mostly done by the women and female youth. We also have local brews (Changaa, Muratina, karovo etc.) where most men and some women after coming from work go into the places and spend all money they had and end up going home without money to buy food or even buy books for their children, and a continuous abuse of alcohol leads to drug addiction.
The community also has many projects going on, from sponsorship to the orphaned children Eg CFCA,Compassionate etc, The major churches around have extend their hand and give clothes, food, stationary to the vulnerable children. The Banks and Microfinances are also getting into the community giving people group loans to boast their businesses, to start small businesses, and also table banking. This results to having so many small groups of people passionately looking for money which leads to good relationships among the members of the group and also bad relationships especially where one is unable to repay a loan and the whole group is made to bare the consequence. There is also lots of awareness campaigns by other non government organizations on HIV/AIDS, Governance , Community Health, Family Matters and many more and all of them are addressing a challenge they are seeing in the community…
Keep reading Friday to learn how Tony and James overcame these challenges.