Need: GIRLS WE CAN CENTRE
Trans-nzoia Youth Sports Association (TYSA) is a leading not for profit Community Based Organization delivering valued based sports programmes in Kenya. Founded in 2001, TYSA endeavours to Inspire and Empower Young People to develop knowledge, skills and their status by increasingly exposing them to sports, education, training, Sexual Reproductive Health and livelihood opportunities.
Governed by a commensurate constitution and Managed by an astute Management board, TYSA’s leadership is visionary and committed. Its strongest pillar has been a wide base of over 50 volunteers from cross-cutting professional fields.
From a humble beginning of six beneficiaries, TYSA has grown to serving 112 direct beneficiaries while over 5,000 access our outreach services annually. TYSA works in the larger Trans-nzoia County with a total population of over 700,000. TYSA has managed to harness the little resources at its disposal to transform thousands of lives in the local communities where it operates.
TYSA collaborates and Networks with 10 International Organizations and over 20 local organizations e.g. Community Based 0rganizational and National NGOs. We also have strong presence and network with over 30 grassroots groups & institutions of learning. As a result, TYSA is recognized and trusted in communities where it works, as well as by the partners it collaborates with. TYSA is a member of Sports for Social Change Network Kenyan Chapter, a co- founding member of Kenya Netherlands for Sports and Development and also a co-founder member of the East African Network in Sports and Development
TYSA was one of 2007 CARE/USA Award winner and received the CARE-Chege Special Award for Youth Education, Kenya Community Development Fund (KCDF) for Outstanding Community Service 2009 and 2010 UN MDG award winner in promoting gender equity and empowering women
TYSA has successfully implemented a 15,000 Euros project funded by Mamacash of Netherlands in 2007. This project used sports to empower rural girls especially those affected by the post election violence. In 2008- 2009, we implemented a US$ 11,000 peace project funded by Handicap International and 2010, we have just concluded implementing a US$ 17,000 ‘Girls We Can’ project funded by Kenya Community Development Foundation. Through globalgiving online donations, we have implemented project supporting education for teen mothers, children, disability and sports worthy US$ 24,000 since 2008.
A detailed budget of proposed expenses.
The funds will be used to construct and equip a Girls We Can centre for rural girls in Trans-nzoia County. The funds will also be used to facilitate capacity building for girls, Teenage mothers and volunteers in the area of reproductive health.
1. Construction of Girls We Can centre: this is a modern facility that will offer conducive environment for the girls and mothers to learn, access reproductive health information and services. The centre will have a training hall, changing room, wash rooms, store room and counseling rooms. ( Read attached Construction Plan)
2. Equipments; Training materials: Genitalia kits, Television, projector, charts and furniture’s
3. Provision of services; Counseling, VCT, Pregnancy and STI Tests, sanitary towels, hygienic room for sanitary change
4. Capacity Building; training on various aspect s of Reproductive Health such as: sexuality, menstruation, Sexual Transmitted Infections, Behavior Change &Communication, Safe motherhood,
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How the project will remain of service after the money has been utilized.
TYSA has mobilized parents and elders in the villages where it operates and formed a community Council. This community council of 20 (10 female and 10 Male) forms a link between TYSA and the whole village. Village issues and needs are addressed by the committee and TYSA is able to work with this committee to address the issues raised. The committee supports TYSA in implementing some agreements with those targeted. This is a very important organ. This organ helps in educating parents in good parenting, monitoring abuse to girls or boys and addressing the same. Members of the Community Council are trained in leadership and problem solving skills. As Marc of Globagilving from USA said when he visited TYSA 2010 ‘I had no doubts about the organization. It wasn't just serving the community, it was the community’.
TYSA has trained mentors mostly women who perform different roles including home visits to check on progress of players and hold discussions with parents. If a child (girl) is not in school they follow it up with the parent until that child is back to school.
As mentioned earlier TYSA collaborates and Networks with both local and international organizations and institutions. This is a strong background which will continually support this unique initiative in the whole of Trans-nzoia County. TYSA works closely with government ministries and other organizations in supporting its project.
TYSA’s leadership is visionary and committed. Its strongest pillar has been a wide base of over 50 volunteers from cross-cutting professional fields. Community has supported the Institutional growth by providing office space with basic office equipments and sports field.
How your organization has taken into account the goals and ideas of the people affected by your project in its design.
Adolescent girls in the rural areas rarely get an opportunity to learn about their sexuality. Lots of myths are created about sexuality which often leads to early pregnancy, marriage and school dropout. Young girls are particularly vulnerable as they are often neglected by the families and community. Community social fabrics that used to protect girls have been weakened thus exposing the girls to abuse and exploitation. The young adolescent lack information, confidence, motivation, self esteem and service provision which are important ingredient in building their resilience. More critical is that the girls do not have a safe space to meet and learn about their sexuality
During the Girls Camp held in August 2010, the girls shared what they use during the menstruation: this is what they said: tissue paper, cotton wool, a piece of blanket or soft cloths, sanitary pads, Handkerchiefs are handy sometimes, I use socks, and If things are tough, I wear my three panties
During some practical session, some of the girls did not even want to draw, leave alone name the sex organ parts. ‘I am shocked. Iam not used to these terms.’ Eunice. Majority of girls said this was there first time to be taught about their sexuality in details. In school, it is just mentioned in passing, they said.
Atieno,I dropped out of school in form 3 when I got pregnant at my first attempt of sex and then married got 2007. We stayed well with my husband in a short period things changed totally and life became tough and harder for me to stay in marriage. I was blessed with a boy but to raise food was terrible, things looked unanswerable for me and the only option was for me to go back home. While at home I decided to join TYSA programs and became one of the beneficiaries. I’m so happy that now I have gone back to school. .If I had gotten reproductive health information early, I believe I would have avoided early pregnancy
Mercy It was at this encounter with TYSA that mercy remembers vividly to date. ‘I thought for a while. Why are all these girls and boys here! There is something good in this organization’ said Mercy. Since then Mercy has never looked back. She joined other girls with similar background, some even who had babies and were back to school. ‘Iam encouraged here. Even a teen mother has gone back to school to study! That is great! Exclaims Mercy
In 2008, Mercys’ desire to go for higher education grew day by day. With her O level grades, she could not access university education in Kenya. She consulted with TYSA Director on what she could do. Through TYSA network in East Africa, a high school was now available for her in Uganda. She enrolled in Mashariki High School in the out skirts of Kampala. It is here that she worked hard and got 2 principals and 3 pass of 13 points end of last year. Mercy is now a student at Moi University
People who have visited TYSA have made remarkable comments about how we engage the beneficiaries: When Marc from Globalgiving USA (one of the funding organization) visited TYSA, he was amazed and this is what he said. ‘It struck me that this is about much more than soccer, or sports. This is about building up strong willed women who can lead the nation. It's about reaching for that future together, as a team. It's kind of hard for me to explain what I am seeing, because there isn't anything like it in the USA that is similar, at least not so explicitly. This is not a mere sport. Belonging to this team is about developing character and building your future. We discipline the body so that we can discipline the mind, through school. And education gives you opportunities, a future."
The social fabrics that used to provide safe spaces for girls in the communities have been broken down. We no longer have ‘the grandmother’s house’ which was used by the girls to be counseled and educated on their sexuality. Girls no longer have secured space where they can discuss openly about their sexuality and challenges facing them.
The situations at home and schools are very difficult for the girls as evident by Emily, a 3rd born in a family of 8, brought up by a single a mother who has to brew and sell illicit brew. Emily is exposed to high risks and sexual exploitation at home which turns into a bar. She lucks the safe space at home to even change her clothes, shower and attend to her personal needs. The drunken men are a constant threat to her safety and privacy. ‘I wish we could have a better, safer, clean and girls friendly facility where our safety and privacy is secured. Where we can learn about our sexuality. Where we can access information and sanitary towels’ Emily
Faith’ family is landless. They have no land and works as casual laborers. Faith and her parents stay in one single room. Faith is 15 years. Her parents have been frustrating her probably to get her married to ease congestion in the house. ‘I vent my frustrations at the TYSA sports ground over the weekend. I wish there could a be a house near the field where we as girls can learn about sexuality, how to cope with family pressure, and also where I can get sanitary towels’ Faith
How this project add Value
This project is trying to demystify the idea of sexuality among the rural girls of Trans-nzoia County. During the menstruation period, majority of the girls experience agony. It is a memory they would want to forget very fast. It is a moment they curse. It is punctuated by agony, despair, pain and total rejection. It is treated with lots of myth; e.g. don’t go to church, don’t stand in front of people, don’t meet with your father, and keep off from others. You are unclean. Your are dirty
This project therefore endeavors to support the girls to move from their agonizing status to organizing and appreciating their sexuality. The project wants to bring joy and meaning to the girls lives.
This project is helping to eliminate the exclusion of girl’s participation in domestic, school and community activities during the menstruation periods. The project is removing the barrier to girls’ participation through training and provision of sanitary towels.
This project will bring meaning and taste to the lives of hundreds of girls. They will appreciate their sexuality. They will have a safe space to learn and appreciate their body anatomy.