Fifteen Kenya Kids caregivers last week received a training on Voluntary Savings and Loans Associations. These are savings groups that are formally registered with the government, whose members engage in table banking and access group resources from micro finance institutions and banks.
The caregivers got to hear the experiences of Mr. Kamau, the lead Community Health Volunteer in the Ruai Nilinde Project who has helped many caregivers empower themselves through creating strong savings groups.
Christine Syombua (right), a 30 year old mother of one, is a beaming green grocer based in the dusty Kamulu town, Ruai Sub County. Her semi-permanent shop is strategically placed near the road where passengers and drivers in public service vehicles pass by to order her well displayed fruits and vegetables. She narrates her story:
“I joined HOPE worldwide Kenya’s Nilinde* Project in 2016 where together with other caregivers we formed a Voluntary Savings and Loans Association (VSLA). Through this group, we saved KSh. 50 every month and eventually, we saved up enough for table banking. Later that year, I borrowed KSh. 1, 500 from the group and used it as capital to start my green grocer stall. I started by selling bananas, oranges and tomatoes on a small counter.”
It has come to the attention of HOPE worldwide Kenya that some unscrupulous individuals purporting to work for the organization are soliciting money from unsuspecting members of the public on claims that they can help them secure employment opportunities.
All job vacancies are advertised and awarded on a competitive basis. The recruitment process starts with a vacancy advertisement through media and/or on our website www.hopewwkenya.org. No one should pay money for selection, interviews or employment to a vacancy purported to be from our organization or for favorable consideration for any other service.
HWWK will not hesitate to take legal action against any individual/s found to be involved in this misrepresentation of job opportunities to the unsuspecting public.
Children from the Kenya Kids and JamQuest projects enjoyed an end year Christmas party to mark the end of a successful year 2017. During the joyous event that was held on 11th December 2017, children and their caregivers enjoyed playing games and sharing a special Christmas meal that was prepared for them. The caregivers also took part in a talk on effective communication between parents and children.
Over the last 8 years, JamQuest has sponsored children in Kenya with school fees, helping them to get an education, pursue their dreams and have hope for the future. The JamQuest team last year hosted an exciting art event at Radford University, Virginia dubbed 'heART to heART' to raise funds to educate more needy children in Kenya. Apart from raising much needed funds, the team also created and sent beautiful gifts, letters and cards for the sponsored children.
The Nurses strike that lasted 5 months came to an end in November 2017. When the announcement was made, the Kenya National Union of Nurses Secretary-General Seth Panyako regretted the protracted strike which exposed ordinary Kenyans to pain and suffering and apologized to the patients who had to bear the burden of the industrial action. (https://www.capitalfm.co.ke/news/2017/11/five-months-nurses-strike-called-off/). Josephine was expecting her bundle of joy, unsure of what would happen when the time came to deliver her baby since the nurses strike was ongoing at the Meru District Hospital where she was to deliver.