Income security program Update 15th March 2016

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tailoring trainees in class learning vowels and forming words

tailoring trainees in class learning vowels and forming words

Jitokeze Wamama Wafrika seeks to build women’s capacities to access resources such as income, credit, markets, agricultural inputs, as well as the social support they need to break free from the chains of poverty and vulnerability to droughts and conflicts by providing them with basic training in tailoring and sustainable agriculture.

This year we have added 17 new students most of who comes from Kapenguria, Morpus and Lomut wards. Most of these girls knew that they will just be trained in sewing products but in our desire to empower them in all spheres of life we also offer them basic computer training, agro forestry and crops production training, poultry keeping practices and basic reading and writing training along with the tailoring training.

Ruth Chelimo, one of our students and a class 6 drop out expressed her heartfelt gratitude to the organization and to all the staff members for believing in them and offering themselves to help. She shares that simple as it may sound, she did not know how to perform simple calculations or construct sentences and communicate effectively. But because of the training she is receiving, she has hope and her mind has broadened.

Just like Ruth, most of our students did not get a chance to even complete their primary education and as such they face a major challenge when it comes to reading and writing. As a result, we decided to introduce basic reading and writing classes to help them learn how to read and perform simple calculations to increase their chances in this competitive world.

Income Security Program Update- 1st March 2016

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tailoring students during agro forestry, soil and water conservation training in the farm

tailoring students during agro forestry, soil and water conservation training in the farm

In our quest to improve economic status of young girls and women who have been adversely affected by droughts and conflicts induced by climatic changes in West Pokot County, we have come along many women most of who had given up in life but are now seeing hope and dreaming of a better tomorrow. Anita, a second year student is one of the girls who joined us last year after divorcing from her husband whom she had been forced to marry when she was in class 8. Due to this arranged marriage she did not sit for her exams and ended up a house wife and a young mother. She shares that she was not able to stay in this marriage for long and had to go back to her mother’s place after which she met a good Samaritan who introduced her to Jitokeze Wamama Wafrika.
She narrates that she did not have any money to pay her fees and she knew clearly that her parents were not going to support her but she decided to come so that she can better her life and have a way of helping her then one year old son.
Anita has been working hard to raise part of the required fee for the training and she recently applied for CDF to help clear her fee. She has recorded remarkable improvement in making the different products and at the moment she can make straight skirts, blouses, rompers, school uniforms, short trousers and game skits. She is also earning commission through making products ordered for by our clients to help raise half the cost of a sewing machine before she completes her training.

tailoring students in class.

tailoring students in class.

Income Security Program Updates -09th Feb 2016

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tailoring students during an exams

tailoring students during an exams

Our enrollment in the income security program under tailoring training has increased to 26 students from last year’s 13. The new students most of who come from the groups we are working with in our food security program joined us late last month and we are happy to share that they have gotten acquainted with our routine, blended into the system and have even sat for their first continuous assessment test.

Due to their lack of knowledge in reading and writing, we have decided to change our examination system whereby we select those who cannot write or read at all and offer them an oral exam while those who can read and write are allowed to write their exams. This measure was necessary because some of the students cannot write or read and they must sit for theory exams besides practical. We have managed to add another teacher to tend to them as the former one continues with the other students in the production class.

Our former students now in their second year are showing good progress in their work. They have been able to make school uniforms for the rescued girls and 10 rompers for shipment to our clients. Although they have just been introduced to computer studies, they have embraced it and they are eager to learn get the most out of it within the short period of time remaining before they graduate.

Income Security program-update 10th December 2015

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We are happy to see young girls and women who joined us with low self esteem and poor perception about themselves due to the hard life they have been through leave us empowered and full of hope and determination.

jane wanjiru showing a bag she has made

jane wanjiru showing a bag she has made

During this quarter, two of students have graduated from our income security program. Dorothoy cherop who joined us in January 2014 graduated in October while Jane Wanjiru followed shortly this December. ‘with the skills I have acquired from my trainers Mary Makokha and Mr. Ken Omondi who left some time back, I am confident to start my own sewing business and give customers what they need’ Jane Wanjiru.

Wanjiru, 55years old and a mother of five has been with Jitokeze since 2012 and despite her age, she has been a committed and disciplined student and always eager to learn even from her juniors and those who joined us recently. ‘people used to laugh at me when they heard I am back in school and some even tried to discourage me saying I am too old to sit down and be taught. I am proud of myself and now i not only have knowledge and skills but also a sewing machine to start my business with.’

Jane explains that although she has been in the training for a very long time, she still felt she needed her trainers and she is happy they never failed her. She says she has had a plat form to practice making all kind of cloths and bags and she does not regret the holidays she sacrificed just to be at the centre and work on orders brought in by our clients while learning from her trainer Miss Makokha. While Jane leaves the organization empowered, we feel the gap she has left because she was not just a mother to all of us but a good advisor and councillor due to her age and experience.

The two graduates have left the organization with a sewing machine each to boost them as they venture into the out side market. We are looking forward to visiting them and finding out how they are faring on as well as provide the necessary assistance needed.

Income Security Program Update-23rd November 2015

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director addressing students during the closing of the school

director addressing students during the closing of the school

Our students in the tailoring training closed on 20th November for their December Holiday. We started off the year with 17 trainees but some of them dropped out along the way due to lack of interest, passion for a different course and negative attitude. We however admitted more students to fill up their place and we are happy we have ended the year with 21 students.

Most of the trainees joined us with no knowledge in tailoring but after the hard work invested in by our staff, most of them can now make pleated skirts, dresses, shorts, bloomers and wrap skirts, school uniforms and even rompers and pants.

Although we do not offer KNEC exams to our trainees, we have our own internal exams that we administer to them. We have registered great improvement this year basing on the fact that most of our trainees lack the basic reading and writing skills. At the moment only three trainees are having difficulties in reading and writing.

This term, the performance has been much better compared to second term’s performance. Our trainees attained a mean score of 335.7 while last term they had 326.5.

Next year from January, we are expecting our students to be taking computer courses, catering classes and we have found a counselor who will be counseling them on a monthly basis. Training in tailoring, livestock and poultry husbandry, nutrition and Bio Intensive Agriculture will continue from where we have stopped this term.

We are expecting our tailoring trainees to report back on 5th January 2016 after which we will start admitting new students for the catering course.