All children taking part in the program of THE CHAPP are invited to an excursion to the Fisherman´s Camp. About 70 children from the CHAPP´s preschool and some primary schools in the surroundings are spending a relaxing day together with their teachers playing, having fun and enjoying a large lunch. The excursion is rounded off by the distribution of children´s clothes that has been brought from Germany.
Sexual abuse of children is a major problem in Naivasha. One afternoon in November all children taking part in the program of THE CHAPP are gathered together in one place, divided according to their age into two different groups and informed by two teachers specialized in this topic. With the help of singing and playing, the teachers are able to sensitize the children to the danger, to explain their rights and to give them valuable advice how to behave in case of a sexual attack.
Esther Auma Osinya is employed as substitute for Elka Bwire, who is going to start her studies at the university of Nakuru. Esther, who has a teaching certificate for preschool children, will take care of the youngest children in the project and those with the least knowledge. So from now on all children of THE CHAPP will be taught by qualified teachers, which is another step forward in improving the quality of the work in the project.
In January 2011 nine children of THE CHAPP were sent to the Kabati Primary School. THE CHAPP paid the school fees and uniforms for the seven girls and two boys aged between 6 and 10 years. The children, who were very excited about going to school, will continue to have lunch at THE CHAPP and to take part in the afternoon activities. That will help to monitor them after leaving the preschool. Four other children were sent to primary schools close their homes.
In December THE CHAPP received a donation from the Living Responsibility Fund of Deutsche Post DHL. As the world´s leading postal and logistics company Deutsche Post DHL is committed to corporate responsibility. The Living Responsibility Fund has been launched to promote local community investment projects supported by the group´s employees. Claudia Giesen, employee of Deutsche Post DHL based in Bonn, Germany, applied for the financial support.
On October 23 THE CHAPP organized for the 3rd time a peace cycling competition to campaign against all forms of violence. This year about 50 participants cycled 78 km around the Lake Naivasha. The participant fees were again donated to THE CHAPP to help to provide long term education for the sponsored children and direct economic support for the needy families.
In August a program for undernourished children was launched. From now on a doctor from the hospital in Naivasha visits THE CHAPP on a regular basis and weighs all the children there. Those who are undernourished get extra food like porridge in the morning in addition to their regular meals. Already after a short period of time the success of the program is impressive and the state of health of the children has significantly improved.
In June a project was started to provide the parents of the needy children with opportunities to earn money. If the parents are jobless and don’t have money to buy food, they are not willing to support their children to go to THE CHAPP or to the public school. Instead of that the children are told to sell water on the streets, to collect paper and scrap metal or work as house helpers. In the project the mothers of the children are now making and selling handicrafts like necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings to earn money for their living.
In April an additional classroom, right next to the already existing one, has been rented. Now that the new room has been renovated and painted, it helps to relieve the shortage of space and adds another classroom in which to teach the children in two groups - depending on their level of knowledge. In addition THE CHAPP now has the possibility to give more children the chance to be taught and taken care of in the project.
The first excursion with children from THE CHAPP was organized by the German volunteers in 2009. Now the excursion has become a yearly event, looked forward to by the children. This year thirty children of THE CHAPP and the local Primary School went with two matatus (busses) on an excursion to the Hell´s Gate National Park Website Hell´s Gate National Park . The park, which is located just beyond Lake Naivasha, covers an area of about 70 km˛. The children spent an exciting day in the park. For the first time in their lives they saw some of the animals, which make Africa famous, like zebras, buffalos, gazelles and baboons. After the game drive all children and the accompanying adults made a spectacular gorge walk and had a picnic at the campsite.
THE CHAPP project was one of the winners of the "Corporate Responsibility Award" of Deutsche Post DHL, the German logistics company. This award recognizes initiatives that best fulfill the criteria for sustainable community investment projects supported by Deutsche Post DHL employees. Claudia Giesen, employee of Deutsche Post DHL based in Bonn, Germany, applied for the award. She collected money, clothes and school materials from her colleagues and asked them to sponsor a child. As a winner of the award THE CHAPP received financial support from Deutsche Post DHL.
Irene Mijide, a local teacher, joined THE CHAPP. The lessons in reading, writing and arithmetic, which were given by German volunteers in English before, can now be held in KiswahiliWikipedia. This is an enormous improvement for the children, who only speak Kiswahili and very little English. Shortly after the employment of Irene the children have already made big progress. Some time later Victoria Wandera, a music teacher, was welcomed as a new staff member. Twice a week she teaches the children singing and dancing.
On June 27 THE CHAPP organized a peace cycling competition. This project had on the one hand the objective to bring participants from different ethnic groups together, which is an important issue in Naivasha, the centre of many riots after the disputed presidential elections in 2007Wikipedia. On the other hand the participant fees were donated to THE CHAPP and helped to provide long term education for the sponsored children and direct economic support for the needy families.
From now on the sponsored children get lunch at THE CHAPP. Every day about 40 children from the pre-school and children, who are already sent to the Primary school, stay at THE CHAPP to get a warm meal. This is a big step forward for children who generally get no regular meals in their families. If they are hungry, they don´t go to school. If they do go to school and are hungry, they are not able to learn. The organization´s staff carefully monitors the sponsored children. In times of food shortage, food is distributed to their families.
All children of THE CHAPP receive toothbrushes and toothpaste. Every morning when they arrive at school they are taught how to brush their teeth. One toothbrush and toothpaste is given them to take home, since the children are told to brush their teeth twice a day, in the morning and in the evening. This initiative is an important part of the health care program for the children. The water in that part of Kenya harms the teeth of the children and therefore accurate dental care is of prime importance.
Annika Malinowski and Mirko Elvert from Germany arrive in Naivasha. They come to do voluntary work abroad, sponsored by the German Government. Annika and Mirko are the first foreign volunteers working for the project. They teach the children at THE CHAPP, play with them and monitor the families of the sponsored children. Staying in the house of Agneta Bwire, they live and work very closely with her and her two daughters Molly and Elka, who also teach the children in the project. With their new ideas they were able to make many improvements in the project.