support a child make a difference

JUDITH OKEBE
Posted June 29, 2021 from Kenya
lets make a change

Good morning all kindly lets support mwakirunge community,let us work as a team, we never know tomorrow, Education is key, clean environment brings good health, empowered youth and women brings community development, kindly find the link of the attached video.

Thank you akothee foundation for supporting us on this field work and research.

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Jill Langhus
Jun 30
Jun 30

Hi Judith,

How are you? Thanks for sharing your powerful work and video. Do you have a fundraiser link? Can you tell us more about your work, and mission, and if you're on social media, what those links are, dear? Good luck!

JUDITH OKEBE
Jun 30
Jun 30

am good my sister thank you for your comment,we have no fundraiser link,now that you have shared it we can work on it and share.
Helping Hands is a community-based non-profit making organization, governed under Kenya’s Ministry of Gender, Social and Security. We are an officially recognized body, with registration number DSD/MSA/CD/2014/270. We are based along Kenya’s coastal region, in Mombasa county, working to rescue, support and nurture needy children, who are otherwise forced to live in tragic conditions. The organization also works with youths and women in Empowernt.The organization was started by youths working with the community, who witnessed a dramatic increase in the number of people living in poverty, displaced children, orphans , youths and women in the area due to the combined impacts of HIV epidemic, terror attacks, poverty and local road accidents claiming the lives of many.
VISION
To inspire people and contribute to the well being of vulnerable children, youth and women in the society.
MISION
To identify and reinforce women, youth and children role in Education, leadership and development.
OUR OBJECTIVES
1. Health Right
2. Education
3. Leadership
4. Good governance
Our focus is to help the less fortunate children this includes, orphans, abused, children from poor families in slams and mwakirunge dumping site, affected and infected persons/Children living with HIV/Aids ,women and youth empowerment. We have rolled out the following programs,
• Education programs
• Health programs
• Sports programs
• Counseling programs.
• Child protection.

 EDUCATION PROGRAM.
This programme is headed by head of education from Helping Hands (HEHA) and works closely with ministry of education, the heads of local schools, identifying potential school places for those in our care. We ensure that our children receive the necessary materials i.e. bursary allocations, school uniforms, exercise books, text books, pens and mathematical sets. All these are considered conducive to an effective learning environment, helping each child achieve a better education and academic performance in the long run. The program also requires budgeting for periodic school examination fees.
Among the scope of the tasks undertaken is the proper maintenance of individual school records and student performance reports. This helps in early identification of weaknesses affecting the children’s academic performance, allowing us to intervene and support those potentially struggling with any aspect of their school life and integration. We play the traditional role of the concerned parent in the child’s wellbeing and progress.
GIRL CHILD SUPPORT
In most African societies and all over the world girls still face the double discrimination of being young and being female. They are pulled out of school, married early, and are more likely to be subjected to sexual harassment and violence attributed to them being a female. They are therefore highly endangered in most cases when they face the brutal societal sense of judgement and conviction of being the “weaker” beings according to them.
Most parts of African communities especially in Kenya, before a girl is married, she is supposed to undergo "female circumcision," otherwise known as female genital mutilation (FGM) This dangerous procedure can lead to immediate infections and can later cause problems during childbirth.
Education is one of the most effective ways to reduce cases of early child tourism marriages which is common in coastal region and the high rates of HIV that is associated it. When girls stay in school, they avoid the economic and health risks of being forced into early marriage.
But education doesn’t necessarily stop with the girl child. Guardians, school heads, the society at large and the teachers in school also require proper education on how to enroll and retain the girlchild in schools.
Girl child support seeks to address these challenges encountered by the girl child through grant making efforts and by working with other partners who are passionate about these issues that seek to give the girl child an equal chance to compete and lead a fulfilled life. The educated senior members of the society also need to advocate for better access to education for the girls and other marginalized children. This will empower most of them to stand up for their own rights in the future.
There are various ways of supporting and empowering the girlchild in the community.
First and foremost, did you know that girls in poor communities often miss out in schools as a result of inadequate clean water in their village? Fetching water that is often dirty and dangerous to their health, this is what they do instead of attending classes. In Africa, millions of girls are subjected to abuse, child labor, trafficking, early girl child marriages which are forced, among other offenses.

YOUTH AND WOMEN EMPOWERNENT
There is need for equipping skill and this is because we believe that a woman is the community. local staff to offer training, education, counseling, medical care, small business loans, and other programs that reach women and girls as well as boys in helping to end cycles of gender-based violence.
Incredible progress has been made over the last several decades, we can’t stop speaking up, therefore there is need to use our voices to end preventable deaths of mothers and children
There is also need to lend a helping hand to new mothers by provision of basic necessities like bassinets, diapers, blankets, containers for clean water among others. These simple gifts provided help in saving the life of an infant mothers all over the continent. A larger percent of the country’s economy depends on how much empowered the youths of that country are. The young people are encouraged to take charge of their own lives to bring about change. This is done by addressing their current situations and resolve in taking real actions to improve the access to resources and transform their minds through belief and attitudes. Youth empowerment aims at improving the state of life of any community.
Youth empowerment is achieved through participation of youth programs. There is difference between youth empowerment and youth development because in most situation development is centered on individual’s improvement, while empowerment is focused on creating greater community change.
Youth empowerment programs are aimed at creating healthier and higher qualities of life for underprivileged or at-risk youth in the community.
The five competencies of a healthy youth are:
• Positive sense of self
• Self- control
• Decision-making skills
• Moral system of belief
• Pro-social connectedness
Some of the youth empowerment programs
is focused at uplifting the underprivileged
young generation of the society right from
providing them with basic education to
create a strong foundation for their careers
to developing personality skills, because the
youth is the future of every country. The organization is committed to making the youths more responsible and self-reliant through businesses and vocational skills development.

Youth empowerment reduces the level of ignorance and crime among young people. It serves as an opportunity for the youth to develop their skills and talents; thereby making them a better person.
Empowerment focuses on development and the potential of the youth, helps young people to be responsible enables youth to be self-reliant and to invest into their future among many other benefits related to it.

HEALTH PROGRAM.
HIV AND AIDS
Just as wars, transitions and other processes can disrupt social norms and social, sexual and drug-use networks and communities, HIV/AIDS epidemics large enough to constitute socially-disruptive ‘big events can have similar effects. Governments' responses to HIV and other health-related issues, and how they are shaped by social structures, competing priorities, and resource availability, are important. Since HIV is transmitted by culturally and religiously-sensitive and often, legally prohibited, behaviors, and since government health and policing policies on sex, reproduction, and illicit drug use may themselves contribute to HIV spread and/or to the failure to treat HIV, it is unsurprising that governments sometimes do not implement programs that research has determined to be effective.
Pre-existing conditions which include but not limited to gender relationships, sexual culture, and patterns of psychoactive drug use and social processes can also lead to increased HIV vulnerability as a consequence of war, transitions, or perhaps, of economic breakdown or of ecological change such as global warming. Such research should study how these events.
Medical advances can generate urgent needs for social research. Such needs can include finding ways to implement new medical possibilities but also ways to cope with any (often unintended) negative social consequences of new discoveries; for example, the impact of antiretroviral therapy on risk-reduction among gay men in some countries.
Anyone can contract HIV, and while IDUs are at great risk because of practices related to their drug use, anyone who engages in unsafe sex (e.g., unprotected sex with an infected partner) could be exposed to HIV infection. However, while all groups are affected by HIV, some are more vulnerable than others, as summarized below. The estimated number of new HIV infections among females has been decreasing in recent years, HIV/AIDS is still a serious public health issue for females. In many regions, social issues increase the risk of HIV infection making it difficult to tackle the global HIV epidemic effectively.
Gay or bisexual (Men who have Sex with Men) are the most severely affected population. MSM account for just a small fraction (2 percent) of the total U.S. population, yet nearly two-thirds of all new infections occurred within this group in 2009, and one-half of all people living with HIV in 2008 were MSM.
Certain groups of people are more affected by HIV than others. Sometimes this is because they engage in high-risk behaviors, while others experience stigma and discrimination that stops them from approaching HIV services. It is important that these issues are well understood so that specially tailored prevention programs can be rolled out and target to those groups most at risk of HIV.
Food and Nutrition
This programme ensures adequate daily food and nutrition for all those Children under our care. Since this aspect of our service is currently provided to some orphans and needy children a significant part of the current programme consists of the logistical adequate food distribution, in a timely manner.
Some of the responsibilities for the Head of this programme include:
• Ensuring adequate food within our stores for onward distribution.
• Ensures timely food distribution to the relevant child households.
• Preparation and maintenance of food donation requirements.
• Liaison with multiple food donation agencies in support of our operations.
• Budgeting for food supplies and managing any donor short falls.

Sports and Life Enrichment activities
This aspect of work is particularly cost effective and we consider it a vital part of a rounded childhood program for all those in our care. In addition to the natural childhood components of fun, entertainment and exercise, we use these life-enriching experiences to train our childre in various sports and creative activities which they show interests in e.g.
• Football,
• Volleyball,
• Basketball
• Music and dance
• Modelling skills
The officer in charge of this broad area faces significant administrative and logistical challenges in managing the following:
• Liaison with other sports organizations and teams to facilitate the development of higher training skills in sports and to arrange various sports activities
• Conducting talent training for all levels of those interested
• Organizing sports tournaments and competitions with other local teams.
• Ensuring the provision and maintenance of relevant sports materials, including football, uniforms, sports shoes and other training materials for sports
• Arranging for medical facilities for the players.
• Engagement of suitable training volunteers to offer sporting skills to the children
• Maintenance of various records and files of all sports engagements and other creative pursuits.

Counselling
We consider this to be the most crucial and distinctive aspect of our integrated range of programmes, collectively aimed at maximising the well being of every child under our protection and care. We seek mental treatment and recovery, through proven oral expression techniques, combined with life positive stories. We aim to help young minds face the challenging journey from negative thinking to positive attitudes. Our programme benefits from a qualified and certified professional counsellor, leading the relevant sessions.
As part of our proven counselling approach, children are given the opportunity to sing, dance and know each other by name, before any group counselling session begins. The counselling then takes place in a conducive environment, in which children are arranged according to type of counselling required. The following types of counselling are typically used:
One-to-one Counselling: This permits each child who wants to meet the counsellor in a private context. They are encouraged to relax and explore their problems in this safe environment, where the counsellor assists the child to express their experiences and help to find an alternative mechanisms to help them come to terms with their life challenges. Each child is given tasks to do at their leisure, to assist them deal with and overcome negative thinking, often rooted in past trauma. This format complements the group counselling sessions.
Group Counselling: This type of counselling proves particularly accessible to orphans and disadvantaged children. It involves putting them in groups simply to encouraging them to share their life problems and challenges in a low-pressure, open manner. The process helps them realize their shared need of staying together as brothers, sisters and friends - since they all share the same problems as the other orphans or needy children within the group. They are guided by the counsellor throughout these sessions.

Counselling is labour-intensive, but also requires additional resources such as storybooks, various entertainments such as TV shows, media educational, a music, and even snacks, all intended to help the variously traumatised children to relax in an otherwise emotionally-charged environment. Funds for the Counselling programme will be allocated to the provision of these much-needed resources.
Challenges
• Currently we are running our programmes with very limited resources limiting the scope of our present reach.
• Inadequate facilities in the office, other administrative and daily costs for running our programs as we don’t have donors neither sponsors, we rely on our own contributions.
FUTURE AMBITIONS
We plan to buy land to put up a rehabilitation center( orphanage) and a Youth resource center where we can absorb more orphans, disadvantaged and street children at some point in future, This will remove the need to run our feeding program along the streets. These has however remained a major challenge to us Helping Hands.
Our organization currently have few well wishers who contribute from their own resources to sustain the organization since we don't have permanent donner nor sponsor. Our big challenge has been finance and partners to work with.
Helping Hands (HEHA) CBO organization are proposing to implement a children women and youth support programme christened "The Ladder of Hope" between August 2021 and July 2022.To support mwakirunge community at large.
Our facebook page is Helping Hands CBO-HEHA.

THANK YOU ALL.

Jill Langhus
Jul 02
Jul 02

Hello Judith,

Thanks for all the information. Your organization is making a big impact and hope you will find the funding that you need. Please keep us updated on your progress and if you create an online fundraiser, too. Good luck!

Tamarack Verrall
Jul 02
Jul 02

Dear Judith,
Again I am so glad that you have joined us here in World Pulse. Your response to Jill tells so much more of the story of the work you are so deeply involved in. I have taken a look at your Facebook page too. I hope that through our efforts here we can all continue to help raise each others' voices and find the funding for work being done, starting with those most in need, clearly the priority of your work, and the work of your organization.

JUDITH OKEBE
Jul 03
Jul 03

Thank you so much Tamarack, as you can see from the attached Mwakirunge video,it is rainy season and at this moment they are suffering more. We truly need funds to support them but also people should come down and visit this place, How i wish we can find someone with resources to volunteer and do a research qualitative and quantitative data collection in this community.
Thank you once again i appreciate your good encouraging words.

JUDITH OKEBE
Jul 06
Jul 06

Hello family kindly lets come together and assist Helping Hands community based organization to find financial support so that we can build a rescue center for the community and a children home. Kindly find the attached link.
#togetherwecan
#supportachildmakesdifferentsavelife
Ladder Of Hope Mwakirunge Project | M-Changa https://secure.changa.co.ke/myweb/share/48315