Give Them a Chance – The Muyog Education Program

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What issues have we seen?

Education is the baseline for economic growth and sustainability. It is the backbone of a growing nation. The establishment of a strong curriculum and the appointment of highly skilled teachers are keys to the development of the education system. The problem is that even the best education system only helps if the children stay in school. To help limit the problem, at least in Marurui, we had to first understand what was going on. That meant research. What that showed is that most kids needed an extra incentive to stay in school. A lack of food was often the issue for them and so the thought was, if we give them food there then they will stay there too. Based on this research our project last year focused on getting kids of the street and back into school, using food as an extra incentive. This resulted in us supporting 15 children through their school year. Of the original 15, 14 have stayed in the program. One of the children never showed up for school, but we are doing everything in our power to track him down. For the time being his place has been taken by another student that required aid.

What is Muyog doing to change it?

In the first run of the education program (then named feeding program) we had an issue with parental involvement and parental responsibility. We came to this realization after the interviews with teachers, parents, and the children as a part of the evaluation of the program. This has made us understand that embarking on the issue from the child’s side alone is not enough. We must also assist the parents. Many parents here have their children at such a young age that they do not really know how to go about raising them. They do the best they can but often resort to the same methods as their parents used. This rarely results in progress. To accommodate the parents we have established parenting lessons to help them learn how they can better support their children, as well as developing better communication with the school, their children and Muyog. We have also brought them on board in the further development of the program with in depth talks about how the program is structured and where the funding comes from. The second addition that we have made to the program is the introduction of a revolving fund. This is an essential development. By offering a micro financial system we can now assist families to grow economically. This would enable them to grow out of our program on a sustainable income. Something that right now none of our families have, as can be seen in the case studies  (these are available upon request). The revolving fund also has the capability of launching the program from donor dependency to a self-sustaining system.

What do we need?

To give these families and this program a brighter future we will need your help and your donations. The goal has been set at 15000 euros. After donating we encourage you to spread the word and record your own give them a chance shout-out to help spread the message as widely as possible. (For more insight into the way the funds will be spent the budget is available upon request).

For any further documentation or questions, feel free to email us at muyogyouthorg@gmail.com.

Envionment Awareness

As a city with critical waste management problems and a burgeoning informal sector, Nairobi possesses both the need and potential for an innovative approach to its waste problems. In its intervention, Muyog has put in place a weekly garbage collection project and continue to organize routine communal cleanup activities with a view of addressing environmental challenges within Marurui and beyond. 

Strategic objective: Galvanize youth and public to actively and collectively engage in environmental conservation practices.
How garbage collection is conducted:

Stage 1: Collection Bags:  We purchase and distributed garbage bags to our customers on monthly basis. The number of garbage bags to be issued to any customer is informed by the quantity of waste generate. We use polythene bags and sacks for collection.

Stage 2: Collection of garbage from households:  We collect garbage once per week (every Saturday starting from 8:00am – 2:00pm). The garbage is normally picked at the customer’s gate by MUYOG and placed in strategic points along the road (also known as transitory points) ready for collection.

Stage 3: Collection of Garbage from transitory points: At around 5:00pm to 7:00pm, a garbage truck for hire arrives in Marurui and drives round the community collecting garbage from identified strategic points and transports the waste to a designated dumpsite in Dandora. The dumpsite is located about 16 Km from Marurui.

Stage 4: Collection of garbage service money: On 30th day of every month, an SMS is circulated to all the customers reminding them to pay garbage collection fee between 1st to 5th day of the month. The garbage fee varies and like garbage bags, it is informed by the amount of waste generated by a particular household. 

A COMMUNITY PLATFORM