Thursday, August 18, 2011
This home hosts twenty two under privileged kids; and on this day participants will be cooking and get the chance to share a renowned coastal dish known as pilau.
There after the party will be taken down to the beach.
Lots of fun to be had with the children from the center.
LSF on behalf of Hatua Likoni will be donating food worth ksh 39,380.
fotos to come after the visit
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Usually JA deals with high school students but company program is branching out of school to educate youth on financial literacy and get them started in the entrepreneurial and finance game.
The seminar was informative and formal as was to be expected, most of the questions and comments came from Hatua Likoni staff representatives present illustrating their tendency toward being so highly informed. One question was about how far JA would go to support a company program sponsorship recipient past the competition itself. To which Lewis assured us that JA will be there for any youth who shows sufficient zeal and seriousness in business.
Monday, August 8, 2011
Thursday, July 28, 2011
One of our students, Omar Suleiman Musa has on the basis of a demonstrated academic and leadership capacity been selected for the Equity Group Foundation Education and Leadership Congress! This is really exciting both for the recipient and for Hatua being that he is one of ours. The objective of the foundation is to give wings to fly that is this mentoring workshop will likely lead to greater things and will be his launchpad into greater heights.
The aim of this workshop is to provide an environment which enables young people to realize their personal goals and harness their potential as leaders.
Suleiman was born in Kwale in 1996, on his scholarship application he wrote a heart felt essay about how if given the chance to effect change within the community he would set up counseling centers to erradicate the drug menace which has plagued his community. He is presently a student in Moi Forces Academy, having had received several awards for attaining good grades.
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Networks were established with Lia, Barbra, Maureen, Audra (all from the States), selected Secondary school principals and deputies from Meru county, school librarians and teachers from Rurama secondary school.
Lia taught them about:Internet searching,Data bases,Web site evaluation,Library collaboration.
Maureen presented a paper on Internet safety,How to site sources,Internet and classroom Instruction Researching (online)
All parties were requested to join AFK Library Forum on facebook, promote librarianship, assist library users, market libraries develop new skills. Lia and Maureen promised the AFK team next year will pay Hatua Likoni a visit during the summer. They also promised to donate more books and other materials and to find scholarships for interested qualified people from their partner organizations.
In addition AFK is donating 1000 books on Wednesday 3rd August to the Likoni Empowerment Library.
Monday, July 18, 2011
Hatua Likoni volunteers and interns have the opportunity to be housed at Pungu beach, which is on the way to Shelley roughly 7km from the Hatua office. Access to the main land is via the ferry then you take either a tuk taxi or motor bike costing approximately 30ksh-50ksh [one way] to Pungu.
The residence is a three bedroom bungalow with a makuti roof complete with two bathrooms [both with a shower]; the unit also has a kitchenette, a little living room and a small backyard. The best thing is you have direct access to the beach for that relaxing swim after work. Residents have a clear view of the magical sunrise and enchanting sunsets. The flat at Pungu provides that coastal Likoni feel reminding you that volunteering does not have to be all hard and arduous, you can also relax during down time. There is also a beach bar about 500 meters walk along the seashore, for that nite cap or happy hour on Thursday.
Full board per week, per person is 11,500ksh, this includes meals and basic cleaning of the flat. Funds go toward funding Hatua Likoni's various projects. Meals range from the coveted Swahili cuisine to a more local flavor. Security in the area is exemplary, both provided exclusively within the compound [in the which] the flat is located and in the surrounding environs.
In addition volunteers from other agencies are also welcome, as well as staff from other organizations, or patrons interested in long term leisure.
Sunday, July 17, 2011
Drug abuse is a serious problem in Kenya and particularly at the Coast which is where Likoni is located. The situation in Likoni is a recipe for one to slip into such anti social tendancies; however a place like Hatua empowerment library is a safe place in which the youth and children of Likoni community can avoid such behavior through self education about self reliance, self sufficiency and the fostering of high self esteem.
At the walk which is held annually and was held on June 26 respectively, the Hatua Likoni banner was flying high; Showing Hatua Likoni's presence and support of such a positive cause within the community.
Sunday, July 3, 2011
Madaraka Community Nursery School was founded by a pair of brothers who first founded a home for orphaned and abandoned children.
In April and May of 2010 Hatua Likoni constructed a new school house for Madaraka Community Nursery School, consists of 6 large classrooms. School is taught by six teachers who dedicate themselves to providing high quality reading, writing, math, and English instruction using music and art as learning tools.
While all other nursery schools in Likoni are for profit and charge high fees,Madaraka charges only 300/- ($3.75) per month, or 13.6/- ($0.17) per day, just enough to pay the teachers wages and ensure that the school can sustain itself. This is about 1/3 of what other schools charge.
Madaraka provides its students with education 5 days per week from 8 am until 4 pm, morning porridge and lunch.For families that struggle to support their children, being able to pay less than a dollar a day for child care and food for a child is a great service, as feeding the child at home would cost at least as much or more. For children that would not eat if they were not in school, our feeding program is more than just a service, but their source of basic sustenance. For parents day care enables them to work, while the education Madaraka provides helps ensure that Likoni children from low incomes families have access to early childhood education and a head start in life.
Hatua Likoni, with support from SDL Foundation, helps ensures that Madaraka's students are nourished by providing Madaraka with the food that is served to all students, every school day. In total Hatua Likoni provides students at Madaraka with 70,000 meals per year.
In June 2011 Hatua Likoni constructed 36 new desks for Madaraka, able to seat 108 students.
Sunday, June 5, 2011
There will also be computer classes and funds raised will assist in maintenance costs of the library, as soon as the opac system is in place it will become a borrowing library but for now folks will just read and study and conduct their own research. The energy around this facility is bound to bring about positive change to the Likoni community!
Friday, May 13, 2011
Monday, May 2, 2011
Friday, April 1, 2011
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Kwame off-loading timber
After being purchased and planed in town we transported our timber across the ferry to Likoni and offloaded it in the library. On Friday 11th March, our fundi (carpenter) began building.
The carpenter at work
Half the shelves are now complete and looking wonderful! The rest should be finished by weeks end. Before long they'll be covered with over 2000 books donated by American Friends of Kenya and the East Side Community High School, in New York City.
Some of the fixed shelves
When work on the shelves is finished, we'll begin building reading tables. Stay tuned for word of more progress!
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Monday, February 28, 2011
On Sunday, Feb 20th, eleven girls from the Likoni Scholarship Fund joined Gabrielle in Hatua’s office to receive clothing donations.
Photo credits: Todd Shapera
Alice Winkler together with Ariel-Alpha International, a US based sleepwear and lingerie company, donated underwear, bras and sleepwear for our female scholarship students, all of which was carried to us from the US by Todd Shapera. Erika Bonnevie, Hatua Likoni’s Community Research Coordinator, donated shirts, skirts, pants and sweaters for our girls. Erika is also working hard to complete Hatua’s Baseline Study Report of Likoni’s Development Needs. This study is the first in-depth analysis of living standards conducted in Likoni.
Photo credits: Todd Shapera
Our students were thrilled to have new and beautiful cloths to wear, including items that would otherwise be unattainable luxuries!
From our LSF girls and the Hatua family to Alice, Todd and Erika, ahsanteni sana!
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Thursday, February 24, 2011
Todd's aim as he travels through the developing world is to capture the humanity, inner beauty and dignity of his subjects and their diverse ways of life. When working together with charitable organizations, he has donated his photography to help raise awareness for important causes, such as the impact of the Tsumani in Sri Lanka.
Photo credit: Todd Shapera
One of our students at home with his family
In Likoni, Todd photographed various aspects of Hatua’s efforts, including our staff at work, our primary and secondary students in school, students with their parents at home, and vendors, mechanics, and other small business operators in Likoni, some of whom are parents of our scholarship students.
Photo credit: Todd Shapera
Gabi and Kwame with two of our students at their home
Photo credit: Todd Shapera
A welder at work in Likoni
Todd also led two photography workshops for our scholarship students, over thirty of whom participated in each session, and among whom only one had ever used a camera before. Thanks to those of you who generously donated your cameras to Hatua Likoni our students have been able to practice the techniques Todd taught them. Every week students borrow these cameras to capture scenes from their lives, from which we are creating a portfolio of their best work.
Todd during a workshop with our students
Photo credit: Todd Shapera
Students taking photos
We thank Todd for coming to Kenya to share his skills with our students and create captivating images of Hatua’s work.
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