Manual work and Intercultural activities:
• Brick making and construction work at the School
• Teaching pupils at the School
• Sporting together with the pupils
• Exposure to the challenges of Female Genital mutilation (FGM)
• Inter-cultural learning coupled with home visits for exposure to development challenges.
• Possibility to visit the historic sites like Hippo point on Lake Victoria in Kisumu City, renowned Kakamega Rain Forest and the Equator point at Maseno University; among other spectacular sites of interest in the region. However, this will be done most probably during the weekends.
This school was started in 2005 with 23 students as a pre-school and currently it has a total of 325 pupils from the pre-school to standard eight. The School has 8 classrooms on two different plots with a borehole. The School has 11 classrooms, one staff room and one administration office with the kitchen is under construction. The school is run by a Parents Teachers Association and the teachers are registered by the Teachers Service Commission. The initiation of Nyabosongo Bena Academy came in handy with the many challenges that affect the community.
The initiation of Nyabosongo Bena Academy came in handy with the many challenges that affect the community. Their struggles are emboldened by the need to ensure access to education by the majority people from the community, arrest the grave issue of alcohol, drug and substance abuse, the obtaining realities on climate change, repugnant cultural practices like FGM and early pregnancy for teenage girls.
The majority of the community members are small scale farmers sustaining livelihood on subsistence agriculture
THEME: Advocacy against female genital mutilation
• Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a strong tradition in this community. It is illegal. But still the majority of the women are circumcised and each and every young woman is subjected to the cut.
• The church has preached against FGM for decades but in spite of the deep devoutness the priests do not have enough power over the souls.
• FGM has nothing to do with religion; it is a so-called culture and tradition in certain groups. The practice is deeply rooted in views on chastity, transition to womanhood, “purity” for marriage and basically a wish to control women sexually.
• In certain areas, the survival and fertility of the local community is assumed to be threatened if the girls are not circumcised. Many brave young girls who refuse FGM are regarded as “unmarriageable” and become outcasts.
• It is a brutal act, painful and has led to the spread of HIV/AIDS. Volunteers will work closely with community based organizations in the area that are actively involved on the thematic focus of this project.