January Newletter

Dear Sponsor
The trustees of Friends Pioneer would like to express gratitude for your ongoing support towards your sponsored children. We would like to acknowledge that your support have really made impact in most of the children we support and we fully appreciated by all. At the moment Kenya is currently experiencing a major drought that has resulted in a lack of food and water, but has also caused violence, uprooted communities, and disrupted the education and lives of young people. Many children are staying out of school due to a lack of food and water, after a prolonged drought. The number of school dropouts is increasing by the day, in some areas pupils can no longer concentrate on their studies due to lack of food. The drought is still very severe and even now the children are only able to attend school because of the lunches that are provided to them by the charity. Because of this reason many of the children and their families requested Friends Pioneer staff in Kenya if they could receive food instead because of the looming hunger in the country, The children are always appreciative and happy to receive the support from you especially when they get an extra gift to go and share with the rest of the family members. After a meeting between the children and their families many of the children opted that we provide food instead of things like footballs .Almost all the children received food from the charity instead of gifts like footballs and bedding and will continue to get lunches paid for them during school term. We are also providing footballs to the schools for children to share at school. This means many more of the children can benefit and enjoy sharing the donations. As part of the sponsorship programme we intend to assess the children in their homes provide items such as bedding and extra food for the families as and where needed. We therefore thank you for all your help, with much appreciation and respect. As many of the girls get affected Friends Pioneer is now going to do a major concentration in the Girl’s Effect. This is because some slum Areas of Kenya do not believe on Girls Education therefore they would want to support their sons 1st as the girls wait. Friends Pioneer is Increasing and is expanding in terms of number of girls that need sponsors. We are there for requesting all our sponsors to atleast Talk to a friend, Relative work mate about supporting a Girl in Africa. We are going to put Photos of girls who need sponsors in our Projects.

Raising orphans in Kenya

With an estimated over 11.6 million orphaned children in sub-Saharan Africa, there are millions of grandmothers who struggle everyday to make sure that these children get parental care and protection.
Given the scale of the problem, support for the caregivers, who are in this case the grandmothers, can be healthier and more sustaining as opposed to institutionalizing the children in orphanages and children’s homes.
Studies in sub-Saharan Africa have repeatedly demonstrated that growing up in a family environment is more beneficial to a child than in institutional care, which should be considered a temporary option or a last resort.
Ultimately, though, the extended family can only serve as part of the solution to mass orphan-hood if adequately supported by the state and the community, as well as other sectors of society.
In a 2011 study carried out in African countries by AVERT, an international Aids charity, it emerged that communities need to be supportive of orphans, making sure that they are accepted and have access to essential services such as health care and education.
This means improving existing services and reducing the stigma surrounding orphaned children so that they do not face discrimination when trying to access these services.
The study notes that schools play a crucial role in improving the prospects of orphans and securing their future. A good school education can give children higher self-esteem, better job prospects and economic independence, hence lifting the children out of poverty.
Children who head families are also a vital part of the solution and should be supported in efforts to lessen the impact of Aids.
Petty once they have no parents to protect their rights.
Orphaned children may face exploitation in other areas of their lives as well. For instance, evidence suggests that there is a relationship between orphans in sub-Saharan Africa and increased child-labour.
The physical needs of orphans, such as nutrition and health care, can often appear to be the most urgent. But further, the study notes that the emotional needs of children who have lost a parent should not be forgotten. Having a parent become sick and die is clearly a major trauma for any child, and may affect them for the rest of their life.

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