Report by Trainer Judith

Good things
The journey to the field was good and enjoyable but for the first time, the participants didn’t show interest after introducing all the topics to be covered during the sessions, and the worst thing of all them thought I would be strict on language, i.e. use English or Kiswahili
After two weeks we got used to each other and the participant started to interact freely in mixed language and they could share a lot of their experience with me, some went as far as telling me how they live with their parents, guardians, brothers and sisters after introducing the topic of culture practice, and violence at home and HIV status disclosure
Case study 1
Lilian not her real name who is 12yrs old in Kanyangwara told her story that her dad died i some two years back and left them (2 children),then after sometimes she could see a man walking in their house every evening but leave in the morning so one day after 3months she could hear her mum quarrel with him every now and then but sadly enough one morning in their presence while taking breakfast that broke the silence and openly told the whole family as a form of disclosure that he has been on drugs for the last 5years which left the whole family in suspense and full of stress
So in short Lilian learnt more with full interest why disclosure is very important and she dearly discourage Luo cultural practice of wife inheritance
In Oriang primary school I met so many difficulties .I started very well in first topics and participants flocked my class and even none members of the TAK program but towards the end after introducing HIV/AIDS topic participant got challenged and some disappeared and missed my class after consulting my patron I realized that some of them were positive and afraid to attend the lesson that made me remain with a total of 10 pupils out of 16 participant ,We had to counsel the those who ran away from the project and only a few came back to the program thus we recruited new participants into the program. The positive Children were refered to the health centers where they pick their drugs.
In Kanyangwara, during rainy seasons I found it difficult to move to and from schools to the main road again the distance was too far.
About the poultry keeping, it did not work well since the participants were expecting to have more chicken, the end of topic most of them felt bad but had to accept to keep the few chicken they had been given, these chicken were kept in the school.
On tree planting weather affected our activities since some trees dried off but some germinated and grew after the participants watered them.
Impact of the programme
The program created good relationship between the participants, teachers and parents as a result of the topics covered some of these people did not know their rights, some were not aware that children can interact and express their feelings freely
It empowered them on their know how in very many areas like health issues, income generating activities, leadership, gender equality and how to go about peer influence
Participants in both two schools; Kanyangwara & Oriang we agreed that they will be ambassadors to spread the information on HIV/AIDS both in schools and community at large and they will always work hard to keep on planting trees, vegetables and poultry keeping to help their parents in schools and life progress they also promise to depend on themselves through hard work as form of sustainability

Reported by :
Judith Atieno
Trainer Oriang and Kanyangwara Schools

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