Report by trainer Paul

Report of progress for the first period of the TAK project.
 The TAK programs in school began in November 2017 with ambassadors recruited amongst the pupils in the schools which had been involved in the program. Since then I have been handling two schools of the six in the program Atela and Othoro.
 A chronological activities and events have taken place in these schools almost simultaneously and according to the goal of the project were to create strong ambassadors who will stand out to educate and talk free about the effect of HIV/AIDS.
 To achieve this, a timetable was set for the training session with the ambassadors in their various schools. The major objective of this session was to meet and discuss freely about this deadly disease and its effects.
 The participants were also trained to become good leaders and economic empowerment was imposed on them through introduction of kitchen gardening and poultry production as a way of creating a sustainable and food secured people in the society.
However the following activities including sessions were done as follows:
1. The ambassadors were exposed to a thorough training on HIV/AIDS and other emerging issues on its environs.
Some of the issues discussed were:
a. Self-confidence
b. Leadership
c. Adolescent
d. Sex and sex education
e. Relationship
f. Human rights (child rights)
g. Gender and gender equality
i. Stigma and discrimination
j. Child abuse
k. Nutrition
l. Poultry
m. Kitchen gardening.
n. Sexual related diseases
Economic empowerment activity.
2. Kitchen gardening
 The aim of the project was also to make the participants to be empowered through small farming practices at the school which was also to be extended to their homes by the ambassadors after having been trained on the importance of the local vegetables on nutrition and health.
The following seeds for the local vegetables were introduced to the ambassadors;
a. Kales (sikumawiki)
b. Osuga
c. Cow Pease (boo)
d. Dania
e. Spinach
 These seeds were planted in the school in the plots prepared and maintained by the participants.
3. Poultry project.
 As part of economic empowerment to the ambassadors, a poultry project has been introduced in the school for the ambassadors. They were first trained on poultry keeping and proper management.
 The schools were given five poultry each for the ambassadors to carry out the project as a team and the structure was to be erected in the school where the participants can take care and monitor the chickens very closely with a lot of care. This would help them gain enough knowledge to manage poultry on their own in the future.
4. Environmental conservation
 The ambassadors were also exposed to knowledge about conserving the environment through planting of water friendly tree. This has been achieved by giving each and every ambassador tree seedlings to go and plant at their homes, the school also got some trees to be planted.
Some of the stories from the participants are;
This is quoted from an extract written by a participants

1. Participant One.
‘’Last year we were told that there will be a project in our school called health awareness club, I was interested and after two weeks Karopa team came with white people and gave T-shirts which was colour blue written Karopa,books,pen,rubbers and pencils.
After that day we started to learn about many things like;leadership,self-confidence,adolescent,gender equality,HIV/AIDS,stigma,human rights,discrimination and many others. I like this project because it helps me know my status of HIV. We went to Oriwo and narrated our poems to the people and they were happy. Then they tested us there.
This project is good because we were given chicken to take care and we were taught many things about keeping chicken it is very good the chicken are five. We are also taught about small farming and we planted vegetable like, kale (sikumawiki),boo(cowpease),dania,spinach,osuga.i was given my garden I like it so much my vegetable are big and I have harvested and took home to my mum.
I love myself and the project I enjoy the karopa integrated cbo and nice project.’’
2. Participant TWO
‘’ First I want to take this opportunity to congratulate the leaders of karopa cbo and white friends from Sweden for bringing us this project called aids awareness has help me know myself and my status of HIV. First I started this club when I was in standard is so interesting.
When we started we were given books pens and t-shirts. Wazungu was also with us from Sweden they encouraged us to be good people. Another good thing we talked about HIV/AIDSs, stigma, discrimination, gender equality, human right, leadership and many others like diseases.
We were given hens to keep in our school for the club. They are five and are very good and healthy. We also plant vegetables like osuga, spinach, boo, kales Dania. Everybody has his or her garden. My garden is doing good even I have harvested boo and took home. I like my samba so much I also like this project so much and enjoy to be in this club because we talk about how to take care of ourselves and we lough a lot because sometimes our leader from karopa is looking very funny and make us lough’’
3. Participant THREE
‘’ I have always loved the aids awareness club since it was started last year. We have learned different things that talks about our lives and how we can protect ourselves from getting HIV/AIDS and STIs. We have been taught about many things like; self-confidence, human right, gender equality, HIV/AIDS, poultry keeping, nutrition and small farming.
We have planted vegetables like osuga sikuma wiki, boo, Dania, spinach etc. We have kukus to take care of at our school and they are five. In fact the project is good and we should continue with it and I beg the people of karopa and friends from Sweden to continue with their good work so that many people also join and get the knowledge about these things.
Through this project I have liked to protect myself from sex until I am above eighteen years old so that I would remain safe in my life. I love the project so much because I have also learned how to do small farming even at home .This is a good project, God bless all the TAK team.’’
4. Participant FOUR
‘’Before saying anything I would like to say hi to you then I can proceed with my speech which says that I am very happy with whatever you have done .this project was amazing at the being but it continued boring and a wake it up again. I would like to appreciate all TAK teachers and my fellow members too. Much to say is that I enjoyed being in this project.
Meanwhile as I saw it was treasure like project and it helped many people a lot. You have been teaching us wonderfully and were learned, taught me ever you taught were held tightly in our minds and will never be let out. Our first topic was leadership and the characters that a leader must have, secondly we learned about self-confidence, for long time I was not confident but by the time I joined the project I become confident enough. I felt shy even to talk to my teachers and my friends too.
I really thank you so much for that wonderful job we have done .thirdly we defined word by word at a time. Then lastly on HIV/AIDS and how it can be transmitted and how it can be prevented too. What I learnt is that HIV is the virus that causes AIDS. When it enters the body it destroys the body is the dangerous monster that led to death of many people.
We have been provided with some special seeds and poultry to take care of. Then there are some special seeds that we planted. They really did well, our farm is the way a farm is a piece of land that carries many things. Did you that the farm is the ugali, meat, and vegetable farm no unga no our farm we planted many kinds of plants but that has the highest quality is vegetables such as kales, kunde, etc. The farm is evergreen and helps many people without it we cannot survive and that is all. I don’t have much to say this can satisfy you thank you…..
Nb. to teachers I pray for you so that may my Lord bless you and so you pray for me. Lastly I thank you for being with that heart of treating us equal you did not hate half and love half. This is the project I loved most.’’

Other stories from the participants.
1. ‘’My aunt who lived in Mombasa was a very nice woman. She was cheated by a man who promised to marry her. They had a good relationtioship at beginning she did not know what was to come out of it. Some months later she got very ill and was admitted to the hospital where she was found to be suffering from HIV virus.
The virus grew from stage to stage and she was put under medicine and she became weak every day. She was abandoned and suffered a lot of stress and many diseases entered her body and she became thin. She died a few months later and was buried at home. We lost a very loving aunt because of this deadly disease called HIV/AIDS.
Thanks to karopa and friends who brought this program of HIV/AIDS where we learn about the causes and effect of this disease. Through this we are now strong ambassadors to fight HIV/AIDS because it is a killer disease.’’
2. Aids is real, it has killed many and we have lost our beloved is dangerous disease; those who are fat become thin and grow weak.
There is no cure for AIDS so we should take great care of our lives and for our siblings we should always be aware so that don’t get AIDS.

Some of the challenges that cuts across the groups. (Both negative and positive).
 Participants feeling shy during session during the first months of the project but later the participants gained courage
 Building self-confidence on the participants was difficult.
 Teachers did not see the project as important at the start but later embraced the project
 Constructing of poultry house was a big challenge to the schools, most of the schools used an extra class as the chicken house.
 Feeding the poultry was also a big challenge after the project office stopped offering the feeds to the schools after the three months period ended, anyway the schools later arranged on how the chicken got feeds.
 Transfer and drop of the participants. (One drop at othoro and one transfer at Atela).
 The participants now have confidence in discussing and sharing their opinions freely a thing which was lacking in the beginning.
 The economic empowerment brought about good mind of self-reliant.
 Many teachers could now feel that the program was good and wished it could continue in their schools.
 There has evolved a positive change of attitude towards the organization (karopa) and willing to know much about the project.
The program has brought a lot of impact to the ambassadors, the schools, teachers and the community a round. It has also impacted well on the reputation of karopa as a civil society organization capable of rolling and handling such project. The attitude around the organization has also been raised at a good percentage from the locals and the stakeholders around including the duty bearers.
The success of this project in the first round is pegged majorly on the good coordination amongst all parties of concerned with this program both from abroad and from within. Thus the TAK team, the TAK staff, the board, the TOTs and partrons,the school heads, the participants, the parents and the community at large. These parties are greatly indebted to Kropa as the main actor.
The phase two of the program we hope would be more vigorous than the first period because a lot of modalities have been put in place and the past negative challenges realized could be corrected early before the start of the overall activities.
Reported by
Paul Opiyo
TAK Trainer- Othoro and Atela Schools.

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