Stawisha Maisha

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Education

Although school education is supposed to be free, many children cannot access it due to lack of funds for the various expenses other than school fees alone. Children are the soul of the country – they also have ideals, dreams and dignity, and what they need is the opportunity for education.

Sadly, many cannot afford the costs, and so where possible, we need to hold their hand and support them in achieving this most important foundation for their future. This can be done effectively by building schools and related infrastructure, offering scholarships, and providing books where necessary. It is important to realise that effective education systems require three players : the children, and their parents and teachers; laxity on the part of any one of them results in poor progress.

Visit the Stawisha Maisha exhibition to see how so many schools are being supported in various parts of the country, and teachers are being trained in modern and innovative education methods in communities like Mathare, Kangemi and Kawangware.

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Feeding Programmes

Most people have only a superficial insight into hunger and starvation, hunger that we experience is not really true hunger. Hunger of starvation has been described as a feeling of discomfort or weakness caused by lack of food, which leads to malnourishment, and takes an immense physical and mental toll on children.

One cannot witness a greater tragedy than seeing starving, malnourished children unable to concentrate in school classrooms. It is painful not to see what we ought to, not to feel the hunger of others, not because of ignorance, but because of indifference : very few people realise that as little as 25 Shillings can feed a child for a day.

The exhibition will highlight feeding programmes in different parts of the country where children benefit from a well balanced diet as a result of generous donations from benefactors.

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Environment and Water

Conservation and protection of the environment are now the key to the future of any country, and indeed the entire planet. This awareness needs to be created urgently and steps taken to rectify the damage that has already been done.

Two pillars of environmental conservation and protection are water conservation and reforestation.

See for yourselves at the exhibition what has been achieved so far with innovative and community based initiatives for the environment.

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Empowerment

It is not possible to provide university level education for everyone, however everyone needs to earn a living to survive and support a family. This is where vocational training is important in empowering people to progress in life.

The exhibition will highlight many empowerment projects and also holistic well being programmes.

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Medical and Special Needs

Chronic or life threatening illnesses are always very difficult to deal with, and it is even worse when one cannot afford treatment, resulting in disability or even death. This leads to despair and hopelessness affecting entire families and communities.

Most people are not aware of congenital (birth) defects and disabilities such as cerebral palsy, albinism and other conditions affecting special needs individuals. These are conditions that affect not only the children themselves but also the very survival of their families.

The exhibition will show how the intervention and assistance provided by many individuals and organisations that have got together, provide highly subsidised medical care for those most in need, and improve the lives of special needs children who are generally shunned by society.

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It is not what we gather but what we scatter that tells us what kind of lives we lead; by working together, ordinary people can perform extraordinary feats.

We take this opportunity to invite everyone to the Stawisha Maisha exhibition!

 

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