Pamoja Africa Initiative
Main aim of the charity
The main aim of the charity cause is to aid the girl child maintain her class attendance, support reproductive health and give motivation talks.
How the employee got involved and why
A part of my heart is inclined to Advocacy towards the girl child hence making me an advocate of education to both the girl and boy child. In the area I come from it was observed that the girl child misses her school time every 4-5 days of the month when she is on her monthly cycle. This affects her performance in class. Most of them cannot afford the sanitary packet which goes for less than a dollar since they leave under 1-dollar income. These children from narrations tell one of their thirst for education and their desire to change the story of their livelihood not only for them but their family at large. I also do it because of how I knew my maternal mother grew up during her time in school. My mother grew up in times as these which are still being experienced and her education was often interfered with because her parents could not afford the sanitary packet. Her story challenged me to stand in the gap and try assist other girls so that their story will be different and become shakers and movers in the community they live in.
I have been on this course since 2012 to date. This year 2021, I have given clothes through a friend of mine who requested us through a WhatsApp group in an area he was conducting a charity event. I have also been involved in fundraising for two visits that he has organized. The same friend also recently requested us to fundraise funds for a gentleman who got a job in the city of Nairobi but could afford the living expense as he was coming from the village. I have also been involved in charity fundraising for a child who needed brain surgery to correct his drainage system from the head. Baby James White who needed brain surgery had an issue in the brain whereby it could not drain water from it hence needed to be inserted with a brain shunt to aid in the process and stop his head from swelling. I gave in kind (financially) among many others whom the family appealed for assistance and the operation was a success done at Tenwek hospital bringing so much relief to the mother.
At moment I have a donation coming up in this month of October on the 14th and 15th 2021, where I will be involved in giving more sanitary towels to the girl child, face masks and sanitizers in the counties of Kilifi and Taita Taveta. This will see both girls and boys benefit from this initiative.
What work does the employee do for charity
1. In supporting the charitable cause that I involve myself with, I usually give out my God given time, clothes that I do not wear from my closet as well as request my friends to send me their clothes, those that they are not in need of. I do also give in joy dry goods (food) to the needy in my surrounding. I have been buying food for this particular lady who has a 2 year old daughter and 9 months old son food each time I come across them when I am strolling home from work. More to the mentioned, I have actively involved myself in giving of sanitary towels to school going girls – primary and secondary as well as writing material – books.