Catering to the Refugees in Our Country

A certain report released by the UNHCR, “Coming Together for Refugee Education,” the UN Refugee Agency, predicts that unless immediate and bold action is taken by the international community to beat back the catastrophic effects of COVID-19 on refugee education, the potential of millions of young refugees living in some of the world’s most vulnerable communities will be further threatened.  The data in the report is based on the gross enrolment figures from the 2019 school cycle.

The refugees are among the worst hit by the COVID-19.

While children in every country have struggled with the impact of COVID-19 on their education, the report finds that refugee children have been particularly disadvantaged. Before the pandemic, a refugee child was twice as likely to be out of school as a non-refugee child. This is set to worsen – many may not have opportunities to resume their studies due to school closures, difficulties affording fees, uniforms or books, lack of access to technologies or because they are being required to work to support their families.

“A brother or a sister is anyone that needs your help”.

Alfred Yambo

You must be open minded during this time and consider the refugees living in our country. They may not have an easy access to many things that are a basic need including healthcare and education.

Refugee children need to access education through your help.

Open your hearts as well as your doors to assist them in any way as we hope to come to a semblance of an end to the COVID-19. The government of Kenya has been reporting declining cases but we are not yet out of the woods. Stay safe and help the refugees living among you.

Maintain brotherly and sisterly love throughout.

The Plight of The PLWDs Is in Our Hands

Disability can mean anything from poor eyesight, to an inability to walk, to complex intellectual or mental health challenges. But any condition can be overcome when the community supports education for people living with disabilities.

The fate of the PLWDs is in our hands.

In the regions where we work, people living with disabilities face a number of common barriers:

  • People often view disability as a curse or punishment by divine powers.
  • Families can be embarrassed by disability, and keep children and/or relatives with disabilities at home.
  • Many people living with disabilities face neglect and abuse in their household.
  • Poverty means the needs of ‘healthy’ children are prioritized.
  • Conflict increases the number of people with disabilities, while decreasing the available support.
  • Lack of care and medical support to treat and overcome certain disabilities.
The stigmatization has to stop.

Fewer than 5% of adults living with disabilities across Africa are able to read or write. People living with disabilities deserve, need and want the chance to fully participate in and contribute to their community, and education is an important step in helping them do so.

Alfred Yambo

All of these challenges make accessing education extremely difficult. Negative attitudes combined with poverty and a lack of support creates a situation where:

  • Families do not send children with disabilities to school.
  • Children living with disabilities are thought incapable of learning and ignored in classrooms.
  • Teachers do not know how to incorporate children living with disabilities into their classes.
  • Schools lack the resources and infrastructure to accommodate the learning needs of children living with disabilities.
  • Lack of transportation to schools or classes for those with physical disabilities.

We all need to show our support for persons living with disabilities. We must treat them as human and open their doors to a whole new caring world. See how your donation can help save the plight of many PLWDs.

All Stakeholders Need to Prepare Early For A Nationwide Recovery

It will be 2021 soon. The COVID-19 has had its toll on all sectors of the country and governance including: education, health and housing. Many have had to live on handouts while others have had to settle in their kids at home with a computer and internet connection. It is the latter that has inspired us to participate in educational recovery for our country.

An early preparation to repair the damage of the COVID-19 to the education system is a smart move.

Some leaders have already been doing this and we are happy to be aboard their train of repairing the system. They have demonstrated their contribution to the education sector on the premise that all learning is currently being done online.

We are happy to be working towards the same goals that higher leaders are in pursuit of.

Through this indulgence, we are confident that 2021 will be a great year that will see a change in the education sector of the system. Alongside this will be a positive energy channeled towards a swift improvement of the economy and health sector.

“The big five pillars of the state must be addressed in times of crisis. These are education, health, employment, the economy and the citizen’s lifestyle”.

Alfred Yambo

We have started with education and soon we shall head to the other four pillars of our great country, Kenya. All of us must participate in the improvement of our systems and institution in respect to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Together we always can.

We are actively working with stakeholders to address several matters of governance including education.

If you wish to be an active participant, you can follow our dedicated site and make your stand through a donate pledge or just leave us a message and we shall be glad. Support is support no matter how little. We are happy to have you interested in our quest to make 2021 a better year and better year, have us represent Ndhiwa in 2022.

Supporting The Future Oriented Development of Society

All Kenyans deserve citizenship that provides for safety, equality, education and growth. It is why there is a special attention given to leadership that allows for the growth and development of the society.

Leaders and citizens need to work together to champion societal development.

The citizens and the leaders must continue to work on a ground where they can create a peaceful co-existence for the sake of the future. This can be done through everyday interaction in various ways, such as, attending governmental meetings, posting positively on social media and contributing to development oriented goals.

Through participation of leaders and the support of the citizenry, society must develop.

A need to work on health and education especially during this time of the COVID-19 assures Kenya of a future. There is a hope for a comeback after the much impact of the pandemic. This starts small with donations to help improve the current situation in education and access to medical care, job opportunities and even gender mainstreaming.

Gender mainstreaming is a sure way to develop society.

“Coming together is not a sign of weakness rather one of the pursuit of the common good”.

Alfred Yambo

Let us lay down our grudges against leaders and create better alliances that can challenge the leaders to participate more honestly with us towards development. Especially with the COVID-19 and the disbursement of CDF funds at stake among governors and their deputies, we need to call for a resolution. It starts with us and gradually, the citizens and the governments shall both benefit of this culmination.

Active participation will make us win together.

How To Survive After Losing Your Job During the COVID-19?

You have to know that disagreements are a part of life.

At times you get praised for a good job and at other times, the stress becomes too much.

You therefore must first of all not beat yourself up over what did not work. Keep your head up and appreciate the good that you did.

Here is how to stay calm:

1.You are lucky if at all you have a side hustle, may be two. Use that. Make it a business.

2. Think of where you could get jobs immediately.

3. Try to do simple online jobs that pay fast such as, watching videos of an advert, online surveys may be writing sites that reward you for your work.

4. Use your skills. Can you fix a computer? Can you do accounting? Can you take care of a baby? Use your skills.

5. It is good to save. Yes, to invest too. Save for such days.

6. Do not worry of how poor you will be or end up in debt. Work with what you have at the moment.

7. Have a positive mind.

8. Hey, opportunities are always there for the open minded. Keep your mind open for anything.

9. Sell some of the stuff you do not need anymore.

10. Make YouTube videos and let the views come.

Whether you quit or you got fired, things will work. I know the COVID-19 also took away a lot of jobs. Stop fearing. All will be well. Stay calm.

Why Isn’t the COVID-19 as Bad as the Black Plague?

Oh COVID-19 is bad.

It is really bad.

However, it is not as bad as the black plague.

This is because it has happened at a time when there is a better advancement in medicine and medicinal studies.

We understand diseases better today and can suggest protective measures unlike the days of the black plague.

We also have more self-sufficient countries that can address pandemics in their own ways, even in Africa.

That is why the COVID-19 is not so widespread in Africa today, it may be just better methods of handling the crisis that have made a poor continent take care of itself.

The COVID-19 should not make us lose hope for a better tomorrow.

In as much as it has been terrible, we are better equipped for it than our poor brothers and sisters during the days of the black plague.

We can defeat this, together.

Let us stay strong.

How Can You Benefit Your County?

The government should do this and do that.

The government should do some things for the people. This is actually true. The government owes you better roads, schools and basic amenities even jobs. However, you should be your very first line of help and betterment of society.

The government owes you a lot but you can also help yourself.

Therefore, you must know what you can do to make your constituency and County in general better. There are roles that you as a citizen could play. These are mostly to do with, the environment, economy and security.

“Before you blame the government, try to do something on your own for the benefit of self and those around you”.

Alfred Yambo

Here is what you can do to make your County better:

1.Keep your environment very clean.

2. Reduce noise pollution and other forms of pollution all together.

3. Live in peace and avoid unnecessary conflict.

4. Do anything that you can for a living, so long as it is safe and legal.

5. Help others succeed just like you.

If you can learn to do these, you will not only make Ndhiwa a better place but the entire County. If at all other Counties could borrow from you, then the entire country will be well developed, financially, socially, economically and politically.

This we can all do.

How Can Saving Be A Future Investment?

Saving is actually an investment in itself.

If at all you had a medical emergency and you did not have an insurance cover, you can use your savings as much as you could have used a medical cover.

Money that you passively save can act like an insurance cover.

It can bail you out when you really need it and do not want to be sunk in debt.

Saving can be good as capital for a small business, depending on how much that you have.

It can help you take a risk and in that sense, you already would be investing.

I do not know why people are advised against saving by some financial advisers.

Young Girls and The Prison System

The vast majority of girls in the juvenile justice system are arrested for nonviolent offenses such as truancy, running away, and alcohol and substance use—all behaviors that are strongly correlated with suffering and coping with trauma.

Young girls need not go to prison.

We know that when girls with economic or family stability are hurt by sexual violence, the protective layers of functional schools, safe neighborhoods, and access to mental health services tend to buffer them from further victimization. But for marginalized girls and young women, the experience of sexual abuse too often lands them behind bars. In fact, sexual abuse is a primary predictor for justice involvement in girls. The connection between sexual violence in girls and their ultimate incarceration is not coincidental—sexual abuse is a direct, contributing cause of girls’ involvement in the justice system.

“Young girls need not go to prison but there can be better ways to punish them for their crimes”.

Alfred Yambo

We have named this troubling trajectory for girls–and particularly girls of color: The Sexual Abuse to Prison Pipeline. We work to disrupt this harmful and unjust pathway to prison for girls by training judges and policymakers on the Abuse to Prison Pipeline, advocating for alternatives to detention for girls and young women, and promoting criminal and juvenile justice reform efforts that expressly contemplate girls and young women of color, especially those who have experienced violence or exploitation.

Once girls become involved in the juvenile justice system, they must navigate a punitive system that is ill-equipped to address their needs. Once incarcerated, girls are subject to harmful and degrading conditions of confinement that often exacerbate their existing trauma. The traditional methods of asserting authority and order, isolation approaches, and severe discipline characterizing juvenile detention are inappropriate for girls given their abuse histories. Often, girls are subject to solitary confinement and restraints– practices that are especially injurious to victims of sexual and physical violence. Girls are strip searched throughout the duration of their confinement, including when returning from family visitation, after a medical visit, or at the completion of a work shift. Moreover, detention is not safe for girls. Girls consistently report being physically and sexually assaulted by staff and other youth while behind bars.

More Women Are Having The Hope To Lead

Around the world, women now have more power than ever before. Men still dominate decision-making but the number of women is on the rise in parliaments and cabinets, judiciary and police forces, formal employment and education.

Increasing the number of women in political and public positions is important, but does not mean that they real power. Women in public life are often subject to sexism and prejudice. Women are less represented in the sectors and positions with the most power.

This two-year research project on women’s voice and leadership in decision-making, funded by DFID, set out to understand the factors that help and hinder women’s access to and substantive influence in decision-making processes in politics and society in developing countries. The project also considered whether, as is often assumed, women’s leadership advances gender equality and the wellbeing of women more broadly.Read the synthesis report

Women and power: overcoming barriers to leadership and influence

This is a most interesting feat and we congratulate women. This paper synthesizes two years of research on women’s voice and leadership in decision-making, including studies of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Gaza, Kenya and Malawi. Downloads

See how Kenya performed by downloading from the link above.

“Leadership can change any day that people decide, whether for worse or for better”.

Alfred Yambo

Infographics

Infographic: the number of women in parliament is rising, but men still dominate
Infographic: economic development doesn't always lead to more women in power
Infographic: more women MPs does not always mean more women in the top government jobs

It is possible to keep these statistics rising as we seek to empower more women in today’s leadership. We want to lead with women and have more of them hold important offices in parliament. That is what we stand for in 2022 and have already started now.