May 18 2010

Youth program reaches out to students

Interview with Johnson, a 22-year-old sponsored youth from the Nairobi project in Kenya, with an introduction by Peter Ndungo, Nairobi project coordinator.

In the present day, youth can fall prey to negative social and cultural factors. Fear, misinformation, indecisiveness and peer pressure continue to be hurdles that the youth face. Besides academics, the youth need an opportunity to engage in extra curriculum activities, youth exchange programs and forums, this helps them grow socially.

There was a call to initiate a program that would address their social and emotional needs, aside from the academic needs that the project meets with the assistance of sponsors. The youth program was the ideal way to reach out to the youth, to give them support and encouragement in their lives.

JohnsonQ. How long have you been sponsored?
I have been in the program since 2003, almost 10 years now.

Q. Please describe your family situation.
My father lost his job a few years back, forcing him, my mother and two siblings to go back to our rural home. Since we do not have a farm, my parents usually cultivate the land for people on their farms at a fee. My mother sometimes does household chores for people at their homes, like washing clothes, cleaning and cooking.

Q. What are you studying?
I am studying at the PCEA community center in Eastleigh, taking a course in automotive engineering.

Q. When will you complete your studies?
I am pursuing a diploma, it will take me three years to complete the course. I am now in my second year.

Q. Please describe a challenge you have in your life.
The fact that I do not stay with my parents is really hard on me. Sometimes I do not have enough fare or none at all to get to school. There are times I have to walk to college. During lunch hour, I often go hungry. It makes me feel so inferior in the eyes of my college mates.

Q. What do you like about the youth program, and how has it helped you?
The youth program allows us to speak out our challenges. It promotes interaction amongst the youth. As an individual, the youth program has been a source of inspiration and motivation. It has helped me cultivate confidence. At the youth forums, I have gathered advice that helps me keep going, regardless of my circumstances.

Q. What is your dream?
My dream is to be prosperous in life, to help change my familyís way of life.

Interview was conducted by Regina Mburu of CFCA’s Kenya communication center. You can read more about the youth program on our website.

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  1. Hi, I am Kelvin living in USA and I just learned about this programe two days ago by one of the sponsors who help in raising some money for the group and he gave me the name of the person she is helping because they have to chose the beneficiaries randomley. The interesting thing about it was that the person she is helping has the same birthday to that of her! I can’t type the name of the beneficiary because of the privacy. I was still figuring out how I can bring some stuff from this lady to the benefiaciary once I come to Kenya this Summer…please help.

    1. Thank you for your comment. CFCA has an Individual Sponsor Visit program that facilitates visits to sponsored friends from sponsors or the sponsors’ friends and family members.

      We will need some information from you in order to set this up. If the sponsor would like for you to meet and give a gift to the person she sponsors, please have her contact an Individual Sponsor Visit coordinator in Sponsor Services at 800-875-6564.

      ~Sponsor Services

  2. This is incredibly a noble idea. I just hope that you can take it to the higher levels that can make more impact to the many families that are suffering in these slums.

  3. Thank you so much for the good work you are doing to the children and the aging. My question is that how do you people do a follow up to make sure that you are not doing a duplication of the activities. i.e. funding the projects already funded by other organizations especially in slums?

    1. Teresia,

      Thanks for your question.

      Whenever another sponsorship organization is working in the same area as CFCA, the two organizations coordinate with each other, in order to avoid duplicate sponsorships. We review lists of sponsored members regularly to make sure the same families don’t appear on the lists of both organizations. When a child is found to be sponsored by two organizations, the local CFCA social worker explains to the family that they must choose which program they will continue with.

      CFCA projects also coordinate their work with any non-sponsorship organizations operating in the same area, in order to avoid duplication of services and to ensure families have the opportunity to access services from both organizations that will most help their situation.

      Thanks again for your question.

      Blog admin

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