Church commit to ten years sponsorship
of a child in Kenya.
Ostine Odhiambo Ronga
St Chads P.C.C. have agreed to embark upon on a ten
year project to sponsor a six year old child called Ostine.
The sponsorship money will be used to provide basic
essentials such as clean water, adequate food, healthcare, farming
tools as well as educating Ostine through his
be sponsored by the P.C.C. via an organisation
called World Vision, which offer a unique opportunity to
change the lives of children in developing countries. This sponsorship
make a huge difference, not just for Ostine, but for his community.
World Vision is a Christian organisation who help poor, oppressed
and marginalised people irrespective of their religious beliefs.
It is one of the worlds leading relief
and development agencies and a member of several major agency
the Disasters and Emergency Committee, British Overseas Development
and the Consortuim for Street Children. In 1950, World Vision
was legally incorporated.
In 1982 it became a UK registered charity. Today World Vision
UK is a growing organisation with funding from both voluntary
and government sources running
community development projects in over 40 countries.
Our child sponsor
- Ostine Odhiambo Ronga
Ostine was born in July 1999, he lives with his father in Winam,
has to help out at home where his special job is looking after
the animals. He
also loves to play when he has the chance.
Winam is an area
of the growing city of Kisumu,
which lies close to the equator in Western Kenya,
near lake Victoria.
High levels of unemployment mean people often
cannot afford the essentials for their families.
Those who try to grow some of their own food
on small plots of land often find their crops
destroyed by floods.
There is little
access to health services in the
crowded slums. Many people suffer from Malaria, which can be
for young children. The area also has the highest HIV/AIDS prevelence
As well as educating people about the prevention of these diseases,
year project plans to dig wells and boreholes, and construct
good pit latrines
to help reduce the spread of water-borne diseases.
a child in this manner will hopefully be a very positive experience
us all, particularly for the children attending Sunday School.
Children and adults
from the congregation will have the opportunity to correspond
with Ostine if they
wish and exchange information about the communities in which
we live. We look forward to corresponding with Ostine over the
next ten years to see him and his community's development.
board in church will display further information about Ostine
and his community.
sponsorship - Update 2006
in Winam in 2005
of all ages in Winam Area Development Programme are enjoying
benefits of Child Sponsorship. The youngest children will soon
have their own educational centre where they can begin to develop
skills. Meanwhile, older
children have better access to recommended schoolbooks the community
library is now stocked with hundreds of textbooks linked to their
school syllabus. These books are helping students with their
studies and improving their performance at school, giving them
better opportunities for the future.
In Winam Area Development Programme (ADP), your sponsored child's
has had another successful year Many different activities joined
build on the work of previous years, giving further opportunities
to children and
their families. Located in the growing Kisumu City which suffers
from high unemployment, the programme is helping local people
to develop their urban community and bring about lasting improvements.
The introduction of free primary schooling in Kenya has given
children more opportunities. The community want to improve educational
standards for their
young people, but many school buildings are in need of repair
and lack equipment.
In 2005, 200 new desks helped to improve the learning environment
at I 3 schools in the area. Child Sponsorship also helped 300
children, who have completed their primary education and are
keen to continue studying, with a contribution towards their
costs. This investment in their future will help to
improve job prospects for these young people.
session for care providers,
who are in the front line of the battle
Vision project workers in Winam report that HIV/AIDS is posing
challenge to the area. Currently around one in four people in
Winam are HIV
positive. Staff and community are working together to meet this
head-on. People affected by HIV, including children orphaned
by AIDS, continue
to be offered practical care, support and medical treatment.
Meanwhile, more activities aimed at improving awareness of HIV/AIDS
and preventing its spread
Perhaps the most encouraging news from Winam is the community's
enthusiasm for developing and improving their home. Families'
planning and running activities gives ownership of the work to
themselves, equipping them to eventually manage their own development.
- Update 2007
in Winam in 2006
half of primary school children in Winam Area Development Programme
(ADP) are orphaned or have been made vulnerable, usually because
their family is affected by HIV or AIDS. During special events
to celebrate the annual Day of the African Child, some of these
children spoke bravely about their experiences, including abuse
and child labour.
began to realise the effect of the pandemic on these children's
lives, including impacting their ability to study.The children
did not previously have a project to support them within their
schools, but that is now changing. With the support of the community,
the ADP and other stakeholders, five primary schools have launched
orphan lunch programmes. Meanwhile, Mayenya Primary School has
taken the lead in giving vulnerable and orphaned children the
opportunity to stay at school for a few extra hours each day
to catch up with their work and enjoy other extra-curricular
It has been
a mixed year for your sponsored child's community in Winam. The
ADP reached another milestone as programme staff and the community
successfully carried out an evaluation of the last three years
of the ADP's work This analysis has been turned into action by
helping to shape the ADP's plans for the next three years. Regular
monitoring and evaluation play important roles in ensuring that
the ADP is addressing the needs of local people, carrying out
relevant activities and helping the community to achieve their
community experienced a long dry spell in the course of the year,
which affected their ability to make major contributions to development
activities. This slowed down completion of some projects. However,
the community remain very keen to participate in their own development
and several activities in the areas of health, HIV and AIDS,
education, water and sanitation took place.
Construction of a new community health centre at Nyalunya will
bring the benefits of basic healthcare to at least 9,000 more
community members.The ADP also continued its immunisation programme,
with almost 700 young children being vaccinated against serious
in Winam ADP enjoying
extra curricular activities
Malaria is a major problem in Winam, with expectant mothers and
children under five most vulnerable.The ADP is working to reduce
the prevalence of malaria and other preventable diseases in the
community. Last year almost 8,000 bed nets were distributed to
families, and a reduction in the number of children affected
by malaria was reported.
Quality education is one of the goals in Winam. Primary schooling
in Kenya has been available free of charge for a number of years
now, but schools have struggled to cope with growing enrolment
numbers.The ADP is working to improve the learning environment
for children by constructing or repairing classrooms and providing
more teaching and learning resources in primary schools.
Last year, the programme also facilitated the setting-up of a
community-managed bursary fund. This project is focused on improving
school enrolment and retention of orphans and vulnerable children
living in the Winam area. An important part of this work was
to improve the community's awareness of the importance of education
for these children who, due to their circumstances, often miss
out on schooling.
Support for people living with HIV or AIDS is a fundamental part
of the ADP's work. The programme continued to support and strengthen
community based organisations, such as Community Care Coalitions
and Community Health Workers, These organisations are caring
for community members living with HIV or AIDS, and children orphaned
or made vulnerable because their families are affected. Support
groups hold regular meetings where members share their experiences
and help one another.
People living with HIV or AIDS are often unable to work and may
struggle to provide for their families. The ADP supported group
members with skills training and working their own farm by providing
fertiliser, maize seeds and beans. This practical help is giving
people affected by HIV new opportunities to remain self-sufficient
and hopeful for the future.
is particularly important for people living with HIV. One enterprising
support group are planning to produce and sell their own 'nutriamix'
- a health food made from ground beans, maize, Soya, sorghum,
groundnuts and rice.The 'nutria-mix' grill benefit group members
and will also be sold to other support groups, with profits reinvested
in the farm. Group members are now hoping to turn their idea
into a small, profitable business to boss' household income.
Community HIV and AIDS awareness campaigns continued to take
place. Teachers were involved with life-skill training and are
now sharing their knowledge with the children in their care.
This kind of activity is so important in helping to arm the current
generation of children with the understanding they need to protect
themselves against HIV.
You' Letter - January 2009
Sue Bellingham received a letter in January 2009 from Charles
Odhiambo from World Vision, Kenya sending Calvary greetings from
Kenya and Winam and thanking us for our sponsorship.
Report - October 2010
Warm greetings from Winam Area Development Programme (ADP) and
the community. We appreciate your generous contribution and support
which we see transforming lives of the people within the area
child, Ostine is now in the Primary School Grade of 'Standard
4'. His health is said to be 'satisfactory' and school progress
shows that he receives Bible lessons and spirtual nourishment.
His favourite subject is Maths, his hobby playing football, his
special day is Wednesday and one of his daily chores is to fetch
Report - June 2011
Ostine's report tells us that he is now in Grade 5 and enjoying
football as his hobby and favourite pastime during his holidays.
He loves to read with Genesis being his choice of scripture and
his favourite season is when it rains. His football companion
is Clifton Omendi.
This year he has benefited from school bags, a uniform, a medical
check-up and spiritual nurture. He and his family have also benefited
from mosquito nets, blankets, beans, oil and home-based care
The Programme focuses on improving the living standards of people
within Winam Community and concentrates its effort on 3 major
projects namely, Water and Sanitation, Food Security and HIV
and AIDS response.
support, Water and Sanitation Project has been able to support
primary schools with 10,000 Litres plastic water tanks for rain
water harvest. These have improved access to potable water at
reduced cost and time thereby increasing students' study time.
In addition, some vulnerable households were supported with 5000
litre plastic water tanks to increase their access to water hence
reduced water borne diseases and improved hygiene. The project
has also constructed Sanplat Ventilated Improved latrines in
primary schools to improve hygiene. These latrines have had a
significant impact in the improvement of sanitation in the schools;
giving the upper primary girls confidence and improved selfesteem,
due to improved privacy.
In food security,
training have been facilitated on new farming methods, to improve
farming and enhance production. Training was conducted on new
farming methods such as irrigation fed agriculture and dry land
farming to enhance production. This is aimed at reducing reliance
on rain fed agriculture which in most cases results in crop failure
and instead concentrate on other means of crop production that
enhances food security. The project also supported two groups
to access irrigation equipment and horticultural seeds and fertilizers.
This has increased food production since people need not to rely
on rainwater for farming resulting in availability of food throughout
In HIV and
AIDS response, the project aimed to reduce socio - economic impact.
This was achieved through care and support services for People
Living with HIV with emphasis on orphans and vulnerable children.
Prevention initiatives were promoted through age appropriate
and value based life skills training for pupils who are now better
positioned to make informed decisions.
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