A recently letter to TWS from the principal of what of the schools we sponsors students at, mentioned sponsored students’ gratitude at avoiding “the effect of sand harvesting”.
Letter from principal
I had to research it as I had never heard of sand harvesting or its effects.
Sand is becoming a necessary component in fuelling the construction boom that is driving the rapid urbanisation and economic growth in the country. But many of Kenya’s poor youngsters are turning to sand mining as a quick way to earn money, despite the deadly risks. According to Mary Muthoni, an official with local government child welfare, about 3,000 young people, most of whom are underage, are involved in some of the worst forms of labour here, including sand mining.
It turns out that while providing critically needed employment and income which in turns often is used to pay for education, this dangerous, health-risk laden, environmentally-damaging activity also negatively affects education. And it is a deadly occupation that is attracting Kenya’s youngsters.
You can read a study about the effects of sand mining in the environment and education here https://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/EJ1078871.pdf or an article about how dangerous sand harvesting is here https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2014/aug/07/sand-mining-deadly-occupation-kenya-youngsters.
Kudos sponsors for all that you do!!
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Thanks to our amazing sponsors 24 new teenagers will be sponsored by TWS this school year! Since we have 32 continuing students it sets a TWS record of a whopping (drumroll please) 56 sponsored high school students in 2017!
That’s really something to feel fabulous about. And I haven’t even mentioned the vocational school students yet…
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A big thank-you to TWS Kenya, to Florence and Wayua, the school principals, parents, and community members who helped with our application process this month. The Ottawa-Nairobi-Isyukoni-Kikule-Nairobi-Ottawa information exchange is truly remarkable given the distance, remoteness, and infrastructure challenges. We couldn’t do it at our end, if our Kenyan friends and colleagues weren’t making it happen at their end. 🙂 Nashukuru rafikis!
A huge thank you goes out to the small, but remarkably mighty, TWS-Canada Advisory Board. Fran Sadkowski Carter, Kelsye Coulter and Melanie Sommerer thank you for all of your hard work this fall, preparing for what promises to be a very successful sponsorship program in 2017!! I really, really appreciate all that you do!
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Our students started a new school year on Wednesday! Applications will be submitted next week. A whopping TWENTY new teenagers will be sponsored this year, thanks to our amazing sponsors! This is in addition to the 32 continuing high school students!! What a truly remarkable group of people you all are!
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We just kicked off the start of our 2016 sponsorship program!
Current sponsors we will be in touch soon! New sponsors are always welcome!
Just $190 gets a boy or girl to high school for the year.
And $475 gets a boy or girl to a technical training institute where they learn trade skills such as motor vehicle mechanics, garment making, computer applications (and we provide them with sheets, a blanket, cup/bowl/spoon, that they need at boarding school plus paper and notebooks).
You will receive a tax donation for the entire sponsorship amount.
We are 100% volunteer-run and our expense are very very low (just bank fees and postage) so your donation actually gets where you want it to go!
If you want to learn more about our sponsorship program please send an email to email@example.com.
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