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					               SOROPTIMIST INTERNATIONAL CLUB OF
                            ELDORET
                          P.O. BOX 8405
                            ELDORET
                           CELL: 0721-270870/ 0722-614840
                         EMAIL: soroeld@yahoo.com

ELDORET CLUB’S POST-ELECTION VIOLENCE INTERNALLY DISPLACED
    PERSONS (IDP) SUPPORT PROGRAMME FUNDED BY SOROPTIMIST
        INTERNATIONAL OF THE AMERICAS AND GERMAN CLUBS.


                                  INTRODUCTION
The Soroptimist International Club of Eldoret has been working with female
victims of the Post-election Violence since 2008. Some of them have moved to live
with relatives or friends or well wishers. Others have tried to start life afresh. While
at the show ground, the Club tried to provide them with foodstuff, clothing, sanitary
pads, temporary shelter, panties, etc. The club through continued interaction,
monitoring and follow-up with these women and an evaluation of their constant
needs and situation has realized that there are still many women and the girl child
out there who require lots of assistance to continue with education, to get skills to fit
into society and earn a living and stay out of trouble as well as finances to enable
their various businesses strengthen. The club also realizes that the women who
became widowed and the girl child who lost one or both parents and family
members are undergoing trauma and suffer low self esteem and require trauma
support and systematic psycho spiritual talks to restore their self esteem
psychological well being. The girl child’s numbers increased at the Girls Rescue
Centre as many who lost family ended up at the home; fleeing parents fearing for
the life and safety of the girl child abandoned them at there. The club’s most recent
encounter has been a visit to the women in prison where members encountered a
quarter of the female inmates young girls between the ages of 18-22 who are serving
sentences of between six months to one year as a result of engaging in commercial
sex work – they explained to the soroptimists that they were compelled into this


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hopeless situation as a result of displacement due to post-election violence. Some of
them were in school but lost parents hence with no hope in life and a disruption in
the continuation of education resorted to prostitution. Some of the girl children as a
result of the situation already have babies some of whom are with them in prison;
the club wishes to have to have a children’s corner for these children, products of
unfortunate circumstances beyond their control. The club realizes that the
rehabilitation process for the women and the girl child is long and will require the
support and sustained effort of both local and international soroptimists and
soroptimist friends.




PROJECT AREAS
Below is a pictorial presentation   of the specific projects for which the funds were
provided:


1.     SUPPORT TO THE GIRLS RESCUE CENTRE PROJECT
The centre supports girls and abandoned babies by giving them shelter and
education. The club embarked on re-constructing a kitchen for the street girls who are
being rehabilitated at the Rescue Centre. They have all along been using a shed for a
kitchen. We have also bought some kitchen equipment.
S I Eldoret embarked on reconstructing a kitchen for them and buying kitchen
equipment. An oven was among the equipment donated so that the girls are taught
how to bake bread and cakes for their consumption and also for sale. The skill is
important to help them once they leave the shelter as they are supposed to be out
of the centre when they reach 18 years of age and have to fend for themselves
thereafter.




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Work begins at the Rescue Centre.




Club President Victoria Chepkemoi Kutto supervising the progress of the kitchen
repairs.




The finished kitchen floor, concrete sink and water tank stand




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Kitchen equipment donated by Soroptimists to the Girls Rescue Centre; these
include items for baking, pastry – these skills will enable them earn a living as
well as generate an income.




Official handing over of the project
Right – Soroptimists of Eldoret Club
Left – Finisha the cook, officials and girls of the Rescue Centre.



The Girls Rescue and Rehabilitation Center requires:
    a cow shed to shelter the cows previously donated by S.I. Eldoret.
    Supply of sanitary pads for 50 girls for a year for a start.
    Rental for sanitary disposal services.




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2. Economic empowerment of IDP women


VIOLET NANJALA:




  ABOVE: Violet Nanjala, A domestic worker who lost her property while away at work. The picture
  shows Violet receiving her funds allocation to assist her buy some household items, uniform and
  books for her children. Handing the Funds is Soroptimist Pamela Abuya.




MARY AWINO:




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ABOVE: Mary Awino, A widow and mother of 8; she also takes care of 3 grandchildren girls who are HIV+.
She previously had a market stall but all her merchandise was looted and stall destroyed. The picture
shows Mary Awino selling fish and trying to continue life, having been supported by Soroptimists. She has
also been able to feed her sick grandchildren who require a balanced diet and medication. The first two
pictures show soroptimist Grace Jucy Jaguga and Magret Ochieng inspecting Mary Awino’s fish sell.



      PATIENCE CHEBET:




      ABOVE: Patience Chebet, A single mother of 3. A casual worker. Lost all her household items
      to looters while escaping form the attackers. Patience was able to buy bricks to put up a
      shelter.




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JANE MIUYORO




 ABOVE: This woman is a retired worker, grandmother to 3 orphaned girls who lost all her property
 and shelter when her house was burnt. The support has assisted her buy some household items,
 buy uniform and books for the school going children, farm her land and put up a temporary
 shelter.




ROSE OMONDI:
A young widowed mother of 3 very young children, whose husband died in the
violence. The support is yet to reach her since the club has not yet located her - she
moved out of her matrimonial home due to pressure to be ‘inherited’ by another
man. The fund will assist her establish a small income generating activity to enable
her earn her daily living and assist her 3 little children get some education.




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ABOVE CLOCKWISE: These 3 women (Connie Kibet, Phillys Tarus, Rose Ayabei ) had their
children killed when trying to save the family from attack; all their animals were stolen and their
houses burnt. The Soroptimist assistance has enabled each of the 3 families buy a dairy cow to
provide milk for the family consumption and sell some to generate a little income.




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LUCY KINYANJUI
A retired clerk with 6 school / college children. Her house was burnt during the post-
election violence. The support are enabling her daughter continue secondary school for at
least a year, though she is not sure what will become of this girl child’s education after
this year. (Mother to Catherine Kariuki Kanini – Girl Child - Form 2)




3. Pay fees for girl child education – 7 GIRLS FOR 2009


These are 6 girls who lost their parents in the violence; they are in secondary school;
the support has assisted pay fees and buy basic needs for at least a year. After one
year, these girls are not certain how their education will continue.


BEATRICE WAMBUI – FORM 3
MIRIAM ANYANGO – 1st YEAR UNIVERSITY STUDENT
MAUREEN AOKO – FORM 3
EVERLYNE ANYANGO – FORM 3
BRENDA JACKLINE – FORM 2
CATHERINE KARIUKI KANINI - FORM 2
MONICA MUTHONI – FORM 2




CONCLUSION
We are very grateful to the German and SIA Soroptimists for the generous support
towards the Post Election situation that left many Kenyans internally displaced.




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