written by Austine Otieno
On behalf of Kids of Maseno Kenya, l would like to thank Kids of Maseno e.V. in Germany and all individuals who have made the activities below a success: Kids of Maseno e.V. in Germany has been cooperating with us by getting sponsors for our kids and has participated in the construction of the orphanage by raising funds. The team abroad raises awareness of the project and organizes internships. Furthermore, thanks go to individuals who have been helping us in terms of material and financial support through Kids of Maseno e.V. in Germany.
Last but not least, l would like to thank members and staff and friends of Kids of Maseno Kenya for their commitment. It has not always been easy to manage our projects but with everybody’s effort, we have made many things possible. The following list consists of some of the activities which have taken place in 2013 so far:
1. Construction of the children’s home
The construction of the first house has been resumed in January. A lot of things have been done since the construction had first started in November 2011. Only a few works remain to be completed: a final touch on the walls outside, window glass and the furnishing of the building. Continue reading
On May 25th 2013, the German Development Day (Deutscher Entwicklungstag) will for the first time take place on a nationwide level. The day is themed “Your commitment. Our future.” and is dedicated to those who are involved in social activities in Germany and abroad. The day’s programme will display a broad variety of civic commitment in development cooperation at a regional level.
The day’s main objective is to get more people involved and to present an understanding of development cooperation which is based on partnership. Continue reading
At the beginning of October our new trainee, Maria Scherer, arrived in Maseno. She will complete her internship in Kenya in the next three months. She was cordially received by Austine Otieno. In the first few days, she will get to know Maseno, the people she will work with and she will be acquainted with the Kenyan sign language. Soon, her internship at the school will begin. For the first time, a trainee will be working at a nearby school- the Ebukuya School for the Deaf in Luanda. Before she left for Kenya, Maria sent us a message about her upcoming trip: Continue reading
- George Otieno, a member of Kids of Maseno Kenya – Maseno, teaching sign language in Siaya
Sign Language classes
The team of Kids of Maseno – Kenya still conducts sign language classes in two places: in Siaya (in collaboration with the NGO Deaf Initiative Network Kenya) and in Kisumu. Due to poverty among the students, enrolment is low (we currently have three students attending the course in Kisumu and ten in Siaya). Thus, we were forced to lower the charge from 3000 KES (about 30 Euros) to 1000 KES (about 10 Euros) per month. In Kisumu, the class takes place at St. Stephan Ack Church where the students attend the course for the duration of three months. During these three months, students take the Basic Sign Language Class three times every week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.