JitegemeeÂ is determinedÂ to provide theÂ social support our studentsÂ wereÂ deprived of when they ended upÂ in the streets.Â This social support is critical to keeping themÂ in school even in the most difficult of circumstances. It includesÂ a sense of belonging, genuine caring among community members, a sense of pride and self-accomplishment, and mutual respect and acceptance.
All our programs build social supportâ€”and our students’Â self-esteemâ€”by giving themÂ the opportunity toÂ give back to their communities and other destitute children like themselves. They are asked frequently to reflect on how they contribute, and what would enable them to play a larger role in helping others.
Other ways we provideÂ social support include:
- Having studentsÂ from all our programs come together daily at lunch time to eat, play and assist each other
- Hosting a Children’s Day of awards and recognition once a year
- OfferingÂ tutoringÂ after school and during school breaks
- Providing counseling and adult encouragementÂ and guidance
- OrganizingÂ internships for secondary students during school breaks at local hospitals, businessesÂ or government offices
- Providing motivational speakers to inspire them to dream big
- Providing AIDS education, yearly medical screening and emergency health care
- OrganizingÂ educational field trips to the National Museum of Kenya in Nairobi
- Taking the youths onÂ overnight camping tripsÂ to places like Mombasa, Nakuru and Naivasha that have introduced them to Kenya’s natural wonders
In addition, JitegemeeÂ hosts a parentsÂ group,Â which plans income-generating activities, such as cooperative farming or poultry production.Â We also workÂ with parents, guardians and familiesÂ toÂ develop a healthier, more positive environment for youth.