By Peter Amos.
It was pomp and colour as Umoja Foundation, a Global Interfaith Partnership (GIP) Organization between Kenya and Indiana USA, held its annual psycho-social activities for hundreds of students under its care.
The foundation, based in Western Kenya, held the event at Chulaimbo Boys Secondary School in Kisumu West Sub-County.
The three-day event saw pupils, students and their teachers from across 30 institutions of learning engage in a raft of fun filled activities.
Among the activities were motivational talks, spiritual nourishment by various speakers and varied forms of entertainment within the auditorium.
On the final day, an elaborate closing ceremony was undertaken during which it was revealed that the number of students being sponsored to secondary schools by the foundation is set to increase come next year.
The good news for the students comes after more individual sponsors took the pain to partner with the organization in widening the scope of sponsorship from the current 25 to 32.
The non-profit making foundation caters for orphaned and vulnerable children (OVCs) and aims at meeting the current and future needs of the OCVs, both in academic as well as social spheres.
Speaking during the closing ceremony, the county’s co-ordinator, Mr. Leonard Otiende thanked everyone who offered the extra support, saying this would ease the organization’s already strained financial budget.
The foundation’s board chairman, Zachary Kuya, noted that education was key to transformation, hence the group’s initiative in empowering the OVCs.
According to Kuya, the Umoja Project has since its inception seen 1050 students go through secondary education, 65 through middle level colleges and universities and currently they have a pupil population of 3,200 under their care in 18 primary schools.
In addition Kuya said Umoja has been providing 540 school uniforms annually to the needy learners.