scouting For Hope Kenya
Through giving an opportunity to children who had never in their wildest dreams ever thought they will ever be scouts to inspiring a motivated and focused Messengers of Peace coordinators team, the scouting for hope Kenya project has continuously spread the spirit and inspiration raising the impact of scouting. In Kisii Vocational & rehabilitation Centre, a school for the handicapped and disabled children there were a lot of problems that the teachers were dealing with in order to be able to rehabilitate the children in the Centre back to society. The children had been hidden for most of their lives and been brought up, like a dark secret and therefore had very little life skills and could barely manage their own affairs. Their self-esteem was down and they could not interact with other people for fear of being judged and discriminated. The entry of scouting in the institution through the Scouting for Hope Kenya changed all this. From an account of the instructors and teachers they said they had never seen the children excited about a program and enthusiastic about doing it. Scouting injected a new lease of life in the lives of these children and they discovered they had joined one loving family the first time they went for a Scouts camp. They had the opportunity to do activities on their own, join other scouts in fun and educational games, be a part of family of people that was not judging or looking down upon them in anyway but simply giving them an opportunity to be great scouts “I have never seen my children this happy, this confident and with self-esteem so high. This is what we have been struggling over the years to build in them without success and scouting has given it to them in just a few months,” Said the Centre Manager. The children at the Centre were excited to also learn entrepreneurship & agricultural skills through the smart agriculture project they had started courtesy of scouting for hope Kenya and which had already given them enough income to attend the first Scouts competition and win a trophy in their category. Scouting for Hope Kenya also has contributed hugely in activating a Messengers of Peace network that has actively been working to deliver projects across the country. From an almost non-existent network and building the inspiration to over 1000 Messengers of Peace coordinators with the network growing by the day. The network growing from 30 coordinators that were trained in December 2018 in Nairobi. This 30 dedicated young men and women recreated the program in 10 other counties e.g. Kakamega, Kisii, Kericho, Nyeri, Bungoma and others and trained coordinators that are now actively working towards building the network not only from rovers to high schools and by extension even primary schools as well. The inspiration has been taken to scout.org as well with an unprecedented number or accounts being opened that are now posting service works of various community service projects being undertaken some of which are 1. SHARON KISIAK- https://www.scout.org/node/531444 2. VINCENT MAINA- https://www.scout.org/node/531408 3. CHRISTINE ACHIENG- https://www.scout.org/node/531412 4. ANDREW CHEGE- https://www.scout.org/node/531391 5. ANDREW GUANDARU- https://www.scout.org/node/531405 6. ERIC AGER- https://www.scout.org/node/531415 7. JENTRIX OGOLA- https://www.scout.org/node/531417 8. MARVINE OCHIENG- https://www.scout.org/node/531419 9. FELIX OMONDI- https://www.scout.org/node/531416 10. JUMA PHELIX- https://www.scout.org/node/531421 11. FRANCIS MONARI- https://www.scout.org/node/531383 12. CHACHA HENRY- https://www.scout.org/node/531390 13. BETTY NALIAKA- https://www.scout.org/node/531420 14. CYNTHIA WANGUI- https://www.scout.org/node/531424 15. JACKSON SANG- https://www.scout.org/node/531429 16. JOSEPH ORIKO- https://www.scout.org/node/531433 17. ESTHER DIERA- https://www.scout.org/node/531432 18. EVALINE MAINA- https://www.scout.org/node/531434 19. TEDYSON KIPCHIRCHIR- https://www.scout.org/node/531437 20. PAUL NDEGE- https://www.scout.org/node/531438 21. LINDAH ANYANGO- https://www.scout.org/node/531443 22. BRIAN MOKAYA- https://www.scout.org/node/531441 23. DAUDI NDEGE- https://www.scout.org/node/531328 24. BYRONE ODIWUOR- https://www.scout.org/node/531446 25. JOSEPH MUSYOKA- https://www.scout.org/node/531452 26. BRIAN ONCHOKA- https://www.scout.org/node/531453 27. DAVID WAKANENE- https://www.scout.org/node/531454 28. WALTER OTIENO- https://www.scout.org/node/531458 29. MERCY KALUNGA- https://www.scout.org/node/531462 30. JACK ODIRA- https://www.scout.org/node/531467 31. DAISY AMONDI- https://www.scout.org/node/531468 32. GERADEEN MASESE- https://www.scout.org/node/531469 33. DERICK ATODO- https://www.scout.org/node/531457 34. WYCLIFFE OMONDI- https://www.scout.org/node/531470 35. PETRONILA KHAKASA- https://www.scout.org/node/531413 36. JAVAN OTIENO- https://www.scout.org/node/531472 37. ELIMINAH WERE- https://www.scout.org/node/531471 38. CLINTON ODHIAMBO- https://www.scout.org/node/531459 39. SWALEH JACKTONE- https://www.scout.org/node/531475 40. DIANA MORAA- https://www.scout.org/node/531476 41. QUINTER AKINYI- https://www.scout.org/node/531478 42. SHELDON MARUMBU- https://www.scout.org/node/531477 43. ENOCK OTIENO- https://www.scout.org/node/531480 44. MARY NJOKI- https://www.scout.org/node/531422 45. WALTER OTIENO- https://www.scout.org/node/531466 46. CALEB SAGERO- https://www.scout.org/node/531490 47. HENRY AYIEKO https://www.scout.org/node/531489 48. LODIN ORERO- https://www.scout.org/node/531439 49. CYNTHIA NJAMBI- https://www.scout.org/node/531492 50. ALPHLINE ANYANGO- https://www.scout.org/node/531423 51. VIRGINIAH WANGUI- https://www.scout.org/node/531479 52. FELICIA AWINO- https://www.scout.org/node/531494 53. JAMES NYAIM- https://www.scout.org/node/531464 54. LILIAN WAFULA- https://www.scout.org/node/531491 55. KEVIN MARIITA- https://www.scout.org/node/531345 56. CHRISTINE AWITI- https://www.scout.org/node/531497 57. PAUL WACHURI- https://www.scout.org/node/531498 58. IBRAHIM OLOO- https://www.scout.org/node/531407 59. NELLY MAORE- https://www.scout.org/node/531499 60. PATRICK MOGAKA- https://www.scout.org/node/531436 61. ERICK MOSETI- https://www.scout.org/node/531482 62. LILIAN ATIENO- https://www.scout.org/node/531487 63. HILLARY KIPROB- https://www.scout.org/node/531460 64. FRANCIS KIHATO- https://www.scout.org/node/531503 65. STEPHEN OKIOGA- https://www.scout.org/node/531430 66. LAWRENCE MAKORI- https://www.scout.org/node/531506 67. RONNIE GITHINJI- https://www.scout.org/node/531508 68. EVALINE MAGWAMU- https://www.scout.org/node/531507 69. BRAIN MURAYA- https://www.scout.org/node/531512 70. JOSINA MAINA- https://www.scout.org/node/531510 71. NEWTON RAGIRA- https://www.scout.org/node/531518 72. VALENTINE NJOROGE- https://www.scout.org/node/531520 The program will continue to support Messengers of Peace workshops around the country that are being planned in order to increase the span of MOP in the coming year as part of the next steps. This coordinators already trained are now working towards not only establishing but expanding their local networks that will continuously contribute to the national network. Finally, The National Messengers of Peace Hero recognition system is now in development in order to be used as a system of identifying and recognizing scouts who have excelled in MOP efforts in the country. This is borrowing from the Global messengers of Peace Hero program which has been very successful in inspiring thousands of scouts around the world to commit to community service projects.