Over 1200 vulnerable and needy primary school girls from North and West Sakwa wards in Bondo Sub County received donations of personal effects worth over Ksh 4 million from Dreams Program.
The program which is a partnership between American International Health Alliance (AIHA) and the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) donated shoes, uniforms, inner wears and sanitary towels to girls aged between 10 and 14, sourced from various schools across the two wards.
Addressing the media during the occasion at Bondo township primary school, the programs’ Assistant Administrator Samuel Waweru said the program aims to provide education subsidies to most disadvantaged girls in the region to enable them focus on their education.
Waweru disclosed that a total of 12,852 girls in Siaya County will benefit from the donations annually, with 612 most vulnerable girls being targeted in twenty one wards across the co`unty.
The program regional Monitoring and Evaluation manager Madam Wilkister Olando said that girls who have been enlisted in the program are the most vulnerable and have been sourced through screening criteria that enables the program to identify the most needy case.
Olando said besides considering those between 10-14 years, those from single families, child headed homes and those living along the beaches were given top considerations during the recruitment.
She stated that unlike the program on provision of sanitary towels to girls by the Siaya women representative Dr Christine Ombaka which targets girls in secondary school, the dreams program target those in primary school.
Bondo constituency MP Dr Gideon Ochanda who graced the occasion commended the efforts made by all Non state actors working in the area in supporting education.
Ochanda however said the organizations should abandon their criteria of identifying needy cases, saying all the children in public primary schools in Bondo were vulnerable and needy.
He therefore urged the organizations to provide universal support to all the children so that others do not feel discriminated against.