Nyara: We approached the disaster management and Red Cross, just to let them know we pitched a tent and that they must tell people that anyone who wants accommodation is welcome to use the tent. As a church we are providing warm food, shelter and sourcing clothing and blankets for the victims.
There are also a number of organizations helping out as well, since the need is very big.
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Interviewer: What kind of relief have you or the church provided?
Nyara: We pitched a 150 seater tent to shelter people who are in need of accommodation.
The numbers of people who come to sleep in the tent vary per day, but it’s an average of 40 people per day we accommodate.
We are also providing meals. We sourced furniture, blankets, linen, clothes from different people and it was distributed to the victims.
Being a church, we are also offering counseling and emotional support through sharing the word of God to the victims as a way of giving them hope.
Once the building material has been distributed by the disaster management, we will help as much as we can to facilitate the quick building of their homes as we have builders In our church who are willing to volunteer their time to help as well.
Interviewer: How many people are effected in general
Nyara: The estimated of homes burnt is 650 and the people affected is estimated at between 2000 and 3000.
Registration of the victims is still under progress.
Interviewer: Wow, how many families are effected who are connected to ABC For Life?
Nyara: So far we know of seven kids who participate in our ABC for Life who were affected.
Interviewer: It’s amazing to hear how many people were effected by the fire. On another note, what’s new in ABC For Life?
Nyara: For the first time we are encouraging parents to be involved in their children’s education. We hold meetings every term and we give them update on how the program is doing and what they can do as parents to improve their child’s learning environments.
We are also sending home work packs home as a way of cultivating a learning environment at home.
ABC for Life recently implemented a Career Guidance program, targeting grade 9 and 1o. This is after we realized that number of learners in disadvantaged communities leave school at grade 10 and after that they are unemployed and do not know the way forward to be successful. Through the introduction of this program our youngsters will be equipped with the information that will make them productive citizens, they will be given information regarding career options available , how to apply to a technical college, how to apply for a bursary and we are in the process of networking with a number of organizations so that they can provide internship places as a way of exposing them to the working environment.
Interviewer: ABC has really gone through so much growth, it’s so amazing to have seen it develop over the last few years. We are working now to raise funds to come to film and use the footage to continue to raise funds for the project in Europe as well as other countries around the world.
Nyara: Thank you that will be great! I believe it will go a long way in improving our funds as well.