The Saturday Children Feeding Program by ETCO saw a remarkable increase in the number of participating children today. This surge is attributed to the ongoing school closures, as many kids are a few weeks into their long holidays, making them reliant on such programs for meals.
On November 20, 2023, a highly successful community discussions on the effects and opportunities brought about by poor drainage and waste management, and clean-up event took place, orchestrated through collaborative efforts with our esteemed partners, Power Engineers and Ecologists Without Borders (EcoWB). This event was a testament to the impactful teamwork between these organizations, the German Embassy Ambassador via UN-Habitat, government bodies such as the Nairobi Rivers Commission (NRC), local community groups, and dedicated individuals. Notably, the active participation of the Nairobi Governor's 'Green Army' significantly magnified the event's positive impact.
The primary initiative at ETCO is our children's feeding program, which we carry out joyfully and with immense satisfaction. We invite anyone to join us as volunteers, partners, donors, or sponsors to bring smiles to children's faces on Saturdays, especially during these challenging economic times and extended holidays.
In Nyayo Highrise Ward, ETCO, in collaboration with Power Engineers , EcoWB, LLWF, ESNAC, Amani Kibera, Highrise Garbage Youth Initiative, and others, actively participated in a tree planting initiative today, planting 350 tree seedlings across different areas of Nyayo Highrise Ward. The event, overseen by Area Chief Mr. Kennedy, saw group leaders emphasizing the significance of environmental care and tree planting in an ecosystem.
ETCO's Saturday Children Feeding Program continues to make a significant impact on the community, and today's session was no exception. This feeding program has become a beacon of hope, providing nutritious meals and educational opportunities to underprivileged children.
ETCO with the support from German Embassy, UN-Habitat, EcoWB & Power Engineers are collaborating with local groups along the Ngong River to clean and restore it. Community groups are focused on cleaning the river in their areas. This not only helps with their main goal but also brings fresh ideas, job opportunities, and better waste management for their nearby rivers.
The impacts of El Nino are starting to affect the Kibera informal settlement. Schools are closed, making it important to monitor where children are spending their time and what activities they are engaged in. The major hazards they face include flooded waters, fast-moving water run-offs, and streams, in addition to waterborne diseases and malaria.
On this World Cities Day, ETCO, in collaboration with the Nairobi Rivers Commission, engaged with communities living along Nairobi Rivers to discuss environmental concerns and how to maintain the cleanliness of all Nairobi rivers. The event, themed "Let The Rivers Flow," took place at Pumwani Social Hall.
Today's children's feeding program saw a significant increase in the number of participants, primarily due to the onset of a two-month holiday break resulting in school closures.
Today, the ETCO Office organized a heartwarming children's feeding program that left a lasting impact on all those involved. With great enthusiasm, volunteers and staff came together to provide nutritious meals to children in the local community.
Continuation of environmental conservation is our duty. Our partners and other interested groups working tirelessly to keep the planet a good home for everything in it.
Saturdays are normally the best for us, as we share meals with children, a few youths, and the elderly, making it another day to be happy about.
Our Children's Feeding Program is at the heart of what we do at ETCO. Every Saturday, we come together to make sure these young ones enjoy a delicious meal during lunchtime.
Despite the onset of colder weather and the looming threat of rain and bad weather, today's children's feeding program at ETCO remained resolute in its commitment to ensuring the well-being of the young ones. As expectations of inclement weather grow, the dedication of our team only strengthens.
Our strong commitment to a clean environment compels us to remain dissatisfied with an untidy or neglected environment. We are dedicated to raising awareness about the crucial link between a clean environment and good health.
ETCO (www.etco-kenya.org), Ecologists Without Boarders (EcoWB) and Power Engineers in partnership with the Nairobi Rivers Commission (NRC) and Water Resource Authority (WRA), extends an invitation to join us for the grand launch of the Nairobi Rivers Clean-up on September 23rd at Gatina - Kawangware from 9a.m
Every Saturday, ETCO carries out a feeding program for both children and the elderly in our community. The enthusiasm and excitement within our team are palpable as we prepare to bring nourishment and smiles to those who need it most.
ETCO's CEO and Langa'ta Member of Parliament, Phelix Odiwuor, also known as Jalang'o, paid a courtesy visit to the Nairobi River Commission.
As always, we take joy in having lunch with the children. It seems like they consider ETCO their second home and relish spending most of their day at our offices, whether or not there are specific activities planned for them.
Yet another opportunity to find joy in life at ETCO. In this context, "life" refers to the act of sharing and deriving pleasure from what we possess, regardless of its size or scale.
Just prior to children return to school next week Monday, today provided another wonderful opportunity to be with them, enjoy a meal, and witness joyful expressions, patience, and playfulness while waiting for food.
The second weekend after schools have shut down, we find joy in spending ample time with these kids, engaging in learning, enjoyable games, and sharing meals.
With schools being closed, our focus shifts to keeping kids engaged through a variety of activities such as sports, acting, music, dance, drawing, and social skills. During these holidays, we see more children participating in our feeding program, and today's session highlighted this trend. Your support in keeping this program alive is greatly appreciated, and we encourage those willing and able to contribute positively to these children's lives to join us.
Exposure plays a crucial role in human development, offering them practical knowledge through their senses like sight, smell, touch, hearing, and taste. ETCO is organized a trip to Nairobi National Museum today, for 30 children below 9 < 16 years of age. Food and transportation was provided.
No matter how chilly the weather was today, we made certain that our kitchen/office/store was sufficiently heated to prepare a meal for the kids. We take great delight in sharing lunch with the children in our community, as it brings us joy to witness them eating heartily and enjoying their social interactions, alongside other programs provided by ETCO before the meal.
During this period of recuperation from the nationwide protests over the rising living expenses, it remains crucial to ensure that people, especially children, have access to food. That's why at ETCO, we have taken on the responsibility of organizing a children's feeding program every Saturday.
After a tumultuous week for both children and parents, ETCO holds a children/elderly feeding program every Saturday to address the challenges they are facing. The ongoing weekday protests have significantly impacted parents' ability to provide sufficient support for their families, especially in these tough economic times.
Today, we were visited by Prof. Sang David from Maseno University's School of Public Health and Environmental Science. We discussed the importance of creating a thriving community by ensuring a clean, comfortable, and productive environment for everyone throughout the country. We emphasized the need for collaboration to achieve the goals of our organization. Additionally, we carried out our regular Saturday program, which involved feeding children and teaching them important life skills.
Despite the frigid weather in Nairobi, both parents and children are going about their usual routines. The parents are focused on working, while the children are engaged in play, especially for those who haven't attended school or tuition centers. ETCO, on the other hand, continued with their regular activities, which involved providing warm lunch to keep people's stomachs full.
ETCO's Saturday's Children Feeding Program deeply values your support, as it is the foundation of our continued operation. We extend our heartfelt appreciation for your contribution, which makes a significant impact. Please continue your valuable support, as it makes a lasting difference.
There is a delightful and gratifying sensation that emerges when we take care of each other and unite to partake in a meal. This feeling goes beyond merely satisfying our physical hunger; it also nurtures our spirits. At ETCO, we are committed to the welfare of children and recognize this profound connection. Every Saturday, we demonstrate our care by providing lunch for these young ones. As they gather in the office area, laughter and happiness permeate the atmosphere, fostering a sense of togetherness and belonging.
On the 16th of June, the Day of an African Child was commemorated. ETCO collaborated with organizations such as Greencard Mtaani, Women Network, Anointed Voice for the needy, SPEC, and Janris Foundation to organize a celebration involving approximately 16 schools. The event aimed to educate children about their rights, with a particular focus on the digital environment.
We're teaming up with Greencard Mtaani, Women Network, Jahris Foundation, and Anointed Voice for the Needy to celebrate the International Day of the African Child on June 16th. This year's theme is "The Rights of the Child in the Digital Environment," with activities such as music, art, sports, and computer safety training. We urge everyone to join us in supporting children's rights in the digital age.
During this week, we were compelled to augment the amount of food prepared at ETCO due to a rise in the number of individuals we serve. It is no longer limited to the usual proportions of approximately 350 children and 150 adults. Today, we witnessed almost identical figures for both adults and children. We extend our gratitude to all those who contribute to this program. Your support is sincerely valued, and we acknowledge your kindness and understanding.
In the 22nd week of 2023, the Children Feeding Program continues to thrive, attracting an increasing number of participants each day. Since it's the weekend, specifically Saturday, both children and adults are typically at home rather than attending school or work. ETCO is delighted to foster a strong connection with the community by offering one meal every Saturday and sharing in the joy it brings.
Today at ETCO, in addition to our regular feeding program, we organized a drawing and painting session to inspire children who are interested in art to develop their talents. The purpose of this activity was to identify children who show potential and can be enrolled in dedicated drawing and painting classes.
ETCO had a successful meeting with representatives from SHOFCO (C.E.O's Office) - Harry Jameson and EcoWB - Cleve Steward & Stuart Buchaman to discuss the Nairobi Dam and its tributaries. The meeting included Moseti Nyaenya and Collince Onyango from ETCO. The plans discussed involved initiating monthly Community Clean Up programs that would eventually expand to include the dam reservation. Additionally, there was a focus on raising awareness and educating the community about gender-based violence.
Today marked the second day of the youth Business Training session, with a strong focus on empowering young women. The session aimed to equip the youth with the necessary skills for employment and assist them in securing job opportunities within the hospital sector. ETCO expresses its deep gratitude to everyone involved in making this program a success once again.
The first day of business training for the youth in Kibera was a significant step towards addressing the challenges faced by the community. With high rates of unemployment, the young people in Kibera often struggle to navigate through tough economic circumstances, leading some to resort to social vices in order to survive.
We are thankful for the fortunate opportunity to recognize that individuals are ready and capable of aiding our program to provide meals for children. The feeding program has become our primary initiative, and we sincerely value the contributors and supporters. Today holds a significant significance because we were uncertain if we could achieve this, but miraculously, circumstances aligned, and we succeeded. We contribute not because we possess abundance, but because we understand the hardship of having nothing.
Providing food and nourishment can create a sense of security and care, which can help children feel more comfortable opening up and sharing their thoughts and feelings.
ETCO and African Initiative For Rural Development. has organized a business training for the youth in Kibera Slums. It's an opportunity for young people to gain employability skills and potentially secure placements in the hospitality sector. We encourage interested youths to take advantage of this opportunity and register for the event as soon as possible, as there are limited slots available. They can send an SMS to 0711 785664 to register or for more information.
Overall, it was a fantastic day! It’s always important to take time to appreciate the good things in life and celebrate successes, and everyone involved had a lot to be proud of. NB: - We invite donors, partners, and sponsors to participate in organizing the next event! Collaborating with others can help make the event even more successful and enjoyable. It’s also a good opportunity to build relationships and engage with the community.
*Exciting news!* ETCO-Kenya is organizing a soccer tournament to promote sports development among youth and scout for young talents. We're also giving back to the community through a children feeding program and donating stationaries. We're committed to reducing crime, substance abuse, and poverty through environmental care, education, sports development, arts, and business innovation. Join us in creating a positive impact on our communities. through: donations, partnerships and/or sponsorships. #ETCOKenya #SportsDevelopment #CommunityOutreach #PositiveImpact
This has for sure been a great day right from the beginning to the end. We've had a series of events from, children playing soccer, handball/volley, feeding program and finally the Live show performance from ETCO Theatre.
Rainy season and still grateful for the blessings as we continue with our programs. Always made possible with your donations. They really go a long way in ensuring that our children have a successful weekend.
All the way from Colombia, England and France. Thank you Rodger Mulla for bringing in visitors. It was good to see you again after 11 years since highschool... A good and happy day, full of tour in Kibera and it's beauty. Hope you enjoyed.
Today, we started computer classes for the children in grade 6 and above. The lessons were used as test run to see if the program can be effective and to still keep children engaged before food gets ready.
The beginning of a cold season. Feeding program is on nevertheless. We like that the children have already trusted that at least on this specific day every week, they have to get something at ETCO; be it educative, entertaining or just a general life skill.
Having visitors come to talk to the children about the life skills is a good show of what we truly value. Whenever they aren't around, children just hang around waiting for food to be ready.
It's surprising how the numbers of children keep growing at ETCO despite the schools being in session. This normally happens mostly when schools are closed. Because of your support, we are always able to manage the numbers.
Another good day for us to share. We are always grateful to our donors who ensure that we continue with this program. Be blessed abundantly.
It's an honor to not only receive visitors on this day, but also celebrate a birthday with Mrs. Damaris Mungai - Officer UNEP and her friends and relatives. Our children have had a privilege to hear encouraging words and stories of personal experiences from the visitors; Antony, Nahashon, Tito, Soila, Nash, and the Kenyan International Paralympics' Henry Wanyoike and others. We also had Tony Machaha and Chris from Ecologists Without Boarders - EcoWB, Monika - Founder of Kibera Creative Arts (KiCA) visiting us. Perfomances from the children themselves and our own local star Peter Waweru - VIrusi Mbaya.
It's mid-week, with a bit of unfavorable economy and sunny season (Very hot), but we are grateful for always having a moment to share meals together. Thank you so much Joseph (Joe) Tako for the support. It's been a good day for us.
Youth leaders from different wards (Nyayo Highrise, Mugumu-ini, Karen, South C and Nairobi West) of Lang'ata Constituency in Nairobi county today met with Hon. Oduk Oginga Oduk today under the umbrella of ETCO, had a discussion of how we can Empower the youths in Lang'ata on sustainable development programs.
Through the help of Joseph Tako and our board, we purchased some traditional African Cultural Music instruments to be used to engage/train children on dancing and singing. We are happy to help our community members uphold their good, educative and entertaining cultural practices through this program.
It's always a surprise how children love hanging out at ETCO Offices on Saturdays. Schools were open early this week but we aren't sure whether its the kids that didn't travel back home for school or they are still enjoying the holiday or that they are officially staying around. We think that the numbers have just grown and seems like they keep telling each other about the activities at ETCO on this specific day. We shall be soon launching our Art Program were we shall focus on African Cultural dance and music.
Time's moving really fast.... A few days ago, we just started the year and its almost over.... Children are about to go back to school. However, we still do what we love doing best.
It's been really a busy week with installation of computer desks and the counter area at the ETCO Computer Centre. It was also another successful day for us with the kids. Learning and enjoying good moments together.
To sustain our programs, we need some income generating activities. Funds generated will allow room for other helpful programs to continue like our feeding, art and education programs. Great thanks to Willow Oak Advisory for the donation of the computers. We appreciate your partnership. It means a lot to us.
This is the 1st weekend of the year. We share together in love as we play, and interact to create more strong friendship bond of friendship from childhood. It's still during this tough economic time worldwide but we are always grateful to our donors who make these program sustainable. may you always be blessed with more and in abundance.
ETCO Computer Centre - About to be ready for the community members in Highrise. We shall have *Free* Computer Lessons for Children of specific number, age grade and class for a 1 term period of 3 months.
Two more weeks to end the year. We share today's meal as we learn and prepare ourselves for more activities to come next year. Next year, we shall increase our activities. The Entertainment Department is working on coming up with ETCO Cultu
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Freedom is meaningless if you cannot put food in their stomachs.” – Nelson Mandela
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