Brother Tommy, BHK
- Anna Nanjala Centre (Implementing)
- Background Information
- Organisational Structure
- Target Groups
- Main Objectives
- Specific Objectives
- Activities At The Centre
- Service Offering
- Daily Activities At The Centre
- Improvements And Maintenance
- Inventory Of The Centre
The Catholic Diocese of Lodwar has been involved in evangelization and development work in Turkana District (now Turkana South, East, West and North and Loima) for over forty years. Through its network parishes and its functional departments such as water, Education, woman, youth, justice and peace, medical, education and etc, its works with the Turkana community as grassroots level. The diocese comes in contact with every aspect of people’s live in this district, which is many ways has been neglected by Government over the years. Increasingly local people who have trained and qualified in various professions work in various departments and parishes. This means that in deciding policies and interventions that the target groups are involved in the process at various levels. Over the years the Diocese has been recognized and respected as an entity with the capacity and the goodwill to implement various emergency and development projects in many areas.
The diocese has 24 parishes with over 300 outstations. In addition to the parish network there is also the department of nomadic ministry, which allows the diocese to reach out to the whole of both districts: Turkana North and Turkana South. For trickle down benefits of initiatives, the diocese uses parish priests, catechists, pastoral agents, various department personal as well as parish committees in attending to the projects in their localities.
It was constructed by Nora Cogan and now owned by the Lodwar Diocese to create conducive environment for teachers, university students at all levels and the students primary and secondary to upgrade their knowledge and skills. The estimates of teachers that have benefited from the annual courses are approximately 562 primary teachers and 314 secondary teachers as the annual summative.
Rainfall is unpredictable and varies from 100m to 350m with a generally high temperatures ranging from 24C to 38C. The area is prone to drought. Turkana district has a population of about 500,000 with the indigenous Turkana being the only tribe native to the district. In addition there are a small number of government officials, business people, teachers, NGO officials and missionaries who have come to live and work in the area. Of the population only 6% are in paid employment. The Turkana are a pastoral people of Nilo-Hamitic origin who probably lived originally on the Eastern Highlands of Uganda. They have close links with the ethnic “Karamojong cluster’’ of tribes presently occupying that territory.
The Turkana tend to retain their traditional pastoral and nomadic lifestyle, even though it provides only a marginal level of sustenance, which often borders on malnutrition due to droughts and famine in the area. The tribe is quite homogeneous, though divided into twenty-six clans. The members of the tribe as such, due to the geographical isolation of the area, have little or no contact with other peoples, even with the rest of the Kenyan territory.
The vast majority of the Turkana people live from nomadic herding. The number of their animals is what determines wealth and status in society. Because much of Turkana is desert, the flocks must seek pastures wherever available, and this means that during the dry season ng’adakarin or kraals move in 15 to 20 households for greener pastures and water. It has been estimated that as a result of this a full family reunion may not take place more often that every two to three years.
In view of what has already been said, it is obvious that in Turkana much of the economy revolves around animal husbandry. However due to poor communications & infrastructure, long distances, lack of markets and education of the local population economic profit from cattle is made by a few traders, who practice barter trade with the local Turkana. There could be some prospects of improving this economic activity, but much input is required.
The Turkana which are the only tribe in the District, are nomadic pastoralists and their diet is comprised of milk, blood and meat from their herds; sheep, goats, cattle and camels. Occasionally, they also feed on wild fruits, while those who live by the shores of Lake Turkana largely depend on fishing. Animals are highly important to the Turkana in that they determine the wealth and social position of an individual. The scarcity of water and pasture in the area greatly affects the ability of the Turkana to maintain and develop their herds and forces them to migrate twice or more times a year often leading to confrontation with other tribes who in turn launch cattle raids against the Turkana sometimes resulting in loss of life. The loss of cattle through raids, and the lack of water and pastures means that the Turkana live in a highly insecure food situation which has a particularly negative effect on women and girls. In Turkana society the responsibility for collecting water and providing food for their families lies with the women.
They are faced with walking daily distances of between 5-10 km, carrying 5-20 litres of water needed for both domestic purposes and for livestock. The traditional way for the women to collect water is by digging by hand through the sand on dry riverbeds. These hand-dug wells have to be very deep and occasionally they collapse resulting in serious injury and even death for those involved. Furthermore, the high levels of malnutrition and vitamin deficiency have serious consequences on the health status of women and children, particularly pregnant mothers and infants.
Although great efforts have been carried out, initially by the Catholic Church and later by the government, agriculture has not taken root in the district. This is partly due to lack of education and political interference. People practice rudimentary agriculture along Turkwell and Kerio Rivers and some other areas along the lakeshore.
Basketry has been an increasing industry in the district, most of the profit being made by the middleman. Poor roads hinder proper distribution and organization is not widespread. The Diocesan woman’s programme looks to improve the lot of women who in the main are those involved in the manufacture.
Fishing is another income generating activity that properly monitored will be a serious alternative to nomadic herding. Villages around the lake have developed in the last number of years a fishing industry, which aims to grow. There is still a lack a lot of organization and coordination skills in this area.
- Study Hall
Since Anna Nanjala Education Centre was established in 2003, the study hall has been used for many activities such as: daily evening study, workshops and seminars for primary and secondary teachers, various seminars or workshops which are held by many organizations from NGO’s or the government. During holiday, it had important role to the students (Primary and secondary) before the new library was built. Sometimes it is used for academic activities that are always there during holiday time.
- Adult Literacy Programmes
The building is called Adult Literacy Programmes. It belongs to Anna Nanjala Centre but because it has been used by the Adult Literacy Programmes as renting office which had already agreed by the two sides. In 2009, there was also partition at this place for Nursery Department. As centre being responsible for everything that goes on we found and calculated that there are four rooms inside this building at the moment.
- New Library
On 19 June 2010, the new library was blessed by Bishop Dominic Kimeng’ch the Auxiliary Bishop of Lodwar. Many people gather together to celebrate at this special moment. The blessing of the new library was attended by Fr. John Manzi (the education secretary of Diocese of Lodwar) and the thanks giving mass presided by Bishop Dominic Kimengi’ch. The centre invited all staffs from the Diocese of Lodwar and the community of BHK Brothers. To make the blessings more attractive and colorful, the centre invited the school choir from Lodwar High School and school Halleluiah Dance from Kawalase Primary School Napetet. The centre also invited some secondary schools and primary schools such as St. Kevin’s Secondary School, Salvation Army Secondary School, Lodwar High School, Kawalase Primary School and Lodwar Mixed primary school. The aim of this new library is to provide better learning for primary students and secondary students in Turkana especially during holiday time. A part from this, with the existence of this new library is to help the development of education sector in Turkana. During this beautiful time, The Bishop and the Anna Nanjala Centre took the opportunity to say their big appreciation and thanks to the Congregation Brothers of Our Lady of The Sacred Heart for their efforts and big care to the education in Turkana by helping or donating a new library to Turkana people. May the Almighty God bless the Congregation and the work they have been doing.
- Resources Centre
The resources centre has five big rooms. They are teacher’s study room, Bro. Tommy’s office; Fr. Manzi’s as Education Secretary Office, the secretary of Education secretary office and the children officer Diocese of Lodwar Mrs. Eunice Juma’s office. There are two toilets and a store inside the Resources centre.
- To create a chance for students from secondary or primary schools to sustain and share their knowledge with teachers from different part of the countries or invited teachers by the centre.
- To create a conducive environment for reading as a way to help those who come and use the service of the centre.
- To enrich teachers, university students and students from primary and secondary schools with knowledge and skills.
- Conducting four tuitions as divided two for primary schools and two for secondary schools as planned from the centre.
- Preparing materials needed for schools.
- Conducting academic competition between schools.
- Conducting sport activities among the students or any institutions.
- Build up the centre in term of service and upgrading materials.
- Collaboration with the D.I.O in the district.
- Hiring the halls for the workshops or seminars from NGO’s or any institutions from the government or Diocese of Lodwar itself.
- Reading facilities at the centre
- Audio tape dubbing
Daily evening studies
From Monday up to Friday, the centre always opens for evening studies. The evening study starts at 07 pm to 9 pm to allow both primary and secondary students to come and study. This activity is really helpful for them. Most of students come to study because of the problem with the light at their homes but the most useful thing is that the centre has text books that always help them. The number of the students is not many as holiday time. Sometimes they come in large number but most of the time a few turn up, giving the average of around 25 – 50.
On Saturday, the centre always shows movies for the children and primary students. There are many kinds of movies that we are showing them. Those movies are religion, cartoons and action. The centre also considers about the movies that are watched by the children. At some points, the centre sometimes makes use of this opportunity to teach Christian values to the children.
Teachers activity or reading
This activity is accessible everyday at Resources Centre. The centre always gives them time to use the service. The centre normally helps them out by allowing them to study and also to borrow books from the centre at certain period. Before we allow them to access, they have to register their names. The centre also gets benefit from them because of registration fee. The total number of the teachers who draw closer and access at the centre every month is unsteady, giving the standard of around 10 to 15. So, in last year the centre had an average of more than 100 teachers who came and accessed at the centre.
Showing movies at schools
To collaborate with the secondary schools, the centre extends its service by going and showing set books movies at the schools. Before that, the centre and the school headteacher meet and discuss about the plan. When we talk about the program, the school side usually agrees. This is because the school does not have the program we are offering. By doing this, the school really gets benefit from the centre. Last year, we went to St. Kevin Secondary school twice and Salvation Army Secondary School once. According to the reports from the teachers based on the result last year that the schools actually improve a lot in languages like English and Kiswahili. This improvement came from the set books movies we presented to them.
Meetings, Seminars or Workshops
In June 2010, it was privileged and unusual visit for Anna Nanjala Education Centre and the Diocese of Lodwar. Our former President Daniel Arab Moi, His son Gideon Moi and some Members of Parliament came to Lodwar for the referendum campaigning. Before heading to Moi Garden, the convoy of the president stopped for a while at Anna Nanjala Education Centre for a brief meeting with the local leaders around thirty minutes. The president and his followers designated their signatures on Anna Nanjala Visitor’s book. The centre was actually happy for this extraordinary visit. With the exception of this visit, the centre also enables various organizations to come and use the halls for meetings, seminars and workshops. The number of the organizations which came last year was some NGO’s such as International Rescue Community, Merlyn and Minister of Health, Water Health and some more. The centre gets advantage from these exercises because it supports the running cost of the centre.
- Reading and Study at the centre
Reading and study are the main programs at the centre during holiday time. At this time, students both from primary and secondary come to study. Before the new library was constructed, the centre faced some difficulties. The old hall could not provide somewhere to stay for students. All we did was to divide them equally into groups. This was to avoid the congestion inside the hall. When they were many we had to allow them to study or read outside the study hall in the centre compound. During this time, we had to control so that they could study and read well. This method was used to protect the losing of the text books from the centre. In the August holiday 2010, we did not have complicated experience as it happened before because of new library that completed in June 2010. The centre then decided that the new library would be used by secondary students and the old library for primary students. At least, this time the centre could manage the number of the students wisely.
- In April and August holiday, students from primary and secondary come in large number compare to December holiday. This is because most of the students from far places or down country normally go back home for Christmas celebration with their families. In April and August, we had many students. The primary students were more than 300 and for secondary students were almost 500 while in December we had less than 200 students. This number includes primary and secondary. To make our service enhanced, we provide cards for both primary and secondary. The students must register their names before entering or using the library. We also control them every time especially during break time or when they go back to their respective homes. During study, the centre sometimes makes some questions, jokes or giving some positive information that can be answered or just to make fun so that the students neither will nor feel too exhausted. The centre predicted that the next coming years, many students will come and study at Anna Nanjala Education Centre. That is why the centre always tries its best to help the students or those who come and use the service during holiday time.
Tuition for Primary and Secondary Students - Giving
tuition for students either primary or secondary schools
is one of the concerns from the centre on how to help
them in school particularly to help the students on how
to deal with their lessons in school but also to help
them in exams. Tuitions are always carried out by the
centre. The tuitions are held in holiday time because it
can help those who are not able to participate in tuition
at some schools due to lack of a high payment of tuition
fee. By providing tuition at the centre is to give out
our concern to the all schools either primary or
secondary school equally. Last year we had tuition in
Mathematics for secondary schools for four days and we
also had English tuition for primary schools in two days.
Mr. Naama who is teaching Mathematics in Lodwar High
School invited to facilitate the subject for secondary
schools and Mrs. Margareth who is an English Teacher at
Loyo Primary School also invited to smooth the progress
of the English subject for primary students.
- Showing Set Books and educative movies - Showing set books movies is also one of the holiday programs. During holiday time, the centre allows the students to study or read from Monday to Friday while Saturday we give them opportunity to watch the set books and educative movies in the centre. The set books movies are mainly shown to the students because we know that some of the schools do not have them. This is also an opportunity for them to repeat again what they have been taught in schools. Another way to teach Christian values to the students is to show them religion movies or educative movies. This is one of the ways that helps their lives in the community and even to encourage them to join religious life. The program has big impact to the students as we always get the report from the schools.
- Sport and informal activities - To develop or even to enrich the talent of the students, the centre provides some activities such as volley ball, football and dance. Last year, we had volleyball games among the students at the centre because the centre had set up volley ball pitch. We also had football games with Nadirkonyen Centre and Nakwamekwi Parish with intend is to create a good relationship among the students, and attended the talent show at Bishop Mahon Centre which was held by the Radio Akicha. At this stage, the centre tries to help them out by supporting, guiding and teaching them. We become conscious that through these activities can help them in their future.
- Electronic devices
- 2 computers
- 1 screen TV
- 1 laptop
- 1 lamination machine
- 1 scanner
- 2 printers
- 1 radio tapes
- 1 DVD player
- 1 VCD player
- 1 Deck player
- 1 fridge
- 1 small organ (donated from BHK Brothers)
- 3 cattle’s
- 1 microwaves
- 1 big speaker
- 2 microphones
- 4 wall clocks
- Other Things
- Anna Nanjala Costumes
- 10 blue t-shirts
- 11 red t- shirts
- 11 blue shorts
- 1 ball (football)
- 2 volley ball
- 2 bats for table’s tennis.
- 1 racket for badminton
- 55 tables
- 13 cupboards
- 2 attached cupboards
- 3 cement cupboards
- 36 benches
- 11 plastic chairs
- 16 covered chairs
- More than 100 wooden chairs
- 7 Long benches
- 50 glasses
- 37 plastics plates
- 2 yellow metal mugs
- 3 green plastic jugs
- 2 red plastics jugs
- 46 cups
- 1 kettle
- 36 glasses
- 3 plastic for putting sugar
- 1 binding paper
- 1 metallic hot pots
- 1 plastic hot pots
- 3 small purple basins
- 1 big knife
- 2 small knifes
- 2 serving spoons
- 11 plastic cups
- 3 metallic cups
- 1 sinia (dulang)
- 5 spoons
- 2 forks
- 1 small long pipe
- 1 big long pipe
- 1 jembe
- 1 spade
- 1 rake
- 1 hammer
- 1 tree cutter
- 1 pliers
- 3 screw star drivers
- 1 big screw flat driver
- 1 chisel
- 1 long ruler
- 1 protector ruler
- 1 triangle ruler
- 20 painting brushes
- 1 developer photocopy
- 5 paints
- 2 flat tester
- 1 pin opener
- 2 staplers
- 1 big stapler
- All files for finance report from 2008 – 2010
- All files Anna Nanjala Report from 2008 – 2010
- All files for the receipts
- All files for letters since 2008 – 2010
- All files for the books
- 1 photocopy machine (not working)
- 3 attached wooden outside new library
- 1 small attached wooden inside new library
- 3 big attached wooden inside new library
- 2 small wooden outside old hall
- 10 attached wooden inside old hall
- 2 big attached wooden inside the hall
- 2 black boards
- 1 square blackboard
- 1 metallic cupboard
- 1 small metallic table
- 1 pangga
- 6 mats
- 2 torches
- 132 tapes for children
- 56 DVDs and VCDs for children
- Cards games
- Scrambles games
- Draft games
- Solitaire or marble games
- For line up games
- Puzzle games
- Letters games
- Tumble games
- Boggle games
- Pick and mix people games
- Snake games
- 251 novels for big people
- 1 saving power for computers
- 1 generator + its cable
- More than 100 chairs
- 1 saving power for fridge
- 6 extension cables
- 4 small speakers for computers
- 2 jiko for cooking
- 4 metallic buckets
- 2 plastic buckets
- 2 black water tanks
- 3 water drums
In the year 2010, the centre had tried a lot on how to improve. We thank God for the blessing that we received from Him. Through hard time, we finally got support from good people especially to BHK Brothers that the Congregation donated one new library to Anna Nanjala Education Centre and Diocese of Lodwar generally. The centre is still looking forward to finding some funds from well wishers that can support the program or the running cost of the centre.
In our service, we are happy with what we are doing. We hope that people who come to the centre will also feel the great touches from our ministry. What we can do is to move on and make some good effects on our services in the coming years especially in 2011. Not to forget, we also ask for the forgiveness’ if our services were not satisfied.
We also realize that the challenges are always there but we will try our best to cope the problem by working hard with people around and Diocese of Lodwar in general. We will undertake what we supposed to do. We really need a lot the collaboration from those people who come and work together with us the teachers, students, any NGO’s and the government through their efforts in meetings, seminars and workshops. These people are the one who really support the centre. As a centre, we really appreciate a lot for their supports. From the deepest part of our heart the centre would like to thank the all donators for extending their blessing hands to the Diocese of Lodwar particularly Anna Nanjala Centre. May the Almighty God always bless their life. Last but not least, Anna Nanjala Centre is wishing you “A MERRY CHRISTMAS 2010 AND HAPPY NEW YEAR 2011”. God always bless your good heart.