The values of this competition are within the Umoja (unity) banner of combining Australians and Kenyans in the desire to help Kenyans attain a better life through training; in agriculture, fencing and casual employment and encouraging self-sustainability. It is hard to gain more than a primary education but most Kenyans are wise and beautiful souls. We encourage them to enter, even if they do not feel they can write well in English. Give it a go and enjoy writing about your beautiful country using the theme ‘Child’ (mtoto).
We have wavered the entry fee for you. This is so you can be involved in this competition in your own way. By providing this second branch of the competition we hope to gain some wonderful stories from the very people this competition is about. We believe education, particularly through writing and reading is vitally important and can help you do amazing things.
You can download an entry form here: Umoja Writing Comp Form 2015 Kenyan or on the entry form page.
When I asked founder Cathy Booth how things are going in Kenya at the moment she told me,”Yes Kenya is in a terrible way at present. Tourism down to around 25% so there for thousands and thousands laid off work, which means no money, which means no food and those who are working then have to help the others as no ‘government handouts’ like here to simply stay alive. Children get pulled out of school, as even the money to send them to school isn’t there, and even if they do go to school, the 80 cents (Aus$) to do exams isn’t a priority, so therefore the children will never get past primary school if they even finish that.”
What better reason then, than to encourage a love of writing in the Kenyan people! Please join the Australians who are entering to help the Umoja Orphanage Kenya and enjoy the process of writing. If you have any difficulty sending your entry please ask a teacher in your community to help you. Good luck! (Bahati nzuri).