Children in early childhood education centers drawn from various schools in Bungoma County were a happy lot after receiving learning materials that included books from Lions club international in an initiative aimed at helping ease education programs at an early stage.
Lions club international president Kitale branch Eunice Ongachi while presiding over the exercise at Desece headquarters office in Mukuyuni, Tongaren Sub County, where six hundred pupils benefitted, said the efforts are geared towards helping the early childhood education teachers fight illiteracy in an easy way.
She disclosed that they had started rolling out the program in Trans Nzoia County where several pupils have already benefitted and will be spreading the efforts to other Counties including West Pokot so as to help a large population of the children access education easily.
She added that the donations are usually from well-wishers who seek to help the needy in the society, saying as a club, they act as the link between the two. She added that they will identify the needy schools in the society which are strictly public school and present to them the essential material.
“We are celebrating one hundred years in service and we are doing so by empowering the community, and in other areas where we feel the community is in need of our services we ensure we come in handy to uplift the living standards,” she said.
The president further disclosed that they are also focusing on the conservation of the environment, saying they provide tree seedlings for planting for the community. She said apart from the normal trees planted, they encourage members of the public to plant fruit trees so that they can in the end benefit from them.
Desece Director Sophie Elizabeth Kibuywa who is also a member of Lion’s club said the issue of illiteracy in the society should be a thing of the past that is why they are teaming up to provide the learning materials to the children in the society.
During the event the children were also provided with food an initiative she says will help them concentrate in class saying a child who is well fed will be able to post better results in class.
She further called upon the parents to be cooperative so as to benefit from the program saying it will be their joy to eradicate illiteracy among the children, adding that if they get more resources they will be able to reach out to more children.