Honorine is an 8 year old KPI participant and P3 student at Mwanabiri Primary School. She joined KPI in August of this year and immediately showed her¬†leadership skills on her team and in the community. Honorine is the first to answer questions from the coaches, lend a helping hand to teammates and offer solutions to help her team solve challenges on and off the field. Honorine is truly an ambassador for KPI. During a closing circle in November, coaches asked players to name their contribution to KPI. Honorine said, “My contribution is to learn everything that I can about gender equity at KPI and to teach it to everyone I meet in the community.”

Liliane signing the papers to her new land!

Liliane signing the papers to her new land!

Like many KPI children, Honorine and her family face poverty at home, but Honorine’s case is extreme. Honorine’s mother, Lilione, has 5 children, all between the ages of 2 and 12. This year, Lilione’s husband abandoned the family. He moved to the capital in search of work, but married another woman and is no longer connected to Honorine or the rest of his children. This has left Lilione to be the sole provider for the family. They are currently living with family, but have been told that they will be kicked out and made homeless. In addition, the youngest child is suffering from malnutrition.

When the challenges faced by Honorine’s family were brought to the attention of KPI staff, they jumped into action. KPI immediately provided Sasoma, a nutrient rich porridge
specifically for children suffering from malnutrition, for 3 months to feed the entire family. KPI then raised $1,400 to buy land and build a house for Lilione and her 5 children sothat they would never have to worry about being homeless again. In addition, KPI is going to buy second hand clothes for Lilione to sell in the market in Nyanza, a nearby town. This will create a sustainable income for Lilione to support her family.
In November, KPI purchased the land for Lilione. KPI will begin construction of the house in the new year!