In the 2020 Annual Report of ABE Club, we are delighted to highlight our
continued work and success in our core programs of supporting youth education
and women’s empowerment and in the extension of our work supporting health,
hygiene, food security, and better farming practices in the Kasigau region of Kenya.
2020 was a challenging year for the entire world with the global coronavirus
pandemic, including Kasigau, and ABE Club emerged as a community leader and
partner to help our villages tackle the problem of Covid-19 with supportive
services such as providing clean water, hand-washing stations, and masks to the
community. We also officially opened and kicked off full operation of the Bungule
Health Center in the middle of the pandemic, providing an added resource to the
community as government clinics struggled with the coronavirus. We also
showcase the progress and success of our tuition program for primary and
secondary school students and the teacher’s salary program that keeps some area
schools staffed with well-trained teachers. We also show how we have helped the
local people who depend on subsistence farming to have better yields by providing
high-quality seeds that we distributed, and we are working on developing better
farming practices as well. As crop failure has been an issue due to drought, ABE
provided relief food to starvation-stricken villages to alleviate the suffering. Our
women’s empowerment sewing group continues to work as we get new orders for
bags and we have recently included a group of skilled disabled people in the
sewing group. The disabled sewing group made masks that were distributed to the
community for COVID-19 safety uses. We cannot thank our donors and sponsors
enough for the alleviation of poverty and suffering – which they contribute to the
community. It is indeed a great blessing to receive support from the donors and
we hope as you read this report, you can bear witness to how your help is making a
big positive impact in vulnerable people’s lives
The ABE Club, which was founded at Miramonte High School in 2004, works to
improve the lives of students and villagers in a semi-arid region of southwestern
Kenya called Kasigau. Kasigau is located near Tsavo National Park and has an
approximate population of twenty thousand according to the 2019 census. Founded
in 2004, ABE works closely with local leaders on educational and community
Vision: A non-profit organization that strives for equality and parity in both
academic and economic life among societies in Africa.
Mission: To inspire lifelong learning, utilize skills, alleviate poverty and improve
social standards of the society.
Overview of the Newsletter
ABE Club undertook the following projects in 2020:
• Amy Nicholls Community Center improvements
• Student sponsorships
• Bungule Medical Clinic completion and opening
• Microfinance activities: Kasigau Women’s Group (KWG) sewing
• School support: Kasigau Girls water project
• Early childhood development education and primary teacher’s support.
• Seed and food program
We comment on each of these projects in the 2020 Newsletter and provide a
summary and our 2021 plans at the end of the report
Amy Nicholls Community Center Improvements
The Any Nicholls center is located in the village of Bungule and is the center of
many activities for the Kasigau region. The Community Center is very beautiful
and well maintained inside and outside. We appreciate the efforts by ABE Club in
making sure the center is well kept. It is through such efforts that we recently
hosted groups of women and youth to be empowered on small-scale business and
business startups that will help them improve their livelihoods. This event was
graced by, among other people, a representative from the office of the Senator of
Many improvements were made to the center during 2020 including the
improvement of the grounds. We share below a few photographs of how the center
Student Sponsorship Program
Over the years, the ABE Club has been paying fees to support bright but needy
students to help with their education. This year 2020 was initially not exceptional,
although along the way, things changed, and we did not have much choice since it
was a government directive to have schools closed due to COVID-19. We did,
however, have to pay fees to students who had joined schools for at least one term.
A total of seventy-six (76) students were in our program. We also had our
beneficiaries in the Trade School Technical Institute (TSTI) programs who were
called to join various universities and colleges. These were funded and until this
writing they have done the first semester. We hope to do more in the 2021 academic year since schools are set to fully revamp their activities. We will
therefore need funds for these students which ABE Club raises from donors. We
will forever be grateful to every donor and supporter who has timely and cheerfully
helped us achieve our community dreams.
Sponsored Student Stories
Linet Nyevu comes from the Mkamenyi area of Kasigau. She happens to have
been sponsored by another organization during her secondary school and later the
organization terminated the sponsorship, citing lack of funds. By then Linet wanted
to join college to pursue her diploma course in teaching. Unfortunately, due to a
poor family background, Linet failed to continue with her education until she met
our Director Amos Makalo in 2019. Linet narrates her story, which is very
touching. In her home, they are ten (10) siblings. Some are older and have been
married, some are still in primary school and one boy is still in high school.
However, as of now, she is the only one in the family who has managed to qualify
for a higher education. Our analysis and conclusion therefore pointed out that Linet
might be the greatest hope to the family, specifically to her younger brother in high
school and two other siblings in primary school. Her story ranges from the
destitution of family to her working at a gas station at some point in order to at
least see the ends meet.
We therefore enrolled Linet in the TSTI program, where she joined St. Paul’s
Kibabii College where she is studying for a diploma in teaching. The news of her
sponsorship brought bundles of joy to her family, especially her mother. Linet
promised to work very hard so as to have her diploma which will definitely help
her in the job market and her future endeavors. Linet wants to become a teacher,
help her family and other children in the society with her teaching skills. She
describes ABE Club as a great strength to the vulnerable groups in the society. She
is very thankful for the support and more so for the devoted donors led by Mr.
Stephen Isaacs and his family. She prays for your increase in wealth as you
cheerfully give to give hope to the hopeless.
Below are some of our students in their respective universities, and more stories of
students in our TSTI Program
Anybody who has happened to visit Zungulukani village will have a story to tell.
Situated in the interior and remote areas of Kasigau and Kwale county border,
Zungulukani has more challenges compared to any other village in Kasigau. There
is no clean piped water in the area and human – wildlife conflicts are a daily
problem. Food is in scarcity and when people are hoping for a bumper harvest,
drought strikes. It’s one of the villages where government involvement is a
nightmare, and there is no health facility. When someone has to access medical
attention, they have to travel close to seven (7) kilometers. The primary school had
insufficient classrooms until recently when the county government came in to
salvage the situation. ABE Club has been actively giving this village a lot of
support when it comes to any form of aid. At one point we issued residents with
clothes. Other times we distributed maize and recently we distributed both certified
seeds and maize flour.
Many of the children who come from this village don’t proceed beyond secondary
level of education, in fact most of them end in primary. This therefore explains
why as we as the ABE fraternity are excited to help a child in Zungulikani who has
beaten the odds and is at the university. Extra effort is needed to create and sustain a better tomorrow for Zungulukani society.
Additional Success Stories of Student Sponsorship
NAME: CHARITY KALAMBI KALUKI.
COLLEGE: MASINDE MULIRO UNIVERSITY
COURSE: BACHELOR OF COMMERCE
YEAR OF STUDIES: 2020-2024.
At the outskirt of Kasigau mountain, Kisimenyi Village, we meet our girl who is
our next coverage of success story. Charity is the last born of seven (7) children,
three brothers and four sisters. Coming from a humble background, Charity wanted
to change the wanting situation by the time she is of age. Growing up she would
witness her family struggle with everything. They could not have enough food at
the table from time to time. Some of her siblings had to drop high school due to
lack of school fees. She resolved to be the difference.
She did well in her primary levels’ studies at Kisimenyi Primary School. By the
time she was in grade eight, everyone in their family was sure that their girl was to
make them proud. She sat for her KCPE, (Kenya Certificate of Primary
Education) and scored 329 marks, which was good enough to see her proceed for
her secondary education. Come January 2016, she was called to join Kajire High School. Unfortunately, she could not join since her parents could not afford the
fees. She watched as her peers leave for school and wondered if that could be the
end of her dream.
Her family joined hands to enable her to join high school. They did a fund drive
that raised a little money that will only see her join a day school if any. After wide
consultation and discussion, she resorted to join Kasigau Girls. Faithful enough she
went on boarding not knowing the uphill task on her parents. Yes, as Charity
stayed for her first term, things did not work. She was in huge fee balances and she
recalls being sent back home immediately which she highlighted at the school gate
during the half term break. Despite the many challenges, Charity was very bright.
In fact, she had distinction in her midterm exam, thus putting her at a vantage point
when it came to school general performance. The head teacher had little choice but
to allow her stay in class despite the flow gap in fee payment.
One fine day, while the ABE team was visiting Kasigau girls, paying school fees
and checking on children progress, she met Amos who accessed her, checked her
records with the school accounts and there was no doubt that this young girl
needed our help…….
Charity was immediately absorbed in the system and her school fees balances
cleared. This was a turning point for Charity. She therefore settled and nothing
could come as an excuse for her performance. She assured the team that she was
going to work extra hard to making sure that this rare opportunity is fully utilized
come the end of her four years in high school.
In her second year, there was some positive development. Charity was performing
so well that she was not facing the right competition at that time. She was leading
in her class and at some point, and it was clear that she was destined for some other
challenges. Her parents therefore asked to transfer her to Murray Girls High
school, where she joined Form Two and the rest of her secondary school life.
Luckily, ABE Club at this point was sponsoring students outside the Kasigau area
too. She was therefore supported fully, and we made sure she settled in her new
environment. Come 2019, she sat for her exams and true to our expectation she
scored a C+, which could see her secure a place at the university
These results were a major relief for Charity, since now she was sure of a place in
University and also a chance in our TSTI program under our new policy of 2016.
She was excited and all she was waiting is the calling letter from a range of
universities she had earlier selected. She was called to join Masinde Muliro
University of Agriculture and Technology.
She joined with the help of ABE Club and she is pursuing her Bachelor of
Commerce. We wish her all the best in her endeavors.
Chidoti Ngoka is the second-born son from a family of eight (8) children of the late
Mzee Ngoka. He comes from a humble background from Sasenyi Village and until
we met him, Chidoti had less or rather no hope at all of joining high school.
It all started when he was in grade eight (8), the young boy was so bright, in fact,
teachers at Sasenyi primary guided and hoped that somehow the young man will
secure a scholarship with the banking sector. He therefore was geared towards the
350-pass mark, which was set by banking institution. He had put all his eggs in this
one basket, that is getting marks above 350 and secure a direct scholarship.
Teachers on the other side were encouraging and available to guide the class for
Sasenyi village, is an interior and remote area situated off Bughuta and some 5 km
away. It is a semi-arid area with water scarcity and food shortage year-in year-out.
It is however ironic that this same place, we find families with many children. The
most amazing part is that these people are bright, focused and purposeful. They set
goals and work towards achieving them.
Chidoti is no stranger to this contradicting situation, himself coming from such a
family. As he was narrating to us his story, he notes that their first born was not
able to finish high school because of school fees and that he was working on casual
labor jobs, however he had in fact scored some good marks to enable him join high
school. He also tells of his very bright and promising sister, now in Form Two.
From this analysis, we find a family with great minds and right attitudes, but with a
problem of funds. The other discouraging part was, at the time Chidoti was sitting
for his exam, his mother was sick and therefore, proceeds from his father’s casual
job went to the medicals bill of his mother.
Chidoti sat for his Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE), in the year
2015. Early 2016 the result was out and good enough he had managed 351 marks,
one mark above the banking sector sponsorship pass mark. He went on to apply for
the scholarship and to his bemusement, things did not turn out as expected. He did
not secure a scholarship, and this therefore meant the end of his hopes for joining
high school. He sorted to know why, but that was in vain. Somehow the sector had
gone for much higher grades. This therefore meant Chidoti had hit the end of the
He sorted further assistance from the Principal of Moi High school, who then
approached ABE Club for assistance. The management of ABE settled for a full
scholarship for the young man, and soon he joined Moi Boys Kasigau. “I joined the school very late; school fees challenge was a major drawback to me and there
was nothing I could do after failing to secure a scholarship with the banking
industry. I was at home contemplating to repeat class eight so as to wait for
possible scholarships one year later. The week I joined school; it was almost the
last week to mid-term break” said Chidoti. He further stated that the father was
working as a casual laborer to make ends meet, while supporting the family and the
mother who was sick and was in dire need of medical attention and support.
During his four years at Moi high school, Chidoti was an ambitious and intelligent
boy. In fact, he scored distinction in most of his internal exams and the ABE
fraternity knew that the boy had something special, and his career was heading the
right direction. True to our speculation and judging from his previous
performance, we had no doubt in our mind but to be optimistic about his results.
He sat for his KCSE in 2019 and scored B. It was a joy for us the ABE family for
this is an achievement that was last scored by Mr. Amos, ABE Club Director.
Chidoti was later called to join the University of Nairobi to pursue his
undergraduate. He was enrolled to study Bachelor of Arts (Mathematics and
We wish Chidoti the best in his future endeavor as we continue to support him
under TSTI program.
ABE takes every opportunity available to better the lives of the society. We
understand from facts that, if families have food, children will ultimately go to
school and they will be provided with other basic needs such as a uniform and
books. Parents will use money for other development initiatives not on food
supplies. We therefore catch the process at the roots and provide certified seed to
farmers in small scale farming so as to enable them to have a good harvest. In 2020
we had some challenges since the number of needy families who needed these
seeds increased. In fact, we only gave very little compared to the average need
At the beginning of the planting season, we distributed quality and certified seeds
to our farmers around the Kasigau area. We have provided families with seeds to
plant in their fields. We had projected that the previous season’s harvest will be
enough for families until the end of this season, however as things are turning out
to be this is not the case. In fact, we have already made the first distribution of
relief food to needy and vulnerable groups around Kasigau. With the rains also
falling below the expected, we have worries of food security and basic needs such
as education may adversely be affected
The rains began very well. The seeds that we had distributed were doing well up
until mid-December where it got very hot. We made some visits and we got
worried since the scorching sun had begun to wither the maize on the shamba.
Farmers could do nothing but watch their hard work perish, which is a heartbreaking experience and a wake-up call to us to devise mechanisms of averting such situations in the future. As time passed and hopes faded, hunger set in and we had
to do some food relief awaiting the little harvest that the farmers will have this
Relief Food Project
ABE Club has in the past provided food directly to vulnerable families to cover
them during the hunger period. With the help of Stephen Isaacs, family and
friends, we have fed close to 500 households when the need arises. Kasigau is a
semi-arid region, and the place has been experiencing mild rainfall from time-totime. It is because of this that the residents sometimes plant but not harvest enough food for their families. We have been feeding these families but again this a
temporary solution to a very permanent problem. This year in fact the situation is
slowly getting out of hand, since the children who could before spend most of their
time in school, where they could at least be under a food relief program by AP and
government, now are with their parents at home and ends don’t seem to close to
meeting. Families have used what they had harvested in the previous season to
feed themselves, but what many anticipated as the long rains have not arrived, and
we are really crossing our fingers for the rains to come so that people can harvest.
A midst of these challenges we are optimistic of a good ending. Currently its very
hot and sunny too. We however feel that if some mechanisms are employed now,
we might soon have a permanent solution to this problem. With some financial
help, we can dig huge water pans to help store water during the long rain season
and use the same to irrigate the shambas late at the end of the season and/or during
the dry time of the year. This we believe can be a permanent solution to hunger.
The fortunate thing about Kasigau is that the land is very fertile.
With this we believe the long run effect will be enough food for the communities
in Kasigau area. We might save the cost of feeding the same community with
$5000 each month, yearly. Which makes it to $60000 a year on food only.
Bungule Community Health Center
As covered earlier in the last year’s newsletter, Bungule Health Center was a
product of and completely financed by Mr. Stephen, without using ABE funds,
having the people of Bungule and the entire Kasigau region at heart. The long
awaited and walked journey finally came to its true realization this year 2020,
October. We had earlier indicated our wish and the dedication that of Mr. Steve to
have the community access health care nearer compared to the past years.
We appreciate every effort from other donors and partners who sacrificed their
money, and extended that helping hand through ABE, so as to make the health
facility complete with drugs and supplies. We can gladly report that the facility is
now operational and effectively serving the community as was our desire.
We pursued government guidelines on registration and also the county requirement
on operation of such facility. The requirement we fully met, and we were approved
to commence service delivery. Luckily, Mariam, one of ABE’s student
beneficiaries who trained as a medical officer is the Clinical Officer who has been
sponsored by ABE Club, was until September, working at Rukanga Dispensary, and was being paid by ABE club. Therefore, when we were permitted to begin
service delivery, Mariam switched to the health facility where she is now working
on full time basis.
We must also note that, this facility, came into operation at a time of global crisis
with COVID-19, and indeed the world we are living in now is the new normal.
COVID 19 has become a threat to the global community. By the time I was writing
this article, the healthy sector in Kenya had become concerned about a lack of
government commitment to their remuneration demand.
For sustainability of the health facility, we consulted widely and broadly with Mr.
Isaacs on the possibility of handing over the facility to the county government of
Taita-Taveta. We agreed to initiate the process and this year we are happy to reportmajor progress. The county government sent a health team lead by Health Minister
Mr. John Mwakima. The team was satisfied with the outstanding job of building
and maintaining the place, thanks to Mr. Clive Ward, who supervised the
construction. At the time of their visit, service delivery had commenced, and they
were pleased with the commitment the donor had on the health services to the
community. In the future we hope to have volunteers from USA to come and offer
their services in matters of health in the facility too.
In the Kasigau area, these are very difficult times since not all the health facilities
are offering service. This means the Bungule facility is now handling a maximum
number of patients on a daily basis. Mariam, being the only medical officer in the
facility at the moment is working under immense pressure. She needs to handle all
the patients and also administer prescribed medicine. We hope to have the county
government on board and provide support to enable us to have some medical
personnel, medicine, vaccines and equipment.
Note, at the time of operation, the clinic was facilitated with some basic
equipment. This means we still are in need of equipment. We are also are in need
of some key personnel such as a chemist and lab technician for such operations to
take place effectively.
The facility also has a maternity wing that is not yet in operation. If funded, this
wing will be utilized by our mothers that are still visiting other health facilities
situated in Makwasinyi and Rukanga for delivery. On average the facility can
handle up to 25 patients daily.
Kasigau Girls Water Connection.
The emergence of COVID 19 brought about difficulties in every sector and education was no
exception. As in many countries, the education sector was hard hit by the coronavirus and most
schools were closed indefinitely. The government thereafter issued guidelines and health
protocols before schools can resume. One of these is that schools must have accessible and
adequate water supply for hygiene practices. ABE Club, on critical analysis of some schools,
found enough compelling reasons to help with the installation of water at Kasigau Girls.
Kasigau Girls is situated in the interior areas of Makwasinyi village and is a couple of miles
away from the water catchment area. During one of Stephen’s visits to Kenya. he had a meeting
with the head teacher and examined their concerns, and after a health consultation, ABE Club
settled on supporting the installation of water at the school. Of course, some delays happened
pending the search for funds to implement such projects. We therefore had the funds to
implement this noble project this year. Coincidentally, coronavirus challenges catalyzed our
commitment and the purchases of one-inch-thick water pipes and a 10,000-liter capacity water
tank. The water is now flowing at Kasigau girls and we know that the Form Four group of
students are having enough water, as the school plan to resume fully its academics next year.
One thing we are sure of is that the water installation at Kasigau Girls is done and the problem of
water shortage is fully solved. We wish to appreciate ABE Club’s support and commitment to
raise funds and every donor and supporter who gave to ensure the project was a success
In the same spirit of putting more efforts to help schools comply with the ministry
guidelines on COVID-19, we managed to supply buckets for hand washing and
detergents to each primary school around Kasigau. This is an initiative that we felt
needed some emphasis now that learners are set to revamp learning full-time in
2021. We appreciate the efforts our donors have made to fund hygiene programs to
make sure our schools are a safe place for our learners. The club does appreciate
Mr. Isaacs for his hurried support such as this which was not initially in our budget
Kasigau Weavers Group – Commercial Bag Production Project
This year, we appreciate the 2000 bags order that we received. We are short of
enough gratitude and expression of joy of the mothers who were in the hardest
economic times brought about by Corona Virus effect. 2020 has been a year with
so many challenges, especially when COVID 19 struck most parts of the world.
Although Kasigau has had no reported cases, schools were closed, children stayed
at home, some husbands who were bread winners also lost their jobs. The trickledown effect was a difficult economic problem for many villagers. The 2000 bags
order which we received is underway, and we can also report that sewing is in
progress and we have seen a number of young mothers enroll with the group, so as
to gain skills and also earn their daily bread. Every coin that we put in their pocket
is a smile and progress step to economic stability of women and vulnerable groups
in the Kasigau Community. In the future we will appreciate and also anticipate big
orders to keep these women busy and even add more groups from all over Kasigau.
Masks for COVID-19 Protection
When COVID-19 struck the world, our team embarked on tackling the new normal
head on. Through our Director of Operations Amos Makalo, we asked for funds to
make cloth masks to help keep people safe first. We are glad to report that Mr.
Stephen, with other generous sponsors, facilitated us with money to purchase
materials and ask the women of the area to sew the masks. We were able to make
masks and distributed in schools and villages. The proceeds of this activity went
directly to these women’s pockets hence they could afford meals in their homes.
Interestingly, we were able to get a unique group in Bughuta that also sewed the
masks. These are a disabled group that is skilled and were very instrumental in the
making of face masks. We wish to partner with these women to see how best to
uplift their lives in the future.
In 2021 school is set to resume. One of the requirements from the Ministry of
Education is that each leaner should have at least two reusable masks. This is
major concern to us, and we feel there is a great need in school. During the
October to December classes which were for this year’s candidates and learners in
grade four we managed to distribute to them each a mask, covering learners in
Kasigau and their teachers. But with the schools set to resume fully, we are set to
witness learners without masks attending schools hence putting others in danger
and maybe forced to stay at home. We wish therefore to find ways to channel
funding to this activity that will also create job opportunity for the sewing women.
School Fees and Teacher Support
ABE has been committed to education since its founding in 2004, and still remains
focused on support for education. In this regard therefore, we are glad to report that
in 2020 we successfully supported two very important programs.
ABE has students ranging from high school to university. At the beginning of this
year 2020, all the programs of education were running smoothly. Our students in
high school had resumed classes with school fees for term one paid in full.
Unfortunately, after two months of study, the coronavirus disrupted all learning
activities in Kenya. Learning institutions were shut down. We also had our
students in the TSTI programs, whose fees were paid too. Again, the same problem
paralyzed the learning programs since March 2020. Despite all these setbacks, we
are focused on seeing that the necessary support for our students is accorded to
once schools resumes in 2021. However, it is worth noting that, some universities resumed their learning programs three months ago. This therefore means ABE
Club paid for a number of students who are in these institutions. High schools also
opened their learning programs to students who were to sit for their national
exams. This means therefore we paid for fees of students in their final years too.
One major challenge that we are facing is the introduction of E-learning, where
students access their learning online. The group that we deal with, are very needy,
If the club can pay their fees, their parents and guardians are required to support
other personal needs and necessities in school. Most of which has been a challenge,
and some would have to forfeit some basics citing lack of money. Online learning
therefore is a major challenge, now that students are required to at least have a
laptop for them to access all the subjects, work on assignments and submit. The
feedback from the group on TSTI is, this is a challenge that is threatening their
grades in school. Some have had to part with money for cyber charges to enable
them work on their assignment effectively.
ABE Club for the past four years has been supporting school with supplementary
teachers. These teachers are paid by ABE Club and are stationed in the ECDE
centers and also in some primary schools. During the school closed period that was
caused by coronavirus pandemic, teachers supported by ABE Club were paid their
salaries although by then they were not fully in school duties. We committed
ourselves to paying them even in such a time of economic frustrations. Many have
appreciated this gesture which have helped them survive the harsh reality of
joblessness. And to appreciate this gesture, we have seen their massive support
when it comes to ABE Club activities. Now they are ready to resume work once
the school are opened in early 2021.
Three Banda House (3BH)
The three Banda house is one of the best places that one can stay in the Kasigau
area. Situated at the foot of the Kasigau mountain, the house was funded and built
by Steve Isaacs and family in 2007 and is a perfect example of the great friendship
with the community. 2019, Mr. Stephen donated the facility and land to the
Bungule community to use the facility to create employment and also conduct
among other businesses indoor meetings if there is a need. The community has
been working on the renovation and marketing so as to make sure the place can
host tourists, both local and international, as soon as the world combats COVID19. Kasigau is a host to places where historic events such as the war between the
British and the Germans during the second World war. Also, this being the corridor
of wildlife crossing Tsavo East to/from Tsavo West, it is also the best place to
reside is Kasigau and particularly the at 3BH. This house can accommodate up to
twenty persons at once and provides revenue to the Kasigau community.
The Year Past – 2020
2020 will always remain a year to remember because of what no one could have
overseen: the COVID 19 pandemic. Schools closed, lack of travelling, working
from home, discouraged social gatherings – to name just a few. ABE Club was
adversely affected since all our activities are social based. We were unable to
undertake our annual sports activity that is highly regarded by our young people
and the community at large; and the annual student’s camp among other activities,
which needed socials gathering, had to be cancelled.
But despite the COVID-19 challenges to our activities, we can record some
achievements during the same period. We had managed paying fees for all our
students who attended Term One; we moved in to help the schools and
communities in implementing some of the precautions of COVID-19, as directed
by WHO through our government; all our post-high school students attended their
lessons mostly online, and ABE Club had to move quickly to install a Wi-Fi
hotspot at the Community Center that enabled students to attend their virtual
Medical services became our key focus during this period and ABE Club did
whatever we could to ensure the Bungule community dispensary was up and
running which was the case. People could no longer travel for medical services and
thus reduced the exposure level of COVID 19. So, we stepped out of our comfort
zone and acted with the deserved agency for the people.
While other organization/parties reduced or even stopped their funding to schools,
ABE Club was there to cater for shortages. Schools had compulsory fees/salaries to
pay expenses such as electricity and salaries for security guards, with no students
in schools meant no levies from parents. Schools were in crisis and they turned to
ABE Club for help.
Most people lost their jobs, all students were at home, meaning food budgets at
home had gone very high, and a crisis in homes was evident. ABE Club was able
to give food to some of the very needy families to salvage the situation, and also
managed to empower our famers to boost food security.
So, it is very evident we went out of our way in 2020, worked extra hard, worked
in a different way as so much had changed in so many unexpected ways. We are thankful to Stephen Isaacs and family and all our donors who walked with us
during this trying and unpredictable time. The people of Kasigau will always
remain thankful. Long live ABE Club.
The Year Ahead – 2021
In 2021, ABE Club is looking forward to continuing impacting lives by
implementing life changing activities in Kasigau area. Currently, ABE Club is
serving the entire Kasigau area with a population of over 20,000 people according
to the 2019 census of Kenya. Some villages such as Buguta, Sasenyi and
Zungulukani suffer from water shortages and hunger from time-to-time. This year,
students are back to school for the calendar years and thus this calls for optimal
resourcing and excellent stewardship. The Bungule clinic will also need support
from time-to-time to compliment the county government support. Farmers and
women will appreciate our continued and unwavering support regardless of the
challenges. ABE Club will eagerly help in food relief when called and all factors
are considered to do so. Teachers support and staff support is paramount for the
efficient and effective activity implementation. Could we motivate our students by
having a student’s academic camp? The communities around are yearning for the
famous ABE football tournament. Yes, we will walk that extra mile and deliver to
the best in this year 2021. Yes, together we shall make all the difference!!!
The ABE Club Team
Amos Makalo is the Director of ABE Club Operations in Kasigau, Kenya. Amos
received his training at Kenyatta University and holds a degree in commercefinance