An initiative of the foundation "the children left behind" and the Kenyan foundation "YSDAK". Their mission is to provide care and education to vulnerable children in, and around, Kisumu to provide opportunities for a promising future.
Kenya, or officially the Republic of Kenya, is a country in East Africa. To the north, Kenya shares a border with Ethiopia. The country also has common borders with Somalia in the east, in the south-east with the Indian Ocean, in the south with Tanzania, in the southwest with Lake Victoria, in the west with Uganda and in the northwest with South Sudan.
YSDAK (Youth Sports and Development Association Kenya) was established in 1996 by Gerald Omollo as a Self Help Youth Group in Homa Hills. At the beginning this organization mainly focused on sport activities. However, after the organization saw that the youth and community of Homa Hills needed help, they expanded and officially registered in 2007 as an NGO (Non Governmental Organisation).
YSDAK is spread out over two regions, namely Homa Hills and Kisumu. Each region has a different coordination center with volunteers who organize activities, answer questions from children and help people handle their problems.
Each center has sports- and playground equipment, a few computers and sometimes the facility also contains a library.
The first two classes of this school started on January 2nd, 2010. The school began with two nursery classes for children from 3 to 5 years old. The first day we welcomed eight children who had been accepted through the adoption plan Shika-Tamaa (for more information about the adoption plan see ‘financial sponsorship’).
The language widely spoken in Kenya is Swahili. The school that we started is called JAMILO. This name might sound Swahilisch, but in reality it is a combination of the first letters of the names of the people who established this school. JAMILO is deduced from JAn, Marjolijn, Ineke, Lilian and Omollo. Lilian and Omollo are our Kenyan team members. Omollo is actually the only last name in this bunch (his first name is Gerald), but since everyone calls him Omollo we use his last name.
In 2011, we opened the third and final classroom of the Nursery School.
In 2013, we opened the first classroom of the Primary School. Initially the classes for the primary school started in a temporary building which consisted of sheet metal instead of bricks, because of a lack in financial resources. This material is acceptable by Kenyan standards, because a lot of schools in Kenyan are built with clay. The 2nd classroom opened in 2014, the 3rd in 2015, the 4th in 2016 and the 5th in 2017. In September 2016 a new kitchen was build.
Classroom 6 is in use since January 2018. At the 8th of May 2018 a multipurpose hall, is opened (meant for lunch, parents meetings and school parties). In 2019 furnished with benches and tables. Classroom 7 is in use since Januari 2019 and the last classroom (number 8) since Januari 2020.
In collaboration with the Mr. Paul de Gruyter Foundation, Partin and Wilde Ganzen we build an new toilet Facility in 2021.
In December 2022, a start was made on setting up a 'computer lab' to respond to the new curriculum in which more attention must be paid to computer education.
Click here for a photo impression of the construction of the Jamilo School
It was autumn 2006 when we, (Jan and Ineke Dalm) visited our daughter (Marjolijn), who was doing a project in Kenya for her education. During our visit we were touched by the suffering of orphans due to AIDS. We saw a lot of children who fall between the cracks, children who don’t get to go to school and don’t learn how to read or write, with a lack of care, badly fed, barely dressed and without any medical care. These children barely have the opportunity to develop themselves. Furthermore, we found dilapidated schools, that barely had any facilities and had over-crowded classes. These schools were often so poor, that even for the children who are able to go to school, it is impossible to learn anything.....
Intervention was necessary!