Una altra història del que fan a Kimlea

En articles anteriors ja havíem parlat del drama dels desplaçats, arran dels disturbis civils després de les eleccionsd e desembre del 2007. Un dels camps de desplaçats era a Tigoni, aprop de Kimlea, i des de l’escola van intentar ajudar per diferents vies les famílies que hi malvivien, escapades dels incendis d’Eldoret. Ara hem trobat un article sobre la tasca d’aquells mesos: des de Kimlea van preparar 70 dones perquè puguessin fer noves feines. Empower ho descriu amb més força.

L’article recull històries com la de Nancy Nyambura, que estava a l’església incendiada d’Eldoret i va poder escapar amb dos nens que no coneixia de res.

When the fumes of a raging fire at the Assemblies of God Church in Eldoret town, Kenya, started suffocating her, Nancy Nyambura’s survival instinct went into high gear. She looked for the nearest window, forced it open and jumped out. But cries from two boys still stuck inside moved her to go back in and rescue them. As she tried to get out a second time, falling debris fell on her hand. She was lucky to escape. 30 people perished on the spot, their charred remains buried under the debris of the burnt building.
“I went straight to hospital with the children. I didn’t even know who their parents were. I had to keep going for a week at the Moi referral hospital because of my injured hand. By then I had moved to the Eldoret Cathedral joining other people evicted from their homes,” she said.

Això era al gener del 2008, en plena fúria contra els kikuyus (la tribu del president electe Mubaki). L’església havia semblat un bon refugi a dones i nens del poble de Kiambaa. La Nancy, deu mesos després, estava al campament de desplaçats interns de Limuru, tot esperant el permís de l’Estat per tornar a les seves terres d’origen. El campament el dirigeix la Word of Faith Church (de les denominacions de les esglésies en parlarem en una altra ocasió). Segons el pastor que dirigia el campament, s’han mantingut gràcies a donacions, perquè la policia va descarregar els desplaçats sense aliments ni llits.

El panorama no era fàcil:

For many at the camp life is bleak. Other than food and shelter, hardly any of their other needs are met. Dwelling over past injustices has driven some insane. But Nyambura has not been idle. She started attending sewing, cookery and knitting classes at the nearby Kimlea Technical Training Centre. Kimlea is an initiative of Kianda Foundation, a local Foundation dedicated to the empowerment of women through education. The sessions were organised to give the women from the IDP camps skills that could help them earn a living. It was also an attempt to keep them busy. Counselling sessions are also given to help them come to terms with the past.

La Frankie, que com bé sabeu és incombustile en la seva capacitat d’inventar-se coses per ajudar la gent, va organitzar que dones del campament assistissin a Kimlea, fora de l’horari docent de les noies. Els han ensenyat cuina, gèneres de punt, costura i administració d’empreses. Les dones venien de granges agrícoles i sense granges no tenien possibilitat de tirar endavant sense algun aprenentatge. Després de les classes, Kianda Foundation els oferia un microcrèdit.

Once the women had learned the skills, Kianda Foundation gave each of them capital to start a small business. Each one however has to pay back 20% of the loan.

With a capital loan amounting to 135 US dollars, Nyambura is now making poncho’s for sale using the knitting skills she learned. She has also bought petticoats in bulk which she sells to the town residents. Her efforts have enabled her to pay back the 20% loan she received. “I have really benefited because I had never done crochet, never sat in front of a knitting machine, and now I know that my future life is assured because I will be able to earn a living,” Nyambura said.

Tot esperant la seva recolocació futura, moltes d’aquestes dones ja van començar a posar en marxa el seu propi negoci al campament. Moltes saben que no tornaran a casa seva.

The Word of Faith camp still has 358 IDPS  waiting for this package. For most of them, going back home to their farms is simply not an option. Painful memories, the fear of more reprisals and the unsolved land question are obstacles that still loom large. Nyambura’s family has opted to begin a new life in Limuru Town. Starting all over again to build a secure life is never easy, but for her, it will not be as difficult with the skills she has learned.

Aquí teniu la Nancy amb el seu ponxo (recordeu que Limuru és a 2.000 metres!):

La Nancy amb el ponxo

La Nancy amb el ponxo

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