Hope for Teenage Mothers

Hope for Teenage Mothers seeks to advance a knowledgeable community on the problems faced by the Teenage Mothers and the negative effects of underage pregnancies. We want to empower the teenage mothers socially and economically .We also seek to ensure that the girl child exercise her rights and is protected from teenage motherhood.
Oct 11, 2010

TOUCHING LIVES OF MOST VULNERABLE -MUKURU SLUMS (KENYA)

Kenyan Bag
Kenyan Bag

The last three months has been weeks of various activities.

15 girls joined the vocational training class in the months of March 2010.The girls were from the slums where they had undergone different life experiences due to the family dynamics, peer influence, bad exposure and poverty. They suffered from fear, low esteem, anger, guilt and self pity. Through life skills training and counseling they are gradually overcoming their psychological feelings and have been seen to gain their self esteem. 

The girls self esteem can be seen from the life skills of the hand bags they have made. We have been able to buy the materials for making these bags through your kind donations. Thank you. These bags will be sold in our Kenyan markets and outside. The profits we make will be used to buy more materials and part of it will go to the girls’ livelihood.  We encourage you to share this information with your friends who could be interested with the ‘Kenyan bag’ to contact us.  Each bag will cost $ 12 only.

Hope for teenage mothers is touching the lives of the most vulnerable orphaned children of the slum in which our project is situated.Over 157 orphaned  children from Mukuru received school uniforms tailored by HTM project. These children had low esteem as they either had torn uniforms or had no uniform at all. This impacted negatively on their performance due to low self esteem. One girl from class 3 said. ‘Now I look like other children as I now have a school uniform. My mother will be very happy when I go home today’.

Global giving is matching all donations made in the month of October from 12th October to 21st October 2010 in the matching campaign.Please share this information with all your friends so that we get the greatest Match for this year.

We would love to have your input on how we can change more lives to make a better world for the most vulnerable in our society.

Thank you for your continuous generous support.

 

Yours faithfully

Lucy Ndungu

HTM girls display their Kenyan made hand bags
HTM girls display their Kenyan made hand bags
HTM changing lives for young children2
HTM changing lives for young children2
HTM changing lives for young children1
HTM changing lives for young children1

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Sep 1, 2010

INNOVATIVENESS FROM THE TEENAGE MOTHERS OF KENYA

a painted tablecloth made by the teen mums
a painted tablecloth made by the teen mums

As you may know the vocational class just came from a three weeks holiday. The teenage mums have good news of working with mentors who are training them on making hand bags, bead works, table clothes table mats ,pillow cases and bed covers. This innovativeness will enable the teenage mothers get a livelihood from the sales of the items they are making. The sales will be to the local supermarkets, exhibitions centers and also international markets.

15 girls are learning hairdressing course. This will take six months. This course have become popular with the teenage mothers as they can go for non formal education classes in the morning and then join the other class in the afternoon. At the end of the course the teenage mums will have skills of hairdressing and they can either start off their own saloon shops or get an attachment to the existing saloons and at the same time have education.

As I look back on all we have achieved over the last Eight months of the year, I want to thank you for your steadfast commitment to our work .None of what we have done would have been possible without you. Let us know how better we could do to change the lives of these teenage mothers and their children.

Kenyan kanga tablemats & nappkins made by the mums
Kenyan kanga tablemats & nappkins made by the mums

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Jun 15, 2010

A success story coming from the teenage mums

Teenage mums awardees
Teenage mums awardees

Afya Kenya Foundation has moved our project forward by partnering with us to educate the teenage mothers by on the preventative measures on HIV/AIDS and Home based care for the ones who are already infected.Hope for teenage mothers partnered with the community from the Mukuru Slums together with the teenage mothers and they held a free HIV AIDS testing and counseling.

The learning lesson from this visit by the Afya Foundation is that the teenage mothers need more support on Health care support and nutrition. Mary Osumba who is one of the teenage mothers commented that ''I wish you could bring some medical people to check us up as we and our children are sick and forgotten''.

Hope for teenage mothers is still working with partners and friends to ensure the young mothers get livelihood for themselves and their children.Twenty five girls graduated in Micro Finance on 17th May ,2010.The teenage mothers are able to present realistic business plans and stand up small business that will help them feed their children after this training .

We need to attract more donors to our project so that we can support these young mothers and their children. How can we work together to attract a wider support to for this project? Please feel free to give us your views and comments .

Thank you for your continued support.

Teenage mums graduants from micro finance training
Teenage mums graduants from micro finance training

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