I would like to express my sincere appreciation and gratitude for your continued support and collaboration during this year 2014 of the progress and achievements at HTM.
Over this past year, HTM has not only achieved important milestones, but also grown, and positioned itself to progress even further in 2015 and beyond.
Thank you for the donations we have received in 2014 and volunteers and networks we have established. This has gone a long way t supporting businesses for the teen women in Kenya. After a successful training on entrepreneurship, 7 young women benefited with a seed capital of about $100 each. HTM will continue to mentor each girl and follow up on their progress in the next one year.
As an example of such small set up business through your kind support Habiba has a saloon that is now well stocked .She says now she has more customers unlike before when she did not have enough stock for hairdressing. She aims to work hard and buy more equipment in future so that she can increase her customers. She says that her child can now go to school comfortably.
HTM continues to get more support from the like minded people who want to see the lives of the young mothers and the children changed.
Next year we set to organize a small micro financing so that many young women can benefit by borrowing with little or interest.
Thank you again for your overwhelming Christmas gifts that included food, clothes and shoes. Our Community benefited with the different gifts.
As more Christmas donations keep coming in, kindly note that this donation will go to the day care centre that already has more than 50 children in the program.
Our day care centre continues to get more children. The day care is now 6 months old with 50 children aged, 6 months to 3 years. The day care benefits the women from the slums and the teenage mums who had to leave their children unattended in order for them to go look for food. The mothers are now able to concentrate on looking for jobs without fear of fires and rape that frequents the slums. The care givers to the children are able to identify children affected by malnutrition and other disease and special attention is given to them.
We wish to thank the Artists who volunteered their time and skills to help us draw some art for children on the walls of the day Care Centre. We continue to ask for more volunteers and resources to make the day care more beautiful and habitable for children 6months to3 years. We need carpets, bedding, mattress, toys, baby chairs and food for children.
Our next main project from January, 2015 will be school construction. The drawings are ready and approved for the construction. Our priority is to sink a borehole during the first quarter of the year.
As we look into the future, we shall continue to build on these important achievements and to draw from the extensive expertise that exists within wider network. We hope that our effort contributes to the global quest to end poverty on the most vulnerable in our community, promote inclusive growth and sustainable development and look forward to collaborating with you in the coming year. Wishing you a wonderful holiday season and a very successful new year 2015!
This is the latest addition in our networks; a Day Care Centre for 6 months to 3 years old. The idea came about after the Mother and Baby program had so many malnourished babies due to nutrient deficiencies. Most mothers with children under three years felt they did not have a safe place to leave their children as they went to look for work. Therefore most opted to stay indoors to look out for them. A situation that presented a challenge of lack of food in the households. Most homes are headed by single mothers who mostly depend on casual labour from nearby industries or small enterprises. Therefore if they do not work they will have little or nothing to feed on asituation that led to malnourished babies. To curb this condition a day care services was introduced. The aim is to allow more mothers to look for work and provide better and balanced diet for their children. The day care opened its doors on 28th of May and so far 40 children are already enrolled. Two women have been hired to take care of these babies. The babies receive a cup of nutritious porridge each on daily basis. However the parents chip in something small – 30 Shillings a day for this service. The children are well taken care of by the two women who feed them, teach them basic skills such as singing, playing children’s games etc.
The following are the needs for the day care centre;
Mattresses , floor carpets, toys, beddings, nutritious food for children plus porridge, pampers, soap, utensils,clothes.
We welcome Volunteers to come and spend a day with our babies.
Three teenage mothers in Kenya has risen beyond expectations after their last years graduation on tailoring and dressmaking course .Josephine who emerged as the best candidate in her class started a small business with the tailoring machine that the school gave her as a reward for her good results.Josephine makes clothes in various designs .'Challenge Josephine with any style in the world or any design and she will give it to you as it is'. says her former teacher .
Josephine is also very innovative such that she comes up with her own styles and designs that she normally wears to market them and later sells at a resonable prices.Josephine is able to feed her children through her business of dress making and she is looking to expand that business.'I can now feed my children , clothe them and take them to school ' she says.
Josephine has inspired her former classmates whom she mentors and helps to make quality designs. She is a role model that other girls are looking up to.Our ourganization is looking for ways to link those girls who graduate to available market related to their work and also those who cannot are supported with a tool and training to set up their own business .
On behalf of Hope for teenage Mothers I wish to thank all who have contributed to this wonderful acheivement for our young mums.
Hope for Teenage Mothers is an organization working with teenage mothers to empower them through back to school programs and life skills that teach self-sustainability to enable them to succeed following early parenthood. If these teenage mothers are empowered they can improve their quality of life and that of their children. The young women are taught entrepreneurship skills that aim to uplift them economically through income generating projects. The young women make hand-made traditional African crafts, beaded works, bags, paintings, handicrafts, Kikoy cloths and woven baskets. These income generating activities are important because they economically benefit the communities from which these girls are from, aid in their rehabilitation and ensure the sustainability of the project.
We are actively seeking partners on mentorship, skills building and sales of these items through various networks.
Improved sales in these income generating activities will provide the young girls and their children with a livelihood and enable them to continue with their schooling.
You can get in touch with me, Lucy Ndungu, through our email; firstname.lastname@example.org;
Learn more about our 2013 acheivements by joining us on our acebook page.We really appreciate your support.Its through your great effort that we were able to make a difference in the lives of the teen mums and their children.
It has been an exciting year for our Empowerment project for teenage mothers here in Kenya. We’vehad 6 young women begin sewing business, 3 young women have started own salon business that is changing lives of families, One woman, Susan, is already sending her daughter to school with new income.
The young women had a mentorship training last weekend. This is to prepare them when they leave school life and they are able to fall back to what they learnt from their peers.
A total of 25 young mothers will be graduating at the end of this year in various courses of the vocational schooling (catering,hairdressing,dressmaking and knitting) .
We appreciate your involvement in this young mothers empowerment project.
We also want to inform you that we have a new website (http://www.hopeforteenagemother.org).
Thank you for your continued support.
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