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.
Most girls in Kenya do not attend school during their menstrual cycle because of the high cost of purchasingsanitary towels and the fear of (accidental leaks). The current practice is to use old rag clothes which cause leakages and present a high risk of infection.Due to high possibility of leakages, the girls opt to remain at home when on menstrual periods thus missing up to 5 to 7 days every month in the year. This results in the girls falling behind in school work and ultimately dropping out of school.
By dropping out of school, the girls are unable to complete their education and break the poverty cycle in their lives.
The Eco Pads 4Girls - Pads project, by the HTM is working to create a degree of financial self-sufficiency to women and to provide a long-term viable alternative to their current practice. Women from the rural areas and marginalized communitiesare being taught by HTM on how to have a lasting solution to lack of sanitary pads but to also become economically empowered by making and selling the Eco Pads 4Girls.
Wairimu is a single mother from Lewa with 4 children all in the primary school. She was one of the twenty five women who benefitted from the HTM training of making Eco Pads 4Girls.
She said, ‘‘Now I can make many sanitary pads and sell them to other women and school girls. I can now afford to buy shoes and school uniform for my children.’’
This initiative will also generate additional sources of income resulting to financial independence for the women from their husbands. Running a business builds confidence by enabling the women to take control and ownership of their lives. The women would become role models for their daughters and young girls in the communities thus growing the economy.
We invite your inputs and comments to help this project serve more communities.
I hope you had a very happy Mothers Day like me.You were able to spend time with the people you love most.
We are happy to report that on the Mothers day here at Hope for teenage mothers,Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) spent time with over 100 teenage mothers and their children.The teenage mothers displayed their empowerment project works and also shared their acheivement that they have aquired through this empowerment project you are supporting.One teenage mum (Alimlim) who have started a small tailoring business said '' I have acheived all this because of your love and support '' .
We had lots of fun,goodies for mums and their children .This made a difference in their lives and they felt loved and valued.
We want to thank all our partners,friends and supporters for their continous generosity and support to our teen mums and the project.
We at Hope for Teenage Mothers welcome all your thoughts and ideas that can help us add more impact to our teenage mums project.Please reach us on email@example.com
Thank you our Donors and Partners for your continued support to our teenage mothers Empowerment project.
The story of Jecinta is very encouraging.Jacinta was training in one of our project on setting up a small business for 3 months.After a successful graduation,and injection of a seed capital to her business proposal,Jecinta added 6 beehives to her already existing 2 beehives.Jecinta says 'I was now able to take my three children to school '.
Jecinta in an example of the difference your donations are making to our young mothers in empowering them to feed their children and take them to school .Twenty three teenage mothers graduated last year in small business training and micro credit.Hope for Teenage Mothers through its partnership with you will contunue to Empower these young mothers.
If you have an idea you would like to share with us,reach out to us through our email address;
Thank you for your continued support.Together we can make the world a better place.
Teenage pregnancy has become an epidemic phenomenon with the recent statistics showing that Kenya has the highest levels of teenage pregnancies of 3 in every 10 girls between the ages of 13 years to 18years. The girls are found in the upper primary and secondary school. After giving birth, these girls become butts of distasteful jokes and these results to stigmatization and as already observed, majority of these girls have their education terminated. The increase of school teenage drop outs also contributes to poverty, insecurity, early parenthoods and early marriages just to mention a few. It is for these reasons that Hope for teenage mothers (HTM) came up with programs to address some of their needs in the community that includes empowerment through sustainable relevant skills and back to school programs. Our main focus is stigma removal and restoration of the lost hope and self esteem to the young mothers so that they can have a normal life again. To date HTM has changed the lives of over 600 families through your kind support. The months of November and December 2012 in HTM’s Calendar is for fundraising to build a Multipurpose boarding school for the most Vulnerable girls that would accommodate 300 to 500 girls. The school will help those very poor girls from poor communities and enable them access education. Thank you for your kind support to this project. How can we work together to attract a wider support?
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