Many girls in the urban poor and rural areas in Kenya miss up to a week ofschool every month during menstruation due to lack of sanitary towels. Anyteacher in Kenya will tell you, a girl without access to sanitary towels feelsembarrassed, unhygienic and uncomfortable, she also loses self esteem and withthat the confidence to interact with her classmates, or with teachers in the classroom.Most of the schools are mixed schools and this put stigma on the girls who feelunhygienic.
Sanitary towels, therefore, are a serious education issue in Kenya.
A girl absent from school for four days in 28 days (a month) loses 13learning days equivalent to two weeks of learning in every school term. In anacademic year (nine months) a girl loses 39 learning days equivalent to sixweeks of learning time. A girl in primary school between grades 6 and 8 (threeyears) loses 18 learning weeks out of 108 weeks. Within the four years of highschool a girl can lose 156 learning days equivalent to almost 24 weeks out of144 weeks of learning in High school!
Hope for Teenage Mothers has reinvented reusable and easy to afford sanitarypads made from cotton material. The girls from Mukuru slums are now makingtheir own Sanitary pads and selling at an affordable fee of Ksh 25/=. These pads are also being distributed forfree to the neighboring schools.
We are asking our friends and partners to come join with us in this dynamicchallenge by donating to us so that we can buy more materials to make more reusablesanitary pads.
One of the school girls called Joyce from Katoto primary school said. ‘I am not going to miss out on school again.The pad is good and I like it.’
Happy New year-2012!
Thank you to all our donors and supporters.Year 2011 was a great year for Hope for Teenage Mothers-(Teenagemothers Empowerment project).The teenage mums have various success stories because ofyour continuous generosity to our community .
The project graduated 42 girls on Vocational class. The girls acquired various skills of beadworks, African bags making, tailoring, dressmaking, toys making and sanitary pads making. Some of the African bags and beadworks that the girls produced have been selling in the local and international markets.
Alimlim a beneficially of the sanitary pads training said ‘I now make sanitary pads for myself and Ido not need to buy anymore.’ Another group of girls graduated in hairdressing coupled with Entrepreneurship training .They acquired various skills in the fields of manicure;pedicure and facial .Three of girls have opened small salons of their own. Thishas enabled them to be Self -reliant and has given them a source of livelihoods for their families and children.
Main objectives for 2012:
Appeals for the 2012:
We are asking our well wishers to partner with us in donating books for our library, materials for construction of classrooms,sinking of a borehole, tailoring machines, computers and volunteers.
Every support given will be highly appreciated. You can contact us directly on firstname.lastname@example.org through global giving.
Thank you for your continued support to our young girls and our community as a whole.
Thank you our supporters and partners in making a differencein the lives of the teenage mothers.All that we have achieved has been enabled because of yourgenerous support.
Our girls have been able to transform their lives because of your generous support. It is a reality that if you educate one girl you educate the whole community thus having a Girl Effect of ending poverty forthemselves and the world.One girl from Mukuru slums has been able to start her lifeout of the slum with her 2 children the last 2 weeks. She has a success storyto tell and I quote;‘I thank God and Hope for teenage mothers for my success. My dream of one day moving out of from the slum has come true. I am settled, happy and determined .I am a true success from the slum communityand now my life will change and that of my children’.
In our last newsletter we highlighted on the hunger facing the slum the community we made an appeal for food to go to our teenage mothers.We want to thank you for your generous support as we have been able to sustain thegirls and their children with the food you donated to us.
As we near Christmas time remember 45 young girls are coming to an end of their tailoring and dress making course .A sewing machine would make a great gift for these girls and their children as it will be a source oflivelihood for them and the community within.
Thank you for your continued support.
How can we work together to attract a wider support for this need?
KENYAN TEENAGE MOTHERS MID YEAR REPORT
We have come to the half year and the teenage mothers from Mukuru slums and Dagoretti are all smiles as they make their dreams become a reality.
For the last six months two project areas for teenage mothers have successstories to share on their achievements.
The teenage mothers of Dagoretti area graduated in May, on entrepreneurship& micro finance training .The course ran for four months. Congratulationsto all the teenage mothers who worked hard to achieve this skill of independence.All the young mothers who trained in this skill had small businesses existing. Nowthe teenage mothers will grow their small businesses better through applyingthe skills learned. The best 10 businesses proposals were awarded with $100 eachas Seed capital to expand their businesses. Thanks to Project Baobaborganization for partnering with us on this project.
Hairdressing & beauty training is one popular course among the teenagemothers. The teenage mothers graduated in April after six months coursetraining with life skills that will help them in future and give them a livelihoodfor them and their children. Winfred, who scored the best marks was awardedwith a hairdryer is a proud graduate who aspires to expand her business and usethe skills she has learned. She said, ‘there are many things that I know nowthat will help me expand my salon business and I can now get more customers’.
Vocational training class has now diversified their trainingto crafts and recently held two exhibitions .One was organized by ElevateInternational and the other Ministry of the youth. Hope for Teenage Mothers (HTM) had variouscurio items, beaded belts, sculptures, baskets and beaded works to display. Theteenage mothers managed the stand for the 3 days exhibition in June/July andthey explained to the visitors to their stand about the projects HTM and howthey are transforming their lives.
Other Project Updates
1. Evelyn Ntheya has joined us in the project to assist in the HIV/AIDS counseling ofthe infected and the affected teenage mothers .Welcome Evelyn!
2. The Christian brothers have donated a day care room for the children of the teenagemothers who are studying Vocational training .We need to equip the room withproper facilities for the babies as young as 6months to 2 years .We welcomeyour donations in kind and money.
3. Teenage mothers are having 2day training on how to make recyclable sanitary towels on 3 and 4th August by Project Mwezi being the trainer. This trainingwill go along way for our girls and the community within Mukuru and the country as a whole .Thanks toSusannah the Project Director of Project Mwezi.
4. Our girls (35) are getting ready for the vocational class government examinations due inAugust and December, 2011.
5. Hope for Teenage Mothers are preparing for a 5 day crafts exhibition in November 23rdto 27th, 2011 at Sarit centre in Nairobi. We shall be exhibiting the crafts the girls are making.We shall soon be posting these on our website and are all Welcome to order on line.Welcome to the exhibition and see our young mothers’ talents.
6. There is an urgent need for food within the country. The teenage mothers and their childrenhave not been spared the hunger .This has resulted due to high inflation rate,lack of maize and drought in the country. If you wish to donate food for ourgirls we have a drop off point at our office in the city. Just call us or email usfor more details. (Dry grains are recommended).
7. The last 2 months we had 4 University students volunteers from Australia and Tanzania. University Students doing research are welcome to volunteer with us .Just inform us your needs 2 months before hand and we shall organize this for you.
Thank you for your support as always.
Dear all our donors and supporters ,
Thank you for your continued support to our project for Empowerment of teenage mothers. The teenage mums are feeling more empowered every day. This is all because of your generous support and kind donations.
I visited one teenage mum few days back – Ashaa (not her real name) and she had a story to tell. When I went to her shop she had five customers waiting to be served. She said that now she is able to attract more customers in her salon even if it is based in the slum area. The salon is a small one based in Mukuru slums at the out skirts of the city. Ashaa says that after her graduation in April she has now doubled her customers coming for facial and hairdressing. She said, ’’My customers have now doubled since they learned that I am now a professional in the business and they trust my work more after I graduated in this course’’.
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As always let us join hands to give hope to the teenage mothers and their children. Your donation means a lot to us and the teenage mothers.
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