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.
Hope for Teenage Mothers (HTM) thanks our donors for the continued support. With your support Hope for Teenage Mothers (HTM) has graduated another group of girls (32) in both entrepreneurship training and hairdressing classes in March and April 2011.
’’I could not have done it without your support. Now I know I can get a good job and my child can get food,’’ said Aisha on graduation day. The previous graduate groups of girls have now embarked on money making business in bead works, cloth printing and bags making. Last month the group held an exhibition competition with other small community groups. The mothers displayed their handmade items, and we saw the teenage mums sell off most of their items and win a second place trophy for the ‘most creative and organized group’. The teenage mothers are becoming more innovative and this has improved their livelihood. This is all because of your generous support and feedback. We wish to encourage you to help us with more ideas so that our teenage mothers can become more empowered and thus be able to support their children. All your feedback is most encouraged. Thank you again for your continued support.
The last six months at Hope for teenage Mothers have largely been a period of learning and discovery. I have visited many homes for the teenage mums who are within our project areas.
The gap in the underserved teenage mothers for generation of livelihood was re-affirmed and strongly legitimizes the need for Hope for teenage mothers programs. Currently there are 20 teenage mothers learning microfinance and entrepreneurship. Many more are waiting to start their training program from July. Learning from the past experience most the girls who benefited in the last years training are having small business that help them get a livelihood for themselves and their children.
One of the most popular training is the hairdressing. Some girls took up the course last year. Their graduation is happening in April after attachment period .The girls aspires to set up their small saloons, others will get jobs at the existing saloons within their community areas and the outskirts of the city.
While discussing with the teenage mothers during my visits many stated that the main benefits of the business include: ability to engage in income generating activities; ability to diversify their economic activities and that they are able to make small savings and to have ready access to these savings in times of need.
I am therefore committed to making Hope for teenage mothers an organization of choice for those teenage mums who are stigmatized, hopeless and wish to transform their lives through empowerment of starting up small income generating activities. The need to fundraise to support the training which is free for the young women cannot be overstated. It is my belief that the support of the well wishers and friends shall remain enthusiastic at this critical moment.
This is driven by my personal belief that teenage pregnancy contributes to poverty and this needs to be tackled not just as urgent economic issue of our times. Rather it is more compelling as a basic human right.
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