Empowerment of Teenage Mothers

beaded work by teen mums
beaded work by teen mums

While teen pregnancy is not something, as a parent, that you appreciate occurring in your child's life, the fact is, teen pregnancy continues to be an epidemic in the slum community in Kenya today. Hope for Teenage Mothers has continued to find life skills educational activities that will cater for the teens pregnancy and parenting time schedules and demands.We are selling the like skills items made by the mums both locally and internationally.The money received is used to buy more materials for the project and to help the teen mums with their livelihood.If you like them we shall ship it to you.We shall be uploading more items in our photo shop in the coming days.

Hope for Teenage Mothers has added another project in the urban slums; i.e. Starehe.

Due the large numbers of the girls who need support, the organization is looking for ways to scale up its activities by adding another 3 class room that will offer life skills training of hairdressing, vocational training and Income Generating
Activities (IGA).The project site proposal is at Buruburu. It will cater for teen mums within four slums within this geographical area .The area is characterized by refugees also who are teenage mothers. The area is unique as it will benefit diversified communities.

Please tell your friends about us and as always your comments on how we can make more impact are most welcome.

We can be reached at this email address; info@hopeforteenagemothers.org        

more beaded bracelets
more beaded bracelets
leather beaded belt by teen mums
leather beaded belt by teen mums
beaded necklaces made by teen mums
beaded necklaces made by teen mums
beaded animals made by teen mums
beaded animals made by teen mums
Africa bag made by the teen mums
Africa bag made by the teen mums
African bag by teen mums
African bag by teen mums


Many girls in the urban poor and rural areas in Kenya miss up to a week of
school every month during menstruation due to lack of sanitary towels. Any
teacher in Kenya will tell you, a girl without access to sanitary towels feels
embarrassed, unhygienic and uncomfortable, she also loses self esteem and with
that 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 feel

Sanitary towels, therefore, are a serious education issue in Kenya.

A girl absent from school for four days in 28 days (a month) loses 13
learning days equivalent to two weeks of learning in every school term. In an
academic year (nine months) a girl loses 39 learning days equivalent to six
weeks of learning time. A girl in primary school between grades 6 and 8 (three
years) loses 18 learning weeks out of 108 weeks. Within the four years of high
school a girl can lose 156 learning days equivalent to almost 24 weeks out of
144 weeks of learning in High school!

Hope for Teenage Mothers has reinvented reusable and easy to afford sanitary
pads made from cotton material. The girls from Mukuru slums are now making
their own Sanitary pads and selling at an affordable fee of Ksh 25/=.  These pads are also being distributed for
free to the neighboring schools.

We are asking our friends and partners to come join with us in this dynamic
challenge by donating to us so that we can buy more materials to make more reusable
sanitary 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.’  


Teenage mums in class for tailoring
Teenage mums in class for tailoring

Happy New year-2012!

Thank you to all our donors and supporters.Year 2011 was a great year for Hope for Teenage Mothers-(Teenage
mothers Empowerment project).The teenage mums have various success stories because of
your 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 I
do 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. This
has enabled them to be Self -reliant and has given them a source of livelihoods for their families and children.     

 Main objectives for 2012:

  1. To empower more girls through Non –formal Education and life skills training.
  2. Encourage our supporters and donors to help us finish construction of a Multipurpose Centre for the most Vulnerable girls in Kenya.
  3. Scale up making of sanitary pads and distribute them to poor girls in the secondary and primary schools in Kenya.

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 info@hopeforteenagemothers.org
or through global giving.

Thank you for your continued support to our young girls and our community as a whole.

Kikoy reeds bags made by the teen mums
Kikoy reeds bags made by the teen mums
Beaded purse made by the Teenage mums
Beaded purse made by the Teenage mums
African handbags made  by teenage mums
African handbags made by teenage mums


A Teenage mum in class with her 1 month  baby
A Teenage mum in class with her 1 month baby

Thank you our supporters and partners in making a difference
in the lives of the teenage mothers.All that we have achieved has been enabled because of your
generous 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 for
themselves and the world.One girl from Mukuru slums has been able to start her life
out of the slum with her 2 children the last 2 weeks. She has a success story
to 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 community
and 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 the
girls 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 of
livelihood 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? 



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 success
stories 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. Congratulations
to 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. Now
the teenage mothers will grow their small businesses better through applying
the skills learned. The best 10 businesses proposals were awarded with $100 each
as Seed capital to expand their businesses. Thanks to Project Baobab
organization for partnering with us on this project. 

Hairdressing & beauty training is one popular course among the teenage
mothers. The teenage mothers graduated in April after six months course
training with life skills that will help them in future and give them a livelihood
for them and their children. Winfred, who scored the best marks was awarded
with a hairdryer is a proud graduate who aspires to expand her business and use
the skills she has learned. She said, ‘there are many things that I know now
that will help me expand my salon business and I can now get more customers’.

Vocational training class has now diversified their training
to crafts and recently held two exhibitions .One was organized by Elevate
International and the other Ministry of the youth.  Hope for Teenage Mothers (HTM) had various
curio items, beaded belts, sculptures, baskets and beaded works to display. The
teenage mothers managed the stand for the 3 days exhibition in June/July and
they explained to the visitors to their stand about the projects HTM and how
they are transforming their lives.       

Other Project Updates

1. Evelyn Ntheya has joined us in the project to assist in the HIV/AIDS counseling of
the infected and the affected teenage mothers .Welcome Evelyn!

2. The Christian brothers have donated a day care room for the children of the teenage
mothers who are studying Vocational training .We need to equip the room with
proper facilities for the babies as young as 6months to 2 years .We welcome
your 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 training
will go along way for our girls and the community within Mukuru  and the country as a whole .Thanks to
Susannah the Project Director of Project Mwezi.

4. Our girls (35) are getting ready for the vocational class government examinations due in
August and December, 2011. 

5. Hope for Teenage Mothers are preparing for a 5 day crafts exhibition in November 23rd
to 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 children
have 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 our
girls we have a drop off point at our office in the city. Just call us or email us
for 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. 









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Project Leader

Lucy Ndungu

Program Coordinator
Nairobi, Nairobi Kenya

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