Thank you to all our donors for all the support you have given us and our teenage mothers and their babies.
We thank God for the three months .We have seen our teenage mums and the project grow.
In January Hope for Teenage Mothers was able to see 42 girls graduate from the tailoring and knitting class.
‘Now I have a skill I can earn a living and buy food and clothes for my children’ said Mwikali after the graduation.
The teenage mums graduated with a G3 government certificate and they now have skills that they can use for self employment or be employed in recognized institutions.
These girls who have graduated from the non vocational class ( 42 teenage mothers) have now joined a microfinance business training classes that will see the them learn how to manage a small business, write successfull business plans and that will enable them borrow a loan and repay back within an agreed time and also learn how to save money.
The training will be for 6 months after which the mums will graduate with a seed capital to set up small business .The teenage mums are very eager to learn and finish the course and start up the businesses.
We would also like to thank Project Baobab who has given us a trainer and the training materials for the microfinance. Hope for teenage mothers is looking for a resource persons with successful existing businesses .They will act as mentors to the young mothers on businesses so that by the time they graduate they would be given guidance on their businesses.
The levels of poverty in the slums are very high and has seen a bigger percentage of the teenage mothers having nutritional problems.HTM therefore has considered also including in their curriculum nutritional training to help bridge the gap on the nutrition for the mothers and their children especially in cases that HIV/AIDS is prevalent .
Saturday 6th, March 2010 HTM held a very successful events training on Health / HIV/AIDs to over 100 teenage mothers and the community within the Mukuru slum. This was made possible by the resource support of Afya Kenya Foundation. A big thank you. The teenage mothers learnt the importance of having good hygiene and the prevention of HIV/AIDS and the support of those living with the AIDs.
Food security continues to be a big challenge to the teenage mothers as this is the basic need they require. Some of the girls are missing out on schooling as they go to search for food thus ending up on missing out on the schooling lessons.
Baby care centre continues to be a need for the programe. The teen mums who cannot afford to pay for a day care centre continues to attend the classes with their babies.
Malaria and cholera continues to be a threat to the mums and their babies as there has been a lot of rain in the last quarter with very poor drainage and sanitation within the slum.This poses threats of drop outs to seek medical care .
As the saying goes 'when one woman is educated she is an asset to the whole community'.Let us all join hands to remove these young women from this level of poverty and stigma by supporting them to be realise their dreams.By so doing these girls will then support their communities and reduce the poverty wthin the slums .Your support and contribution is highly valued and appreciated.
Hope for Teenage mothers is always thankful to its supporters and donors .
42 of the teenage mothers are graduating this year from the tailoring class at the end of December.The girls have been in school for the last 11 months and now they have acquired skills to help them earn an income to help them and their children.
HTM will asssist them get placements for jobs and set up small businesses.
Hope for teenage mothers is now partnering with Makinika Society to fight drugs abuse.Some of the teenage mothers have been rehabilitated from taking drugs and are aslo helping other girls to stop drugs abuse.
Some quotes from the teenage mothers;
Hannah says "Now my child and I have hope to live a better life."
Njoki says ''I can now have a life out of this slum now with this skill.As I can now start a small business in the town.''
Martha says ''Hope for teenage mothers has helped us alot...I wish they can buy for us machines for knitting too so that we can start our small business and get orders for our sweaters and sell them in different schools.''
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