Dear GEMINI supporter,
It has been a tough year for us. But with your continued support, we have made it. Well, almost!
A recent survey shocked the country when it revealed that girls aged 10-19 confessed to having multiple sexual partners. Another 23% become pregnant and drop from school.
Yet this is just the tip of the iceberg. Adolescent girls are continuously at risk of sexual violations, unwanted pregnancy and early marriages. GEMINI has been engaged in equipping them with life-skills that would enable them make informed reproductive health decisions.
GEMINI’s twin approach provides high-risk girls with reproductive health information while at the same time rehabilitating teen mums who have dropped from school.
Over the last two months, we have partnered with local youth groups in raising awareness, providing peer counseling and free VCT to young people in urban slums. We have reached 710 youth in the following areas: Kamukunji, Mwanzo, Kapsoya and Huruma.
Your support has been crucial in our operations. We credit you with all the successes that we have attained. The following months are going to be tricky: schools will be closing next month and the festive season will be with us. Young people are known to be carefree-drinking excessively and having unprotected sex.
We need your support. We plan to mount preventive campaigns both in schools and for out-of school teens. We will use educational/entertainment activities, offer personalized counseling and distribute information materials.
Please accept our heartfelt compliments for all your support for this project. Every donation, as we have kept on saying, goes a long way in saving a life.
Thanks so much and we hope to hear from you. Keep those comments flowing..!
Like tens of teen mums who first visit our organization for support, Lydia was distraught, confused and on the verge of giving up.
But thanks to donations from well-wishers like you...Lydia is now preparing to graduate from the Bakery course.
We really would like to make an impact through the Alive & Learning challenge. As she correctly puts it, many of you have been making their donations.
But we only have a few more days before the challenge ends. We need your support. EVERY LITTLE DONATION COUNTS!!
Please, click that button...and give hope to other vulnerable girls like Lydia.
Thanks for all of you who have made a contribution...as we are fond of saying: keep them small and steady!
In February this year, we started what we thought was a tough assignment: Establish an income-generating activity for vulnerable teen mums.
It has been a long-road but well, here is the report card...
Go, on read it in the attachment!!
And keep all those comments flowing in. We need ideas, inspiration and,well....your donations!
Over the past few weeks, GEMINI updates have been from independent visitors to our projects. Have you checked the recent one?
But we thought we would let one of the beneficiaries have a say. From the horse's mouth...or so to speak!
Kindly read the short article and extend your support to Jacinta...and eight other teen mums who need to realize their dreams.
As usual, your feedback is warmly appreciated. And so is your donation..!
Michael Acton and Kara Wevers are students who traveled throughout Africa and visited a number of GlobalGiving projects. On March 24th they visited "Uplifting Teen Mothers in Kenya." When asked what they would tell their friends about this project, they said: “Great: They are making a difference."
Stella Amojong, the managing director of Grassroots Empowerment Initiative (GEMINI), is an intelligent, motivated woman. When I met with her, I was impressed by her focus, her drive, and – most of all – her gentle and humble spirit. She started GEMINI to address the problem of teenage motherhood, and has expanded the organization to include counseling and screening for HIV/AIDs, vocational training for teen mothers, and assistance and support for “grandmothers” taking care of orphaned children.
While in Eldoret, I was able to go to their offices, meet their staff, visit the teen moms who are being trained in tailoring and baking, and talk with the older women taking care of the orphans. Each group was extremely grateful for GEMINI and the impact Stella has made on their lives. The grandmothers especially warmed my heart, since they each wanted to give me a hug and asked me to sincerely thank the GlobalGiving donors for helping them support their families. So, on behalf of each of them, thank you, donors to GEMINI!
We met up with Stella in GEMINI's Eldoret office. It was in a small office building with offices where they offer HIV testing and counseling services for local services. We then walked over to the matatu (mini-bus) stand and took a bumpy ride to the rural town of Moi's Bridge. In Moi's Bridge we saw two of GEMINI's field sites including one for this project described below.
We arrived at a two story building where GEMINI has an office space for girls to learn baking skills. These girls had to leave school after becoming pregnant, and now are learning skills such as baking and sewing. One of the young ladies spoke very eloquently about the skills she learned and the difference it made in her life.
Afterwards we visited a project for grandmothers who are the primary caregiver for their grandchildren. The description of the visit is on that project's site.
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