A recent government report showed that over 10,000 girls are expelled from school each year after getting pregnant.
With little fall-back options and faced with stigma, teen mums have nowhere to go.
Milka's story is just one among hundreds of teen mums that have rediscovered a passion for life.
And with your help...they are raring to go!!
Please read Milka's experience and as she aptly puts it, without your support, the options become minimal.
As we started the year, we reported that some of the teen mums we have been nurturing had scored good grades in their national exams.
Even though most of them suffered heavily during the post-election violence, we still reached out to them by offering psychological counseling, spiritual healing and providing them with basic needs like sanitary towels.
As the country's heart-beat starts pumping again, we need to reach out to the hundreds of girls who were sexually assaulted during the violence.
You can go through the attached report detailing our activities in the post-election period. More still needs to be done and we know that with your support, we will accomplish more.
Thanks so much for your support and we still cherish you as our valued partners.
A few months ago, we reported that we were providing special academic tutoring and extra classes to 12 girls who had been suspended from school due to pregnancy.
Well, the jury is now in. Their verdict? 8 of the girls passed their exams with over 350 points out of a possible 500!! The rest managed a respectable average of 240 points.
"It was tough..and in my condition, I was not sure I could think straight!!" Says Caro, one of the students.
"Its not yet over...I'm preparing myself for secondary exams and this time, I promise I won't mess around!" She adds, a smile on her face.
Two of the girls have already given birth to bouncing babies.
"I was tempted to call my baby GlobalGiving Atieno!" quips Benta, one of the teen mothers. ''I appreciate all the text books, exam papers and tuition that I received courtesy of all of you at GlobalGiving."
At GEMINI, we can only say a sincere Thank You for all your continued support, confidence in us and let's keep the fire burning.
Its been a hectic year for our Teen Mothers project!
As earlier reported, some of our beneficiaries sat for their national exams last month and we are hoping for the best when the results are announced.
Last month was an Empowerment Month for teen mothers. We carried out a community-wide exercise that reached out to village elders, religious leaders, policy-makers and school heads.
The main objective was to sensitize them on the need to equip the teen mother with necessary skills, resources and information that would enable them find their niche in society.
"I had no idea child mothers go through this kind of hell!!" remarked David Omuchuma, a local teacher. "I've only heard about them dropping from school but apparently, their problems are more than just missing on educational opportunities."
His sentiments were unanimous as all the participants shared and provided alternative solutions to this social problem.
GEMINI has now formed a community Task Force that is mandated to collect and collate information on Teen Mothers, document abuse of their rights and generally incorporate a community response in finding a lasting solution.
We have planned for an end of the year party that will showcase some of the success stories, challenges and opportunities for Teen mums.
Thanks for all you continued support. Let's hope for a more promising year in 2008!!
Enjoy your Festive Season
In Kenya, you could correctly group stigma in the same league as racism or apartheid. The net effect is the same.
But for teen mothers, it is even worse. Young girls, barely 13, are sexually abused every day, raped and left for dead. Our society, for whatever reasons, blames them!
Our project has been reaching out to such abused girls, providing them
with hope by expanding their life choices. We have just started fundraising for some start-up capital to enable a group of 15 girls launch an ambitious income-generating project.
It involves baking cookies, fresh fruit juice, yoghurt and selling fresh milk.
We are hoping that this will provide the girls and their families with daily income and thus empower both their economic and social status.
It is our hope that you will join us in sourcing for the start-up funds and thus give these bold girls a lifeline to restart their lives once again.
Thanks for always siding by us!!
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