Uplifting Teen Mothers in Kenya

 
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  • Uplifting Teen Mothers in Kenya has received 6 donations
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  • Uplifting Teen Mothers in Kenya has been retired and is no longer accepting donations.
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  • Uplifting Teen Mothers in Kenya posted a progress report
    Wish me luck...!
    By - Tracey Wairimu - Project Beneficiary
    Dear friends, "My name is Tracey...and yesterday, my name was mentioned in the radio stations. But for the wrong reasons!! "I was among the few candidates who sat for their final exams as teen mothers...having conceived two months before sitting for the exams! "A few months ago, I was almost expelled from school after they...
    • 2 years ago
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  • Uplifting Teen Mothers in Kenya posted a progress report
    Ndinda flies high!
    By - Stella Amojong - Director
    Hi friends, "My name is Ndinda, a 23-year old mum of 2 beautiful kids. I'm one of GEMINI's previous beneficiaries, having dropped from high school after getting pregnant a few months before my final exams. I was tested during a routine check-up and was immediately expelled! "The news was devastating to my parents. They also...
    • 3 years ago
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  • Uplifting Teen Mothers in Kenya has received 11 donations
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  • Uplifting Teen Mothers in Kenya posted a progress report
    Summary of donation expenses
    By - Stella Amojong - Director
    Dear friends, I want to take this opportunity to express my deepest appreciation for all your support, your feedback and your donations over the last 6 months. We received approximately US $1,180 between Jan and May. This doesn't seem like much but to us, it is the difference between life and death! We have been able to...
    • 3 years ago
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  • Uplifting Teen Mothers in Kenya posted a progress report
    Special Appeal to save Kenyan families
    By - Stella - Director
    Dear friends, 2-year old Dennis is lucky to be alive. Both his parents died a few years ago from HIV/Aids. Like tens of thousands of other children, Dennis is currently living with his 78-year old grandmother, Kanini. But even this safe haven is about to be shattered. A fortnight ago, the government announced the...
    • 3 years ago
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  • Uplifting Teen Mothers in Kenya posted a progress report
    Glimmer of Hope
    By - Stella - Director
    Dear friends, I take this moment to thank each of you that has been behind our efforts to re-educate teen mothers. About a decade ago when I started this campaign, one of my campaign cries was to advocate for the readmission of teen mums into the education system. I cajoled and pleaded and brainstormed with the...
    • 3 years ago
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  • Uplifting Teen Mothers in Kenya posted a progress report
    Reaching out to young men
    By - Stella Amojong - Director
    Dear friends!! Happy New Year!! 2010 has been a great year for GEMINI, despite all the challenges that faced us. With your support, we have been able to exceed our target. We conducted some of the most successful high-powered outreach activities in recent times. Using a mutliplicity of activities, we were able...
    • 3 years ago
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    • Donna
      Donna Thanks for the update. I think the strategy of reaching out to young men is the only thing that will change the cycle of violence and gender-based discrimination that exists. Keep it up!
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    • Stella Amojong
      Stella Amojong Thanx, Donna! We believe that changing the perception of how young men perceive gender-based violence will greatly contribute to reducing the violence. We will keep on trying!
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  • Uplifting Teen Mothers in Kenya posted a progress report
    Still going strong...!
    By - Joe Kilonzo - Program Manager
    Hi friends, Over the past few weeks, we have been executing some reproductive health projects that target high-risk adolescent girls, mostly in urban slums and other marginalized suburban areas. One of the things we realized was that a lot of girls had dropped from school due to pregnancy but their parents had not...
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  • Uplifting Teen Mothers in Kenya has received 9 donations
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    GlobalGiving Storytelling Project has posted a story.
    Teenage Motherhood
    I attended a function at my rural home that was organized by GEMINI to help teenage mothers. I have so many friends who have dropped out of school because of teenage pregnancy and some even abandoned by their family. Yet, some tend to repeat the same mistakes they made due to lack of role models and counselling. GEMINI,... Read more »
    • 4 years ago
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  • Uplifting Teen Mothers in Kenya posted a progress report
    Half-year financial report
    By - Joe Kilonzo - Program Manager
    Hi friends, It is with great pleasure that I hereby submit a summary of our half-year financial report for all the donations for all our projects. The report runs from November 2009 to May 2010. Again, thanks so much for all your support and we always love to hear from you. So keep the comments coming in!!! Lovely...
    • 4 years ago
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  • GlobalGiving Storytelling Project
    GlobalGiving Storytelling Project has posted a story.
    Teenage Motherhood
    I am a teenage mother and we go through such a hard time in my community because they see us as girls who made the greatest mistakes on earth. Some do not even remember that we are all human beings prone to mistakes. But i was impressed by one orgainization called GEMINI that came to our community specifically for the... Read more »
    • 4 years ago
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  • Uplifting Teen Mothers in Kenya posted a progress report
    Window of opportunity
    By - Joe Kilonzo - Program Manager
    "Huuuuray...!" The chorus of excitement rang through the room, the 6 teen mums hugging and smiling broadly at each other. They had just received news from GEMINI field coordinator, Mwalimu Anching'a, that they had won a tender to supply school uniforms to 2 pre-unit schools. "This is great news for the mothers,"...
    • 4 years ago
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    • Joan Ochi
      Joan Ochi Congratulations on your great work. One question, who takes care of the children when the mums are working?
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    • Stella Amojong
      Stella Amojong Hi Joan,Thanks for the feedback..! We love to hear from all our supporters...When the teen mums are working, a small team of volunteers are always on a rotation shift of checking on the children. We have a safe playing ground for children with some basic toys. The volunteers provide snacks, play with the children and for... Read more »
      • 4 years ago
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    Reaching Out To Parents
    An awareness outreach campaign was held in my village, where parents were given information on responsible parenthood, trained on how to effectively communicate with their teens. Activities also included field games, drama, music and interpersonal counseling.
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  • GlobalGiving Storytelling Project
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    Empowerment Through Training
    I dropped from school a year ago after teachers relaized I was pregnant. I was also kicked from home and went to live with my grandparents. I joined the Gemini program and has been attending the tailroring unit to learn how to sew and make dresses. I have been attending training sessions for 4 months now and besides the... Read more »
    • 4 years ago
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  • GlobalGiving Storytelling Project
    GlobalGiving Storytelling Project has posted a story.
    Bonding With Teens
    I attended a mothers workshop where we were taught about the importance of communicating with our daughters. We were also encouraged to form a partnership that would see a regular bonding between us (mothers) and our young poeple. Gemini staff also stressed the importance of constantly opening up to teens and encouraging... Read more »
    • 4 years ago
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  • GlobalGiving Storytelling Project
    GlobalGiving Storytelling Project has posted a story.
    Reaching Out To Teen Mums
    A group of teen mums were provided with technical skills to enable them become self-reliant in increasing their streams of income. Young mothers were invited to participate in tailoring training, while the community was sensitized on the importance of not villifying them. A group therapy session was conducted for 6 teen... Read more »
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  • Uplifting Teen Mothers in Kenya posted a progress report
    Teen mums sit for final exams
    By - Stella - Director
    Hi everybody, We have just celebrated one of the most successful years...! The occasion? Celebrating 24 girls (17 pregnant and 7 teen mums) who have just sat for their end-of-year secondary exams. "It was not smooth sailing...but I managed!" says Shiko, a project beneficiary. "I have been judged by my fellow...
    • 5 years ago
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    • Joan Ochi
      Joan Ochi Congratulations on your good work.
      • 5 years ago
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  • Uplifting Teen Mothers in Kenya posted a progress report
    September Update
    By - Joe - P.M
    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...
    • 5 years ago
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    • Joan Ochi
      Joan Ochi Thanks for the informative update. I'd be really interested in seeing copies/imags of the informational materials you provide to your teens - maybe post them as part of an update?
      • 5 years ago
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  • Uplifting Teen Mothers in Kenya posted a progress report
    Postcard from Gemini
    By - Leah Ambwaya - Evaluator
    Leah Ambwaya visited this project as part of a GlobalGiving evaluation. She said: On the 8th of May 2009, we met Stella Amajong; she picked us from the hotel to Gemini offices at Siro house in central business district of Eldoret town. As we drove around through the town, I asked, what inspired you at your very young age...
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    • Eli
      Eli Authentic story -- but it would be more helpful if I knew who Leah was (in order to put her reflection in context). Great stuff.
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    • Mari
      Mari Stella has been a been a very consistent reporter to us but it is startlingly helpful (duh) to hear from a third party visiting the project.
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    • Donna
      Donna It's great to get this poetic information, but I think it would also be good to get the "three bullet point" highlights at the top - are we to take away from this that the lack of "operations" is hurting the work? is our funding of only program, not capacity a problem? So, the report is great, but for... Read more »
      • 5 years ago
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  • Uplifting Teen Mothers in Kenya posted a progress report
    Lydia's Second chance..
    By - Joe - P. Manager
    Hi, 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...
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  • Uplifting Teen Mothers in Kenya has received 51 donations
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  • Uplifting Teen Mothers in Kenya posted a progress report
    Bakery Unit progress
    By - Emily Cheptoo - Training Coordinator
    Hi everybody, 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,...
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    • Dana
      Dana Thanks for the great update and congrats on the success of the bakery so far-- I made another donation after reading the report.
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  • Uplifting Teen Mothers in Kenya posted a progress report
    With your help...YES, WE CAN!
    By - Joe - Program Manager
    Hi, 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...
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    • Marc Maxson
      Marc Maxson Love to hear directly from the people who are affected by GEMINI.
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  • Uplifting Teen Mothers in Kenya posted a progress report
    A Postcard from Uplifting Teen Mothers in Kenya
    By - Kara Wevers and Michael Acton - Visitors
    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." Kara...
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  • Uplifting Teen Mothers in Kenya posted a progress report
    Detailed Update
    By - Joe - Communication Officer
    Hi friends, Thanks for all your comments on the recent visit to GEMINI by a GlobalGiving evaluator, Leah. We are filing a detailed update that we hope will answer most of your questions about the visit. The update is divided into 2 parts. The first details basic organizational tenets that ensures the project runs...
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    • Marc Maxson
      Marc Maxson Thanks for posting this Stella! I am in Guatemala at the moment, but I will attach Leah's longer summary (answers from the internviews) from her visit to this update and also email it to you. We hope Leah's visit was helpful to Gemini!
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  • Uplifting Teen Mothers in Kenya posted a progress report
    Lynette's missing attachment
    By - Joe - Communication Director
    Hello again, Kindly accept our apologies in regard to our last update. An attachment meant to accompany the story was missing. Thanks, Joan, for bringing this to our attention. We have attached the relevant article, "Lynette's Valentine Gift". So sooooory but keep those comments (sssshhhh: and donations)...
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      GlobalGiving love to lynnette
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  • Uplifting Teen Mothers in Kenya posted a progress report
    Your donations mend broken hearts!!
    By - Joe - Communication Officer
    Hi, Our projects don't include mending broken hearts...but after listening to Lynette, we are currently preparing to do exactly that: mend her heart! She was jilted by her lover, left at the alter with a 6-month pregnancy...and now she is crestfallen, dejected and even considered committing suicide. One of the...
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    • Joan Ochi
      Joan Ochi Where is Lynette's story?
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  • Uplifting Teen Mothers in Kenya posted a progress report
    From the horses' mouths....
    By - Emily Cheptoo - Project Officer
    Hey there, Just want to drop a quick line and to remind you that we still need your support in making an impact in the ongoing Everbody can Win challenge. Please read some of the testimonials from some of our beneficiaries. Please listen to their voices, their pleas....and make that vital contribution. Thanks so...
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  • Uplifting Teen Mothers in Kenya posted a progress report
    We need your bailout!!
    By - Stella - Director
    Hi again, Just received financial summaries for our projects and wanted to share some of them with you, our very loyal supporter. Its been a tough year for our teen mums: many dropped from school, hundreds are still suffering from side-effects of backstreet abortion. But many are reaping the benfits of enrolling in...
    • 6 years ago
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  • Uplifting Teen Mothers in Kenya posted a progress report
    Everyone Can Win challenge:Please support us!
    By - Stella Amojong - Director
    Hi everyone, On behalf of all the teen mums that GEMINI supports, I'd like to sincerely thank each one of you that continues to support us. Our organization is taking part in the Everyone can Win challenge currently running on GlobalGiving. We need to mobilize as many donors as we can in the next couple of...
    • 6 years ago
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  • Uplifting Teen Mothers in Kenya posted a progress report
    Letter from Doreen
    By - Stella Amojong - Director
    Hi pals!! Long time..hope you are all fine. I just wanted to share a letter I received from Doreen, a project beneficiary who is now self-dependent. When she joined us, she had just given birth to a bouncing baby girl though she had been expelled from school. She attended our Teen Mum program and was trained as...
    • 6 years ago
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    • Donna
      Donna Stella - love the personal stories. Cheers to you and to Doreen!!
      • 6 years ago
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  • Uplifting Teen Mothers in Kenya has received 202 donations
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  • Uplifting Teen Mothers in Kenya posted a progress report
    Special Appeal
    By - Stella Amojong - Director
    Dear friends, GEMINI has always tried to keep you informed of how your donations are being spent. Every step of the way! The aim is to make you own part of the process and feel actively involved in empowering poor communities. We thank all of you for your continued support. After the post-election violence in...
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  • Uplifting Teen Mothers in Kenya posted a progress report
    Beatrice bounces back!
    By - Cheptoo - Project officer
    Beatrice is a typical teen mum: confused, angry and disorriented. She joined our program a few months ago, her 4-month daughter strapped on her back. "This is not the end of life," she told me a few days ago. Well, with your support, Beatrice, and a host of other teen mums, have a second chance in life. Go on, read...
    • 6 years ago
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  • Uplifting Teen Mothers in Kenya posted a progress report
    Milka's "Never say die!" attitude
    By - Emily Cheptoo - Project Officer
    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...
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    • Joan Ochi
      Joan Ochi Nice story. It's great to see a success story like this. What are the long-term prospects for teen mothers like Milka?
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    • Stella
      Stella StellaThanks, Joan for your comment! We really appreciate your feedbackThe project has three major aims: a) Prevent more vulnerable girls from becoming pregnant through our interactive Life-skills training; b) rehabilitate teen mums by providing them with a second chance to complete their education and c) Equipping them... Read more »
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  • Uplifting Teen Mothers in Kenya posted a progress report
    Its not yet over until its over!
    By - Stella - Director
    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...
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    • Donna
      Donna Stella - thanks for the update and keep up the great work.
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    • Stella
      Stella Dear Donna,Forgive me for taking time to respond to your positive comment.Thanks so much for your confidence in our organization. We really appreciate your input and contribution.You are highly valued by our beneficiaries...Thanks so much!!
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  • Uplifting Teen Mothers in Kenya posted a progress report
    Our girls made it!!
    By - Stella - Director
    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...
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  • Uplifting Teen Mothers in Kenya posted a progress report
    Empowerment Month for Teen Mothers
    By - Joe - Communication
    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...
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  • Uplifting Teen Mothers in Kenya posted a progress report
    Ambitious Lifeline for Teen Mothers
    By - Stella Amojong - Director
    Hi friends! 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...
    • 7 years ago
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  • Uplifting Teen Mothers in Kenya posted a progress report
    Beneficiaries prepare for exams!
    By - Joe - Communication
    Approximately 70,000 girls are expelled from school in Kenya annually after becoming pregnant, translating to about 190 per day. GEMINI has been providing remedial classes for 12 such girls for the past six months. The time for reckoning is here! Beginning next month, they will join other candidates in sitting for...
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  • Uplifting Teen Mothers in Kenya has been approved to be on GlobalGiving!
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  • Uplifting Teen Mothers in Kenya has received 20 donations
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Organization

Grassroots Empowerment Initiative (GEMINI)

ELDORET, RIFT VALLEY PROVINCE, Kenya

Project Leader

Stella Amojong

Program Coordinator
Eldoret, RIFT VALLEY PROVINCE Kenya

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