Provide Life Skills for 4000 Rural Mayan Girls


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Plan International Saviour To The Needy

By a female, 16-21 years old, in Kampala, Uganda
Map of PLAN INTERNATIONAL SAVIOUR TO THE NEEDY Plan as an organisation has done alot in outspan.This organisation helped the needy pupils in our provided pupils with scholarstic materials like pens,bags,books,pencils and some many others.Besides providing these,plan created awareness among the pupils.I have learnt how to stay safe in school following what the reproductive health teacher taught us.Let the pupils not forget the Five life skills because one you leave them out then you will be exposed to many problems.I have learnt how HIV/AIDS is spread and how it can be controlled.This is realy great for a pupil like me.I just need to say No to any bad act because it can lead them to be out of school or to became pregnant or even death.Finally i encourage all pupils to always follow teachers advice and they should always report children with bad behaviours. Read more.
Related to project keywords: reproductive health, life skills, exposed, providing, great

Early Marriage

By a male, 16-21 years old, in Mwituha, Mwituha
Map of EARLY MARRIAGE In Mwituha community a girl above eight years was regarded as a woman who could give birth to children,young girls were forced to get married to old bachelors in the village.The small girls could be sexually abused to men that they were married to . Some were beaten up by their husbands because they were not able to give birth.The matter worsened when small married girls were now dying off due to their violation of girl child right.By good luck the officer incharge of children rights heard of this.He arrested the women who forced the under age girls to get married and the men whom the girls were married to. Read more.
Related to project keywords: early marriage, get married, young girls, woman, age

Early Marriage

By a female, under 16 years old, in Nairobi, Kenya
Map of EARLY MARRIAGE We had Mrembo Programme which had taught us more about how to cope with day to day life skills. During that time, I didn't know more about it but when they came, I knew more about early marriage. I knew that if you are under 18 years, you are not supposed to get married. This is child abuse. In this age we have to be concentrating on education because marriage is not acceptable in our age. They helped me because I didn't know even the problems caused by early marriage, so I knew even that early marriage may lead to dropping out of school, early marriage and even lack of self happiness. Read more.
Related to project keywords: early marriage, get married, life skills, years, age

Child Abuse

By a female, 16-21 years old, in Trans-nzoia West, Kenya
Map of CHILD ABUSE Linah a young girl under 18 years, she is forced by her father to marry an old man of her fathers age. But Linah herself is nit ready. She decides that she better run away from home because of her fathers cruelty who keeps on quarreling an insulting her because she doesn't want to get married. Her father is curious of the riches that the old man is promising to give for Linah. As clever as she is Linah approached her father face to face and informed him that she will not get married before she finishes her school . In response her father accepted her demand and left her to study first. This shows that young girls (mateen) have alot of temptations, thus to abandon them they should be self responsible and principled like Linah. The government of Kenya has helped young people in provision of FBE and FCE in accordance. Read more.
Related to project keywords: get married, young girls, marry, informed, age

Fighting For Girls Rights

By a female, 16-21 years old, in Nairobi, Kenya
Map of fighting for Girls Rights After i had finished class eight last year together with my other friends,we had to stay at home for quite a long time to wait for our results then join secondary school.In our village and even others i saw young girls being harrased mostly the ones who had just finished class eight and form four. Some of the harrasements were,being employed as housewifes,given heavy tasks not of their age to do and some were even forced to marriage.Most of them who were done this were not from a well to do and may be that was a reason. Those who could do by themselves felt it and decided to form a group to try and help them.We called our group fighting for Girls' Rights (F.F.G.R).This group was ment to provide all the neccesities they lacked and because we could not do all by myself,we did all that we could do like providing some money and clothes then joined hands with a certain organisation that fights for child's Rights(PLAN) so that they could help us how they could. We provided for the fees,gave them some money,clothes & even build for them some houses for shelter and not forgetting,we helped them come out from those jobs they were doing and arrested all their employers. Since then the girls' life has been a bed of roses and they really do appreciate for all that we did to them as they are in their schools doing well. Read more.
Related to project keywords: "girls", young girls, age, rights, friends

The Killer

By a male, 22-30 years old, in Kakamega, Kenya
Map of The killer 79 HIV/AIDS is currently one of the main killer deseases in the country today.Many people lack information on how to keep the pandemic away.Infection rate is higher in the rural area as compared to urban centers and this attributed to the inadequate information rendered to the people.The spread models and the vulnerability is the information that needs to be passed.ABCD program took an initiative to educate ND PROMOTE GOOD LIFE BEFORE AND AFTER THEY ARE AFFECTED.They organized forums for youth and elderly to chat way forward.These has reduced significantly the rate of infection. Read more.
Related to project keywords: models, organized, compared, program, information


By a female, 22-30 years old, in Nairobi, Kenya
Map of MODELING Super model competition also known as suruzuri was started nine years ago0 in nairobi .it helps the young girls to achieve there dreans of being models . those who want to be participate in the competition should be above the age of 18. they are put in together to train on tips of modeling and dressing and speaking.the competition is done very june and those who win are given pasport and visa to go overseas to compete with other countries and get experience of modeling from other competitor apart from going overseas to compete with others they are taken to hairdressing college to learn about hairdressing and beauty.The aim of these competition is to stop idolism in some part of nairobi and educating them benefits of doing something because when they are idol they engage themselves into bad groups. Read more.
Related to project keywords: models, young girls, age, learn, achieve
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Population Council

Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala, Sacatepequez, Guatemala

Project Leader

Alejandra Colom Bickford

Guatemala City, Guatemala

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