Jan 7, 2021

Great Girls, Great Communities

07th/01/21 Nairobi Kenya

Happy New Year 2021

This story was written by our Kick and Conserve schools coordinator Mr. Silwe, and i am happy to share it with you all.

Menstruation is a positive indicator that a girl is maturing and has potential of being fertile. A good step in the life of one day being a mother to either a girl or a boy. The others will follow; you know grandmother foster mother – can breast feed another child from another mother when in distress.

But the menstrual flow can be a disaster. Even the eve of it, if not well prepared can traumatize. I have seen this many times, especially in school environment. More so, if the community has added some taboo inclination to it. We have to prepare, prepare and talk about it and openly to potential girls that it can happen to them. My view is that it is better done when fellow girls talk to their fellows as they interact in games, discussions and even when they walk home together from school.

As a father of many girls; three to be precise, the boys are only two, I feel for them and want to help them and want to help all girls. They should be empowered to afford to get their shield (Cheap pads – homemade) we want re- usable sanitary pads, made by themselves. We want girls to design their own re- usable sanitary pads so that they do not have to worry at all.

We do not want girls to coin excuse to borrow money from taxi operators (bodaboda) hence take advantage and “defile” them. We want to counsel them not to blindly opt for “trendy” factory made where as they can make them by themselves.

We do not want them to stay away from school, games, and now that FIFA has allowed them to play even if on periods. The good news is that it only happens three to four days in a month, that is 4/30 > 0.13% days a month. Very minimal, can’t wait to see our project kick off especially in our rural and informal settlements.

I would like to support a better community for a better cause with my knowledge to wasichana Juu program that is being championed by from Green-Kenya.

No excuse for not playing”, “No excuse for not interacting,” “No excuse for no being busy”.

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Sep 15, 2020

TPP Fellow mentoring Wasichana Juu leaders

September 15th 2020

We are super excited to reach out to you during these interesting times.

As you are all aware, all our on-field and out of school programs were abruptly stopped due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this has made it strenuous to even meet with Girls Up leaders, Kenya and especially Nairobi has registered high number of teenage pregnancies and Child abuse because of restriction of movement and night curfews.

But there is a ray of hope, the restriction of movement has now been lifted and Wasichana Juu leaders can move freely and meet with the girls on a one on one basis, there are still some hindrances, the leaders can only move within their locality because they can walk and have mentorship sessions with the girls but they cannot use any mode of transportation because they cannot afford it at the moment.

Having said that, Wasichana Juu, Girls Up leaders have been having their discussion virtually, the discussions have been revolving around supporting each other during Covid-19 pandemic by checking on each other before they can reach out to the girls that they are mentoring because you have to be in the right mind before you can extend the same to somebody else a helping hand.

These discussions were led by Miriam Wambui who is the founder of “Maendeleo Mtaa”, a Swahili word for “developing the community.” And The Pollination Project fellow offered her expertise in working with teenage girls in the informal settlement. “as people who work with girls, we have to constantly build ourselves. This means learning, exposing yourself to different learning platform, have mentors to help you develop yourself. You cannot give what you do not have; our girls look up to us. Our role as girl’s mentors is to pave way and create spaces for them and follow our footsteps” Said Miriam.

The discussions are still going on with specific action points that each leaders should work on before we can resume our sessions in the community. These virtual discussion will help the girls  to grow, learn and work together as a family that takes care of each other.

Sep 11, 2020

You are our She-hero

11th September 2020, Nairobi, Kenya

TeacherDamaris is from House of Prayer Community School in Mukuru Kwa Ruben where most of our community impact participants live.  She is an enthusiast when it comes to physical edication ; “teacher Dama” as most of the pupils call her, is also the secretary of Green-Kenya committee team that is responsible for Child Protection in all the schools in we work with.

“Teacher Dama” has been taking part in community impact program weekly; helping with marking the attendance book after the sessions and ensuring that participants return to school after the session as per the requirement.

Just before the schools were closed in early March as a result of Covid, “Teacher Dama” was 3 months pregnant; her teaching was her only income.  During the food donation that Green-Kenya

Conducted, “Teacher Dama” was among those who benefited from the donation. She is now in need of prenatal and antenatal healthcare to prevent low birth weight and other complications.

“Dama” has been out our radar even when there was restriction of movement; Green-Kenya had weekly calls just to offer her mental support during challenging times. At the moments, the situation has eased a bit; there is no more restriction of movement and people can move from one point to the other to work and to seek psychological health.  

For this reason, we hope to spend part of the donation of little by little matching campaign that will take place on 14th – 18th September to buy for teacher Dama some of the essentials she will need during this time of her pregnancy.

We celebrate you Teacher Damaris aka “Dama” and on behalf of all our participants, our volunteers and G-K family in different parts of the world, we would like to send our positive vibe. We are in this together.  

 
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