Oct 30, 2019

Nanjala, a beacon of hope!!!

We have had a wonderful time having sessions with the adolescent girls on and off the schools, we have had an opportunity to be joined by two amazing young ladies, Neola and Sophie, both of them have the passion to mentor the girls in their communities and they have chosen Girls Up as their entry point to make a difference.

This is the shortest term in the school calendar, about 7 weeks before the schools are closed, with a lot of activities , this meant less time with the girls, this is because of demanding school work that took some of the weekend time.We have have 33 sessions that touched on sexual relationships, including pregnancy, STD’s and HIV/Aids, menstrual cycle and how can one keep themselves clean during the days.

There are engagements with young professional female lawyers who wants  to have a one on one mentorship with the teenage girls. As a result, the female professionals will be coming to talk to the girls about choosing career, and what it takes to be who you want in life, among other topics

One of the highlights of this term is that, one of the girls who used to attend Wasichana Juu sessions in Mukuru has finally agreed to go back to school, Nanjala who is not her real name decided to go back and rewind a class so that she can do her Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) in 2020. Nanjala who is 15 years, was supposed to do KCPE this year but she was not able to because she was not registered as a candidate. She had given up with school due to peer pressure from other adolescent girls

After having lengthy talk with teacher Damaris, who is one of their mentors, she finally agreed to go to Class 7 this year so that she can prepare well for the final exam come October 2020.

Nanjala has become a beacon of hope to her community coaches and we hope that she will motivate her peers to work hard in school and decide their destiny.

Sep 4, 2019

I am missing my Friend Solomon

 

Schools have been on holiday for the last four weeks as per the government of Kenya school calendar and we have been having series of meetings amongst ourselves to prepare for the last term of the year.

As the schools reopen, I am looking forward to meet with a boy who has become one of my best friend in Mukuru, I will call him Solomon for the sake of protecting his identity. When I visited his school for the first time, Solomon was not friendly to his class mate, some of his class mates were actually making fun of him, he never used to come to our sessions, he used to remain outside the classroom isolated.

I came to know about Solomon’s predicament when I went to remind his teacher about the time the Children should come for the session. I greeted him but he was not receptive as other Children were and that caught my attention, I enquire about him from his class teacher, but the female teacher had no clue about what was wrong with Solomon but she mentioned that his parents are having domestic violence.

The next day I insisted that we go with Solomon to the field and I involved him in the session, he played but he was not that involved, I decided to keep him neat me in the circle so that he would not feel with drawn, According to the teacher, Solomon never used to do anything in class and he was always fearful.

I tagged alomg with Solomon and the story has now changed, Its now four months down line and Solomon has completely transformed, he is laughing to the jokes from his peers, something that never used to happen and he one time did a shout,  a signature tune to finish the session on a high note.

The last time I talked with her teacher about Solom’s progress, she told me that Solomon did not sit for second term exams,that worries me. One of the assignments that I have when the schools will be reopened will be to find out where is my friend; I will definitely visit his home through the class teacher. I will keep you posted about my findings in the next report…Asante sana /Thank you very much for being the strength beneath our wings.

Aug 5, 2019

Incorporating Girls Football League

Wasichana Juu is a weekly, 2-hour Sport for Development program that runs 4 times per year, each session is between 6 – 8 weeks (weather permitting).  We provide an opportunity for girls (aged 9 – 19) to participate in a guided open dialogue of health (physical, sexual, psychological), safety (personal, environmental) and leadership (effective leaders, inclusivity, public speaking) while engaging in physical activity.

We are thrilled to announce that our last session, running May 25 – June 22, 2019 has seen a 400% increase in attendance from the February 9 – March 16, 2019 session.  Our addition of incorporating a Girls Football League has seen our numbers grow from 23 to 90 young women participating in our Saturday program.  Our mini-league has 6 teams that compete every Saturday and then participate in the discussion group.   

We have engaged the girls in discussions about the consequences of drug and alcohol abuse, education regarding healthy and abnormal menstrual cycles and when to seek medical attention, and the potential risks of entering into sexual relationships, including pregnancy, STD’s and HIV/Aids.

We try to empower the young women, show them that knowledge is power.  Having the young women be able to make educated decisions around the social pressures they face is a step forward in the right direction.  We emphasise that through education they will have more opportunities to better support their families, have more enriched relationships and be able to make informed life decisions.

We will continue to focus our program in two slums of Nairob; Mukuru Kwa Njena and Shauri Moyo and are preparing ourselves for the next 400% increase.

We look forward to the next few months and see where the girls lead us.

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