PATHWAYS Leadership for Progress

PATHWAYS mission is develop leaders in developing countries through university scholarships and direct involvement in and oversight of community development projects.
Apr 11, 2016

April 2016 report

April 2016

 

Nairobi, Kenya

 

Dear Friends,

The impact of our girl’s mentorship program is attracting other members of the society as individuals and as groups. One such group is the young mothers, majority of them being housewives. Out of this need, we have brought together 12 young mothers aged between 18 to 30. This group has identified two areas where they want to be empowered: income generation activities and reproductive health. The group is based in Meru, the home area of Caroline, a pioneer participant in our mentorship group. It is out of Caroline’s efforts that she has become an icon of hope that women are eager to learn from her.

Our aim is to use this group of 12 in a Training of Trainers (TOT) model where they will train others in the village. During our first meeting with the group, Caroline and I introduced them to the topics of IGAs and Reproductive health. Many of them have two to three children between 6 months to 12 years. Although married, some have abusive spouses who do not care for the family leaving the mothers as sole bread winners. Others are single mothers who got children out of wedlock, with two becoming mothers when they were 16 years old and in primary school. The highest level of education in the group is class 8 certificate (did not join high school). In the meeting we planned activities with them and for them this year which includes the following:

1. Learning soap production skills which will be used at their homes as well as being made an economic activity for those who wish to do so. We will provide a small starting financial support for the first 5 who initiate soap or a related project within the course of the year.

2. Introducing them to vertical gardens where they cultivate vegetables for their own consumption as well as for small businesses. The gardens require small piece of land as well as limited amount of water. One vertical garden occupies less than one cubic meter and can produce vegetables enough for a family of four for a period not less than three months. We will support one garden per woman which includes buying seeds/seedlings, fertilizers and pesticides.

3. Lessons/seminars on reproductive health, targeting on family planning. It emerged that some women are not in any kind of birth control plan and do not know where to turn to for advice. One of the members aged 21 is two months pregnant and the first born baby is barely nine months. We will engage services of trained nurses/health workers who will be able to offer monitoring support to the women. 

The group has agreed to organize others after the training to disseminate the knowledge acquired, thereby producing a multiplier effect. 

We thank our supporter for enabling us do all this.

 

Catherine Kaimenyi

Mar 16, 2016

March 2016

Eunita at graduation
Eunita at graduation

Kenya

 

Dear Friends,

 

Thank you so much for supporting the PATHWAYS scholars. Today we want to report on the progress of fourth year scholars Brian and Marilyn, who are both majoring in medicine at the University of Nairobi and Eunita, who recently graduated in nursing from the University of Nairobi.

 

Brian

Here in Kenya, I am fairing on well. I would like to inform you that I have reported back to school after a fruitful long holiday. I am now a finalist. I look forward to graduating at the end of this year. The academic year has started on a high note, lots of course work and clinical work. I have started my rounds in Surgery where I will be for the next three months. I am very excited seeing that this marks the final year of my undergraduate course.

 

I really want to thank you for your generous contribution through PATHWAYS. This has ensured that I progress seamlessly in my studies plus it has allowed me to build my leadership skills through assisting my community with various projects ranging from the growing of aloe vera to developing a table banking or small savings and loan program.

 

Many thanks.

 

 

Marilyn

I am doing well in medical school, currently rotating in surgery. Being that it is our final year, we are doing a lot of hands on procedures in preparation for the real deal out there.

 

In December I was in Kisumu for my elective term. I was working with an organization FACES Kenya, that deals with HIV care and treatment. My area of focus was on pediatric HIV treatment.

 

The girls in my village that we are mentoring are expecting their test results later this week. I hope they will do well despite the exam irregularities that were reported last year.

 

Eunita

 

I am happy to have graduated from nursing school. The graduation fared on well. For our school of health sciences we are normally not put into various classes. However, i graduated with an aggregate of 76.6 points. My mum, younger brother, uncle, aunt and a friend were in attendance. After the graduation ceremony, we took lunch and some photos after which we immediately left to travel up country for thanks giving ceremony. It was an enjoyable ceremony with the pastor invited. We had a great session together. Attached is a photo we took on the graduation day.

 

Up to this moment i have not been able to join any health facility since we didn't have transcripts. It is at this time that we are collecting our transcripts and certificate. I am yet to register for our licensing examinations by the Nursing Council of Kenya which is due on 14th and 15th of April this year. Our internship should also commence around April.

 

I appreciate the support of our GlobalGiving friends in giving us the opportunity to both lead a community project and gain an education.

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Jan 29, 2016

January 2016 Project Report

Jan 26, 2016

 

 

Dear Global Giving Friends,

As the year 2015 came to a close, we looked back with gratitude as we counted the many direct and indirect beneficiaries of our project. We will celebrate graduation from university of two of the first group girls at the end of this year. Many others have been impacted positively by the two. Besides, other beneficiaries have joined the informal sector and doing well, some as employees while others are doing their own businesses.

One of such girls is Glory who came to SAWA in December, 2012 after completing her high school education. During her two months mentorship and training period, she was prepared to face the world as an adult now that she was out of school and do activities that would make economic sense to her. As she completed her two months experience she had this to say  “This training has changed my perspective in life, I only thought of employment as a career, but with the skills I have acquired, I can identify a business idea, write a plan and implement it efficiently.  I am confident that no matter how my KSCE results will be, I will not be stranded in life,  thanks to SAWA.”

Three years later, I visited Glory in December 2015 to find out what she was doing. I found her in a Hair Salon/Beauty Palour where she works in a nearby town. She was quick to tell me that although she was employed, she wanted to raise capital and start her own beauty shop where she can train other disadvantaged girls who do not make it to go to the university. She is still thankful to have been part of SAWA to learn that one can do any kind of a job to earn a living. SAWA built her confidence to handle what she is doing.

Glory and another mentee, Caroline live in the same town and attend the same church where they hold leadership positions in their youth group. They have become strong leaders and mentors to the other youths who look upon them for guidance. The mere fact that the two travelled all the way to Nairobi for a mentorship program has given them recognition by the youth, besides the guidance that they provide. They hold social activities at the church where they meet to discuss challenges facing young people and encouraging each other to avoid unplanned pregnancies and early marriages. When schools are closed and many youths are at home, the group invites motivation speakers, who coach and mentor them as they focus them in organized social lives, education and careers.

With my sincere gratitude for your support in this effort to improve the opportunities for young girls,

Catherine Kaimenyi

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