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By Pamela Ateka - Project Leader
Once upon a time was a girl called Lilian from Homabay She enrolled for our project this Year in January 2019, The following is HER STORY
I come from a vulnerable family with a single mum after my parents separated because of domestic violence and alcohol abuse. I was is born in a family of eight children and I am the third born in our family. My mum has a small business of selling clothes or homemade soaps during market days in our village in Dhiwa. I dropped out of school in class 8 due to lack of school fees and got pregnant at the age of 15 years. I have a two-year daughter who lives with my aunt whom I was helping with house chores during my pregnancy and after I delivered. I had to seek refuge at her place after my father discovered I was pregnant. I have Constantly experienced emotional abuse several times, one day my father hit me with a machete and made me flee to safety at my aunt’s place the scar always reminds me of that bad experience and struggles as a young girl who made a mistake of getting pregnant as teenager. Until today I has never gone back to our home since the incident but am hopping one day, I will be able to forgive my father and reunite with them. At my aunties place it has never been that easy too even though she tried all the time to provide for me and my child.
I came to know about this program initiated by Community Focus Group from a friend, I had lost hope in life and had tried to find ways to go back to school but it was all in vain. At first, I didn’t have confidence that I can learn the skills in 6 months and be able to use the skill and earn a living. Even i asked my trainer if its possible. I was so raw in hair dressing but still I had a passion. Since an opportunity had presented itself, I decided to take up the challenge and make the best out of the opportunity and my time.
This program has been an eye opener to me as a teen mother that everything is possible. The only thing you need to do is to believe in yourself and take any opportunity that has given you to learn a skill for your own good. After the six month I have learnt a lot in hairdressing skills like braiding, hair treatment and set, hair weaving, dreadlocks and many more. My self-esteem and confidence have improved and I feel like I am a new person. Now I have good communication skills and I have learnt to handle clients and ensure their need are met adequately am grateful that sometimes we are given a commission from every client we have attended too. Am a changed person and I believe my dreams will come true one day.
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Aug 29, 2019
A Story Of Impact
By Pamela Ateka - Project Lead
Thank you for the support you have given us in our project! We are still working towards our goal of aquiring the equipment and furniture for the training purposes.
Below is a story from one of our Homabay Cohorts on how the project has transformed her life!
"I was introduced by my mother’s friend to this program initiated by Community Focus Group and I was determined to do my best gain enough experience and skills in hairdressing. I was worried at first if I was going to catch up and learn within the six month period, since it was my first time to learn a new skill I haven’t done in my life. This program has helped me a lot. After I finished the course for 6months my trainer offered me an internship at her salon for two months to practice my skills and at the same time I was plaiting cornrows and selling to salons and beauty shops. I have also been plaiting client in different salon and paid by commission. Recently, I have been employed at Elegance salon and I am thankful for Community Focus Group for giving me this opportunity to acquire adequate skills of hair dressing .I am confident now that I can handle clients effectively in the salon without a challenge. In addition, this program has also enabled me to earn an honest living for my child and help my younger siblings get education that I did not have the opportunity to acquire. Hobbies Playing football and marathons."
Kindly consider making a monthly / recurring donations to our project this month and the following months and let us transform lives together.
Jul 8, 2019
By Pamela Ateka - Project Leader
Kenya, just like other developing countries, is at the tipping point of global warming. Its high dependence on climate-sensitive agricultural production leaves it in a precarious position.
The country’s nationally determined contribution, which outlines that it will cut its carbon emissions by 30 per cent in 2030, is now giving scientists sleepless nights. This is because countries such as Kenya lack climate finance, technology and capacity.
Already, an increased frequency and intensity of extreme weather events, such as droughts and floods, has hit many regions across the country.
The poor, women and children are the most affected groups due to their low adaptive capacity.
Community Focus Group has the talents and the capacity to reach many in Kenya with the message and inspiration to cause individual change, we need your support.