By Janelle Larson and Gladwell Anangwe - Project leader and CYEC staff
As we approach Mother’s Day, we thank those at the Centre who mother the children there, providing care and guidance for so many young people. We also think about the next generation of mothers – the young women at the Centre. Research has shown that when girls are educated and delay parenthood, they and their children thrive.
The Centre held a retreat for adolescent girls to discuss healthy relationships, self-confidence and career options. They shared experiences, discussed and role-played while learning how to plan for their futures. You support makes events like this possible!
A gift to the CYEC in honor of your mother is a meaningful way to let her know you appreciate the role of mothers. From now until Mother’s Day, all new recurring gifts will be matched, and all gifts help us build a healthy future for these children.
Fun with the girls
Feb 13, 2018
Please Drop In!
By Janelle Larson - Project Leader
Enjoying a literacy day
The transition from life on the street to living with the norms of an institution like the Children and Youth Empowerment Centre isn’t easy for young people. With that in mind, last spring, the CYEC opened a drop-in center in Nyeri to connect with children currently on the street. They offer meals and activities such as arts, sports, basic academics, and life skills such as cooking and cleaning to prepare the young people to either enter school (through the CYEC) or (when possible) to reunite with their families. In less than a year, they have enabled 10 children to return home and 34 children to join school, while two are employed locally. Your support makes these life-changing transformations possible!
Nov 16, 2017
Boys to Men
By Dan Waithaka - Centre Nurse
Teamwork in action
In recent years, there has been a focus on the importance of educating girls, both for their own empowerment and for the betterment of their future families. Equally important is instilling the values of positive masculinity in boys so they will grow to be responsible, compasionate men.
Each year, the boys at the Centre who are completing eighth grade undergo initiation rites to help them understand the roles and responsibilities of being a man. Since most of these young people have not experienced healthy family role models, it's critical they be taught these lessons explicitly. The 10-day process is led by CYEC staff, clergy, social workers and teen counselors. Topics include making life choices, financial literacy, healthy sexuality, HIV/AIDS awareness, career goal-setting and substance abuse, among other topics.
With a support provided by you, these boys will grow to be healthy, ethical men. Please be sure to remember the CYEC in your holiday giving!