The general and long-term objective is to create awareness and action on economic disparity and particularly with regards to Teen Motherhood by advocacy and participation of the target groups through activities and practices that showcase the benefits of sound and sustainable responses to social and economic disparities within our community. Teen Mothers program has spanned a period of 10 years. Our program has been operating at limited capacity due to lack of resources necessary to mitigate the problems of poverty and other related issue. We all know that poverty is as ancient as human history, but in the recent years, poverty has become evident and profiled. Teen Motherhood is attended by ... read more The general and long-term objective is to create awareness and action on economic disparity and particularly with regards to Teen Motherhood by advocacy and participation of the target groups through activities and practices that showcase the benefits of sound and sustainable responses to social and economic disparities within our community. Teen Mothers program has spanned a period of 10 years. Our program has been operating at limited capacity due to lack of resources necessary to mitigate the problems of poverty and other related issue. We all know that poverty is as ancient as human history, but in the recent years, poverty has become evident and profiled. Teen Motherhood is attended by countless challenges including food, shelter, health, education and security. Our Primary work within our community covers four thematic areas; Emergency, Education, Environment and Economy. We believe that our people need donations due to emergencies, but that must be followed by education that respects the integrity of the environment for a sustainable economy. Whereas we do not discrediting relief efforts which are important First Aid to emergencies, our model proposes that relief should be a stepping stone towards a permanent solution. We hold that relief should be followed closely by equipping in readiness for the next crises. Since most emergencies revolve around food security, people must explore better ways of sustaining the environment for a prosperous economy. OBJECTIVE ONE; EMERGENCY, Emergencies; our county has been ravaged by HIV pandemic leaving behind countless orphans and recently by massive statistics of Teen Mothers whose livelihood perpetually rely on relief from other community members of outsiders. There is a general disparity and dearth of resource including food, shelter, education and health often due to sporadic problems occasioned by floods, drought, inflation, lack of foresight, poor panning and implementation, election conflicts or lack of supply. FOOD: Food is a Human Right. However, the ever escalating cost of life has hindered many Teen Mothers from accessing healthy diet giving rise to diverse health implications. It is not only necessary to access food, that food must be equally balances, well processed, transported and sold in a healthy environment. The body needs carbohydrates for energy, proteins for building and vitamins. The children and the aged are most vulnerable. Today, we live in a community ravaged by myriad forms of health complication traversing the gap between malnutrition and starvation. Many families are in need of food aid and diet supplements for healthy living, both in the slums and in the outlying villages. It has therefore become necessary to develop emergency measures in collaboration with other partners to alleviate the situation. However, these short term measures do not proffer the necessary long term solution to hunger and starvation. Therefore we are involved in urgent measures to address the drivers and factors involved through training and equipping the vulnerable groups for job markets in order to be self-reliant economically. HOUSING Shelter is a human Right, but it is not universally implemented. Teenage Mothers and their children often graduate to street or homeless families which represent a rapidly growing socio-educational challenge affecting both the developing and industrialized nations of the world. Their children are at risk for physical, emotional, social, and cognitive violation. These Teenage Mothers and their children are in need of interventions that appropriately address their needs in the context of their plight. On the other hand shelter is expensive and many factors are involved in providing sustainable housing solutions for the homeless. OBJECTIVE TWO: EDUCATION Education is a Human Right. The vision to make primary literacy both universal and inalienable fundamental human right in Kenya is one of the greatest milestones in the fight against innumerable injustices which could adequately be prevented though sound education. However, among other social and economical factors, the shortages of classrooms, schools books and other related materials as well as the shortage of teachers have halted the wheel of progress in this area and particularly the rehabilitating Teen Mothers through back-to school or vocational training programs. Educated people are apt to make informed choices and be effective leaders in their lives and equally play roles in the wider community. In the absence of education or basic literacy, communities are not properly or strategically poised to tackle most of the challenges of the dynamic society and particularly those that require intensive skills. We have therefore put forth training programs that equip Teen Mothers and girls in the community in areas of vocational training, counseling, tuition support and back to school schemes. OBJECTIVE THREE: ENVIRONMENTAL Environmental; Teen Mothers have strong faith in the environment since it provides everything that living things need for their sustenance. Teen Mothers aspire to an environment with clean and safe air, water and productive soil free form pollution of chemicals, plastics or deforestation is ideal for livelihood to both humans and animals. Teen Mothers and their children need to live in sanitized and sustainable environment. OBJECTIVE FOUR: ECONOMICAL Economical: Kisumu County is neither immune nor divorced from the common problem that is universally faced by all urban towns in the developing economies around the world; poverty. Poverty is as ancient as human history, but in the recent years, poverty has become profiled, as the society transits from agrarian, through industrial to information age. The influx from villages to urban areas has catalyzed rapid mushrooming of slums with countless challenges including food, shelter, health, education and security. In an environment where many are generally classified as needy, it becomes a real challenge to identify those who merit relief as well as methods of delivery. For Teen Mothers, the challenge is critical. Solution to poverty should be internally generated and only to be facilitated externally though financial and technical input. Teen Mothers need tools in their hands to transform their conditions. We are seeking those tools like books, computers, farm tools, industrial tools and equipment, technical support among others to enable our people to be supports of them. In view of the aforesaid, our specific objectives are: 1. To implement Back to school schemes and training programs that equip Teen Mothers and girls in areas of Fabric Design and Tailoring, Information Communication Technology and Hair Arts and Solon by establishing vocational center. 2. To design business strategies based on extensive feasibility studies to help our vocational school graduates initiate successful business projects. 3. To implement micro-credit schemes for vocational school graduates to help them finance their start-up projects. 4. To implement economic and social counseling programs for the rehabilitation Teen Mothers and vulnerable girls with view to integrating them into the community. 5. To work towards an inclusive community regardless of gender orientation, health status, physical disability, tribe, race, creed, etc.
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