Trans-nzoia Youth Sports Association (TYSA)

To Inspire and Empower marginalized and vulnerable Young people through Value Based Sports in Kenya
Dec 5, 2010

Girls inspired by a unique experience

Girls at source of River Nzoia
Girls at source of River Nzoia

Adolescent girls in the rural areas rarely get an opportunity to learn about their sexuality. Lots of myths are created about sexuality which often leads to early pregnancy, marriage   and school dropout. Young girls are particularly vulnerable as they are often neglected by the families and community. Community social fabrics that used to protect girls and boys have been weakened thus exposing the girls and boys to abuse and exploitation. The young adolescent lack confidence, motivation, and self-esteem which are important ingredient in building their resilience.

The camp organized by TYSA on 9th August 2010 to 13th August 2010 at Sengwer cultural centre, on creating safe spaces for rural girls. The camp brought together 43 girls from the rural areas of Tranz-nzoia County.

The camp focused on reproductive health, relationships, and self-defense and sex bargains. The methodology of the camp was participatory in nature combining presentations, discussions, experience sharing and practical throughout the three days of facilitation.

 The girls shared how Sexual abuse and violence are serious problems that transcend racial, economic, social and regional lines. ‘Violence is frequently directed toward females youth, who lack the economic and social status to resist or avoid it. Adolescents and young women, in particular, experience abuses in the form of domestic violence, rape and sexual assault, sexual exploitation, and/or female genital mutilation’. Eunice

This unique girl’s camp, one of its own kind in the region was a perfect opportunity that these girls have ever had. For the first time some of the girls came to terms with their sexuality. ‘I have never known how female condom looks like. I have even never seen a male condom. My boyfriend says he wears it during sex but I have never seen it….’ a participant.

The camp also provided an opportunity for an excursion, which gave the girls first hand touch with Mother Nature and what humanity is doing in depletion of the forest cover of Kabolet Forest.

It was exciting, challenging and demanding. With no vehicles, the girls had to walk for 7 kilometers to and fro into the forest to the source of River nzoia. The terrains are rugged, steep and the weather was chilly. Luckily, the fresh air, and eye catching sceneries kept the girls going.

‘ I hope next year again we shall have a similar experience.’ Irene. These girls depend on your kind donation to realize their dreams in life. You have been a true friend to these girls. 

river nzoia
river nzoia
Girls learn self defence in case of rape
Girls learn self defence in case of rape
learning mensturation cycle
learning mensturation cycle
Dec 4, 2010

Girls Inspired by Camp

Adolescent girls and boys in the rural areas rarely get an opportunity to learn about their sexuality. Lots of myths are created about sexuality which often leads to early pregnancy, marriage and school dropout. Young girls are particularly vulnerable as they are often neglected by the families and community. Community social fabrics that used to protect girls and boys have been weakened thus exposing the girls and boys to abuse and exploitation. The young adolescent lack confidence, motivation, and self-esteem which are important ingredient in building their resilience. The camp organized by TYSA on 9th August 2010 to 13th August 2010 at Sengwer cultural centre, on creating safe spaces for rural girls. The camp brought together 33 girls. The camp focused on reproductive health, relationships, and self-defense and sex bargains. The methodology of the camp was participatory in nature combining presentations, discussions, experience sharing and practical throughout the three days of facilitation. Sexual abuse and violence are serious problems that transcend racial, economic, social and regional lines. Violence is frequently directed toward females youth, who lack the economic and social status to resist or avoid it. Adolescents and young women, in particular, may experience abuses in the form of domestic violence, rape and sexual assault, sexual exploitation, and/or female genital mutilation.

Nov 2, 2010

Project Feted!

Girls learn about reprodcutive health
Girls learn about reprodcutive health

Key achievements of the Girls Project UN MDG Award Winning Project: The girls Project emerged top in the inaugural UN MDG award 2010 in achieving the Millennium Development Goal No. 3: promoting gender equity and women empowerment. This shows that the project has a had great impact in the lives of the girls in the community and demonstrates that the project is viable and has potential to be replicated. Community prioritizing girls; we have in the last quarter received numerous requests from organizations and institutions to share the experiences of girls empowerment. We have also received referral cases of girls who need TYSA support. The communities are more sensitive to the needs of the girls. The parents have realized the need to support their girls’ development. Girls are now reporting that their parents are now making provisions for sanitary towels and other special needs. This has increased the school attendance. Self Esteem Boosted; Girls are now taking leadership roles in the schools, community and even in the social groups. Some have been elected as chairpersons of their church groups, girl guides, and school prefects and games captains. Self Reliance; for those girls who could not go back to school, have initiated small income generating projects. Elizabeth Wambi is running a small successful horticulture business along river nzoia. Sarah is running a tailoring and dress making business at the community level. As teenage mothers, this is helping them cater for their children needs. TYSA visibility increases; in the last quarter, TYSA has been called upon to share it success stories in empowering girls. We have visited Moving the Goal Post-Kilifi, Society Empowerment Program-Oyugis, and Diocese of lodwar. During the celebrations of the AWARD, various CSOs and Private sector contributed in making the day a success. They gave in resources to help in logistics. The media coverage on K24 and The daily People has increased our visibility in the country. The TYSA value based sports approach has become a powerful tool for social change. The demand for it is growing day by day Girls Camp Held Sexual abuse and violence are serious problems that transcend racial, economic, social and regional lines. Violence is frequently directed toward females youth, who lack the economic and social status to resist or avoid it. Adolescents and young women, in particular, may experience abuses in the form of domestic violence, rape and sexual assault, sexual exploitation, and/or female genital mutilation. The camp aimed to build the capacity of girls aged 15 to 24 to make informed decisions regarding their sexuality and use defensive techniques/skills in cases of attempts of sexual abuse. 60 girls participated in this camp. We want to thank all of you who have

Girls in a workshop
Girls in a workshop
A girl enjoys nature at the excursion in cherangan
A girl enjoys nature at the excursion in cherangan
girls adventure at nzoia river
girls adventure at nzoia river
UN MDG AWARD
UN MDG AWARD
 
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