Challenges faced by Street Youth continue to increase with the barriers brought in by the COVID-19 pandemic. Through the support of our donors via GlobalGiving, we have been able to construct a boy's dorm that has the capacity to host 60 and assist the street boys. However, the pandemic has worsened the situation for girls. Kenya reported a 40% increase in monthly teen pregnancies that includes a significant number of street girls. Our next step is to build the dorm with daycare for the girls.
2018 Census on Street Families in Kenya reported 46000 youth still in the streets and 87% of the women/girls in the street are mothers. The number of teen pregnancies in Kenya during COVID-19 reported a 40% increase in the monthly average. Tumaini, since 2019, has demonstrated potential to support girls and have graduate 5 and recruited 9 more in 2021. With a space that supports and accommodates their unique needs, we will be able to support many more young mothers in and at-risk of street life.
Tumaini aims to build a girls dorm for 50 and enable them with technical and vocational skills to enter into the technician and artisans deprived Kenyan workforce. Tumaini currently has a vocational school built with five labs/classrooms (mechanics, electrical, welding, food & beverage, hairdressing). This project will address the immediate need for dormitory facilities to host 50 street mothers, who can benefit from education, along with a daycare facility for their babies.
This project will result in hosting and educating around 250-300 street girls in five years, thereby reducing the number of girls in the streets, and providing the direct beneficiaries with a livelihood. We estimate the direct beneficiaries will impact and motivate 1000-2000 indirect beneficiaries. The dorm will also implement best practices in green energy, allowing students to learn in their own space, providing input on solar panel installation and monitoring, aligned with our curricula.
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