Champion Her Right to an Education

by ZanaAfrica Foundation
Champion Her Right to an Education
Champion Her Right to an Education
Champion Her Right to an Education
Champion Her Right to an Education
Champion Her Right to an Education
Champion Her Right to an Education
Champion Her Right to an Education
Champion Her Right to an Education
Champion Her Right to an Education
Champion Her Right to an Education
Girls seeing Nia Teen for the very first time!
Girls seeing Nia Teen for the very first time!

Dear Friends,

As you know, over the past several months we have been working on creating the very first issue of our 52-page rights-based reproductive health magazine for Kenyan girls.


Well, after months of hard work, it is finally here!

Branded Nia Teen, this magazine complies with the full UN-recommended Comprehensive Sexuality Education technical guidelines and includes information on menstrual and reproductive health and rights in five issues. The format includes fun graphic comics and also highlights real role models from across Kenya, informative Questions & Answers, writing and reflection activities, and more.

Nia Teen acknowledges the power of adolescent girls. It sees them, celebrates them, and honors them. It’s not just a magazine—it’s a tool for empowerment that can be used every day and shared with others.

For girls who have so little, this magazine means so much. ZanaAfrica Foundation is doing all that we can to get Nia Teen into the hands of the 10,000 girls we serve each year, and we’ll continue to rely on your dedicated support to make that goal a reality.

I have attached a photo of girls seeing the magazine for the very first time! It’s hard to not smile and feel hopeful when you see the excitement and curiosity on their faces.


We thank you for your dedication to our work and wish you a warm holiday season!

Sincerely,
Alison

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Focus Groups - Testing our magazine content
Focus Groups - Testing our magazine content

Dear Friends,

One of the key tenents of our work is our belief that pads plus health education are a critical intervention to help improve the health, education, and overall wellbeing of girls. 

Over the past several months we have been iteratively testing our Nia health comics (designed for behavior change) through surveys and focus groups with over 7,000 girls to help us understand the real challenges and aspirations of those we serve.

Based on insights gathered through focus group testing of our comics among girls, we have revised our comics into a 52-page magazine format designed to be issued at the beginning of each of the three school terms in Kenya. 

Branded Nia Teen, this magazine will comply with the full UN-recommended Comprehensive Sexuality Education technical guidelines and will include information on menstrual and reproductive health and rights in five termly issues. The format will include not only comics but also highlight real role models from across Kenya, informative Questions & Answers, writing and reflection activities, and more.

We are delighted with the progress we have made so far and we are thrilled for the first hard copy issue to come out at the end of October!

Here are a few photos of girls going back to school just last week and participating in a focus group with Anne M from our Creative Team, one of the many amazing talents behind our work at ZanaAfrica Foundation.

We thank you for your ongoing support and can't wait to share more with you in the coming months!

Warmly,

Alison

Back to school!
Back to school!
Anne M - leading a discussion with girls
Anne M - leading a discussion with girls
A question from a girl
A question from a girl
Heart warming feedback from a girl we serve
Heart warming feedback from a girl we serve
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MH Day1

Over the past few months, we’ve been carrying out ongoing activities to equip girls with the support and resources they need to live healthy and informed lives.

On May 28th we proudly celebrated Menstrual Hygiene Day, an international call to action to break the silence and build awareness about the fundamental role that menstrual hygiene management (MHM) plays in enabling women and girls to reach their full potential.

In Kenya, we were joined by hundreds of advocates across sectors to engage in action, advocacy, and knowledge-sharing around menstrual hygiene management, and globally, online, through social media.

We’ve also been conducting ongoing monitoring and evaluation site visits to our partner organizations and schools to identify successes and gaps and gather insights for how we can continually improve our programmatic efforts to serve the needs of girls.

Planning for our next CBO training which will take place on June 23 and 24th is in full effect. Our programs team has been busy sourcing facilitators, planning presentations and capacity building workshops, and coordinating behind the scenes logistics to make the two-day training for our community based partner organizations a great success.

At the end of the training we will provide our partners will a termly supply of sanitary pads for girls in their communities, ensuring that girls can access safe spaces, safe people, and the products and information needed to manage menstruation and stay in school.

We've also received some great press coverage on our work in NPR and Newsweek Magazine. Links are included below!

As always, we thank you for your support! Asante!

MH Day2
MH Day2
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MH Day5

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This winter, we conducted our final training for the 26 community based partners in our Partnership Program.

This training was held in Nairobi, Kenya where we hosted our partners for two days of capacity building, collaboration and an opportunity to share the successes and challenges of supporting vulnerable girls.

And the end of the training, we distributed pads and underwear to our partners who then took those products back home and distributed them to schoolgirls in their communities for the start of their January 2016 school term.

Thanks to all of you, we were able to provide 10,000 girls with the tools they need to stay in school and step into their potential. We are so honored to do this work and we can't thank you enough for your ongoing support!

We look forward to continuing our work in 2016, ensuring that adolescent girls have access to the products and information they need to step into their potential.

A photo is attached of some our program beneficiaries!

Asante! (Thank you!)

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Girls in Machakos Reading Comics
Girls in Machakos Reading Comics

We’ve had a fantastic year in the development of our creative health education comics. In April, we completed our first set of 13 health comics for girls covering topics ranging from the menstrual cycle, emotional changes during puberty, HIV prevention and care, among other critical topics, following Nia, a 14 year old girl. Our comics walk alongside Nia as she goes through the joys and challenges of adolescence.

Girls said:

“Nia teaches us not to be afraid when you start your period” and “Nia encourages me that even if I start my periods its not the end of my education.”

Our first completed set has been given to over 7,000 girls for feedback and in a behavioral study of over 200 girls, 97% of girls said they would share our health comics with their peers! We’re so excited to continue building media that is educational, aspiration and affirmative for girls! Stay tuned for more exciting updates to come in 2016.

 

Thank you so much for making our work possible!

 

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ZanaAfrica Foundation

Location: Washington, DC - USA
Website:
Twitter: @ZanaAfrica
Project Leader:
Alison Nakamura Netter
New York, NY United States

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