Through this project, Polycom Development Project aims to support 500 girls in Kibera Slums to complete high school through educational scholarships, sports, lifeskills and vocational training. Girls in Kibera face many challenges; lack of basic needs like pads and panties, sexual harassment and favours, lack of hope to further their education due to poverty and most of all lack of people/platforms with whom to share their problems. This project will respond to these needs.
75% of girls school drop outs among Kibera girls is due to early pregnancy. The problem is rooted in social and economical poverty, pushing the girls to desperate conditions to look for men or accept men's advances so that they can provide basic needs not just for themselves but for their families as well. These girls in many situations have no-one to give them hope and they keep all these frustrations to themselves. This project aims to develop adolescent in school and out of school.
Talking Boxes will provide step one sharing platforms where through anonymous notes, girls will share what issues they are facing, leading to Speak Out forums, referrals, counselling and mentoring sessions by paralegals. Volleyball sports will create safe spaces to play and talk. Educational scholarships will be provided for post primary education and vocational scholarships for the out-of-school girl. School supplies, pads, panties and life skills training will be for all as needs demand.
The project will reduce the number of girls dropping out of school, the direct beneficiaries and those who will be inspired by them. 500 adolescent girls will be protected and educated to allow them get good jobs, rise out of poverty which will provide their own well being and of their famillies. Others girls seeing and learning them will be inspired to follow suit.