1000 Kibera slum girls empowered to excel

by POLYCOM DEVELOPMENT PROJECT
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1000 Kibera slum girls empowered to excel
1000 Kibera slum girls empowered to excel
1000 Kibera slum girls empowered to excel
1000 Kibera slum girls empowered to excel
1000 Kibera slum girls empowered to excel
1000 Kibera slum girls empowered to excel
1000 Kibera slum girls empowered to excel
1000 Kibera slum girls empowered to excel
1000 Kibera slum girls empowered to excel
1000 Kibera slum girls empowered to excel
1000 Kibera slum girls empowered to excel

"I received a report that the girls has attempted suicide twice, she walks around with a rope and has been seen several times under a particular tree." This was reported by one of the teachers during the Teachers meeting. A troubled girl had tried to take her own life while at home and it  was suspected that she had planned to do so in school. Polycom hosts meetings every term to listen to teachers and strategize on how to be there for the students, especially girls.

The termly teachers meeting took place on the 16th of September 2022 at Polycom Development Project office from 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm. The meeting was attended by 41 teachers from our partner schools with 8 schools failing to attend due to other commitments. Teachers meeting is always held every term to discuss our achievements as an organization with the school programs, challenges we are facing with the implementation of the program and way forward on how to solve the challenges..

Over the years polycom has made great improvements when it comes to implementation of the school programs. Having conversations with our girls and the teachers from various schools has helped us get feedback on what has worked so well for us and what we need to improve on.

ACHIEVEMENTS

  • We have done so well with soap making and distribution which has improved in terms of thickness and quality.
  • We have also made adjustment on the sizes of pads produced as they were very long and girls were not comfortable using them, they are now medium sizes which are very comfortable for the girls.
  • We introduced boy’s mentorship and we started with schools that needed it most and we have made impact because the boys who were rude and knotty are now calm.
  • We have also managed to refer 5 girls to a youth friendly health services since July up to date.
  • In this quarter we have also managed to collect 219 contents from our talking boxes.
  • We have also distributed 470 liters of soap to our partner schools.
  • We have distributed 280 panties to our girls who are in need of pants.
  • We have also distributed 1735 emergency sanitary towels to the girls.
  • We have managed to reach 735 adolescent girls from our partner schools in this quarter.

There is need to have more thank one meeting in a term if resources allows.


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Menstrual Hygiene day is celebrated on 28th may every year. It’s a chance to highlight the importance of menstrual care, raise awareness about the issues faced by those who do not have access to sanitary products, breaking the taboos associated with menstruation and end the stigma. Polycom Development Project conducted a pad-drive with 8 GYW (Girls and Young Women) by distributing sanitary towels to adolescent girls and young women around kibera.

A total of 450 sanitary towels and  200 panties were successfully distributed accross the county.

Girls and young women were faciitated to conduct a twitter chat on menstrual hygiene the aim was to break the stigma around menstruation, provide access to menstrual health education ,and create the opportunity for all to have access to what they need to effectively manage their periods and also we passionately believe that everyone should have the basic right to menstruate without shame or stigma.

The social media handles to create awareness. Like:

#MentrualHgyieneDay

#Nomorelimits

Conclusion

Women, teachers and various stakeholders have attested to a great increase of number of girls who are in school which in the long run has improved their school performance and in the long run boosting the confidence of girls and women. Girls have been able to concentrate in school and be less stressful on matters concerning menstruation.

  

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No one to Talk to.

She has been very quiet and gloomy, she doesnt play with other children and misses school so many time, and she has a bad smell, I have talked to her about taking showers everyday as a girl but I don't see the difference, can you find out what the problem is? Teacher Pretty (Not her real name) was very much concerned about the 12 year old girl. She joined this school 2 years ago and has never enjoyed playing, and shouting like many children her age.

Polycom mentors reached out to the little girl and she opened up. Before she joined this school she was in the village, living with a relative. The relatives wife would leave early every day for the market, the man would then invite her to his bed a defile her, she cannot remember how many times this happened. She was born before her mother got married and she did not take her along when she got married. Her grandmother later took her in and brought her to Kibera, she is too scared to tell her what happened, while in the village, this was in 2020. 

Infections

The girl has been discharging pus for a long time but she had noone to share with, she has been suffering serious lower abdominal pain which she has never brought herself to share with anyone, this is the reason why she has been missing school and very dull.

From January this year 2022, Polycom has taken a total of 6 girls to the hospital for reproductive health related infections, their panties have been replace and the girls are fairing on well. We are very grateful to the teachers who call us in when the girls are unwell, and for trusting us with the girls. 

Thank you GlobalGiving and our donors

These are ineventualities which cannot be budgeted for enough, the unrestricted funds from Global Givign has enabled us to give the girls hope, we continue to pay for the girls medical services, to support the mentors and to maintain the hygiene and sanitation programme.

 Talking Boxes

We still need you, we listen to girls voices through the Talking Boxes, kindly support us to do better and reach more.

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Facilitation

I am the only surviving member of the family, my 3 brothers and 2 sisters are all dead, I ended up getting married at 14, my husband abandoned me when I had my 3rd child. People have tried to defile my children, I feel so scared and helpless, that is why I am hard on my children. I love them, I do not want them to end up like me, I really do not know what to do!

This was a statement from a parent to one of the girls at Polycom, the mother had been so brutal to her, always abusing her physically and alot of insults. Such frustrations expose girls to people who take advantage of them. This particular girl had run away a few time and then referred to Polycom by her teachers.

Polycom organized a mental health training for 30 mothers in January 2022 to help them deal with mental health challenges. More forums will be conducted to create good relationship between these mothers and their daughters.

Women during the session
Women during the session
Our Girls, our focus
Our Girls, our focus
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Girls Radio Prep
Girls Radio Prep

One in three women worldwide experience physical or sexual violence mostly by an intimate partner. Violence against women and girls is a human rights violation.

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, emerging data and reports from those on the front lines, have shown that all types of violence against women and girls, particularly domestic violence, has intensified.

This is the Shadow Pandemic growing amidst the COVID-19 crisis and we need a global collective effort to stop it. As COVID-19 cases continue to strain health services, essential services, such as domestic violence shelters and helplines, have reached capacity. More needs to be done to prioritize addressing violence against women in COVID-19 response and recovery efforts.

Everyone has a role to play on ending gender based violence and ensuring the safety of women and girls. In urban informal settlements, like Kibera, evidence of this is teenage pregnancy shown by data at various health institutions. As an organization 300 girls have been reached through mentorship sessions (specifically supported by GlobalGiving) as well as a larger number through radio sessions to sensitize the community on their role in protecting and promoting the safety of girls and young women. During the mentorship session girls are given free sanitary towels to reduce possibilities of them offering sex in exchange for sanitary towels.

Women and girls already face multiple forms of discrimination and by virtue of being teenage moms this discrimination multiplies, and the ultimate results is what we see in the world now. Teenage pregnancy limits a girl’s ability to access education and employment and are often accompanied by sexual or domestic violence. Girls have little or no access to sexual and reproductive health (SRH) information and services.

It is however important to note that teenage pregnancies occur and regardless some of these teenage moms are still students, daughters and now parents. This project allowed for teenage moms to be educated on their SRH rights and available services by engaging them in an interactive mentorship program. Service-providers will be trained and supported to improve the accessibility and quality of their provision.

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POLYCOM DEVELOPMENT PROJECT

Location: NAIROBI - Kenya
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JANE ANYANGO ODONGO
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