Education Not Exploitation for Girls in Kenya

by Team Kenya
Jackline and baby Nivea
Jackline and baby Nivea

I would like to thank you for your help . God chose me among fellow girls and I am still wondering why .

All the ‘gifts’ you have sent to me and my daughter have changed our lifestyle. Before then I was so sad. But I thank god for enabling me make some steps forward. I was struggling with life since my parents divorced , I was abandoned  and then  became pregnant whilst still at primary school but supporting me made me realize I was loved. And now I can talk like other girls and even laugh.

I have now finished my exams and I hope to pass well so that I will go to Secondary School but I am still waiting for results to be out on 25th January then I will see. For now I am praying to God that I will be happy when I get my results.

The situation of my daughter is still making me sad. She is two years old but she still can’t walk. She walks around the table but cannot walk alone. She can also not stand on her own. I try teaching her to walk with a stick but she is afraid. But I am praying to God to make her walk again.

How is the weather in your country? Here it is raining cats and dogs and it is very muddy.

For now I am also praying to God to bless you and may you continue helping other girls just like you helped me.

Goodbye!

Jackline Atieno.

Baby Nivea at home
Baby Nivea at home
Jackline and Nivea outside their home
Jackline and Nivea outside their home
Jackline 3rd right back row
Jackline 3rd right back row

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Alice and
Alice and 'Junior'

A SECOND CHANCE FOR ALICE!

 We cannot thank you enough for your continued support. Thanks to you, the lives of vulnerable girls are changing daily for the better each new day. In the last quarter, our focus was on rescuing a sixteen year old vulnerable teenage mother, Alice, who was a victim of sexual, emotional and physical abuse. Alice was lured in to sex by an older man when she was still in primary school; he took advantage of her vulnerability. He provided Alice with the basic items that she lacked like food and sanitary towels. Alice lives with her mother and two brothers in a small rented house with only one room, her mother suffers from health problems and struggles daily to put food on the table to feed everyone  

 Alice got pregnant when she was only 15 years old and had to drop out of school. The man subjected Alice to physical and emotional abuse and later abandoned her.

 This is when Team Kenya came up to provide Alice with Psycho-Social Support as well as assisting her in seeking justice. Team Kenya has been providing counselling services to her, providing her with food and other basic necessities for her and her baby.  She is attending the Vocational Training Program but really desired to go back to school.

 Alice now feels more confident. She attends the Homework Club sessions to help her catch up so when she goes back to school next year, she will be up to date with what the other students are doing. Alice was able to interact with our UK volunteers during their recent visit thus further increasing her self esteem and confidence .Team Kenya is now in the process of soliciting funds to send Alice back to school. Sending her back to school will in future increase her opportunities and reduce vulnerabilities.

Please donate to help us send Alice back to school.

Your contributions will greatly change her life for the better

Help  us to support Alice !

Alice and Katherine
Alice and Katherine
Alice learning new skills
Alice learning new skills

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Caroline promoting Padi Bora
Caroline promoting Padi Bora

It’s another great opportunity to update you on the progress of our project. The last quarter has been focused on an economic strengthening program. Team Kenya believes that there is a strong link between economic independence and health behaviour. For instance, a girl who is financial literate is less likely to be lured into survival sex. This reduces her vulnerability to Sexually Transmitted Infections and unwanted pregnancies. Through a partnership between Team Kenya and Equity Bank- Homabay branch, the girls under Vocational Training Program were taken through financial literacy course. The 12 vulnerable girls (mostly teenage mothers) from the Vocational Training Program were taught on how to budget, opening saving account and were trained on business development.

 The financial education focused on money and how to manage it well.The girls were taught on adopting good management practices, make decisions about earning, saving, spending and borrowing money and set financial goals, track expenses and save for future. The training covered four modules which took duration of eight weeks. Good financial education will ideally lead girls to become financial literate which is the competence or capability to engage in economic transactions. It is a capability that gave the girls adequate skills to manage money, prepare for life cycle events, manage risk and take advantage of opportunities. The financial education training promoted awareness of personal financial issues and choices, encourages the development of financial goals, promotes a saving culture and in short provides a basic life skill. Adolescence period is an important time to introduce financial education. It helps adolescent girls develop knowledge and change their practices at an early age to facilitate transition into financial independence and therefore have a positive impact in many areas in their lives now and in future.

 

With the girls in the Vocational Training already half way through with the training, focus on financial literacy and entrepreneurship is imperative. The girls are still making Padi Bora (reusable sanitary towels) and selling them to members of the community for the sustainability of the project. The girls are also going on with the sewing lessons and will soon gain skills to start their own tailoring businesses.

 

Thanks so much for your support so far. Please keep donating to empower these vulnerable girls in Ndhiwa. With your support, the future of these girls can only be bright!

 

 

Lilian and her baby at Karibuni eco cottages
Lilian and her baby at Karibuni eco cottages

The GlobalGiving donations are benefiting girls in the Vocational Training Program in an enormous way!

Lilian who was six months pregnant in November has now given birth to a bouncing baby boy. Having two sons at just 16 years puts Lilian in an extremely vulnerable condition. However, through your generous donations, Lilian is receiving psycho-social and economic support. Thanks to your donations, Lilian’s hospital bills were catered for and she is getting the necessary support for her and her baby. She has also resumed her sewing lessons.

 The donations have also increased economic opportunities for one of the girls; Millicent who has two children was given some capital to start a banana selling business. She is now able to take care of her two children. She also attends the Vocational Training Program to learn skills in sewing. It also through the donation that one of the girls Mercy 17 years who is a widow and also has a 3 years old son is being supported. One may only wonder what she would have done without your support!

Through the additional machines, two more girls have recruited in the program. The Vocational Training Program is now supporting a total of 14 girls; mostly teenage mothers. The number could only grow larger if you continue donating.

The donations are surely changing the lives of vulnerable girls. These girls will grow to be empowered in each way and this could only mean greater levels of poverty reduction in the community. It all starts with a Girl!

 May God Bless you as you bless vulnerable girls in Ndhiwa through your generous donations.

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Lillian at Karibuni eco cottages
Lillian at Karibuni eco cottages

On behalf of the girls in Ndhiwa and Team Kenya, I would like to pass on my sincere gratitude for your support to this project. The donations you have made so far have gone a long way in creating a big difference to vulnerable adolescent girls in Ndhiwa; most specifically to the disadvantaged teenage mothers who had to drop out of school due to unwanted pregnancies and/or early marriages. Your kind gesture could not have come at a better time!

 The donations made from the Global Giving Girl Effect Challenge have gone a long way in supporting some vulnerable teenagers involved in the Vocational Training Program. Two sewing machines have been purchased to boost the sewing project. Cotton rolls have been purchased to make more cotton reusable sanitary towels (Padi Bora).

Padi Bora will help keep the girls in school, giving them an opportunity to acquire education. The padi bora will also reduce the vulnerability of teenage girls to pregnancy and Sexually Transmitted Infections by reducing their dependence on survival sex. Sewing materials have also been bought to facilitate the training of girls out of school in sewing skills. The girls are also being trained on business tailoring; a skill that will give the opportunity to gain financial security in future hence improving their living standards.

 Among the girls who have and will greatly benefit from the donations made from the Global Giving Girl Effect is Lilian. She is a 16 year old teenager mother who is also six months pregnant at the moment. Lilian has been able to get psycho-social and economic support. Thanks to you, Lilian can now smile again .Team Kenya and the girls could not thank you enough. May God bless you as you continue blessing the girls in Ndhiwa.

 You have restored hope into the life of a girl in Ndhiwa!

Lillian
Lillian
Vocational training
Vocational training
Caroline promoting Padi Bora
Caroline promoting Padi Bora
 

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Team Kenya

Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne, North Tyneside - United Kingdom
Website: http:/​/​www.teamkenya.org.uk
Project Leader:
Valerie Wilson
Newcastle, United Kingdom

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