Empowering girls through education and leadership

by Woman's Hope
Empowering girls through education and leadership
Empowering girls through education and leadership
Empowering girls through education and leadership
Empowering girls through education and leadership
Empowering girls through education and leadership
Empowering girls through education and leadership
Empowering girls through education and leadership
Empowering girls through education and leadership
Empowering girls through education and leadership
Empowering girls through education and leadership
The director gifting a dignity pack
The director gifting a dignity pack

Our campaign theme for  the year 2021 is 'RUN FOR GIRLS'. The idea was to create several charity runs/ events with the aim of raising funds that are meant to empower girls through education and leadership: but more so to ensure that many under privelaged girls have the pleasure of attending school without the worry of school fees. In addition, we aim to target as many of the teenage moms we have been working with to ensure they too get an equal opportunity at resuming their schooling. 

We started the year with a bang. For her birthday, our director made the decision to dedicate her special day to many under privellaged girls by leading our first 'Run For Girls' marathon. The first marathon was meant to raise  funds that would provided dignity packs to girls. Each pack contains hygiene products including; sanitary towels, underwears, soap and so on.This was meant to coution the girls as they prepared to re open school, in hope that they would do so with no #periodshame.  

After the first marathon we were able to patner with a local rotaract club that are advocating for a similar cause as we are, as they were impressed by our fundraising approach.

However, due to recent closure of counties and enforcement of more restricted covid19 rules, we have had to post pone some marathons in accordance to the law. We however hope to be able to reach more people through our online platforms to help us empower our girls.

As the schools are currently closed and the major counties we work in are facing a lock down similar to the one imposed in 2020, we intend to refocus our attention to the 'Linda Binti' initative. This is in hope of ensuring we do not have more cases of teenage pregnancies as previously observed.

We are greatful to all our donors and well wishers who continually support us in mission to protect, empower and up lift the girl child: tomorrow's leaders.

The girls showing off their dignity packs
The girls showing off their dignity packs
Our poster for the first 'Run For Girls' marathon
Our poster for the first 'Run For Girls' marathon
A partnership project with the Rotaract club
A partnership project with the Rotaract club
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Girls with their dignity pack
Girls with their dignity pack

In Kenya, there has been a really high spike in the rate of teenage pregnancies. This accounts for girls between ages 10-17 mostly. This has been facilitated by many factors such as the continuing closure of schools. Most of the teenage girls in the local slums are from impoverished families that lost their means of survival with the pandemic; they are hence easily lured for basic needs. Other girls are victims of predators living in their homes while their guardians are away, as more unsupervised kids were left to do as they wish.

As an organization that strives to empower and build women who are leaders of tomorrow, we decided to launch a campaign dubbed "LINDA BINTI' under the #stopteenpregnancy, to address the issue. 'Linda Binti' is a swahili word that translates to 'protect our daughters'. The aim is to ensure that our girls do not become teen moms and are able to return to school. For the young girls who are already pregnant, we can only giude and counsel them so that when they have weaned their young ones, they may be able to resume school.

Our campaign works in three ways, the first point is where we talk to the teen girls and mentor them, as we train them to be future leaders. The second point invloves distributing dignity packs to these young girls, as we teach them about hygiene. Currently, each dignity pack contains; 5 re usable pads (for long period use), 3 undrepants, soap, a toothb rush and toothpaste. The young girls are also taught how to use, clean and maintain their re usable pads.

On the third way, we have been seeking to bring our male counterparts to the table to help us in this fight. We have been training them on the plight of the girl child, as well as the consequences of prying on young girls. We have also been training them to identify predators in the community, hence protecting our daughters from this vice.

We have been able to reach many girls in different localities in the country, and we aspire to reach as many girls as we can and equip them with dignity packs, as well as to recruit many more ambassadors of change of all genders.

A dignity pack content
A dignity pack content
Preparing the dignity packs
Preparing the dignity packs
Some ambassadors of change in training
Some ambassadors of change in training

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Adopt a Family Day
Adopt a Family Day

For the past 2 years, Woman's hope has been supporting and mentoring girls. it becomes a cycle that every girl wanted to be part of it and we called it season for girls. It has helped many girls to be able to abstain early pregnancy and to be able to think of finishing school and having a good job before starting a family

As the saying goes when you empower girls and they become bold women you have already empowered a society. Woman's hope have been having different session with these girls starting from season for girls part 1 till 6 in this way they can be able to bring a friend to be mentored. Most of these beneficiaries are very vulnerable, the sick and the old people who live in a slum.

Most of these girls and their mothers do causal jobs to feed their families. When the world was attacked by Covid-19, everything changed. They don't get casual jobs anymore. Most of them slept hungry. Due to this we came up with an initiative dupped 'adopt a family' with this, we have adopted 200 families and each family gets a care pack after every two weeks.  The care pack consists of;  rice, cooking oil, sugar, legumes, maize flour, soap and sanitizer from Woman's Hope.

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Presenting our Donation
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ACTIVITY UPDATE REPORT SEASON FOR GIRLS PROGRAM

 

Program Title- Growing Girl leaders from every soil

 

Foreword

For a number of years, women in developing countries have continuously been victims of different forms of injustices. Violence, neglect, among other inequalities, have always hindered the growth of women and young girls across the world. Amidst such a hostile environment, Woman’s Hope Foundation was created with the sole purpose of addressing and eliminating these injustices.  

Ten years after being created, the foundation continues to empower women through its diversified programs. The focus of Woman’s hope is to ensure the financial, physical and social well-being of women and girls from vulnerable communities. The organization has designed programs that seek to identify and help provide the core needs for deprived women and their families.

One key project the foundation undertakes is known as The Season for girl’s project.

This is a program that envisions an environment where vulnerable girls from urban slums can be able to pursue their dreams without fear of discrimination or other forms of obstacles. Part of the success of this project has been in its design. Advised by Girl caucuses within Woman’s Hope Projects, the program is tailored and implemented with their individual needs into consideration. Today, the program has impacted over 300 girls. Our work has diversified to include campaigns and education projects that have benefited adolescent girls especially those living in urban slums.

 

This report provides an update of the season for girl’s Project for 2020

 

 

Consolata Waithaka

Executive Director,

Woman’s Hope

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PROGRAM UPDATE

Season for girl’s projects has grown tremendously over the years.  

Our Quest is to create a new reality for marginalized girls in which they have access to education, faceless barriers to complete school and identify their inherent ability to change the world.

 

The Need

Adolescent girls living in urban slums lack access to many core community resources and more so, safe places to meet with friends.

They also face high rates of gender-based violence and are at greater risk of premature sex that can lead to unwanted pregnancies and HIV infection.

Worrying statistics show that Pregnancy and childbirth are the leading causes of death and illness among adolescent girls.

Adolescent girls in such communities are prone to making wrong and uninformed decisions due to low self-esteem, economic dependency, lack of mentors and poor social setups. These insecurities make them easy targets for exploitation by malicious sexual predators.

 

OUR SOLUTION

Empowering women starts right in our families, workplaces, and neighborhoods.

This Year has started well despite the growing fear of Corona outbreak with our government shutting down all schools in the wake of the pandemic.

We have aimed at reaching out to over 200 Girls schooling during Aprils' Holiday and we hope to offer them mentorship and leadership training during the school holiday season.

 During this time, they have planned to engaged through various essential activities such as cooking, Baking and Craftmanship.

 

PROJECT ACTIVITIES AND REACH

Our uptake for the previous quarter was up to 200 girls. The attendees primarily comprised of young girls from slum areas near the Foundation’s retreat center. The program also registered a significant number of teenage mums who undertook specialized programs to enable them raise their families with ease.

Our season for girl’s leadership camp during the December holiday hosted close to 250 girls.

Our Partners (Kenya scouts and girl guides) helped in planning the 5 days inhouse Mentorship program for seasons for girls as we launched 16 days activism against Gender-based Violence GBV.

 

This year we have gone a step further to launch a program known as dignity pack which allows members and well-wishers to donate petroleum jelly, sanitary pads, panties and other products that are mainly used by girls during the menstruation period.

These are then packaged in a bag that’s is called dignity pack to restore girl’s dignity during this period which is distributed to the girls during the meetings.

 

This means that the girls can now access timely menstrual care.

 

 

 Conclusion

A healthy society is the responsibility of everyone in the community. For us to achieve this, we need to empower and offer opportunities to adolescent girls so that they can flourish as they should. A good economy is backed by equity across the board.

The less fortunate also deserve a helping hand in order for them to create a better tomorrow for their future generation.

The trainees under this program undertook focused group discussions where they had a chance to share their experiences, build a safety net of trusted relationships and socialize without restrictions. 

The training offered at the meetings included sessions on topics ranging from puberty and family planning to drug abuse, peer pressure and gender-based violence.

Through the financial education component, girls gained personal money management skills, learned about budgeting and saving, and explored options for earning money in formal and informal economies.

Once again, we would like to thank and appreciate our teams of passionate change-makers who have continually strived to work with the girls to impact their lives. The passion of the season for girl’s implementation team, mentor partners and affiliate Organization has been at the core of our success.

Most notable is the wonderful community of donors who have supported this project through the GlobalGiving platform. 

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Girls Graduation
Girls Graduation

 

ACTIVITY UPDATE REPORT SEASON FOR GIRLS PROGRAM

 

Program Title- Growing Girl leaders from every soil

 

Foreword

For a number of years, women in developing countries have continuously been victims of different forms of injustices. Violence, neglect, among other inequalities have always hindered the growth of women and young girls across the world. Amidst such a hostile environment, Woman’s Hope Foundation was created with sole purpose of addressing and eliminating these injustices.  

Ten years after being created, the foundation continues to empower women through its diversified programs. The focus of Woman’s hope is to ensure financial, physical and social well-being of women and girls from vulnerable communities. The organization has designed programs that seek to identify and help provide the core needs for deprived women and their families.

One key project the foundation undertakes is known as The Season for girl’s project.

This is a program that envisions an environment where vulnerable girls from urban slums can be able to pursue their dreams without fear of discrimination or other forms obstacles. Part of the success of this project has been in its design. Advised by Girl caucuses within Woman’s Hope Projects, the program is tailored and implemented with their individual needs in consideration. Today, the program has impacted over 300 girls. Our work has diversified to include campaigns and education projects that have benefited adolescent girls especially those living in urban slums.

 

This report provides the last update of the season for girl’s Project for the year 2019

 

 

Consolata Waithaka

Executive Director,

Woman’s Hope.

 

 

 

 

 

 

DECEMBER PROGRAM UPDATE

Our Season for Girls Forum in the month of December took place on the 2nd – 5th of December.

We were very lucky to have Googles local partners Train our girls on Online Safety

Mobile Internet penetration in Kenya is at an all-time high level of 72% in urban areas.

With numerous numbers of social sites and chat rooms, we noted that young girls are easy prey to these online predators.

The Internet has both the positive and the negative side we, therefore, saw the need for the girls to be educated on how to be smart online.

Our main goal is to promote awareness of social media and responsible internet usage.

 

 

The Need

Digital devices are great for instant communication with friends and family and our online world can be a fun place to socialize. However, the internet is a place where many unsafe people and situations can be found.

In an effort to reduce the risk to youth online, we talked to the Girls about the dark side of the internet.

Topics covered include safe posting dos and don’ts; sexting and the related legal and social risks; and online predators and grooming behaviors.

In other cases, sex offenders are reaching out to children through social media platforms and coercing them into sharing inappropriate or naked pictures of themselves, which is secretly captured and shared in the darkest corners of the internet

With this in mind, it is just as important to talk about online personal safety with our children as it is personal safety in the offline world.

 

We held graduation and a celebration day on the 14th of December where We celebrated the girl child and this was also to mark the end the 16 Day against GBV. We gifted the girls with Dignity packs which consist of 2 sanitary towels, 2Panties,  2 soaps, and 2 lotions. 

 

Conclusion

Once again, we are thankful and we really appreciate our team of passionate change-makers who have continually strived to work with the girls to impact their lives through the year.

Special thanks to Google Africa Partners for the valuable time in sharing with the girls and the whole experience.

The passion of the season for girl’s implementation team, mentor partners and affiliate Organization has been at the core of our success.

We can’t forget to mention the wonderful community of donors who have supported this project through the Global Giving platform. 

The Girls Dignity pack
The Girls Dignity pack
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