Establish Girls' Empowerment Centre in Rural Kenya

by NYANZA INITIATIVE FOR GIRLS' EDUCATION & EMPOWERMENT (NIGEE)
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Establish Girls' Empowerment Centre in Rural Kenya
Establish Girls' Empowerment Centre in Rural Kenya
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Establish Girls' Empowerment Centre in Rural Kenya
Establish Girls' Empowerment Centre in Rural Kenya
Establish Girls' Empowerment Centre in Rural Kenya
Establish Girls' Empowerment Centre in Rural Kenya
Establish Girls' Empowerment Centre in Rural Kenya
Establish Girls' Empowerment Centre in Rural Kenya
Establish Girls' Empowerment Centre in Rural Kenya
Establish Girls' Empowerment Centre in Rural Kenya
Establish Girls' Empowerment Centre in Rural Kenya
Establish Girls' Empowerment Centre in Rural Kenya
Establish Girls' Empowerment Centre in Rural Kenya
Establish Girls' Empowerment Centre in Rural Kenya
Establish Girls' Empowerment Centre in Rural Kenya
Establish Girls' Empowerment Centre in Rural Kenya
Establish Girls' Empowerment Centre in Rural Kenya
Establish Girls' Empowerment Centre in Rural Kenya

In any activity, security is key and mandatory, especially when the services to be offered include those of rescuing gender based violence survivors. A better fence is the first step towards this, not only because it defines the centre’s boundaries but it also limits access to the compound – keeping away alleged perpetrators.

NIGEE used part of the funds received from GlobalGiving in the last quarter to erect a better fence for the Girls' Empowerment Centre. Even though the fence is not the ideal yet, the differences as depicted in the side by side photos attached, is clear and the beneficiaries are forever grateful.

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NIGEE has always had a dream to set up a Girls’ Empowerment Centre to be a one-stop shop for all girl-empowerment activities, i.e. to house a vocational training centre; an employment bureau, a bridging/transition centre, an early childhood education centre and a rescue centre.

 

The vocational training centre and the early childhood education centre sections are functional. We are offering courses on hairdressing, beauty therapy, fashion and design and basic computer skills. Girls who have children below school-going are allowed to come with them at the centre, where the children are cared for while their mothers are at school. In addition, the children are offered nutritious porridge at no extra cost – thanks to donations from GlobalGiving.

 

We continue to fundraise to ensure the other components of the Girls’ Empowerment Centre come to fulfilment.

 

To the GlobalGiving team and all our donors, thank you so much for immensely contributing towards the realisation of our dream.


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The NIGEE dream is to see girls complete their education, recognising that education is the pillar for girls’ empowerment, thereby improving the girls’ chances of living fulfilled adult lives. Further, education is a bridge to other rights, as it gives girls and young women choices and the power to decide over their own lives and bodies. In addition, access to quality education is one of the greatest pathways to lift individuals and communities out of poverty. It equips historically marginalized groups with the opportunity to transform exclusionary systems.     

 

Since 2013, NIGEE has returned to school to school 484 girls who dropped out of school due to teenage pregnancy, FGM, child marriage or abject poverty. Some of the girls are now pursuing courses such as civil engineering, law, medical laboratory and health records, education, social work and community development while others are managing their small scale businesses.

 

It is in pursuit of this dream that the Girls’ Empowerment Centre was birthed. The centre is now 75% complete, thanks to, among others, the GlobalGiving crowdsourcing platform.


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Little by little, with every donation from well-wishers and the GlobalGiving family, our Girls’ Empowerment Centre made another tremendous effort towards its completion. We have channelled most of the donations from the GlobalGiving platform in the 6-7 last months in putting rails at the centre. The rails make the first floor of the building safe for use by the girls and their children where applicable.

 

Further, in doing this, we are a step closer to opening the vocational training centre.  In fact, we have started the process by sending out adverts for the various trainers of hairdressing and beauty therapy, dress making and design and computer studies. We hope to make the centre fully operational by June 2021.

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RESCUE FGM CAMP

The Kuria community practice Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) annually, mostly between November - December. The specific time are decided by the clan elders. This year the practice started on 28th September and is still going on.

Whereas the community considers FGM as a rite of passage that makes girls more disciplined and better wives while at the same time elevating the girls’ parents in the society, its harmful effects include severe pain, ulceration of the genital area, increased risk of infections and HIV transmission, complications during child birth or haemorrhage that may lead to death. FGM is one of the leading causes of school dropouts, child marriage and teen pregnancies in Kuria community.

 

This year, the situation has been particularly dire for girls, as was reported in one of the leading television stations [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZ91aES1ghc]. As a direct result of COVI-19, safe spaces ordinarily provided by schools are closed. Some girls under go FGM as a precursor to marriage as re-opening of schools is not certain. Due to the economic downturn, some parents force their girls to undergo FGM to get cash handouts.

 

NIGEE’s intervention

NIGEE partnered with two like-minded CSOs in Kuria, Msichana Kuria and Zinduka Kenya to hold an FGM rescue camp from October 2020. The camp is to recue and shelter girls from being forced to undergo FGM. As at 9th November, the camp has 39 rescued girls, who will be at the camp until the FGM period ends.

  • Those who run away from home for fear of being forced to undergo FGM.
  • Those rescued by police officers, area chiefs and other stakeholders.
  • Those from single-parent(mother) homes. Kuria community is a patriarchal community where women’s voices don’t count. Girls from single-parent homes are usually forced to undergo FGM, without their mother’s consent.
  • Those who have undergone FGM have had complications and hence their parents arrested. The camp acts as a safe space where the girls are sheltered as their cases are being heard and determined.

The three organisations are contributing materially to facilitate the camp. NIGEE’s contribution is part of the GlobalGiving microgrant won in July 2020.

The girls we have rescued are of the following categories

 

At the camp, there are mentorship sessions (where girls are taught on human rights and life skills), storytelling sessions (giving girls the opportunity to learn from each other’s experiences) and outdoor activities like football.

The camp has been visited by stakeholders from the Ant-FGM Board and officials from the Ministry of Gender, National Government. The stakeholders mentored the girls, encouraged them and assured them of their security when they return home when the FGM period ends.

 

The camp is expected to end in November, upon which time we will engage the girls’ parents and local stakeholders/child protection units to safely reintegrate the girls back to their community and their families.


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