Hope for Teenage Mothers extended the training beyond boarders and empowered the women in Tanzania .
This training was conducted in Mtwara Tanzania in partnership between T-MARC Tanzania and Hope for Teenage Mothers (HTM) as the Technical consultant (Trainer) on how to make reusable sanitary pads.The training took five days.
It was clear that the women being trained had no expertise on how not make reusable sanitary pads before training and were very eager to learn .The women were well equiped with the skills of trailoring and therefore it was easy to engage them in the theory and technical part of the training.
The trainers briefly went through the topics of child care,sexuality and hygiene.It was clear that the women would have liked to have a share of more on these topic though the main training was on how to make reusable sanitary pads.The women were engaged from the beginning of the training on the sanitary pads making . Various designs were taught gradually using step by step (1-10) of the training kit for .At the end of the training the women were divided into four groups and each group was asked to make a sample of a sanitary pad using a certain design.It was obserbed that the women had understood well and were able to perfect the final product.
We want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who enabled this a success.
Many girls in the arid areas do not get an opportunity to attend school .Most of the girls are married off at a very early age of 7 to 11 years of age.Such girls are left to a cycle of poverty and no education for the future generations.
Some girls from Kajiado county have beaten the odds and have gone back to school and are attending teachers and nursing colleges.These girls want to help the other girls from their communities complete school too .This can only be done through good leadership and mentorship. The girls in this community have set a good example and are mentoring the other young girls during the school holidays.One girl was heard saying, 'I want to complete school so that I can help my community get out of poverty'.Our organzation (HTM) is supporting such girls through organization of mentorship forums and paying part for the school fees the girls who have joined colleges.
Thank you for your continued support.
Thanking you all our supporters for the past quarter.It has been wonderful.
With your continued support we were able to purchase tailoring machines worth $6000.These machines will enabe our girls have a Transformation through Economic Empowerment program.All graduating girls will now have a chance to state of a business of their own using the available resources (tools,materials ,seed capital) and later on they can buy their own machnes after saving enough capital on the business they are working on .The popular business is beading,clothes making,knitting and shoes making .Through our partners and mentors the girls will be fully empowered to be able to support themselves and their community.We are relying on you for the market of their goods.We shall be creating a page on our facebook page where you can veiw their products and make orders through email or online. Please be on the look out.We also require volunteers to work with our girls on any area of your expertise.Please feel free to contact us through our global giving or on our email address directly.
We welcome all your feedback and comments .
I would like to express my sincere appreciation and gratitude for your continued support and collaboration during this year 2014 of the progress and achievements at HTM.
Over this past year, HTM has not only achieved important milestones, but also grown, and positioned itself to progress even further in 2015 and beyond.
Thank you for the donations we have received in 2014 and volunteers and networks we have established. This has gone a long way t supporting businesses for the teen women in Kenya. After a successful training on entrepreneurship, 7 young women benefited with a seed capital of about $100 each. HTM will continue to mentor each girl and follow up on their progress in the next one year.
As an example of such small set up business through your kind support Habiba has a saloon that is now well stocked .She says now she has more customers unlike before when she did not have enough stock for hairdressing. She aims to work hard and buy more equipment in future so that she can increase her customers. She says that her child can now go to school comfortably.
HTM continues to get more support from the like minded people who want to see the lives of the young mothers and the children changed.
Next year we set to organize a small micro financing so that many young women can benefit by borrowing with little or interest.
Thank you again for your overwhelming Christmas gifts that included food, clothes and shoes. Our Community benefited with the different gifts.
As more Christmas donations keep coming in, kindly note that this donation will go to the day care centre that already has more than 50 children in the program.
Our day care centre continues to get more children. The day care is now 6 months old with 50 children aged, 6 months to 3 years. The day care benefits the women from the slums and the teenage mums who had to leave their children unattended in order for them to go look for food. The mothers are now able to concentrate on looking for jobs without fear of fires and rape that frequents the slums. The care givers to the children are able to identify children affected by malnutrition and other disease and special attention is given to them.
We wish to thank the Artists who volunteered their time and skills to help us draw some art for children on the walls of the day Care Centre. We continue to ask for more volunteers and resources to make the day care more beautiful and habitable for children 6months to3 years. We need carpets, bedding, mattress, toys, baby chairs and food for children.
Our next main project from January, 2015 will be school construction. The drawings are ready and approved for the construction. Our priority is to sink a borehole during the first quarter of the year.
As we look into the future, we shall continue to build on these important achievements and to draw from the extensive expertise that exists within wider network. We hope that our effort contributes to the global quest to end poverty on the most vulnerable in our community, promote inclusive growth and sustainable development and look forward to collaborating with you in the coming year.
Wishing you a wonderful holiday season and a very successful new year 2015!
This is the latest addition in our networks; a Day Care Centre for 6 months to 3 years old. The idea came about after the Mother and Baby program had so many malnourished babies due to nutrient deficiencies. Most mothers with children under three years felt they did not have a safe place to leave their children as they went to look for work. Therefore most opted to stay indoors to look out for them. A situation that presented a challenge of lack of food in the households. Most homes are headed by single mothers who mostly depend on casual labour from nearby industries or small enterprises. Therefore if they do not work they will have little or nothing to feed on asituation that led to malnourished babies.
To curb this condition a day care services was introduced. The aim is to allow more mothers to look for work and provide better and balanced diet for their children. The day care opened its doors on 28th of May and so far 40 children are already enrolled. Two women have been hired to take care of these babies. The babies receive a cup of nutritious porridge each on daily basis. However the parents chip in something small – 30 Shillings a day for this service. The children are well taken care of by the two women who feed them, teach them basic skills such as singing, playing children’s games etc.
The following are the needs for the day care centre;
Mattresses , floor carpets, toys, beddings, nutritious food for children plus porridge, pampers, soap, utensils,clothes.
We welcome Volunteers to come and spend a day with our babies.
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