Empowerment of Teenage Mothers

by Hope for Teenage Mothers
Sally is a 3 year old  and needs to go to school
Sally is a 3 year old and needs to go to school

Teenage pregnancy has become an epidemic phenomenon with the recent statistics showing that Kenya has the highest levels of teenage pregnancies of 3 in every 10 girls between the ages of 13 years to 18years. The girls are found in the upper primary and secondary school. After giving birth, these girls become butts of distasteful jokes and these results to stigmatization and as already observed, majority of these girls have their education terminated. The increase of school teenage drop outs also contributes to poverty, insecurity, early parenthoods and early marriages just to mention a few. It is for these reasons that Hope for teenage mothers (HTM) came up with programs to address some of their needs in the community that includes empowerment through sustainable relevant skills and back to school programs. Our main focus is stigma removal and restoration of the lost hope and self esteem to the young mothers so that they can have a normal life again. To date HTM has changed the lives of over 600 families through your kind support. The months of November and December 2012 in HTM’s Calendar is for fundraising to build a Multipurpose boarding school for the most Vulnerable girls that would accommodate 300 to 500 girls. The school will help those very poor girls from poor communities and enable them access education. Thank you for your kind support to this project. How can we work together to attract a wider support?

Joyce in a tailoring class
Joyce in a tailoring class
Dagoretti teenage mums and project leader Lucy
Dagoretti teenage mums and project leader Lucy


We thank you for your great and continuous support you have given to our project for the Hope for Teenage Mothers (HTM) .The teenage mothers have continued to thrive in their small  businesses because of your kind support.  We shall tell you a story of one of our teenage mums who graduated last year December from dress making class.


‘ I came to Hope for Teenage Mothers without knowing how to read or write after staying in the slums for many years. I gave birth to my first baby at age 13 years. I am now a mother of 3 children. Hope for Teenage Mothers helped me by giving me a teacher phillip who helped me to read and write.I know how to read  write and count even money. After, I knew how to read and write the organization helped me also to learn   dress making  and I now make very beautiful clothes for my customers . The organization has helped me start a small business for making clothes and I can say that despite the challenges of not having enough stock to meet my customers’ demand, I am able to put food on the table for my 3 children and sometimes I even give my neighbours when they do not have anything to eat. Thank you for all you have been doing to help me and my children’.

Thank you for your continued support to Hope for teenage Mothers project for women empowerment We always appreciate your feedback on how we can work together to attract a wider support for this project. All your feedback can be sent through our email on ; info@hopeforteenagemothers.org


beaded work by teen mums
beaded work by teen mums

While teen pregnancy is not something, as a parent, that you appreciate occurring in your child's life, the fact is, teen pregnancy continues to be an epidemic in the slum community in Kenya today. Hope for Teenage Mothers has continued to find life skills educational activities that will cater for the teens pregnancy and parenting time schedules and demands.We are selling the like skills items made by the mums both locally and internationally.The money received is used to buy more materials for the project and to help the teen mums with their livelihood.If you like them we shall ship it to you.We shall be uploading more items in our photo shop in the coming days.

Hope for Teenage Mothers has added another project in the urban slums; i.e. Starehe.

Due the large numbers of the girls who need support, the organization is looking for ways to scale up its activities by adding another 3 class room that will offer life skills training of hairdressing, vocational training and Income Generating
Activities (IGA).The project site proposal is at Buruburu. It will cater for teen mums within four slums within this geographical area .The area is characterized by refugees also who are teenage mothers. The area is unique as it will benefit diversified communities.

Please tell your friends about us and as always your comments on how we can make more impact are most welcome.

We can be reached at this email address; info@hopeforteenagemothers.org        

more beaded bracelets
more beaded bracelets
leather beaded belt by teen mums
leather beaded belt by teen mums
beaded necklaces made by teen mums
beaded necklaces made by teen mums
beaded animals made by teen mums
beaded animals made by teen mums
Africa bag made by the teen mums
Africa bag made by the teen mums
African bag by teen mums
African bag by teen mums


Many girls in the urban poor and rural areas in Kenya miss up to a week of
school every month during menstruation due to lack of sanitary towels. Any
teacher in Kenya will tell you, a girl without access to sanitary towels feels
embarrassed, unhygienic and uncomfortable, she also loses self esteem and with
that the confidence to interact with her classmates, or with teachers in the classroom.
Most of the schools are mixed schools and this put stigma on the girls who feel

Sanitary towels, therefore, are a serious education issue in Kenya.

A girl absent from school for four days in 28 days (a month) loses 13
learning days equivalent to two weeks of learning in every school term. In an
academic year (nine months) a girl loses 39 learning days equivalent to six
weeks of learning time. A girl in primary school between grades 6 and 8 (three
years) loses 18 learning weeks out of 108 weeks. Within the four years of high
school a girl can lose 156 learning days equivalent to almost 24 weeks out of
144 weeks of learning in High school!

Hope for Teenage Mothers has reinvented reusable and easy to afford sanitary
pads made from cotton material. The girls from Mukuru slums are now making
their own Sanitary pads and selling at an affordable fee of Ksh 25/=.  These pads are also being distributed for
free to the neighboring schools.

We are asking our friends and partners to come join with us in this dynamic
challenge by donating to us so that we can buy more materials to make more reusable
sanitary pads.

One of the school girls called Joyce from Katoto primary school said. ‘I am not going to miss out on school again.
The pad is good and I like it.’  


Teenage mums in class for tailoring
Teenage mums in class for tailoring

Happy New year-2012!

Thank you to all our donors and supporters.Year 2011 was a great year for Hope for Teenage Mothers-(Teenage
mothers Empowerment project).The teenage mums have various success stories because of
your continuous generosity to our community .

The project graduated 42 girls on Vocational class. The girls acquired various skills of beadworks, African bags making, tailoring, dressmaking, toys making and sanitary pads making. Some of the African bags and beadworks that the girls produced have been selling in the local and international markets.

Alimlim a beneficially of the sanitary pads training  said ‘I now make sanitary pads for myself and I
do not need to buy anymore.’ 
Another group of girls graduated in hairdressing coupled with Entrepreneurship training .They acquired various skills in the fields of manicure;pedicure and facial .Three of girls have opened small salons of their own. This
has enabled them to be Self -reliant and has given them a source of livelihoods for their families and children.     

 Main objectives for 2012:

  1. To empower more girls through Non –formal Education and life skills training.
  2. Encourage our supporters and donors to help us finish construction of a Multipurpose Centre for the most Vulnerable girls in Kenya.
  3. Scale up making of sanitary pads and distribute them to poor girls in the secondary and primary schools in Kenya.

Appeals for the 2012:

We are asking our well wishers to partner with us in donating books for our library, materials for construction of classrooms,sinking of a borehole, tailoring machines, computers and volunteers.     

 Every support given will be highly appreciated. You can contact us directly on info@hopeforteenagemothers.org
or through global giving.

Thank you for your continued support to our young girls and our community as a whole.

Kikoy reeds bags made by the teen mums
Kikoy reeds bags made by the teen mums
Beaded purse made by the Teenage mums
Beaded purse made by the Teenage mums
African handbags made  by teenage mums
African handbags made by teenage mums



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Organization Information

Hope for Teenage Mothers

Location: Nairobi, GPO - Kenya
Website: http:/​/​www.hopeforteenagemother.org
Project Leader:
Lucy Ndungu
Program Coordinator
Nairobi, Nairobi Kenya

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