Impoverished adolescent girls in rural western Kenya, many of whom have been orphaned by HIV/AIDS and live without strong adult support, face enormous obstacles to completing education needed for self-supporting work and livelihood. Family pressures and responsibilities, sexual exploitation that often leads to pregnancy, and cultural norms which discourage equal opportunities all diminish girls' futures.
GET UP equips girls to stay in school and make healthy choices through girls' clubs focusing on health education, positive relationships, life skills, and girls' rights. Local women are trained as mentors to offer guidance and support, and women professionals inspire and provide vocational guidance.
Girls' lives are transformed when they are given the skills, information, and support needed to make confident and healthy decisions, and to establish and work towards goals which develop their full potential.
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