Education  Kenya Project #38434

Girls for the future Project

by The Mango Tree Orphan Support Trust - Kenya
Girls for the future Project
School reproductive health outreach
School reproductive health outreach

The Mango Tree has continued to ensure that more opportunities are available for the girls and young women as they continue to get supported by the organization through the genourous funding from GlobalGiving. 

In the last three months (February to April 2022), we undertook several interventions in the Girls for the future project that encompasses Women Empowerent and also Rescuing Girls who are survivors of Sexual and Gender Based Violance.

During the reported quarter, we made sure that 18 women were assessed and that their businesses were improved, after which they joined the Village Savings and Loaning Associations (VSLA). So far, 70 of the women who had their businesses strengthened have joined VSLA.

The National Industrial Training Authority exams were taken by seven of the 19 girls enrolled in the apprenticeship program. They will be given business start-up kits to help them establish their own venture.

Positive parenting approach messages were delivered to 200 women. Families Matter is a program that strives to help parents improve their parenting skills in any way they can. This program helps women understand themselves and their children better. hence avoid problems like early pregnancy and early marriage, which are widespread in the project region.

We rescued eight girls in the last quarter, seven of them were rape victims and one who was lost and found. Six of the seven rape victims had just finished their elementary school examinations when they were molested by their teachers, with one of them becoming pregnant as a result. Our organization has made certain that all of the instances are brought before a court of law, and that the victims are counseled and provided with safety in order to help them heal from the heinous act. The lost and found girl was traced through the local authorities and reunited with the family.

A reproductive health presentation was given to 302 students at one of the primary schools, including messages about sexual reproductive health, behavior change, peer impact, and gender-based violence.

Following community mobilization, we were able to refer 20 children with lower limb disabilities, such as clubfoot, bowed legs, and knocking knees, for corrective surgery, and 13 of them have recovered and returned home.

Conducted Community-wide disability awareness in order to reduce stigma, as well as psychosocial assistance for caregivers. So far, 65 caregivers have enrolled in a monthly psychological support group.

The organization will continue to support the young women achieve their potentials in the various apprenticeship programs they are undertaking and also assisting victims of sexual gender-based violence recover at the safe-space.

Woman boosted in fish business
Woman boosted in fish business
A group of girls undertaking Apprenticeship
A group of girls undertaking Apprenticeship
Rape victim (left) undergoing PSS counselling
Rape victim (left) undergoing PSS counselling
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Reproductive Health Outreaches
Reproductive Health Outreaches

PROJECT SUMMARY

The Mango Tree Orphan Support Trust Kenya is currently implementing a “girls for the future” intervention in North Rachuonyo Sub-County.

AIMING TO STRIVE

This project encompasses two great projects dubbed “Women’s Empowerment Project” and “Rescue Centre”. The Women’s Empowerment Project endeavors to eradicate the education barriers that prevent girls from regularly attending school and to empower them to achieve their full potential. This project targets 600 girls in both primary, secondary and tertiary levels of education. On the other hand, the Rescue Centre helps in supporting young girls who have been sexually abused, forced into early marriage, and physically assaulted through domestic violence in the community, with a safe space away from the perpetrators of such heinous acts.

 These two projects under the Girls for the Future aim to:

1)     Recruit vulnerable women who had dropped out of school to join apprenticeships and boost their business to cater to their daily needs and support their children’s education.

2)     Train women on business skills and record-keeping through linking up with the Institutions doing financial literacy education.

3)     Empower women through well-organized groups where they get necessary skills and knowledge from those who are now pioneers of their businesses.

4)     Incorporate the Family Matter program to equip women with the knowledge on family matters to avoid domestic violence in the community.

5)     Enrol those who have acquired relevant skills in the program at National Industrial Trade Authority (NITA) examination for certification.

6)     Provide start-up kits to those in the apprenticeship programs after completion and also boost businesses of women who have been trained on how to manage their finances and record keeping.

7)     Attach the women to different institutions to acquire more knowledge and skills and gain experience in the current business world.

8)     Create market linkages and referrals to women with already existing businesses to earn income.

9)     Organizing for exchange tour visits with other institutions to know the currently trending businesses and readily available markets to the women’s products.

10)Create employment opportunities in the community for other women.

11)Provide psychosocial and Counselling support to the survivors

12)Create awareness on gender-based violence and children’s rights

13)Conduct Reproductive Health and empowerment Seminars 

14)Offer Alternative Family Based Care (AFBC)

15)Support in crafting of Skills work

 

Activity Progress

  • We conducted follow-ups on the 52 women who were supported in small businesses this quarter and discovered that they are doing well and have grown. We decided to form a VSLA (Village Savings and Loaning Association) where the women save money and take out soft loans with a ten percent interest rate at the end of the month because what we gave was insufficient to help them grow their enterprises. This has gone well so far, and the women are pleased with their growth, which they can demonstrate through their enterprises. We set a goal of boosting business for 70 women, and the remaining 18 women will be evaluated in the next quarter.
  • Thirteen of the twenty girls enrolled in the apprenticeship program were placed in various institutions while they awaited the National Industrial Training Authority examination, which was scheduled for December 2021. We did supervision this quarter before their assessment to see how well prepared they were for the December exams and what we might do to help other students interested in taking the same courses. Thirteen girls passed the NITA exam, and ten of them were hired by various institutions, allowing them to support their families and children. They will be given start-up kits next quarter so that they can start their own enterprises, and this will also make it easier for us to fill attachment spots for additional girls enrolled in the same program.
  • We taught 112 women positive parenting techniques and the importance of family in this quarter's program. Families Matter is a program that aims to assist parents in doing all they can to improve their parenting skills. This program assists mothers in gaining a better understanding of themselves as well as their children. We started the program to help mothers better understand their children and avoid challenges like early pregnancy and early marriage, which are common in the project region.
  • In the last quarter, nine girls who had been victims of sexual gender-based abuse had been rescued. One of the victims (a seven-year-old girl who was sexually raped by an uncle) was so stigmatized that she was always crying. Another epileptic had Down syndrome, necessitating home therapy. The victims had a variety of counseling sessions in order to help them overcome their difficulties.
  • Held a reproductive health presentation at one of the girls' schools, reaching out to 79 girls. A conference for OVC at the college level as well as those in secondary school was also conducted where we met 156 students and had sex talks, behavior change, peer influence, and Gender-Based Violence discussions.
  • During our community implementation, we discovered that there were many children with disabilities who were left at home while their peers went to school and that others were concealed in their homes so as not to be seen by visitors due to social stigma. As a result, we chose to link those with lower limb problems, such as clubfoot, bowed legs, and knocked knees, to the  Association of People with Disabilities in Kenya (APDK) Mombasa branch for correctional surgery, and we were able to connect 14 of them. 7 people have recovered from their procedures and returned to their homes.
  • We provide ongoing disability awareness in the community in order to minimize stigma, as well as psychosocial support to caregivers. So far, 50 caregivers have joined a psychological support group that meets monthly.
  • People living with disabilities who have been discharged from the hospital, particularly those who have had surgery, must be followed upon in order to help them reintegrate back into their families.

Challenges

  • Obtaining spaces for attachment has remained a significant difficulty since the owners of the premises want money in order to accept our children into their institutions.
  • With more students enrolling in apprenticeship programs, our training facilities have insufficient training kits.
  • Insufficient finances to grow women's enterprises; what we have is insufficient to meet the needs of our targeted women's businesses.
  • Girls with young children have a difficult time deciding where to keep their children throughout the class, which interferes with their ability to concentrate.
  • The majority of abused children come from extremely vulnerable households to the point where reunification with their relatives is difficult, and they would prefer to spend the remainder of their lives at the rescue center.
  • Because there are so many occurrences of GBV in the communities, it takes too long for a victim to come forward and testify, thus some people want to drop the charges.
  • Most people still equate disability with witchcraft, thus stigma remains a problem.

 

Next Quarter Work plan

  • Recruitment of other women in the women empowerment program
  • After the results are out, the 13 girls who were trained and completed their exams will be given start-up kits.
  • Providing small business support to the remaining 18 women
  • Purchase of training materials for the new apprentices who will be joining the program.
  • Share outs of the VSLA to the groups
  • Follow-ups on businesses for women
  • Creating a new VSLA for new and established women entrepreneurs.
  • Reproductive health outreaches
  • Positive parenting
  • Counseling
  • Tracing and re-integration
  • Referrals of PWDs for correctional surgery
  • Mobilization and identification of PWDs
  • Conducting psychosocial therapy sessions to PWDs caregivers
  • Offering alternative family-based care home
  • Awareness creation on GBV and health-related issues e.g. wash program

Success Story

Case1: Hilda, a total orphan who started her course in St Benard Youth Vocational Training and dropped out due to a lack of school fees, says, "A very big thank you to TMT family for considering my plea after dropping out of college and losing hope in life, you came as a God's blessing, may God bless you abundantly, I didn't know I would one day have skills and knowledge to explore. I am now employed and earning a commission of 30,000 per month if it is accumulated over the course of the month. I now pay school fees, rent, and provide for my children and family”.

Case2: Yvone was born with clubfeet, and as a result of her condition, she was unable to attend school on a regular basis due to her mobility issues. She is currently very thrilled following corrective surgery because she can now move about freely.

Yvone before surgery
Yvone before surgery
Yvone post surgery
Yvone post surgery
Hilder plating a customers hair at her salon
Hilder plating a customers hair at her salon
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Social worker sensitizing students on SGBV and RH
Social worker sensitizing students on SGBV and RH

This project encompasses two great projects dubbed “Women’s Empowerment Project” and “Rescue Centre”. The Women’s Empowerment Project endeavors to eradicate the education barriers that prevent girls from regularly attending school and to empower them to achieve their full potentials. This project targets 600 girls in both primary, secondary and tertiary levels of education. On the other hand, the Rescue Centre helps in supporting young girls who have been sexually abused, forced into early marriage, and physically assaulted through domestic violence in the community, with a safe space away from the perpetrators of such heinous acts.

 These two projects under the Girls for the Future aim to:

1)     Recruit vulnerable women who had dropped out of school to join apprenticeships and boost their business to cater to their daily needs and support their children’s education.

2)     Train women on business skills and record-keeping through linking up with the Institutions doing financial literacy education.

3)     Empower women through well-organized groups where they get necessary skills and knowledge from those who are now pioneers of their businesses.

4)     Incorporate the Family Matter program to equip women with the knowledge on family matters to avoid domestic violence in the community.

5)     Enrol those who have acquired relevant skills in the program at National Industrial Trade Authority (NITA) examination for certification.

6)     Provide start-up kits to those in the apprenticeship programs after completion and also boost businesses of women who have been trained on how to manage their finances and record keeping.

7)     Attach the women to different institutions to acquire more knowledge and skills and gain experience in the current business world.

8)     Create market linkages and referrals to women with already existing businesses to earn income.

9)     Organizing for exchange tour visits with other institutions to know the currently trending businesses and readily available markets to the women’s products.

10)Create employment opportunities in the community for other women.

11)Provide psychosocial and Counselling support to the survivors

12)Create awareness on gender-based violence and children’s rights

13)Conduct Reproductive Health and empowerment Seminars 

14)Offer Alternative Family Based Care (AFBC)

15)Support in crafting of Skills work

Activities Progress

  • Within 6 months, a total of 72 young women have been empowered in different entities. So far, 20 girls have undergone training in an apprenticeship program which entails hairdressing, beauty therapy, and tailoring in which; 13 have proceeded on industrial attachment while 7 transitioned out of the program and are now earning income to support their families’ meet basic needs. The 13 girls have been enrolled for the NITA examination which they shall be examined in December 2021. Furthermore, 52 women have been empowered to start or expand their businesses which through continuous monitoring by the program team are progressing well. Currently, they are involved in Village Savings and Loaning Association where they come together and share their experiences in businesses and be trained on financial literacy education.
  • The program has carried out 3 rounds of assessment with 2 different Tutors from different institutions that is Pambo Hairdressing and barbering, and Vera Beauty College. The assessments covered various units of the course. The apprenticeship girls had an opportunity to learn from an exchange visit to Glovance hair and Beauty salon located in one of the urban towns within the program operation area.
  • With numerous networks and linkages to various institutions, 3 girls have secured jobs in which they are earning some commissions hence the ability to cater for the necessities. A girl has secured a place in one of the vocational training centers where she is currently on an internship program as a Tutor and 2 girls have been placed in the best salons in town where they have improved on other techniques on the job.
  • Currently, we are mobilizing 40 more women to join the apprenticeship and women empowerment program where 29 women who have joined the project while screening for more recruits is ongoing.
  • The program is currently creating market linkages to women that had their businesses boosted which has motivated them to do more to double their profits by diversifying in other products that were not part of the initial startup.
  • Undertook the 483 caregivers through Family Matters Program to train them on how best to take care of their adolescence since it was realized that most of the parents have neglected their duties of discussing sex-topics with their children and as well impacting their values to them not knowing that they are the first teachers to their children.
  • Through the Rescue Centre, a trained teacher was attached to the 21 girls to help with their studies as they are being rescued while awaiting their court cases. The 21 girls were also taken through skills works which involved modeling using newspapers as this makes them realize and nature the different talents. We also supported one girl to join hairdressing and beauty therapy since the girl had dropped out of school and was not finding it easy going back to classwork.
  • Through reproductive health seminars, 637 AGYW (adolescent girls and young women) in schools were through healthy talks on how they can handle challenges faced at adolescence stage and as well on menstrual hygiene.
  • Continued offering trauma and psychological counseling to the 21 SGBV survivors due to effects caused to them by perpetrators where some were close family members which enables them to open up and narrate their experiences.
  • The 12 orphans who are on ART are still supported through the Alternative Family Based Care (AFBC) homes to get the full basic needs necessary for their moral support and also enforce adherence to their drugs hence eliminating frequent sicknesses during their stay at AFBC, and also supported access learning in public schools
  • Through linkages with other partners, 3 girl’s victims of sexual violence were linked to Rehema Girls Rescue Centre based in Nairobi for further management and empowerment. Rehema Girls Rescue Centre strives in supporting victims of SGBV that become pregnant by providing two years of skills training in tailoring, hairdressing, weaving, kneading, and jewelry.
  • In partnership with the APDK (Association of People Living with Disability in Kenya) Mombasa branch, the program supported referrals for 7 girls and 1 boy PWDs (People With Disabilities) for corrective surgeries. While 6 have successfully been operated on and undergoing physiotherapy sessions, 2 are awaiting surgeries being that they were recently identified from the community and linked with APDK

Challenges

  • Inadequate funds to fully purchase all the training materials for the girls to enable them to catch up with the new trends in the markets
  • Girls on attachment experience challenges in handling the new machines as it’s their first time experience with that kind of technology.
  • Women involved in businesses have challenges in getting the raw materials, this is because the cost of the materials and goods has gone higher due to the economic situation in the country brought about by COVID19.
  • Girls in the apprenticeship program who have young children from 2 weeks old have a challenge in concentrating on their training, as there is no baby care where they can leave their children and attend classes without any interference hence concentrating too much on their babies missing some sessions.
  • Online marketing is the current trend means of doing business in the country; this has affected the local businesses and most women are also not able to access and use the internet or social media.
  • The high cost of goods has also posed challenges on current businesses hence whatever the women are provided with is not adequate to fully make them strong in their families to meet full family needs.
  • In cases where the fathers are the perpetrators, some mothers tend to tune the girls so that they do not admit that it was their fathers who raped them to protect their marriages
  • There are so many cases of SGBV at the court and so they tend to take too long before they are solved until the rescued lose patience hence imagining that they will never be reunited back to their families
  • The COVID 19 pandemic has also created a negative impact on our girls since most of the girls became pregnant countrywide and some ending up getting into early marriage due to poverty. There were also cases of lost and found and physical assault as well. Most of these cases were solved at the village level due to lack of awareness and as well poverty.
  • The stigma attached to disability resulting in discrimination especially on children with disabilities
  • Ignorance and lack of knowledge of the caregivers/ community hence resulting in the low self-esteem of PWDs
  • Misunderstandings about disability such as assumptions that disability is a curse   punishment for bad behavior
  • Special vulnerability for females with a disability as compared to their male counterpart

Next quarter activities

  • Recruitment of women to join the apprenticeship program
  • Conduct assessment on the units covered by each course
  • Involving vulnerable young vulnerable women who have been identified in the community for business boost and linking them to market opportunities around.
  • Taking parents through families matter program for good parenting purposes
  • Supporting students on attachment with fees to get quality support from the institutions and do their NITA examination.
  • Offering psychosocial support to women in apprenticeship and women in empowerment program
  • Training of business skills and boosting on business ideas to women
  • Joining online platforms to promote women in marketing their products
  • Offering psychosocial and adherence counselling to children at the AFBC and as well to the rescued girls
  • Organizing reproductive health seminars to adolescents
  • Offering trauma and psychosocial counseling to the rescued victims to curb stigma and trauma

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    Offering formal learning and skills work training
  • Providing sanitary packs to the girls
  • Conducting health outreaches
  • Creation of awareness on children’s rights and gender-based violence
  • Mobilization and identification for PWDs to support in linkage to other social services
Help victims of SGBV start a barber business
Help victims of SGBV start a barber business
PWD supported for corrective surgery
PWD supported for corrective surgery
A girl on attachment performing facial scrub
A girl on attachment performing facial scrub
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A woman empowered with poultry rearing business
A woman empowered with poultry rearing business
This project encompasses two great projects dubbed “Women’s Empowerment Project” and “Rescue Centre”. The Women’s Empowerment Project endeavors to eradicate the education barriers that prevent girls from regularly attending school and to empower them to achieve their full potentials. This project targets 600 girls in both primary, secondary and tertiary levels of education. On the other hand, the Rescue Centre helps in supporting young girls who have been sexually abused, forced into early marriage, and those physically assaulted through domestic violence in the community, with a safe space away from the perpetrators of such heinous acts.
These two projects under the Girls for the Future aims to:
1)     Recruit 112 vulnerable women who had dropped out of school to join apprenticeship and boost their business to cater for their daily needs and support their children’s education.
2)     Train women of business skills and record-keeping through linking up with the Institutions doing financial literacy education.
3)     Empower women through well-organized groups where they can get necessary skills and knowledge from those who are now pioneers of their businesses.
4)     Incorporate the Family Matter program in our project so that women can be well equipped with the knowledge of family matters to avoid domestic violence in the community.
5)     Enrol those who have acquired relevant skills in the program at National Industrial Trade Authority (NITA) examination for certification.
6)     Provide start-up kits to those in the apprenticeship programs after completion and also boost businesses of women who have been trained on how to manage their finances and record keeping.
7)     Attach the women to different institutions to acquire more knowledge and skills and gain experience in the current business world.
8)     Create market linkages and referrals to women with already existing businesses to earn income.
9)     Organizing for exchange tour visits with other institutions to know the currently trending businesses and readily available markets to the women’s products.
10)    Create employment opportunities in the community for other women.
11)    Provide psychosocial and Counselling support to the survivors
12)    Create awareness on gender-based violence and children’s rights
13)    Conduct Reproductive Health and empowerment Seminars
14)    Offer Alternative Family Based Care (AFBC)
15)    Support in crafting of Skills work
 Activity Progress
  • Within a period of 6 months, the project trained 11 girls in different courses such as tailoring, hairdressing, and beauty therapy coupled with training on computer skills (hardware & software, Microsoft Office suite, publishing, and basics in Web design)
  • Carried out another round of assessment by a Tutor from Vera Beauty College. The girls were assessed on all the units of the course. Currently, the girls are attached to various institutions to gain more experience and earn a living as they await enrolment of the NITA examination.
  • With follow-ups from girls who completed in the previous year, one girl has established her own beauty shop, with five girls on catering linked to various learning institutions for further studies. A girl sat for her NITA examinations for certification.
  • Currently, we are mobilizing women to join the apprenticeship program and so far we have 72 ready to join the project while screening for more recruits is ongoing
  • Conducted formal learning to girls at the Rescue Centre, by a trained teacher which enables them to stay safe and catch up with their studies. Moreover, they are also taught skills work e.g. modeling using newspapers making as it was realized that some of them are talented in skills work
  • A lot of reproductive health seminars have been held to help take the adolescent girls through healthy talks on how they can handle the adolescence stage
  • Continued offering trauma and psychological counseling to the SGBV survivors due to the effects caused to them by perpetrators where some were close family members which enables them to open up and share their circumstances.
  • The orphans who are on ART, are still supported through the Alternative Family Based Care (AFBC) homes so as to get the full basic needs necessary for their moral support and also enforce adherence to their drugs hence eliminating frequent sicknesses.
  • Undertook the caregivers through Family Matters Program in order to train them on how best to take care of their adolescence since it was realized that most of the parents have neglected their duties of having sex talks with their children and as well impacting their values to them not knowing that they are the first teachers to their children.
Challenges
  • Covid-19 interfering with our calendar events i.e NITA examination.
  • The residential area for the women undergoing different courses in the program remains a challenge with their babies.
  • Inadequate funds to meet the high number of vulnerable women in the community.
  • Inadequate training materials hence not able to do other units which are required for full completion of the course.
  • High market demand which our women have not achieved
  • Inadequate funds to boost women’s businesses targets hence transition period becomes too long.
  • In cases where the fathers are the perpetrators, some mothers tend to tune the girls so that they do not admit that it was their fathers who raped them in order to protect their marriages
  • There are so many cases of SGBV at the court and so they tend to take too long before they are solved until the rescued lose patience hence imagining that they will never be reunited back to their families
  • The COVID 19 pandemic has also created a negative impact on our girls since most of the girls became pregnant countrywide and some ending up getting into early marriage due to poverty. There were also cases of lost and found and physical assault as well. Most of these cases were solved at the village level due to lack of awareness and as well poverty.
Next quarter activities
  • Recruitment of women to join the apprenticeship program
  • Conduct assessment on the units covered by each course
  • Involving vulnerable women who have been identified in the community that have been affected by Sexual gender-based violence in the apprenticeship program
  • Strengthen the incubation and entrepreneurship center/resource center
  • Taking parents through families matter program for good parenting purposes
  • Registering women for their NITA examination
  • Offering psychosocial support to women in the apprenticeship program
  • Training of business skills and boosting on business ideas to women
  • Offering psychosocial and adherence counseling to children at the AFBC
  • Organizing reproductive health seminars for adolescents
  • offering trauma and psychosocial counseling to the rescued team to curb stigma and trauma
  • Offering formal learning and skills work
  • Providing sanitary packs to the girls
  • Conducting health outreaches
  • Creation of awareness on children’s rights and gender based violence
Caregivers training on Kitchen gardening
Caregivers training on Kitchen gardening
Girls undergoing formal learning at the Rescue
Girls undergoing formal learning at the Rescue
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Assessment for Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy
Assessment for Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy

PROJECT SUMMARY

The Mango Tree Orphan Support Trust Kenya is currently implementing a “girls for the future” intervention in North Rachuonyo Sub-County.

This project encompasses two great projects dubbed “Women’s Empowerment Project” and “Rescue Centre”. The Women’s Empowerment Project endeavors to eradicate the education barriers that prevent girls from regularly attending school and to empower them to achieve their full potentials. This project targets 600 girls in both primary, secondary and tertiary levels of education. The Rescue centre helps in supporting girls young girls sexually abused, forced into early marriage, and those physically assaulted through domestic violence in the community by providing them with a safe space away from the perpetrators of such heinous acts.

These two projects under the Girls for the Future aims to:

1)     Recruit 600 vulnerable girls who had dropped out of school to join an apprenticeship so that they will be able to meet their family's basic needs.

2)     Equip the girls with knowledge and skill in computer applications.

3)     Create linkages to the various job markets and provide opportunities for business start-ups.

4)     Provision of start-up kits after completion of the apprenticeship program

5)     Enrol those who have acquired relevant skills in the program at the National Industrial Trade Authority examination to acquire certification.

6)     Provide psychosocial and Counselling support to the survivors

7)     Create awareness on gender-based violence and children’s rights

8)     Conduct Reproductive Health and empowerment Seminars

9)     Offer Alternative Family Based Care (AFBC)

10)  Support in crafting of Skills work

 

Activity Progress

  • Within a period of 6 months, the project trained 20 girls in different courses such as catering, tailoring, hairdressing and beauty therapy. During their course period, they have a session of computer classes that all of them attended and they are well equipped with the skills.
  • Carried out an assessment through the support of a Tutor from Vera Beauty College (a well-known College in Kenya producing skilled students in Hairdressing and beauty therapy). The assessment was well done on all units of the course. Currently, the project plans have another assessment done in preparation for the girls’ graduation.
  • The girls who completed and graduated in the previous year have been attached and are now earning income and supporting their families with the businesses they are doing which are related to what they learned in apprenticeship.
  • Attached 3 girls who did catering in the best hotels around for attachment and got relevant knowledge and skills. These girls have started earning an income because they are now invited for catering services in different ceremonies and work.
  • A further 20 girls are to be graduated by end of April 2021, this is due to the effects of Covid 19 which at some points interfered with our programs and we expect to give them the startup kits at the end of the course.
  • Most of the rescued girls undergo a lot of trauma and so counseling becomes much more basic than any other support. Some who were raped by their fathers do not even want to go back home though after a lot of therapy and creation of awareness to them on how to help go about SGBV cases they open up and would request to go back home. Psychosocial and counseling sessions offered to 46 survivors of sexual and gender-based violence.
  • Some of the survivors feel that sharing cases of SGBV is embarrassing and so they would shy not putting in mind the outcomes and so this forces us to create awareness to AGYW (adolescent girls and young women) such that in case they are faced with any then quick and appropriate measures are taken to help prevent any eventuality
  • The parents are also taken through good parenting skills. This is because some of the parents do not even care where their children are or doing at and at what time and so they have to know that they are the first teachers and as well the mirror to their children
  • Besides the rescue centre, which offers a safe home for the survivors, the organization managed to continue supporting 20 highly vulnerable OVC at AFBC (Alternative Family-based Care) by providing foodstuff, medical care, and regular visits.

Challenges

  • We recruited 40 girls to join the apprenticeship program, and we experienced dropouts due to Covid 19, which brought about issues of social distance and the premise we currently have can only accommodate few girls when we observed social distance.
  • Power blackouts where the saloon is located, so we need to have a backup such that the training can go on even when power is not available.
  • We need to have another well-established saloon located is another area of operation where many girls who dropped out are coming from due to the distance covered where the existing saloon is located..
  • Inadequate funds to buy a full start-up kit for the girls graduating from the apprenticeship program.
  • The COVID 19 pandemic became the main challenging issue since schools were closed and a lot of rape, sexual and gender-based violence, as well physical assault cases became so rampant all over the country and some of the caregivers never wanted to report cases as they thought that settling them at the village level would be better
  • Cases at the court tend to take too long until some of the survivors lose patience and this becomes challenging as they give up and do not want to attend court sessions any more

Next quarter activities

  • Graduating of the girls and enrolling new girls in the apprenticeship
  • Inviting assessors to conduct an assessment on the units covered by each course
  • Involving vulnerable women who have been identified in the community that have been affected by the Sexual gender based violence in an apprenticeship program
  • Strengthen the incubation and entrepreneurship center/resource center
  • Creation of GBV awareness
  • Organizing girls clubs in different regions
  • Offering psychosocial support at Alternative Family-based Care homes
  • Organizing health reproductive talk session
  • Creation of awareness on children’s rights
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