Leadership Training for Girls in Maasai Kenya

by Kakenya's Dream
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Leadership Training for Girls in Maasai Kenya
Leadership Training for Girls in Maasai Kenya
Leadership Training for Girls in Maasai Kenya
Leadership Training for Girls in Maasai Kenya
Leadership Training for Girls in Maasai Kenya
Leadership Training for Girls in Maasai Kenya
Leadership Training for Girls in Maasai Kenya
Leadership Training for Girls in Maasai Kenya
Leadership Training for Girls in Maasai Kenya
Leadership Training for Girls in Maasai Kenya
Leadership Training for Girls in Maasai Kenya
Leadership Training for Girls in Maasai Kenya
Leadership Training for Girls in Maasai Kenya
Leadership Training for Girls in Maasai Kenya
Leadership Training for Girls in Maasai Kenya
Leadership Training for Girls in Maasai Kenya
Leadership Training for Girls in Maasai Kenya
Leadership Training for Girls in Maasai Kenya
Leadership Training for Girls in Maasai Kenya
Leadership Training for Girls in Maasai Kenya
Leadership Training for Girls in Maasai Kenya
Leadership Training for Girls in Maasai Kenya
Leadership Training for Girls in Maasai Kenya
Leadership Training for Girls in Maasai Kenya
Leadership Training for Girls in Maasai Kenya
Leadership Training for Girls in Maasai Kenya
Leadership Training for Girls in Maasai Kenya
Leadership Training for Girls in Maasai Kenya
Leadership Training for Girls in Maasai Kenya
Leadership Training for Girls in Maasai Kenya
Leadership Training for Girls in Maasai Kenya

Greetings from Enoosaen,

Thank you for supporting our Health and Leadership Training program! With your help, we continue to grow our program to provide life-changing training to at-risk youth in rural Kenya.

In December of 2018, we announced that we would begin a new Health and Leadership Training model in 2019 that would enhance our program and create lasting change in the lives of the students we work with. Today, we are excited to say that we have officially launched this model at 10 schools in our region. There are currently 20 trainers, 2 at each school, training a total of 590 boys and 722 girls. As part of this new model, they hold trainings twice a week at each school, which gives our trainers more time with the students to discuss the curriculum in depth.

Before the launch of the model, several stakeholders met to discuss its launch and ensure that all went smoothly when it came time to bring our training to the 10 campuses. Some of the stakeholders in attendance were the Chief of Enoosaen, a representative from the Health Clinic in Enoosaen, several teachers, and a few of our Enoosaen Community Board Members. We know that to create a successful program, we need the input and involvement of the community. We are very grateful for these stakeholders' guidance and participation as we continue to grow and strengthen our Health and Leadership program.

We cannot wait to see the transformational work our new model will achieve! We will keep you posted on this pilot program and any further expansions. Thank you so much for your support. Our team, and especially these students, are truly grateful for change you are making possible.  

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Thank you for supporting our Health and Leadership Training program! With your help, we are transforming communities by giving youth the information and skills they need to live healthy, empowered lives. 

Last year, we opened our doors to our new high school, known as KCE II. We currently have 51 girls in grades 9 and 10, and each year we will welcome another class until we reach full capacity. As we expand our educational program, we are also adapting our training curriculum to address the needs of these older girls. At Kakenya’s Dream, our goal is to identify the barriers that keep girls from attending and succeeding in school and then to work with the students, parents, and community to remove these barriers. For girls at our high school – and across the county – teen pregnancy is one of the greatest of these barriers.

Our first training for the high schoolers was held in early April. This training session was tailored especially for the 18 girls in our 10th grade class. The small number of participants gave the students a personalized learning experience and allowed them to share more intimate thoughts and experiences with our trainers. The students also felt more comfortable to engage and participate in the training’s activities and discussions.

The girls learned self-defense to prepare them in case they find themselves in danger of sexual or gender-based violence. Our trainers taught them several physical and verbal techniques to help them avert this form of violence. They also engaged in discussions about adolescent sexual reproductive rights, puberty, boy-girl relationships, hygiene, sexuality, and sexual and gender-based violence. By the end of the training, the girls were sharing their experiences and opinions openly with the trainers and with one another. The level of trust the girls developed in the trainers led to meaningful conversations and questions.

We are thrilled to share these success stories not only from schools throughout the region, but also at our own high school. Thank you for being a part of this transformational work! We truly appreciate your support.

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January Health and Leadership Training
January Health and Leadership Training

Greetings from Enoosean, 

Thank you for supporting our Health and Leadership Training program! With your support, we are changing the lives of at-risk youth in rural Kenya.

In January, our team kicked off 2019 with a two-day training for three primary schools in our region. The training reached 162 girls and 187 teenage boys from these three schools.

During these two days, the students participated in highly interactive and engaging discussions and activities. The students learned core life skills, how they can be applied in real-life situations and their benefit to individuals and entire communities. After attending our training, the students return home to share what they have learned with their families and communities. Our trainings not only impact the students who attend, but also the lives of those around them. 

Our trainers led discussions on gender equality, sexual and gender based violence, HIV/AIDS, and sexual and reproductive health rights throughout training. Additionally, they introduced self defense to the girls as a tool they can use to avert sexual violence and other gender based violence. Sexual and gender based violence is a heartbreaking reality in our community, which motivates us to continue to expand our work and empower young people throughout rural Kenya with these skills and lessons.    

We look forward to the next training and thank you for your contribution! We are so grateful to have you as a partner in this transformational work.  

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2018 Health and Leadership Class
2018 Health and Leadership Class

Thank you for supporting our Health and Leadership Training program! With your help, we are providing life changing lessons and skills to vulnerable children living in rural Kenya. 

We have exciting news that will enhance our program and provide more students with valuable lessons on health, leadership and life skills. In 2019, we will be partnering with 10 schools to bring our curriculum to their students weekly. At each school, students will gather together with an instructor who will guide them through topics such as nutrition, female genital mutilation, gender inequality, public speaking, self-defense, and menstruation

We are thrilled to announce this expansion of our program! By learning a new topic every week, students will gain a better and more in-depth understanding of our curriculum's lessons. The students will have more time to ask questions, discuss and focus on all of the topics. Additionally, they will be with the same instructor and students throughout the course, which we feel will lead to a more comfortable environment.

Our partnerships with schools throughout the region are vital to creating lasting change and empowerment to students everywhere in rural Kenya. This addition to our Health and Leadership Training program will allow us to work closer to our fellow educators and partners at other schools. It will also help us impact and uplift more communities through empowering students with education. 

We cannot wait to see what the future holds for this addition to our Health and Leadership Training program. Thank you for being a part of this transformational work! We truly appreciate your support.

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Self-defense training session
Self-defense training session

Thank you so much for your support of our Health and Leadership Training program! You are enabling us to change the lives of at-risk youth in rural Kenya, to end harmful practices like female genital mutilation and early marriage, and to empower young girls and boys to live better, healthier lives.

In mid-September, our training team held a two-day training for five schools in our region. This was the first time we had engaged with students from these five rural schools, and we came away from the sessions with a renewed appreciation for the urgency of this work. 

From the participating primary schools, 125 girls and 162 boys attended. These young adolescents had never received accurate information about their sexual and reproductive health. Our trainers led them through activities and materials on topics including sexually transmitted infections, misconceptions about FGM, and child rights according to national law. The participants had the opportunity to ask questions in an open, supportive environment, and to get answers to some of their most pressing concerns.

The realities we encountered were both heartbreaking and motivating, demonstrating the deep need for comprehensive sexuality education among adolescents across the community. For each young person we reach with life-changing training, thousands more still make choices based on misinformation, fear of stigma, and gendered social expectations. This pushes us to continually expand our reach to more and more schools each year.

We are so grateful to have you as a partner in this transformational work. Your contributions make a difference, and we couldn't do it without you!

Participants receiving t-shirts
Participants receiving t-shirts
Boys learn under the shade of the trees
Boys learn under the shade of the trees

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Kakenya Ntaiya
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