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
Outdoor training activity
Outdoor training activity

We are thrilled to share with you that last month, we held our largest ever week-long Health and Leadership training in Enoosaen. Six years ago, when we launched the first training at our school, the camp had 50 participants from just a handful of other schools in the surrounding region. At our April camp this spring, we had more than 300 girls in attendance, joining us from dozens of other schools. As these numbers show, our program continues to grow each year, transforming the lives of more and more girls who are at risk of female genital mutilation, early marriage, and school drop-out.

Our trainings are one-of-a-kind in the region where we operate. The girls we train have never experienced anything like the fun, energetic, empowering environment at Kakenya’s Dream camps. We are proud of many aspects of the training program, which each contribute to the camps’ effectiveness and success, such as older girls who attended trainings in the past serving as counselors for current participants, the powerful self defense training sessions that instill girls with confidence, and the camaraderie that develops among girls from different schools and villages.

During our camp last month, we were especially pleased to have grandmothers from the local Maasai community come to the camp one evening to tell traditional Maasai stories to the girls. While we are determined to end the practices that have hindered girls from thriving for centuries, we also celebrate the beautiful aspects of their culture and want the girls to feel connected to their communities, families, and one another. The storytelling evening was a heartwarming way for the girls to connect to their elders in the midst of a week of learning how to pave their own paths for their future.

Demand for Kakenya’s Dream trainings continues to grow as their reputation spreads across the Transmara region. Because of support from people like you who believe in our mission to empower and educate marginalized girls to improve their lives and their communities, we have been able to provide the training for more and more vulnerable girls. Thank you so much for your support!

New camp friends
New camp friends
Self defense session
Self defense session
Happy campers
Happy campers

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Girls at the graduation ceremony
Girls at the graduation ceremony

Greetings from Enoosaen and all the girls and staff at the Kakenya Center for Excellence! We kicked off the New Year with renewed energy and gratitude for the transformational work that your support is making possible. Thank you for supporting our Health and Leadership program and for believing in our mission to change lives of vulnerable girls through education and empowermnet.

We ended 2016 with a fun-filled week of training at our boarding school campus in Enoosaen. More than 100 girls from the surrounding community joined our 6th and 7th graders for the immersive training experience, and, as always, it was a week of new friendships, skills building, and positive transformations. The week culminated in a year-end graduation celebration for all 300 girls who participated in the week-long camps in 2016. This graduation ceremony serves as an alternative rite of passage for our participants, held at a time when FGM ceremonies traditionally take place. We celebrate the girls' value and accomplishments, reinforcing their right to make their own choices about the future.

As we look forward to another year of learning and growth, we are especially excited about our plans for our weekend training program. Last year, we successfully expanded our reach to two new divisions, Kilgoris and Pirar. This allowed us to train students from 15 additional primary schools, bringing crucial information about sexual and reproductive health, female genital mutilation, gender equity, and child rights to girls and boys as they reach adolescence and begin to make some of the most important decisions in determining their future. In 2017, we will continue to partner with new schools in these divisions, reaching as many of the remaining 74 as possible!

We could not do any of this without wonderful supporters like you. Again, thank you for investing in marginalized girls and making a lasting difference in their lives!

Training session at KCE
Training session at KCE
Learning life skills
Learning life skills

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Greetings from Enoosean,

Kakenya Center for Excellence(KCE) staff are busy preparing for the upcoming Health and Leadership training this week! We look forward to sharing our successes and challenges with you soon! In the meantime, we would like to remind you of how important educating girls is to global development.

KCE uses a holistic education model as a national development tool. The United Nations released their goals for global sustainable development by 2030; listing 17 goals that every nation must reach in order to obtain sustainable development. Goal number four is to ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning; including the equal access to education for girls.

Our health and leadership training uses an informal experiential learning approach to educate community members about the benefits of educating girls and the reasons to avoid harmful traditional practices of FGM and early forced marriage. The goal of our health and leadership training is to eradicate harmful cultural practices through community engagement. So far, we have educated 5,155 girls about their sexual and reproductive health and rights and 3,000 girls and boys from 55 neighboring schools have received transformative knowledge through our Health and Leadership Training.  One hundred percent of girls who have attended our boarding school have avoided the painful experience of FGM and early forced marriage.

KCE believes that a holistic education model is the most capable of achieving the United Nation’s goal number 4 of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals; our Health and Leadership Training is an important part of this holistic approach to education.

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Greetings from Enoosean:

Our Health and Leadership Trainings change lives. On June 25th, Kakenya Center for Excellence completed another successful Health and Leadership Training, adding another 358 youth to the more than 3,500 young people our trainings have already empowered through education. Our efforts to eradicate female genital mutilation (FGM) and early marriage through community engagement brings together students from neighboring schools and communities to discuss issues affecting girls’ education and health. This Health and Leadership Training was hosted by Olalui Primary School and brought together 173 teen girls and 185 teen boys from four nearby schools.

The two-day training was lead by members of I Am Worth Defending, a comprehensive sexual assault prevention organization for adolescents. Sessions were specially designed for the girls and boys based on their gender-specific training needs. The girls’ targeted training consisted of sex education courses that discussed adolescent sex and reproductive health.Girls were introduced to self-defense strategies and gender equality philosophies, empowering them to be assertive and set boundaries when interacting with their male counterparts.

The boys’ training aimed to create awareness and responsibility for the unique challenges facing girls. Their activities sought to challenge unequal power relations between males and females through the adoption of core rules and life skills geared towards behavior change. The guidelines challenged the participants through discussions and activities to trade harmful masculine practices for positive practices in favor of a gender-just society.

The goal of our Health and Leadership Training is to educate and engage the community in a conversation about violence against girls and women. Our hope is that the information received during training is transferred to the broader community. We assess our results through the personal successes of our students. These trainings express to all youth attending and the wider community that girls’ health and education matters while providing girls and boys with the knowledge and tools they need to combat gender-based violence.

Every aspect of these vital trainings is made possible by the generosity of donors, both large and small. Without the support of GlobalGiving, we would not be able to provide these services to the thousands of youth and their communities we serve in rural Kenya. Thanks to your continued involvement, our program will positively impact even more adolescents this coming year. Thank you! 

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Campers are welcomed to camp
Campers are welcomed to camp

Greetings from Enoosaen!

I am excited to tell you about our most recent health and leadership camp, held this past April during school holidays. Now in its 6th year, the program has not only earned a solid reputation among neighboring school leaders, but it is also highly sought after by the teens themselves.

Each participating school sent three 6th grade students for the week of training, which, in addition to our 6th graders, brought our total number of participants to nearly 150. The size and duration of the camp requires us to prepare for the camp several weeks in advance and to hire extra cooks, guards, matrons, educators and counselors to facilitate. I’m grateful to the “behind the scenes” team who dedicated many hours ordering food and preparing for the opening day!

Our counselors arrived before camp began for a day of training. Most of our counselors are current high school students that have graduated from our boarding school and have personal experience with both our health and leadership camps and our health and leadership boarding school curriculum. These counselors are on the front lines with the campers, helping them navigate our campus, facilitating reflection time and spearheading games and events during downtime. I love watching the counselors take these young campers under their wings and create a supportive bond.

As always, we covered tough issues in our training sessions. Topics ranged from harassment and gender-based violence to legal rights on child marriage and FGM. We know that girls armed with accurate information about their bodies and sexual health will be better prepared to make safe and informed decisions in the future, so we have worked hard to create a health education program that is direct and straightforward. Our campers benefited from smaller group and individual counseling sessions that provided them with the safe space to voice their feelings, questions and concerns. This open communication allowed girls to seek help for some of the serious problems they are facing and for us to gauge the greatest needs of adolescent girls in the community.

Of course, camp also included down time for the girls to let loose and have fun with their peers. Soccer, races, games, storytelling and art projects were just some of the highlights.These camps are one of the most exciting, effective, and fun elements of our program, and we are so grateful for the supporters who partner with us to allow them to continue. Thank you for enabling us to spread our hopeful messages and important health and leadership information to girls who do not usually have access to such information.

Guidelines for Counselors
Guidelines for Counselors
Icebreakers
Icebreakers
Police share info on children's rights
Police share info on children's rights
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