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
Boys learn under the shade of the trees