Leadership Training for Girls in Rural Kenya

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

Project Report | May 21, 2024
Catalyzing Community Transformation

By Emma Wen | Annual Fund Officer

Health and Leadership Program Trainers
Health and Leadership Program Trainers

Over the past few years, feedback from school partner officials and teachers has indicated that our Health and Leadership Training Program curriculum produces positive participant outcomes for school attendance, class engagement, and attitudinal shifts towards greater gender equality. Still, deeper reinforcement is needed to fundamentally transform community gender and social norms. As a result, we revised the current six to eight-month curriculum to be taught over three years, adjusting it to be age-appropriate and unique to each grade level, beginning with grade five this year. The revised curriculum also builds in greater engagement opportunities for teachers and parents to help reinforce lessons and invest in their children’s learning with the expected outcome of programmatic sustainability. 

From January to March, our program team met with community leaders and local education officials in Narok and Kisii Counties to determine new school partners for our Health and Leadership Training Program. In late March, the program with the updated curriculum began at 40 public schools with 43 trainers to reach over 8,471 young girls and boys. 

Along with the Health and Leadership Training afterschool program, our Linda Dada (“Protect a Sister”) Campaign continues to reach community members with awareness and prevention dialogue on harmful traditional practices and gender-based violence. The campaign originally launched in Fall 2020 in response to the alarming rise of teen pregnancies from the school closures of the COVID-19 pandemic. Since then, we have reached 7,103 individuals through monthly discussion forums and over 800,000 indirectly through media and radio campaigns.

Where we work, 66% of girls have undergone FGM and 28% of girls have experienced pregnancy–nearly twice the country average of 15% (2022 Kenya Demographic and Health Survey). The campaign, along with our other advocacy and awareness initiatives, fosters community dialogue and destigmatizes taboo topics like teenage pregnancy, sexual health, and FGM to shift community attitudes towards greater gender equality.  To catalyze the productive conversations we are having with local communities, we hosted our first ever youth-led Linda Dada session in Kisii County last month. Over 400 boys and girls showed up to engage in vital discussion on FGM, child marriage, and teenage pregnancy. Youth representatives were given the opportunity to share with parents about the challenges they experience in adolescence. By providing a platform for young people to openly discuss the issues they face, we are encouraging healthy, open communication at home and empowering young people to advocate for themselves.

Finally, our youth-friendly health clinic, the first of its kind in the community, is almost ready to open! In the rural areas we serve, access to healthcare is extremely limited and people’s knowledge about their reproductive and sexual health is often minimal or distorted due to its taboo status. This leads to higher rates of teen pregnancy, harmful practices, and adverse health outcomes. Along with primary care, our clinic will emphasize adolescent health with mental health resources, contraceptives, and sexual and reproductive health education activities. Over the past year, we have been outfitting it with medical equipment, hiring staff, and acquiring the necessary government permits. A grand opening is planned for July, and we can’t wait!  

Thank you to the GlobalGiving community. Your generosity is transforming centuries-old gender biased ideology and harmful traditional practices towards gender equality. Thousands of girls and boys are becoming empowered to advocate for themselves, their health, and their rights. We are deeply grateful for you and excited to keep sharing updates with you!

Youth-led Linda Dada session in Kisii
Youth-led Linda Dada session in Kisii
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Feb 1, 2024
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By Taylor Myers | Communications & Development Intern

Oct 6, 2023
Building our Community's Commitment to Gender Equality

By Emma Wen | Development Coordinator

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Location: Arlington, VA - USA
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Kakenya Ntaiya
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Arlington , VA United States

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