Since the beginning of this year, we have been able to pass health, social, economic information to girls, mothers, fathers and the community as a whole through our organization. The information is spreading widely in the community and creating a great connection with the community and thus improving the community way of understanding the issues concerning girls and giving them a reason to think positively about girls and women in the community.
This has been achieved by doing numerous workshops with the girls and outreaches with the community. We have since done three outreaches in the 2 slums that Safe Spaces Organization works with
n In Kariobangi South
n In Maili Saba
n One joint community outreaches – Maili Saba and Kariobangi South
a) To sensitize the parents and the community on the importance of girl-child education.
b) To make the community understand what Safe Spaces does with girls in empowering them through education and sports and the special space they have for girls to share their issues and find solutions.
c) To encourage the community on the need to have informed female leaders in our society.
a) 500 members of the community were sensitized on the importance of girl-child education and three quarters of them were supportive and needed support in educating their girls and also needed to have their space to be taught how best they could support their girls.
b) 800 members were taught in nurturing their girls from home in leadership, responsibilities and involving them in decision making and giving them roles like; planning family activities, encouraging them to speak up incase they have problems and consulting them before any family matter is decided on.
c) 1000 members of the community were encouraged on the need to include more girls in leading major community events, encourage the boys and men to support the girls and not intimidate them when in leadership, seek girls and women opinions before they make major decisions that affect the community and support girls initiatives in their community.
a) Most of the parents in the community have allowed their girls to join the programme.
b) The parents have been coming to the office to share about their girls improved behavior, leadership skills, taking up of responsibilities at home.
c) The girls’ performance has improved in school due to their increased self esteem through the education program.
d) The confidence of the parents and the community towards the program has increased because of the positive attitude shown by the girls who attend the program.
e) The community support to the program has increased as some of the government officials like the chief has been working hand in hand with the program to ensure the safety of the girls in the community and also promising to organize for bursaries for bright students who are in the program to pursue further education.
a) Due to increased number of girls coming to the program there is congestion due to limited space as we work on a rented space.
b) Less education resource materials for references and teaching.
c) There is need to support the girls with panties and the sanitary towels.
d) Less sporting equipments.
“I am now a qualified peer educator and I have taken the role of facilitating to the young girls and the other girls of my age in the program”
DORCAS MACHESO 16 YRS
“The community outreaches have helped me to know that I can also lead my community and I can now believe that a girl can also do the things that the boys are doing, since Safe Spaces girls are leading and teaching us older people.”
ELIZABETH AKINYI 45 YRS
“Through the program I have been introduced to a new sport (basketball) which relates its drills to life skills and it helps me know how to go about my challenges as a girl growing up in the slum.”
IRENE AWINO 12 YRS
“Long time ago I believed that it was useless to educate a girl because eventually she will be married and take the education to her husband, but through attending the community outreaches led by Safe Spaces Organization, I've realized that things have changed and people without education are more poor and stupid and nowadays I'm seeing a lot of girls who have gone to school, working and helping their parents and now that my girl is getting education from Safe Spaces, I hope she will support herself and support me too.”
GEORGE NZOMO 40 YRS