Adolescent girls and young women in Kenya face discrimination and are at high risk of poverty, exploitation and high risk situations. Girls may be forced into early marriage, early pregnancy or survival sex. Our Seed of Hope centres support vulnerable girls and young women in Kenya and offer counseling, training in life-skills, vocational skills and business to empower and equip girls to escape extreme poverty, secure an income and support themselves, their families and their communities.
Up to 80% of teenage Kenyan girls don't have the opportunity to attend secondary school exposing them to high-risk situations including child marriage, prostitution, abuse & extreme poverty. Seed of Hope nurtures students to reach their potential through vocational skills training & counseling. Since 2002, over 1,000 girls have graduated, about 82% of whom earn above minimum wage through self-employment or employment and are able to support themselves and their families.
Our full training and counseling program is works closely with girls to support them to overcome past traumas, build confidence and self-esteem and develop the skills they need to gain employment, or be self-employed. Working with girls to become self-reliant breaks the intergenerational cycle of poverty and means that these girls will never have to rely on hand-outs again. Not only will they be able to support themselves, they will be able to support their families too.
Seed of Hope has the potential to enable many girls to gain financial independence, employ others, pay for siblings' education & improve living conditions for their families. These are all realities we can see amongst our current graduates.