This year 2021 in Homabay we are working with Cohort: 3
The 100 girls initiated is a program that was designed and implemented by Community Focus Group since March 2018 and has contributed a lot in the lives of teen mothers in Homabay county and other counties. The program’s main objective is to develop skills of teen mothers who have dropped out of school by imparting them with skills on hairdressing, tailoring, beauty, catering, basketry and jewelry making. The process and the training have brought a lot of change in the lives of teen mothers who have lost hope in life. So far CFG has trained two cohorts in Homabay county from 2018 which included six participants from Homabay county.
CFG requires support in purchaisng , dryers,(3) Tongs , Haidressing supplies for the project and hope that this year we will be able to accomplish this goal
As the Train 100 girls project begins again its important that we Recommit ourselves. Teenage motherhood is a serious problem, and it’s getting worse during the covid -19 pandemic. We must call on families to be more vigilant to keep their children safe, and to raise awareness about the increase in domestic violence. We need the messages to echo across the airwaves. We need communities to hear us—now more than ever. and most of all we still require the supplies in order to be able to carry out the project .
The young mothers will receive support in their training in the various fields especially hairdressing , Baking/cooking , Tailoring * They will use the equipment to learn/ train and acquire skills in their various fields and also have a place where they can ask questions and share their worries, as well as somewhere to turn in an emergency. * They will have a place where they can talk to other young mothers. * They can prepare a meal for themselves..
The project requires the following basic equipment 3 Hairdryers - $700.00, IT Equipment - $2,000, 1 Big Cooker - $700.00, 1 Big Fridge - $600.00, 5 Tailoring Machines - $1,650.00 5 Blow Dryers - $200.00, 1 Big Washing Machine - $1,200.00, 10 Dummies - $300.00
Covid-19 has changed the way we live our lives and created more teenage mothers than there has ever been in the history of our country Kenya ,
Now more than ever we require the supplies which are equipment in order to ease our training especially in hairdressing , tailoring and cooking.
The recent reports about teenage motherhood in Kenya is alarming , over 50,000 teenage girls have become pregnant during the quarantine period /shut down in March 2020 which went on until August 2020, many households have been devasted by this news considering many parents have lost their jobs during the pandemic and there is alot of hopelessness both by the teen mothers and the parents
Community Focus Group train 100 girls project still requires supplies , this are blow dryers, hair dryers, cookers, fridges, tongs, hairpieces, weaves among others, this supplies help the facilitators and the girls learn fast because they are not working with theory but the actual products that are in use in a hair salon, a hotel or a taloring school.
Coronavirus disease outbreak in kenya has led kenya to the closure of schools in Kenya and most economic activities. With loss of livehoods especially in poor families some children have been forced into income- generating activities to support their families survival. School closure has stoppped provision of school meals and sanitary towels rely on significantly.
This raises the risk not only to acess this essential needs but to also support their family. Some of the pregnancies could be a result of sexual violence which has been projected to rise during covid 19 lockdown at least its true judging from lessons learned during ebola outbreak resulted in physical sexual violence, teenage pregnancies and unsafe abortions.
The Ministry of health has estimated that from January to June 2020 , 50,000 girls have gotten pregnant in the 47 counties of Kenya
Community Focus Group has not been able to work on the project because of the lockdown and ban on gatherings in Kenya on the stay at home order , We hope to resume our project in september when the country opens up
I was born in a family of 7 children and I am the second born child. My mother is widow and my father has been an absentee dad and he passed on when I was very young girl I can’t recall the year. At this moment my mother is the only soul bread winner and doesn’t have a stable formal employment to sustain our family. I have always assisted my mum in tilling other people’s land during the planting season to earn a living to cater for our needs which sometimes is a seasonal job. I have also washed clothes for people to earn extra money when the planting seasons have ended my total earning per day was 2 dollars. As a student I was constantly repeating classes or missing school because of lack of school fees since most of the time my mum could not afford tuition fee that the school required us to pay even though it was a small amount she could raise it on time because of many responsibilities. Due to frustration I involved myself in a relationship with a form 4 student from a different school nearby. I got pregnant when I was in class 7 with 16 years and then dropped out of school. When I was pregnant the father of my child took me to his parent’s home to stay there as I wait to deliver because he had no means to support me since he was a student too. My life became worse especially when I started living with the parents of the father of my child. I lived with them in their village and life was very challenging until I gave birth. I had no choice but to become a maid in that house because I had no option and was living at their mercy since I had no place to go. I knew i had disappointed my mum so much when I remembered how much sacrifices and efforts she made to ensure there was food on the table and taking us to school. I would cry all the time and felt like I was in a trapped environment with no hope that one day I will get out of my situation. Due to constant frustration i left that place went back to my mother’s house after my daughter was 7months.My mother accepted me back home after being angry with for delivering a child at a very young age and yet I knew how she was struggling as a sole bread winner with seven kids. My baby is two-year old now and I have to take care of her fully. It has been challenging for me to raise my only daughter and it forced me to join my mother doing odd jobs to fend for my daughter and my other sibling after I realized there is no other option left for me to gain any formal employment or skills to start a business.
I was introduced by my mother’s friend to this program initiated by Community Focus Group and I was determined to do my best gain enough experience and skills in hairdressing. I was worried at first if I was going to catch up and learn within the six month period, since it was my first time to learn a new skill I haven’t done in my life.
This program has helped me a lot. After I finished the course for 6months my trainer offered me an internship at her salon for two months to practice my skills and at the same time I was plaiting cornrows and selling to salons and beauty shops. I have also been plaiting client in different salon and paid by commission. Recently, I have been employed at Elegance salon and I am thankful for Community Focus Group for giving me this opportunity to acquire adequate skills of hair dressing .I am confident now that I can handle clients effectively in the salon without a challenge. In addition, this program has also enabled me to earn an honest living for my child and help my younger siblings get education that I did not have the opportunity to acquire.
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