In the Kenyan communities of Samburu, Kajiado, and Mt Elgon, girls as young as 10 years old face the risk of early pregnancy.
Our Kenyan partners are the Indigenous Information Network (IIN). They tell us that the consequences of early pregnancy in these communities are complex. Becoming pregnant before their bodies are ready gravely endangers their health. When these girls become pregnant, they are also often forced to drop out of school to take care of their children. More often than not, these girls never return to school to complete their education.
With your continued support, MADRE and IIN are working to prevent early pregnancy in these communities. To do this, we are running a network of shelter-schools called Nanyori. We’re also organizing workshops to educate girls on their sexual and reproductive health and rights.
With your help, we’re ensuring that girls are better informed about reproductive rights. This is a key component in combating early pregnancy. Through a community mentorship program, we’re also encouraging these girls to stay in school, follow their dreams, and become leaders in their communities. Thank you!