Education  Kenya Project #28378

Train 100 Young Teen Mums to Gain Skills in Kenya

by Community Focus Group (CFG)
Train 100 Young Teen Mums  to Gain Skills in Kenya
Train 100 Young Teen Mums  to Gain Skills in Kenya
Train 100 Young Teen Mums  to Gain Skills in Kenya
Train 100 Young Teen Mums  to Gain Skills in Kenya
Train 100 Young Teen Mums  to Gain Skills in Kenya
Train 100 Young Teen Mums  to Gain Skills in Kenya
Train 100 Young Teen Mums  to Gain Skills in Kenya
Train 100 Young Teen Mums  to Gain Skills in Kenya

Since 2017 Community Focus Group  project train 100 teenage mothers has been contributing to the youth Development workforce, it has achieved local ownership and demonstrated a sustainable systems approach to improving youth workforce readiness and employment. 

Our project has been unique as we have been working with teenage mothers and our initiative prioritized inclusive participation of both the mothers and the girls to endure the success of the initiative. 

We have faced alot of challenges because of the limited funding for trainers and equipment, however we soldiered on with the little we have ,hoping that things will get better .We hope in the coming months to be able to begin enrolling more teenage mothers who are very interested in our project and are very keen to get enrolled following the successful completion of their predecessors. 

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Over the years CFG has always worked in partnership with the by grace centre ,and in cooperation in supporting the children and the teen mothers .

Many times Ms Salome would call me and ask if we have an opening for a teen mum to get into our programme as she had a couple of teen mums who needed to learn skills and were particularly keen on hairdressing. 

That is when we enrolled Jane in September, she begun in November, training at the dimples hair Salon.She is learning fast and very excited about it and cant wait to complete her coursework and be able to access employment or begin her own Salon soon

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Our project has recently graduated a wonderful  teen mum ,
Ruth is 18 years old; she is the first born in a family of three and a mother of a one
year and eight months baby boy. Having being raised in a polygamous family she
has seen a lot in life. Her mother was chased out of their matrimonial home, denied
her inheritance because defying the cultural practices of wife inheritance after the
husband passed on. Due to financial challenges, she was unable to proceed with
her education and dropped out I class seven. Her frustration did not end there. In
the process of looking for a way of earning a living to help her mother support the
family. She met a bodaboda rider who took advantage of her and made her
pregnant later denied taking responsibility. She has been offering laundry services
to nearby household for a small fee as a means of earning a living. This has taken
her toll of her dreams and aspiration as a young girl who has been raised through a
lot of hardship.
CFG has support many teen mothers to enhance their potential as a stepping stone
in achieving their dreams because we believe dreams are valid. Ruth heard about
the 100 girl’s initiative but she was not absorbed immediately due to Covid related
issues and lack of funds to support this program. Her zeal and patience have made
her consistence to follow up if there is hope to be admitted to start the skill-based
program. She began her training recently on the 10/2/2022 which will last for 6
months. Ruth will be learning skills on hairdressing. She was very excited to join
the training and she is vividly looking forward to be the best student in this cohort.
Her future plans are to work hard and one day own her own salon and offer the
same opportunity to other young girl who have had similar challenges in life. Ruth graduated in August , CFG is currently in the process of enrolling new teen moms to acquire skills to be able to forge sustainable livelihoods. 
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Title : Project Ruth Name : Ruth County : Homabay Town: Oyugis Age:18 years Ruth began her training in hairdressing in 9 February 2022.She was very excited and anxious at the same having no background of hairdressing or beauty.The fear of not performing being a student who left class several years back as a dropout kept haunting her as she began her skilled based training at Elegance hair salon. On the orientation day she was introduced to other beneficiaries of the same program and they shared their stories and how the program has transformed their lives. It was enough to encourage her to have faith in herself and increase her self assurance that she can have a better future once she finalizes the training. In three months Ruth can attest that she has learnt a lot in hairdressing. She has a great report on the skills she has already acquired for this period for example retouching and fixing artificial dreadlocks, braiding and cornrow lines. It was impressive to hear she is able to handle a client by herself. She is also earning a commission from every client she handles. Achievements Ruth joined a small Chama (table banking) that the owner of the premise started for her employees. She is able to save the commission she gets and she was able to get some money and paid school fees for her youngest brother who is in school. In addition she is able to support her widowed mum to cater for a few bills and buy food.It is amazing to hear very encouraging stories of the progress she has made three months to this skill based development program initiative by Community focus Group. She is very grateful for the impact the program has granted her as a single mum.

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100 Girls Initiative Progress Report

Year :2021

Cohort: 3

County: Homabay


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 changein 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.Homabay 2021 Cohorts In 2021 homabay selected 2 teen mothers to join the training on hairdressing at Elegance salon inOyugis town. They began their training on the 23rd March 2021 after their orientation by their instructor Pamela. Melvin and Sweery were grateful to join the skill development training after having a difficult experience as teen who dropped out of school.They joined the training on the 23rd March 2021 with no experience on hairdressing but with the zeal to learn and be productive participants. One of the girls joined when her self esteem was very low and it took her time to become social and start opening up due to traumatic experience.

This Is the work you supported us and was successful last year, we look forward to doing much more this year in transforming the lives of teenage mothers in Kenya. 

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Community Focus Group (CFG)

Location: Nairobi - Kenya
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Project Leader:
Pamela Ateka
Nairobi , Kenya
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