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

For the very first time in a long time the world has the same problem -Covid-19 and its Impact has been felt in the lives of over 50,000 teenage girls in Kenya , most of the teenage pregnancies during the quarantine period were outcomes of Rape ,and sexual violence and now the lives of 13 -17 years old girls dreams of finishing school have been shattered. Our train 100 girls project targets young teen mother who have dropped out of school in different counties ( Nairobi, Homabay and Kajiado counties of Kenya.

The goal of the project is to equip the young girls with skills and expertise to enable to earn a living and transform their lives. Let me tell you a STORY........

Susan was born in a family of 4 and she is the third born in the family. Her father passed on when she very young. She dropped out of school at the age of 11 after she got pregnant. The child passed on a month later after birth of which no explanation was given to her because she was young and experiencing post natal depression. She was later taken to her Aunt’s place to work as a house help since her mother is a widow and unemployed and could not support her and her sibling.

Currently she is residing with her Aunt who has taken her in to work for her until she becomes stable and be independent. Susan embraced Community Focus Group initiative because it will give her an opportunity to build her skills and have bright future a head and become independent. And that is what happened when she completed her training in Hairdressing , she is self sufficient, she has been employed and now she is able to work with her hands because she learnt a skill for a lifetime through the support of you our partners

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Covid 19 has worsened the situation of teenage pregnancies in Kenya.coronavirus disease outbreak in kenya has led kenya to the closure of learning institutions 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 assential 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 .

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UNLEASH YOUR POTENTIAL!

Dear Friend,

Diana and the other girls have completed their trainings and now are fully skilled and are busy earning a livelihood for themselves and their families.

On the onset This is what we set out to do, to empower teenage mothers who had dropped out of school because of pregnancy, giving them skills helping them forge sustainable livelihoods.

That is what we want to continue to do. When you support one girl, you empower at least five other individuals, because in our country the average number of people in a household are five, therefore you help transform five lives. You unleash both your potential by giving and their potential.

This March we have already identified five  girls and are in the process of enrolling them into the train 100 girl’s project for the training beginning in March –April 2020.

Impact of the project

Self-esteem and awareness

When the girls joined the program they had very low self-esteem due to the challenges they have faced all their life according to their person stories. All of them came from a single parent family (widowed mothers) and they all dropped out of school after getting pregnant. Their mothers don’t have a stable income to support their families and they have lived in poverty and had to do anything (selling elicit brew, farming others peoples land etc) to put food on the table. The experiences made them to lose confidence and hope. This project has enabled them to believe in themselves again, enhanced their self-esteem and has given them an opportunity to showcase their gift and talents of hair dressing.

Interpersonal and communication skills

Majority of them came with very poor interpersonal and communication skills due to their upbringing or having to deal with the judgmental and psychological aspect in the society as teenage mothers coming from a vulnerable background. The project has helped them to improve on their life and positive thinking skills, personality development skills, management skills, behavioral skills, including job and employability skills.

Skill development

All the girls had no prior experience in hair dressing. The six month training has given the girls transformation from unskilled, unemployed girls to potential employees or even future employers. Above all it has given them hope as a means to earn a living and support their children and siblings.

 

Conclusion

 Empowering girls and young women is not an ‘option’ for a modern society — it should have already happened a long time ago. This project has become an eye opener to young teenage mothers and their peers because it has given them hope and opportunity to explore their potential and become an example to their communities that their dreams are valid.

When you educate a man you educate an individual, but if you educate a woman you educate a you educate a family (nation).Dr James Emmanuel Kwegyir.

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Our Project Train 100  girls its important to note that the the teen mothers have shown consistence and keenness in the learning process and work so far.

The instructor has also highlighted there are at times she has allowed them to offer some services to customers directly to monitor their learning progress which has brought forth promising results. Their self-esteem, self-awareness and confidence has improved impeccably in the long ran. In addition, they have improved their communications skills and expertise in hairdressing. One of the teen mothers said “I have become so good in cornrows braiding skill, these is just enough for me to supply to the local hair salons and beauty shops and earn a living for myself and my child”.

One of the teen mothers however went for a maternity leave and she developed complications during delivery and had to undergo caesarean section. She gave birth to a baby boy who in 1 months’ time develop hydrocephalus and unfortunately the infant died after being referred to several hospitals and the condition couldn’t be treated.

Indeed the 100girls program is working and bringing hope to teenage mothers. 

We require your donations especially as we go into the festive season so that we can best plan fo 2020 as we plan to enroll new teenage  mothers in the programme.

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Once upon a time was a girl called Lilian from Homabay She enrolled for our project this Year in January 2019,  The following is HER STORY

My story

I come from a vulnerable family with a single mum after my parents separated because of domestic violence and alcohol abuse. I was is born in a family of eight children and I am the third born in our family. My mum has a small business of selling clothes or homemade soaps during market days in our village in Dhiwa. I dropped out of school in class 8 due to lack of school fees and got pregnant at the age of 15 years. I have a two-year daughter who lives with my aunt whom I was helping with house chores during my pregnancy and after I delivered. I had to seek refuge at her place after my father discovered I was pregnant. I have Constantly experienced emotional abuse several times, one day my father hit me with a machete and made me flee to safety at my aunt’s place the scar always reminds me of that bad experience and struggles as a young girl who made a mistake of getting pregnant as teenager. Until today I has never gone back to our home since the incident but am hopping one day, I will be able to forgive my father and reunite with them. At my aunties place it has never been that easy too even though she tried all the time to provide for me and my child.

I came to know about this program initiated by Community Focus Group from a friend, I had lost hope in life and had tried to find ways to go back to school but it was all in vain. At first, I didn’t have confidence that I can learn the skills in 6 months and be able to use the skill and earn a living. Even i asked my trainer if its possible. I was so raw in hair dressing but still I had a passion. Since an opportunity had presented itself, I decided to take up the challenge and make the best out of the opportunity and my time.

Impact

This program has been an eye opener to me as a teen mother that everything is possible. The only thing you need to do is to believe in yourself and take any opportunity that has given you to learn a skill for your own good. After the six month I have learnt a lot in hairdressing skills like braiding, hair treatment and set, hair weaving, dreadlocks and many more. My self-esteem and confidence have improved and I feel like I am a new person. Now I have good communication skills and I have learnt to handle clients and ensure their need are met adequately am grateful that sometimes we are given a commission from every client we have attended too. Am a changed person and I believe my dreams will come true one day.

 

With Your support we are Transforming Lives One at a time

 

Please DONATE Today!

 

Sincerely

Pamela Ateka

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Community Focus Group (CFG)

Location: Nairobi - Kenya
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Pamela Ateka
Nairobi, Kenya
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