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
Story Of Impact for 100 Teen Mothers Project
Story Of Impact for 100 Teen Mothers Project

This is a story of one of the girls 

My story

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.

Impact

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.

 

Hobbies

Playing football and marathons.

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This year 2019 we have three new cohorts in homabay who are going to graduate in August 2019, kindly read their stories and support us to change their lives this year

LILLIAN AWOUR ATIENO

 

Age:  17 years

County: Homabay

Residence: Oyugis town

Personal goal

To work hard and become independent and take care of her two-year child and in future help her parent support her siblings.

Her Story

Lillian comes from a vulnerable family and she dropped out of school in class 8 due to lack of school fees and got pregnant at the age of 15 years. She has a two-year daughter and lives with her aunt whom she helps out in house chores. She is born in a family of eight kids and she is the third born in her family. She had to seek refuge somewhere else after her father discovered she was pregnant and constantly faced emotional abuse and one day she was hit with a machete by her father and flee to safety at her aunt’s place the scar always reminds her of her experience and struggles. Until today she has never gone back home but hopping one she will be able to forgive her father.

Hobbies: sports, watching movies and singing

 

MARY ACHIENG OTIENO

Age: 16 years

County: Homabay

Residence: Oyugis town

Personal Goal

One day to own her own salon and beauty parlor, since she is passionate about hairdressing and beauty and be able to become a responsible mother to her daughter.

Her story

Mary come from a vulnerable home and she is the first born in a family of 6 and she dropped out of school immediately she found out she was pregnant in class eight. Her parents were so disappointed in her and decided to not to take her back to school even after she gave birth to her daughter who in now one and a half years old. The parents told her she was a disgrace to the family and she has lost the only opportunity to go to school by getting pregnant at such a young age. Her life has been miserable; she has been moving from one relative to another being promised to be taken back to school as she helps with house chores but all has been in vain. She has gone through a lot of abuse and challenges of life as a result of being a teen mother in the process of fending for his child.

Hobbies: Reading magazines, watching movies and sports especially football

 

 

ame: Emmaculate   Awour  Ochieng

Age:  18 years

County: Homabay

Area of Residence: Oyugis town

Personal Mission:

 To be successful in everything she does and become a great person in future.

Her Story:

Emmaculate was born in a family of 5.She lost her father when she was very young and she has

known her mother as the only bread winner all her life. Her mum leaves in the village and is a

part time house help which cannot be enough to cater for their needs as a family. Currently she is

8 month pregnant and working as a house help to raise money for her coming baby while leaving

with a relative.

This initiative has come as a blessing being that she loves hair dressing it will help her enhance

her skills and become better and earn a living to support her child when he is bo

ame: Emmaculate   Awour  Ochieng

Age:  18 years

County: Homabay

Area of Residence: Oyugis town

Personal Mission:

 To be successful in everything she does and become a great person in future.

Her Story:

Emmaculate was born in a family of 5.She lost her father when she was very young and she has

known her mother as the only bread winner all her life. Her mum leaves in the village and is a

part time house help which cannot be enough to cater for their needs as a family. Currently she is

8 month pregnant and working as a house help to raise money for her coming baby while leaving

with a relative.

This initiative has come as a blessing being that she loves hair dressing it will help her enhance

her skills and become better and earn a living to support her child when he is bo

Personal Mission:

 To be successful in everything she does and become a great person in future.

Her Story:

Emmaculate was born in a family of 5.She lost her father when she was very young and she has

known her mother as the only bread winner all her life. Her mum leaves in the village and is a

part time house help which cannot be enough to cater for their needs as a family. Currently she is

8 month pregnant and working as a house help to raise money for her coming baby while leaving

with a relative.

This initiative has come as a blessing being that she loves hair dressing it will help her enhance

her skills and become better and earn a living to support her child when he is born.

 

Hobbies:

 Listening to music, hair dressing and watching African movies

 

Area of Residence: Oyugis town

Personal Mission:

 To be successful in everything she does and become a great person in future.

Her Story:

Emmaculate was born in a family of 5.She lost her father when she was very young and she has

known her mother as the only bread winner all her life. Her mum leaves in the village and is a

part time house help which cannot be enough to cater for their needs as a family. Currently she is

8 month pregnant and working as a house help to raise money for her coming baby while leaving

with a relative.

This initiative has come as a blessing being that she loves hair dressing it will help her enhance

her skills and become better and earn a living to support her child when he is born.

 

Hobbies:

 Listening to music, hair dressing and watching African movie

Area of Residence: Oyugis town

Personal Mission:

 To be successful in everything she does and become a great person in future.

Her Story:

Emmaculate was born in a family of 5.She lost her father when she was very young and she has

known her mother as the only bread winner all her life. Her mum leaves in the village and is a

part time house help which cannot be enough to cater for their needs as a family. Currently she is

8 month pregnant and working as a house help to raise money for her coming baby while leaving

with a relative.

This initiative has come as a blessing being that she loves hair dressing it will help her enhance

her skills and become better and earn a living to support her child when he is born.

 

Hobbies:

 Listening to music, hair dressing and watching African moviNan

Personal Mission:

 To be successful in everything she does and become a great person in future.

Her Story:

Emmaculate was born in a family of 5.She lost her father when she was very young and she has

known her mother as the only bread winner all her life. Her mum leaves in the village and is a

part time house help which cannot be enough to cater for their needs as a family. Currently she is

8 month pregnant and working as a house help to raise money for her coming baby while leaving

with a relative.

This initiative has come as a blessing being that she loves hair dressing it will help her enhance

her skills and become better and earn a living to support her child when he is born.

 

Hobbies:

 Listening to music, hair dressing and watching African movies

Name: Emmaculate Awour Ochieng

Age: 18 years

County: Homabay

Area of Residence: Oyugis town

Personal Mission: To be successful in everything she does and to be a great person in the future

Her Story:

Emmaculate was born in a family of Five.She lost her father when she was and she has known her mother as the only bread winner her mother lives in the village and she works as a househelp. Emmaculate lost her child last year and had to take a break from the training to grief the loss of her child. She is continuing this year after grieving the loss of her child.

 

Her Hobbies:

Listening to music, hairdressing and watching African movies

Support  Community Focus Group by  helping our girls change their lives To Support Our 100 Girls Project go to  www.cfgintl.org and donate

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Teenage pregnancy has been rising despite of the initiation of programs to help stop the occurrence of teenage pregnancy. What seems to have gone wrong is the lack of importance given to the social and emotional effects of teenage pregnancy. Being a teenage mum can bring along social repercussions that extend into adulthood. A large percentage of teen moms drop out of primary or high school Kenya. Dropping out of school to handle pregnancy or care for a newborn can prevent a teenage mum from learning the skills necessary for adulthood and obtaining a job. Without proper education, she will struggle even more to rise above an increasedrisk of poverty.Caring for a new baby requires a sacrifice of sleep, expenses, and time. For a teen mum who waspreviously engaged in social activities, it might be a shocking change to suddenly be unable to participate in many extracurricular activities. The amount of isolation that she feels can be diver stating especially from family members. Only a few of teenage mum have the opportunity to have emotional or financial assistance from their parents or relatives. In addition, some teen mums find themselves overwhelmed by their new lifestyle and will have to work to make new friends they have more in common with.Adolescents do not usually have a plan of getting pregnant when they engage in sexual behavior.It is their inability to make a note of the consequences of unplanned indulgence in sex that puts them at risk. It is after the teenager has realized that she is pregnant that she discovers the possible downsides to it at a tender age. The fact that most teenage girls are unaware of the process that pregnancy is, they end up not taking care of themselves and indulging in bad habits such as smoking and drinking to lay the depressed phase off.Below are stories of teenage mums (Sharon, Joan and Diana) whose lives have been transformed after 100 girls initiative.Sharon, Joan and Diana are teenage mothers who are between the ages of 15 and 18.They all comes from vulnerable families and they are partial orphans. Being teenage mums they all had a share of challenges and difficulties in their lives. As they narrated their stories Joan had worked in illicit brew den with her widowed mum to support their family, Diana joined her mum at a tender age farming land for people and sometimes not being compensated for the hard work doneor sometimes paid 1 dollar which is indeed exploitation. Sharon moved from one relative to another and worked as a domestic worker without being paid and faced a lot of abuse.The 100 girls initiative was an eye opener to the girls as most of them had no ideas of how much potential they exuded. The training was designed for 6 months of which they were to learn skills on hair dressing as business venture. They had no prior training or experience in this field of hairdressing and beauty and only one of them had a talent in braiding but had no professional training on hair dressing. At the orientation sessions at the Elegance Salon in Homabay County the young women had very low self esteem and lacked confidence and self-awareness. There was need to enhance their self esteem and confidence within themselves by encouraging group discussions to share their experiences and challenges as teen mothers.Success storiesAfter the training Sharon, Joan and Diana were taken through an internship for two months and after finishing the internship. Sharon went back to settle with her mother comfortably and found employment at one of her mother’s friend salon in their neighborhood and also she has began plaiting corn rows at home and supplying to nearby salon and clients. Diana gained employment at a nearby salon and she is paid in commission per client and sometimes she offers assistance to the salon where she did her internship if there are more clients to earn extra money. Joan has been fully absorbed at the Elegance salon after the training and internship as a permanent employee.To minimize the negative social impact, communication with a solid support system is essential for a teenage mum. If a teenager is experiencing the challenges of parenting, as a society is our responsibility to make sure she has access to a counselor and she has an economic support. In addition our communities should offer programs to enable teenage mums connect with each other, develop their skills and promote economic sustainability. It is also important for schools tohave programs that allow teenage mums an opportunity to complete their education if they wish to and avoid discrimination

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Project Summary

Teenage pregnancy and subsequent motherhood presents a major challenge to a girl child who has no social support from family, friends and the community. Community Focus Group (CFG) believed in the future of these girls and developed a program to identify and empower the most vulnerable teen mothers in Kenya. As an organization we aim to offer these young mothers access to education and economic empowerment through training and skills building. Several of the young girls in Kenya have conceived as a result of rape or sexual violence among other circumstances. Community Focus Group agenda is to offer these girls a chance to rewrite their future free of judgment or condemnation. The goal of the project is to equip the young girls with skills and expertise to enable them to earn a living and change their live and support their children.

The project target is to reach out to 100 teen mothers per county faced with high rate of teen pregnancy below the age of 19 years. The skill development training include and not limited to tailoring, baking/cooking, beads work, basketry, beauty and hair dressing, entrepreneurship training (they are instructed also on how to develop a business plan, start a business and save money) and back to school program option (they are provided with adult education, formal and non-formal education).

Homabay County

Regionally, statistics are worrying. According to the latest demographic health survey, 19.2 per cent of girls aged between 15 and 19 in HomaBay County have had a live birth already, while 22.2 per cent within that bracket have begun child bearing. In addition, contraception uptake among women aged 15 to 49 in the county is below average, at 46.7 per cent. While people aged between 15 and 19 are sexually active, their level of contraception, even for disease preventing measures such as condom use, is the lowest, at below five per Cent.Homabay County is ranked 2nd nationally after Narok County on high rate of teenage pregnancies. According to chiefs and other law enforcers, poverty and passive parenting make it difficult to effectively tackle teenage pregnancies and punish the people responsible for them. “No matter how much you threaten the girls, they will never reveal who made them pregnant” according to the chief views and observation.

 

100 Girls project Homabay cohort

Community Focus Group embarked on skill development training of 4 girls in Homabay County. The process of selection was done on the basis of their background story and needs assessment done per individual. The girls were given orientation on the main agenda of the program and joined the training on the 1st of March 2018 at Elegance hair dressing salon and end in 31st August. The training time frame was 6 month and the girls were taken through a practical training on Hair braiding, retouch, styling, dread locks, corn row plaiting, Wash and set, pricing, customer Etiquette. After the training the top 2 girls will be given an internship position in the same salon for two month to sharpen their skills further.

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 Kwegy

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 The 100 girls training program has contributed a lot in the lives of teen mothers in Homabay county. 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 has brought a lot of impact in the lives of these teen mothers in a span of   months . The Homabay Cohorts Homabay recruited 4 participants at a hairdressing program which began on 1st of March at Elegance hair salon and their instructor is Ms Omolo the owner of the salon and a professional in hairdressing and beauty.

Majority of the teenage mothers joined the training with no experience in this field and only of the them had a talent in braiding but had no professional training on hair dressing. At the orientation sessions the young women had very low self esteem and lacked confidence and self-awareness. There was need to enhance their self esteem and confidence within themselves by encouraging group discussions to share their experiences and challenges as teen mothers. The training session begins at 9am to 5pm from Monday to Saturday and the hairdressing skills to learn include Customer care Etiquette Service pricing Wash and set Weaving Dread locks Cornrows braiding Plaiting Hair Treatment and Retouch The teen mothers have shown consistence and keenness in their 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.

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Community Focus Group (CFG)

Location: Nairobi - Kenya
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