Wasichana Juu (Girls Up)

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Wasichana Juu (Girls Up)
Wasichana Juu (Girls Up)

07th/01/21 Nairobi Kenya

Happy New Year 2021

This story was written by our Kick and Conserve schools coordinator Mr. Silwe, and i am happy to share it with you all.

Menstruation is a positive indicator that a girl is maturing and has potential of being fertile. A good step in the life of one day being a mother to either a girl or a boy. The others will follow; you know grandmother foster mother – can breast feed another child from another mother when in distress.

But the menstrual flow can be a disaster. Even the eve of it, if not well prepared can traumatize. I have seen this many times, especially in school environment. More so, if the community has added some taboo inclination to it. We have to prepare, prepare and talk about it and openly to potential girls that it can happen to them. My view is that it is better done when fellow girls talk to their fellows as they interact in games, discussions and even when they walk home together from school.

As a father of many girls; three to be precise, the boys are only two, I feel for them and want to help them and want to help all girls. They should be empowered to afford to get their shield (Cheap pads – homemade) we want re- usable sanitary pads, made by themselves. We want girls to design their own re- usable sanitary pads so that they do not have to worry at all.

We do not want girls to coin excuse to borrow money from taxi operators (bodaboda) hence take advantage and “defile” them. We want to counsel them not to blindly opt for “trendy” factory made where as they can make them by themselves.

We do not want them to stay away from school, games, and now that FIFA has allowed them to play even if on periods. The good news is that it only happens three to four days in a month, that is 4/30 > 0.13% days a month. Very minimal, can’t wait to see our project kick off especially in our rural and informal settlements.

I would like to support a better community for a better cause with my knowledge to wasichana Juu program that is being championed by from Green-Kenya.

No excuse for not playing”, “No excuse for not interacting,” “No excuse for no being busy”.

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September 15th 2020

We are super excited to reach out to you during these interesting times.

As you are all aware, all our on-field and out of school programs were abruptly stopped due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this has made it strenuous to even meet with Girls Up leaders, Kenya and especially Nairobi has registered high number of teenage pregnancies and Child abuse because of restriction of movement and night curfews.

But there is a ray of hope, the restriction of movement has now been lifted and Wasichana Juu leaders can move freely and meet with the girls on a one on one basis, there are still some hindrances, the leaders can only move within their locality because they can walk and have mentorship sessions with the girls but they cannot use any mode of transportation because they cannot afford it at the moment.

Having said that, Wasichana Juu, Girls Up leaders have been having their discussion virtually, the discussions have been revolving around supporting each other during Covid-19 pandemic by checking on each other before they can reach out to the girls that they are mentoring because you have to be in the right mind before you can extend the same to somebody else a helping hand.

These discussions were led by Miriam Wambui who is the founder of “Maendeleo Mtaa”, a Swahili word for “developing the community.” And The Pollination Project fellow offered her expertise in working with teenage girls in the informal settlement. “as people who work with girls, we have to constantly build ourselves. This means learning, exposing yourself to different learning platform, have mentors to help you develop yourself. You cannot give what you do not have; our girls look up to us. Our role as girl’s mentors is to pave way and create spaces for them and follow our footsteps” Said Miriam.

The discussions are still going on with specific action points that each leaders should work on before we can resume our sessions in the community. These virtual discussion will help the girls  to grow, learn and work together as a family that takes care of each other.

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My name is Zipporah, I joined Wasichana Juu / Girls Up in January 2020, and I thought I should share my first-time experience at the sessions with you!!

My first experience with the girls was an interesting one, I got to meet and interact with the girls, they are a jovial lot and a very welcoming one as well, and they are a family that is sure everyone would like to be part of. 

I introduced myself to them on the first day of the session and we afterward talked about hygiene. They talked about the individual challenges that they go through, for instance, a few said that due to the water shortage in their area they are not able to bathe daily, others said due to financial strains they are not able to have enough pairs of socks for school, hence they redo them up to three days. Others said they had to cut their hair since they are not able to maintain cleanliness just to mention a few. We then discussed a few workable remedies like at least washing their pairs of socks every day from school and let them dry overnight instead of redoing them, we also said if there isn’t enough water, they could at least wash their hair monthly and ensure that during the month the hair is nicely combed or plaited and finally try to at least bathe daily whenever they could. As it is said cleanliness is closer to Godliness. It was a short session but I really enjoyed spending time with the girls and looked forward to meeting them again.

The next meeting was to celebrate the International women’s day which we did on the 7th of March. It was one beautiful sunny day, our spirits were high and we all looked forward to having a wonderful time. We had it all planned out I must say, we through purposeful play games that made us celebrate and appreciate ourselves as women. We played three games and after each, I asked the girls questions and had discussions at length, with the aim of empowering the girls on gender equality. I totally loved the girls’ response; you could tell they wanted to be competitive women in the society both now and in the future. I am looking forward to seeing a great improvement in the girls both in their confidence and attitude towards life, as time goes by as we keep spending more time with the girls and continue helping to curve a positive self-image, enable them to develop the ability to think critically and ensure they have equal participation in decision making whether it is in the family or at the community level through the Girls Up program.

A woman’s worth is something that all women are born with and it places a status on how we should be treated, without knowing your worth, you luck the motivation to be treated how you should be treated. This, I would tell all women and most definitely the girls.

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I hope your year begun on a high note, just like we did. We received this news from GlobalGiving and I was excited to share it with you since you made this happen.

 

In 2019, you helped us Raised $2,683 on GlobalGiving to fund our vital work, $353 of which was raised by the GlobalGiving team through bonus prizes, matching money, corporate partnerships, gift card redemptions, and/or our marketing efforts! GlobalGiving has driven more funds to Green-Kenya than charged in fees, making our effective fee 0%!. We activated you to support our work on GlobalGiving.

You help to raise an average of $75 from each donation this year. With your help, we raised $2,250 in recurring donations from 2 monthly merge15. Exchanged knowledge and built connections with peers around the world by participating in the Peer Learning Network.

 In celebration of our joint hard work, GlobalGiving created these badges for us to post on your organization’s website, social media and email signature. Just to let the hard work sink in.

Using these selected badges, we can share with you and the world that Green-Kenya has been vetted by GlobalGiving, was actively engaged in the community and was a top-ranked organization in 2019! We hope that publicly sharing our badge will help us continue to gain the recognition that we deserve as a trusted partner and change-maker in the world.

We also received the GlobalGiving Staff Favorite badge, because Green-Kenya was selected by someone from GlobalGiving as their favorite! This is indicated on Green-Kenya project pages and it will show up under the GlobalGiving Staff Favorite search feature.

And because a member of Green-Kenya filled out all three Listen, Act, and Learn steps of at least one Effectiveness Cycle in GG Rewards, we’ve earned the Effective badge. Thank you for your support in 2019, you are part of these success and we look forward to tag along in 2020!

With Passion and Dedication.

Mulo!!

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We have had a wonderful time having sessions with the adolescent girls on and off the schools, we have had an opportunity to be joined by two amazing young ladies, Neola and Sophie, both of them have the passion to mentor the girls in their communities and they have chosen Girls Up as their entry point to make a difference.

This is the shortest term in the school calendar, about 7 weeks before the schools are closed, with a lot of activities , this meant less time with the girls, this is because of demanding school work that took some of the weekend time.We have have 33 sessions that touched on sexual relationships, including pregnancy, STD’s and HIV/Aids, menstrual cycle and how can one keep themselves clean during the days.

There are engagements with young professional female lawyers who wants  to have a one on one mentorship with the teenage girls. As a result, the female professionals will be coming to talk to the girls about choosing career, and what it takes to be who you want in life, among other topics

One of the highlights of this term is that, one of the girls who used to attend Wasichana Juu sessions in Mukuru has finally agreed to go back to school, Nanjala who is not her real name decided to go back and rewind a class so that she can do her Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) in 2020. Nanjala who is 15 years, was supposed to do KCPE this year but she was not able to because she was not registered as a candidate. She had given up with school due to peer pressure from other adolescent girls

After having lengthy talk with teacher Damaris, who is one of their mentors, she finally agreed to go to Class 7 this year so that she can prepare well for the final exam come October 2020.

Nanjala has become a beacon of hope to her community coaches and we hope that she will motivate her peers to work hard in school and decide their destiny.

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