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.