Vanessa (left) and Evamia (right) are the current volunteers running the women up program. Vanessa is the women up coordinator. Currently, a psychology and sociology student at the University of Nairobi while Evamia is the women up assistant coordinator. Both of them play football.
“It has been 2 months since we started our volunteer at Green Kenya in June 2022. When we began, we expected all our sessions to be on the field, to have mostly 15- to 19-year-old girls in the off-field sessions, to have a lively, vibrant and participative class that was conversant with the topics discussed or have experience from them”.
It has not been an easy ride for us mostly in the off-field sessions. It was difficult in the beginning to have the girls participate since we were new faces and they had difficulty opening up. Some girls in the sessions are young and have no experience or have never heard of some of the topics making them understand less and not participate.
Due to their environment, they are not as exposed to information hence they have little or no information at all. This creates a challenge as we have to explain out of topic and begin from a familiar place to help them understand better. This in turn takes a lot of time on one topic.
The on-field sessions are not as challenging apart from a large number of girls if being handled by one person, and since most of the girls are at their puberty it calls for a lot of understanding and patience as some might be rebellious. Apart from that the sessions mostly run smoothly and the girls are participative.
We have come to grow fond of the off-field sessions as we see an improvement weekly in how the girls are adjusting to us and opening up. Though the topics might be intense for some of them we have seen great improvement in their contribution and participation and how they generally are as a person. We have seen some of the girl's confidence, self-awareness and self-esteem grow immensely over the past two months. They have stopped being shy and reserved and some can now speak boldly in front of people”.
Yours in service