“I want to go to school and when I grow up I want to be a teacher” – Gati
“I love math, Kiswahili and my friends at school” Nyagonchera.
“I want to be nurse when I grow up” Mary Mwita.
These are all the dreams of girls from my community despite all the challenges they undergo each day,
how awesome are they…………
Being a girl in the Kuria community in the 21st century is a big challenge in so many ways. Despite numerous policies and legislations advancing girl child education and protection of their rights most girls in my community fail to attend school, live in poverty, undergo female genital mutilation, are victims of rape and violence and are married off at very tender ages.
In the year 2013 during our capacity building workshops under “Elimisha Msichana Initiative” for girls in Kuria West and East Districts, we had an amazing opportunity to meet over 200 girls who had a platform to interact and network and share experiences with other girls from the community.
Our volunteer facilitators girls from the community had a chance to talk to the girls about several topics among them being; the importance of staying in school, dangers of female genital mutilation and premarital sex and their rights and freedom as girls in Kenya.
We brought on board over one hundred young girls who went through our mentorship programs that included formation of small groups in their community (Msichana Club ) consisting of up to twenty girls who hold weekly meetings and hosted by our community volunteer to motivate and challenge each other, in the groups girls would be have and able to save five Kenya shillings everyday resulting to about thirty Kenya shillings each week in a month they would have enough to buy a sanitary towel or body lotion for their basic use.
Since then we have reached over 5,000 girls in the community. Among these girls 24 less privileged bright girls received sponsorship to further their primary and secondary education, we are proud to be part of this amazing revolution as girls stand up for their rights and fight to be heard and counted. Is this enough? not quite, we hope to not only reach out to more girls but support more through school.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s this: investing in girls’ education will change the world.
Thank You for stopping by, stay tuned for more of our posts……