Creating Brighter Futures for Girls and Women in Rural Kenya
Team Kenya concentrate their efforts in the rural and remote community of Ndhiwa, an area where 63% of the population live in extreme poverty, 1 in 4 are infected with HIV and harmful traditional practices including Polygamy and gender-based violence are widespread. All of this means many girls miss out on an education.
Team Kenya have been working with communities in this rural area for over 12 years. By setting up influential locally-led steering groups within the local schools, they aim to increase enrolment for girls, improve attainment for all students, increase progression to secondary education and to create safe environments within school and the community for all girls.
Everyone in the community benefits from the Team Kenya holistic approach which brings together many elements, including the provision of clean drinking water, teacher training, improved school facilities, income generating farms, agricultural training, girls support groups for mentoring the most vulnerable, mixed gender football groups to tackle gender-based violence, HIV awareness programmes as well as tackling teenage pregnancy issues and period poverty.
On our recent visit we were fortunate enough to meet with over 100 ladies from their women's group. The Women's Group was set up to help mothers in the community to start their own businesses, so they could be more self-sustaining and earn enough money to afford to send their children to secondary school. Something that for many families is just too expensive.
With our help Team Kenya are going to be able to bring their full holistic approach to two new schools in the area, and supplement extra elements of their programme into three of their existing schools.
For more information visit www.teamkenya.org.uk