We propose to build an innovative learning and transition centre for the teen mothers with their children within the informal settlements of Kisumu town. Currently the French Embassy and other partners have partially donated to start the first phase of the building. The centre will also provide vocational training on hair dressing, computer literacy, tailoring, printing, research data collection, etc to 200 high school graduates of NIGEE program. This will make them employable hence self-reliant. We will establish safe space for about 50 victims of sexual violence and abuse.
The right to education is a bridge to other rights, and education gives young women choices and the power to decide over their own lives and bodies. Indeed, the cascading benefits of female education to girls, their families and community underscores the imperative of supporting girls’ education and secondary education is particularly critical for breaking the cycle of poverty and addressing a host of other indicators of poor health. Yet unfortunately, the majority of children out of school are girls who still face formidable intersecting barriers to education. Nyanza, our initial focus, is leading the nation for all the wrong reasons, posting some of the worst statistics nationally:
Inspiration speeches are currently given in Nyanza Initiative for Girls education and empowerment (NIGEE)! In fact, at the Dream Innovation Challenge, that took place at NIGEE’s girls employment bureau, speakers shared their story in order to inspire the girls at the highest level!