This programme is an initiative aimed at helping adolescent girls and young women gain access to female driven development activities. The impact of these activities is to build self-esteem and leadership skills for the girls; increase gender consciousness; raise awareness and exchange information concerning the various issues affecting young females in the informal settlements in Thika (e.g., sexual and reproductive health, teenage pregnancy, gender-based violence, rape, prostitution, etc.) – talking with girls about making right choices in life and assertiveness – saying “No” to what you do not want and “Yes” to what you want.
We increase girls’ opportunities and perspective through a mentoring and role modelling program connecting younger and older professional females to one another. The impact on the community is to change the perspective of how women are seen as capable human beings who can bring change in the world and not as confined to roles of domestic chores and serving others.
The program also encourages and facilitates girls formal education. Parents and leaders are engaged for necessary support, and the organization takes the role of facilitating this process. The overall aim here is to produce learned future women who will be in the fore front of contributing the socio-economic development of their communities. Girls are targeted and recruited into the program at early and easy to build/develop age, that is, between 8 – 17
years. And with the above remaining as key focus areas, sports is a very important vehicle here, where by mobilization, recruitment, assessment/monitoring of the girls’ growth is done through the existing sports and life skills programme. Through engagement into sports, they have opportunities to enhance their development as leaders, community life skills educators, project and sports coordinators/administrators, football referees, coaches and sports injuries practitioners.