WHAT WE DO
We support a comprehensive girls health and education initiative in local primary schools to improve girls school attendance and provide essential health information and material support.
Lacking money for underwear and sanitary supplies, adolescent girls stay home during their menstrual periods. Falling behind in their school work, girls feel discouraged and drop out of school. More than 70% of the region's girls do not finish grade eight. Outside of school's environment, girls are cut off from receiving critical health and AIDS education and are pressured for early marriage. AIDS prevalence among girls in this district is 25%, compared to the national average of 6.7%.
HELP YOUNG GIRLS STAY IN SCHOOL
DAISY ASKS FOR OUR HELP: "The girl child, who was once cast off and despised, is becoming a cornerstone of our homes. Girls are building pillars. To the parents and teachers, please help us realize our dreams, before we are dumped into the yawning earth. Look at the toilet they [KSHP] have built just for girls;sanitary towels to our sides; and the girls' programme are all at our toes. We as girls, we appreciate your development, seminars and teachings."
"Please do not stop your initiatives in Kendu Bay until the last girl will be born."
SUPPLIES: DIGNITY KITS for adolescent girls
Target population: 1,350 adolescent girls at 18 partner schools
CLUBS: GIRLS CLUB & BOYS CLUB support
Target population: students in 18 primary schools, grades 4-8
Population served: 3,600 students
Goal: $10 per class /40 students
INCENTIVE AWARD: TEXTBOOKS, grades 6-7-8 for 'Most Improved School' in girls' attendance and preganacy reduction
Population served: 120 students Goal: $3/student, $360/school
BY THE NUMBERS
- Fifteen partner schools participate in girl child program development and teacher training.
- Over 1,600 girls in grades 4-8 participate in Girls Club education and activities.
- School enrollment and retention of girls is increasing; girls enrollment at Migingo Primary has risen 20% in two years, while enrollment at schools not yet served continues to fall.
REPORT CARD FROM KENDU BAY
"Distribution of Dignity Kits and Girls Clubs have greatly improved the performance of girls in partner schools. Clubs also boosted their confidence, as they are now free to discuss problems affecting them and even counsel one another if one is deviating from the positive values discussed in girl child clubs."
"Clubs have fostered healthy competition between the boys and the girls. The top position that, for a long time, has been the preserve of the boy child is now history. This year, the second best student in entire zone is Winnie Awuor from Migingo Primary, one of our schools."
"The girls are now in school all term round as absenteeism has become a thing of the past. Girls are also cleaner now, since they have been taught hygiene and proper care of sanitary towels."
"Lastly, the community members have developed a positive attitude towards girl child education with their daily mantra being EDUCATE A GIRL CHILD AND YOU EDUCATE THE WHOLE SOCIETY."
OUR 2013 GOALS
- To implement a Girls Club curriculum that promotes mutual respect of gender and health education.
- To expand Girls Club education and Dignity Kit distribution into three NEW partner schools.