TEEN PREGNANCY AWARENESS INITIATIVE IN KANGEMI

The initiative was launched in 2018 by the local community in partnership with the African Population and Health Research Centre (APHRC). This was in response to studies showing that a woman giving birth in Kenya has 1 in 38 chance of dying due to inadequate health services. The situation is even more serious for teenagers who have no prior pregnancy experience.

The aim of this initiative is to see teenagers through their pregnancy period and ensure a smooth transition into motherhood. For teenagers who had dropped out of school following the pregnancy, the initiative ensures they are able to embark on their education. This means the group must secure a flexible and sustainable source of income illustrated through their art and bead work.

The mothers are brought together from the community where they are taken through training ranging from financial literacy, table banking, and entrepreneurial empowerment. The initiative has a shelter where all the young mothers to be assemble for different kinds of training and services.

The teenagers are first given trainings then financial aid enabling them to start their own businesses inform of a loan which requires a granter. A grant or a loan needs to be approved before their business idea is implemented. The loan should be paid with only 5% interest of the original amount. They are then grouped together and assigned mentors who will be with them throughout the entire journey.

The biggest challenge the group has is lack of professional man power to deal with stigma. Another challenge the group faces is financial sustainability as it is currently financed by individual y well-wishers.

Amina Dima

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