The program started on March 2014 and is ongoing with an aim empowering and educating rural young girls on matters of sexuality, substance abuse, hygiene and distribution of sanitary pads. It was also meant to boost their academic performance through tuition and offering materials for revision. The target school has increased from 1 school in 2014 to 15 schools namely Athinai, Koisamo, and Sarambei to Kimugul, Testai, Lenginet, Shalom, St. Marys, Logiri, and Majani mingi, Sinendet, Mogotio Primary school, Athinai Secondary, Christ the King girls and Vanessa Grant Girls schools.
This has grown to include boys from 2015 and mentorship with performing secondary school (Vanessa Grant Girls School). The theme for 2014 was “My education, my future”, in 2015 it was “Be the Change” and 2016 the theme is “I am the change.”
We also provide revision books and materials to them in an exchange system as well as past exam papers for revision. There are also extra skills in computer packages, baking and cooking offered during their school holidays. In 2016 all our candidates joined high schools with 3 schools being among the best performing in the region.
The clubs approach started in 2016 and clubs are now running in Athinai, Sarambei, Koisamo and Kimugul Primary school as well as Vanessa Grant Girls School and Athinai secondary school. However, club formation is ongoing as we are receiving invitations in the neighboring schools and from secondary schools where the graduates of 2015 joined.
In 2017 there are 15 schools with the Girls For Leaders Club in their schools, these clubs focus not only on SRHR but on STEM and reporting systems of abuse and leadership.
Workshops are done with the schools and parents on the impact of cultural practices to the performance of girls, major issue being FGM, early and forced teen marriages, substance abuse and dependency on the parents among others.
The success of the information reaching the pupils has been confirmed by having one of the girl from Kimugul primary Abigael Cherono (15 years) rescued from early marriage.
Provision of sanitary pads has also helped to keep the girls in school and ensure their right for education is achieved. We provide sanitary pads to 500 girls each year from the different schools.
The awareness campaigns are done in schools and villages to communicate to the surrounding villages the effects of FGM and paternal alcohol dependency as well as other cultural practices like early marriages. The pupils use the art approach to communicate this. The information is displayed through projector shows to create more impact on the pupils and community at large.
The following villages have been reached through awareness campaign; Mogotio, Lomolo, Sarambei, Athinai, Koisamo, Majani Mingi, Alfega, Lenginet, Rongai, Shalom and Moricho. All these villages have shown great changes after the awareness campaign e.g. Lomolo declared FGM free zone!