The teenage girls further expressed their desire to have mentors who could guide them towards responsible living and valuing education.
The event also attracted female teachers and heads of schools in neighboring villages who addressed the teenage girls on sexual reproductive health, and on menstrual hygiene focusing on proper use and disposal of sanitary pads.
Facilitators of the exercise also helped the girls to interrogate the value of relationships they find themselves in, and how impactful having bad friends and sexual partners at their age is to their life today and in the future.
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In between the facilitated sessions, there were entertainment breaks in which the teenage girls presented poems and plays on challenges they face in the community.
The event concluded with distribution of sanitary pads to all the teenage girls in attendance.
The project to address Teenage Pregnancies is an extension of the renewed cooperation between Catholic Diocese of Malindi and Karibuni Onlus NGO through which more than 1000 Vulnerable families in Kilifi, Tana River and Lamu Counties were provided with emergency food packages in the wake of Covid-19 pandemic.
Expressing his gratitude to the partners in the teenage girls’ project, the Malindi Diocese JPC coordinator said, “We are sincerely grateful to Mr. Gianfranco Ranieri and Karibuni Onlus NGO for the renewed and continued partnership with us. We thank Jackson Kanai of Karibuni for working closely with us in developing the proposal to this project.”
Mr. Mpuria said that once the schools reopen, appropriate efforts shall be made to incorporate the project in the school co-curricular activities program.
“In every monthly session, the targeted beneficiaries will be receiving sanitary pads,” he said.
The JPC official added that evaluation of the project will involve analysis of a data base that is to be created to track school attendance and performance, teenage pregnancies and child marriage on the targeted beneficiaries and comparing the results similarly to the records from the Ministry of Education and other relevant Government entities on girls not supported by the project.
“A positive impact of the project on addressing Teenage Pregnancies will be employed as an advocacy tool to champion for improved interventions in dealing with the menace,” Mr. Mpuria said.