Project name: Save the girl Child Initiative
There are more than 10,000 young girls living in the slums of Nairobi. Despite the efforts being done by the Kenya government Life skills training especially targeting young girls for sexual reproductive health, is limited and therefore a significant portion of young girls and women are left vulnerable to sexual and reproductive health and rights abuses.They are exposed to poverty and unorthodox cultural practices such as female genital mutilation that make them susceptible to HIV infection
Sexual and reproductive rights apply to all individuals regardless of HIV status. Yet more often than not, the rights of women and adolescent girls are not recognized or given priority. Gender inequality and some social and cultural practices such as female genital mutilation (FGM) practiced by 10 or more communities, often tightly restricted and sometimes control the decisions that women and girls can make regarding their sexual and reproductive choices. Due to poverty, HIV-related stigma, and discrimination, the access of women and adolescent girls to critically needed information and services is severely curtailed, with dire consequences.
Sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services and education for women and adolescent girls are limited in scope, access, and quality—where they exist at all. This is due, in part, to the low priority of such services, itself a manifestation of gender inequality and stigma and discrimination against women and young people as well as to deficiencies in health services delivery and legal or policy barriers constraining access to care.
The project Focus
This project promotes sexual and reproductive health education of women and girls and additionally provide life skills to adolescent girls in schools who hail from the Nairobi slums, and rural Kenya by providing basic needs to ensure that the vulnerable young girls from poor households remain in schools . The Life skills training will help girls to understand their bodies, know their rights undergo alternative right of passage and prevent HIV and AIDS infections among girls and young women. The project builds the capacity of the young girls and women through SRH skills building sessions that will target the adolescent girls and women as well as their care givers/parents and or guardians. The project also encompasses SRH awareness building targeting the general public within the project areas