Adolescents comprise 24.5% of Kenya’s 47.6 million total population. This segment of the population is at high risk of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV/AIDS while female adolescents face the additional risk of early pregnancy, unsafe abortion and female genital mutilation . In Kenya, the age of sexual debut is low; 47% of young women and 55% of young men between the ages of 18–24 years reported sexual intercourse before the age of 18 years. Consequently, pregnancy among adolescents aged 15–19 years continues to be a significant problem in rural Kenya, with a teenage pregnancy rate of 18% and an adolescent birth rate of 96 per 1,000 women.

We have constructed a Youth Centre with a Community Library, Village ICT hub and a Youth Sexual Reproduction Clinic for youth aged 10 to 19 years. This is a safe space where young people can have their own space to learn, be health and get mentorship.

Dandelion Africa is a Kenyan led NGO focused on women’s health and economic empowerment. We work in the rural areas of Nakuru, Baringo, Kajiado and Narok counties in Kenya.

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