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.
Girls for Leaders
Girls for Leaders program works with 55 schools and over 5500 girls; in communities that practice Female Genital Cutting and early marriage. This program addresses cultural and logistical impediments to girls’ education to increase their probability of staying in school. We encourage boys to understand, respect and support the rights of girls and women. Consequently, in 2020 we had a 99% transition rate in schools we work with from 45% when the program started in 2014.
Boys For Change
This program works with over 5000 boys and men through meaningful engagement in advancing gender equity and equality. The program is necessary not only for the empowerment of women and girls, but also to transform the social and gender norms that reinforce patriarchy and inequality that harm women and girls. The Boys for change are trained on Menstrual Hygiene and information to champion to eradicate Female Genital Cutting. They champion to end retrogressive cultures and support women and girls empowerment at the community and leadership level.