BOYS AND GIRLS EMPOWERMENT – “Knowledge is POWER!!!”
The world’s population and demographic statistics show that 33% of entire population comprises of children and young people. This number is slightly higher for Kibera, being an informal settlement within an urban area. Social vices such as crime and drug abuse pose a great challenge in the development of children and young people In turn, there is an ever increasing need for engaging, involving, advocating with and empowering the young people to address issues that affect them.
The KIMTA Empowerment Club was therefore formed to cater for the children’s and young people’s needs past the classroom setup for a holistic approach to community development. For more than 8 years our passion has been to nature and grow our learner’s dreams.
In partnership with AMUKA TWENDE Foundation we have been able to retain 80 regular learners and reached around 1000 children indirectly. The children and young people in our club are from 9 to 21 years of age.
• Empowerment Sessions– This is the core activity conducted by the club. We meet children at the KIMMTA center every Friday and Sunday. The two mentors in the program use a life skills education curriculum to facilitate empowerment sessions with the children. We cover a variety of issues and topics ranging from environmental conservation to sexual reproductive health rights and mental health. We combine different facilitation techniques both outdoors and indoors.
• Dignity Pack Distribution– ‘Zero Period Poverty’ is a drive adopted by the club to address challenges that come as a result to luck of essential dignity packs. We therefore provide sanitary towels and panties for girls and boxers for boys to enable them have consistency in engaging in their usual routine. This is done on a monthly basis.
• One on One guidance and counselling– Children who require special attention and follow up get one on one guidance and counselling through the Empowerment Club. We collaborate with the parents, community leaders and professional counsellors to conduct these sessions.
• Trips and Excursions – We learn and most importantly we have fun. With the help of AmukaTwende Foundation, we had our first excursion trip in the month of July 2021. These trips provide new experiences and exposure that are uniquely designed to enhance the creativity of our learners and appreciation of our surroundings.