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Girls for The Future
Our project supports orphaned girls and young women to remain in primary and secondary school by breaking down the barriers which prevent them from getting an education. We provide educational bursaries, extra tuition, sexual health education and reliable access to re-usable sanitary towels.
January 2019 - December 2019
Charity information: The Mango Tree Orphan Support Programme
In Kenya 13,000 girls drop out of school every year due to teenage pregnancy. In Homa Bay County where we work, the overall educational dropout rate amongst orphaned girls is 20%. Secondary enrolment rates are also low for orphaned children, especially for girls, with only 15% of the total secondary school age population enrolling. Teenage pregnancy, early marriage, and under-prioritisation of girls’ education are serious problems and HIV prevalence in Homa Bay County is still over 25%.
We will provide educational bursaries for orphaned girls at primary and secondary school as well as providing them with extra tuition during the holidays (football, basketball, athletics, dance, drama and music). The project will also improve their sexual and reproductive health and rights through seminars and workshops in schools.
We will provide family-based foster care for particularly vulnerable orphan girls and ensure all young women have sustainable access to re-usable sanitary towels.
Improved access, retention and performace of orphaned girls in education in Homa Bay County, Kenya.
Activities» Provide educational bursaries for orphaned girls at primary and secondary school.
» Deliver extra tuition in primary and secondary schools and during the holidays, including creative and sports activities.
» Provide sexual and reproductive health and gender rights education in secondary schools.
» Provide sustainable access to re-usable sanitary towels for girls
What success will look like
Girls will remain in school, their grades will improve and we will support their transition into tertiary education or university.
Disadvantaged girls will be supported to progress on to college or university. Many will graduate with qualifications and skills which will enable them to become independent and productive members of Kenyan society. We will also reduce teenage pregnancy rates and early marriage amongst young women who participate as they will benefit from improved sexual health, greater self-esteem and the ability to access a wider range of further education, vocational training or employment opportunities.
The quality of primary and secondary education in rural parts of western Kenya is low. Parental commitment to girls education is also problematic.
We have therefore included a family based care programme for those most vulnerable, at-risk teenage girls as well as a holiday tuition programme for primary and secondary school children. This provides the essential additional academic and emotional support these children need to enable them to continue their education.
We will report back to our donors annually with an Impact Report which provides reports on our various projects and case studies of our beneficiaries. We also send supporters e-newsletters and provide tailored reports to specific donors for resticted project grants inline with their requirements.
Budget - Project Cost: £103,145Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £77,838 Bursaries Secondary school fee busaries for 300 girls £1,200 Re-usable sanitary towels STs for 300 girls in secondary school £800 Books and stationary Extra tuition and for secondary school children £17,266 Family based foster care For 20 girls most at risk of school drop out £2,500 Sports equipment and materials Extra tuition programme equipment £575 Seminars and training Parenting and child rights training for volunteers, parents and teachers £800 Exra tuition programme 2 sessions in August and December 2019 £2,166 Project Manager One year full time
Current Funding / Pledges
Source Amount Eleanor Rathbone £2,000 Guaranteed Regular donors £60,000 Guaranteed
Our geographical focus is Homa Bay County in western Kenya where HIV and AIDS, coupled with government under investment, has resulted in high poverty levels, low literacy, over-burdened extended families and weak social and political infrastructure. There are higher than average numbers of orphans depending on elderly relatives and, particularly in western Kenya, food insecurity is high with the collapse of the Lake Victoria fishing industry and environmental problems.
Our project will benefit:
Orphaned girls and young women
Orphaned boys who will attend extra tution sessions,
Parents and guardian families of orphans
Teachers from rural primary and secondary schools.
The Mango Tree UK and our partners in Kenya have had over 12 years experience delivering orphan care programmes in this area of Kenya. The staff who work on projects, are all skilled and training and all come from the local area. They understand the culture, problems and have excellent trusting local links and partnerships with the local community, local businesses and government departments.
Read more about the Charity running this project.
Consolata is the Director of TMT Kenya. She is an inspiring African female leaders who is a fantastic role model and mentor in this community.