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Train 100 Teenage Mums

Train 100 girls Equip them with skills to forge sustainable livelihoods

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Explain your project idea (2,000 characters)

Worldwide, 7.3 million births per year are by girls between the age of 15 and 19, and a further 2 million births are by girls under the age of 15. Of these 2 million, 90 per cent are already married, revealing that many girls are being married off at a very young age. Kenya contributes to this percentage with 103 in every 1,000 pregnancies being attributed to girls aged between 15 and 19. Four hundred adolescent girls give birth daily in our beautiful country, Kenya, and an estimated 70,000 are expelled from school every year because of pregnancy. Community Focus Group (CFG) is an organisation focussed on helping this group of teenage mothers, who are forced to leave school and are at risk of sinking even further into poverty. CFG is a group of Kenyan citizens from Nairobi who are connected by a deep love of their home country. Since its founding in 2000, the group has worked to help marginalised groups in their community and to promote the aims of the 2030 Agenda. The 2030 Agenda, the most comprehensive social plan of action that humankind has created to this day, was signed and launched by every UN member state in 2015. CFG expresses itself through storytelling – a form of communication with a long history of being used in Africa to raise awareness about social injustice and challenges. The founder and Executive Director of CFG is Pamela Ateka. Vision CFG’s vision is to create a centre for teenage mothers that will support these young women in their new roles as mothers on the one hand, while at the same time help them to further develop their personalities, take control of their lives, and offer them a path to independence through professional training that will prepare them for a range of careers. You can find further information on the issues affecting teenage mothers, on Community Focus Group (CFG) and on CFG founder Pamela Ateka attached.

Who are the beneficiaries? (1,000 characters)

Our beneficiaries are The teenage mum from the ages 15-19years this are former students who have dropped out of school because of getting pregnant and have not sat for their KCSE or KCPE examination and are therefore in need of remedial classes to sit for this important examinations and also need to be trained to learn skills to be able to forge a livelihood.

How is your idea unique? (1,000 characters)

Our Idea is unique because it embodies the planet,peace and prosperity, we believe that as long as women are made to have abortions the planet cannot have peace and prosperity therefore our project contributes to the sustainability of the planet, peace and prosperity , its unique because it has its been designed by the beneficiaries themselves, they will be trained, and become Trainers of their colleagues, and after completion , begin a restaurant, beauty pa lour ,and design shop , the teenage mums will work here , earn a living and the profits will go towards training other girls hence others benefiting making the project sustainable instead of depending on donor funding for the continuation and sustaining the project.

Idea Proposal Stage (choose one)

  • Pilot: I have started to implement the idea as a whole with a first set of real users.

Tell us more about your organization/company (1 sentence and website URL) Our Vision is for a just free and equitable Kenya

Expertise in sector

  • 7+ years

Organization Filing Status

  • Yes, we are a registered non-profit.

In 3-4 sentences, tell us the inspiration or story that encouraged you to start this project.

As a young girl who had just completed high school,I needed to gain employment ,and during this time I met with a family friend who was male who told me I could come and work with him , which i did, during the time i worked for him he never paid me but took advantage of my naivety and made me pregnant after which he denied responsibility and chased me away, I was therefore jobless, homeless and hopeless as I was to bring to the world a child and I had no means of livelihood , no support,

Please explain how your selected topic areas are influenced, in the local context of your project (1,000 characters).

prosperity in our kayole community has been hampered greatly by poverty which has been a contributing factor to teenage pregnancy in our community, poverty has driven the young teenage girls from the ages of 14-19 years to drop out of school because of pregnancy caused by in many cases prostitution because of trying to earn a living for their families and themselves because their parents are unable to provide a meal even for a day due to poverty, therefore in their search for prosperity they encounter challenges such as these

Who will work alongside your organization in the project idea? (1,000 characters)

Community Focus Group has already begun working with the local community leadership and locals in contributing to the project in a positive manner , we believe that a journey of a thousand years begins with one step and therefore we have already taken the first steps in mobilizing the young women, crowdfunding by raising $3000

Please share some of the top strengths identified in the community which your project will serve (500 characters)

The community in which we work has creative energetic, innovative and enthusiastic young people who are keen to work, Our community values networking and is supportive of projects that ensure the prosperity of its members and seeks to unify contributing to a peaceful environment where all are inspired to thrive

Geographic Focus

Africa, Kenya

How many months are required for the project idea? (500 characters)

36 months

Did you submit this idea to our 2017 BridgeBuilder Challenge? (Y/N)

  • No


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Photo of Samantha Pathirathna

Hi Pamela, Its GREAT and we need people like you to showcase to the world. I am so happy if any contribution or partnership if I can give for your project. Please feel to add me as a team member I will try my level best to make possible contributions on entrepreneurship, livelihood development and use of ICT for their success. Let us connect to achieve big goals. Best Regards Samantha

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