November 2018 Health and Leadership Training

 

350 girls representing 42 local schools participated in our Health and Leadership Training camp this November, making it one of our largest camps yet! 

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The girls attended numerous sessions throughout the week on topics ranging from sexual and reproductive health and rights, to leadership and life skills, to self-defense and sessions about the harmful effects of traditional practices including FGM and child marriage. By learning about their bodies, health, and rights in these important trainings, the girls are able to face day-to-day challenges in their lives and make informed decisions about their health, education and future.

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The weeklong training camp culminated with a graduation ceremony that serves as an alternative rite of passage for the girls, as it is celebrated at a time in girls’ lives when an FGM ceremony would traditionally take place. Instead of being subjected to a dangerous and painful practice that traditionally ushers girls in the community into adulthood, the Health and Leadership Training graduation ceremony celebrates the girls’ accomplishments, new-found knowledge, and personal value. 

 Girls lining up to begin the graduation procession!

Girls lining up to begin the graduation procession!

Health and Leadership Trainings like ours empower girls to be leaders in their own lives and communities. Each transformative session impacts not only the lives of the hundreds of girls at the session, but also the lives of those around them; in addition to empowering girls to advocate for themselves, the trainings also teach them a variety of skills and tactics to advocate for and uplift others, ensuring that they can take home what they learn from the trainings to share with others. 

 Grandmothers from the community come to the trainings to share stories and support the girls. They are the proud keepers of Maasai history and heritage, and storytelling is an important part of preserving and celebrating Maasai culture. Story time with the girls is a beautiful way for the community to remain closely connected through shared history and culture.

Grandmothers from the community come to the trainings to share stories and support the girls. They are the proud keepers of Maasai history and heritage, and storytelling is an important part of preserving and celebrating Maasai culture. Story time with the girls is a beautiful way for the community to remain closely connected through shared history and culture.

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In the next year, Kakenya’s Dream is hoping to continue expanding the Health and Leadership Training program, offering more trainings per year and reaching more girls and schools in the community than ever before. Make a gift today to join the movement and support this transformative program.  

 
Zoe Colgin