Friday, February 17, 2017

Girl Power Clubs and Ushindi Boys Clubs Successfully Hold Induction Workshops in Busia County



Girl Power Clubs induction workshop

On Saturday 11th February 2017 Girl Power Clubs Africa and Ushindi Boys Clubs successfully held induction workshops in Teso North, Busia County. The workshops were attended by a total of 300 students and 15 teachers from 16 schools across Busia County. The schools included: Akadoot Primary, Changara High School, ACK Rwatama Primary, Kolanya Girls Primary, Kolanya Boys High School, Katakwa Primary, Katakwa Secondary, Aedomoru Primary, Aedomoru Secondary, Bishop Sulumeti Secondary, Kolanya Boys Primary, Albert Ekirapa Secondary, Okimaru Primary, Akolong Primary, Kaujakito Primary and Kamunyele Primary.

The 300 girls and boys, divided into Girl Power and Ushindi Boys Clubs, had workshops running in two separate halls at Katakwa Secondary School, each facilitated by Sadili’s social educators Joy Akim and Kevin Ayuko respectively. Topics of discussion included: who Girl Power and Ushindi Clubs are, their importance, understanding the female body (for Girl Power Clubs) and male body (for Ushindi Boys Club), the importance of being in school, entrepreneurship and health & fitness. After this, elections were held where each school had a chance to vote for its leaders.

Albert Ekirapa Secondary receives a new computer
One of the schools that has Girl Power Clubs programme steadily running, Albert Ekirapa Secondary School, received a brand new computer. The new computer is meant to boost Girl Power's mentorship programme in the school. It was donated by Girl Power Clubs supporters Ronald Pothuizen and Tessa Van Der Heiden, as well founder Dr. Liz Odera.

Girl Power Clubs Africa is a leadership program that provides teenage girls with a chance to learn life skills and learn to make decisions that affect their lives and their communities positively. Ushindi Boys Clubs on the other hand is a men's leadership programme that initiates teenage boys through various stages of growth into young men.
Bishop Sulumeti Secondary School

Aedomoru Secondary School


Ushindi Boys Club induction
Changara Secondary School

Albert Ekirapa Secondary School

Katakwa Primary School

Kaujakito Primary School

Katakwa Secondary School

Ushindi Boys Club discussion group







Thursday, February 2, 2017

Girl Power Clubs Leadership Workshop a Success despite Low Turnout



On Saturday, 28th January 2017 Girl Power Clubs Africa successfully held a leadership workshop at Sadili Oval grounds. The 3 hour workshop came just 2 weeks after elections of new Girl Power Club leaders had been carried out in all schools in the programme in Nairobi. It was aimed at discussing with the new leaders, among other issues, what is expected from them in their new roles. During the previous week, Sadili’s Social Educators had visited all Girl Power Clubs in Nairobi discussing with them leadership skills. 

The workshop was attended by 4 Girl Power Club leaders from Karama Academy, 7 Sadili staff and 2 guests - both students at Catholic University of Eastern Africa. 

In a fun and highly interactive manner, various topics were covered during the workshop. They included: the history of Girl Power Clubs Africa and its role in training girls to become positive agents of change, personal hygiene as well as menstruation. These topics of discussion each had short breaks in between for games sessions. We all played soccer and other fun games.

Despite the low turnout, everyone seemed positive about the workshop’s success. “We had hoped the number would be bigger, but despite that we are happy that everything else happened as had been planned and that the girls have enjoyed their time with us,” said Everlyne Sigilai, one of Sadili’s social educators. 

 “It was a little intimidating for me at first to see so many staff and just a few of us, but they have been very friendly and I have enjoyed interacting with them. I hope to be here again for more of such activities,” Said Melvin Awino, one of the pupils from Karama Academy.

Girl Power Clubs Africa is a leadership program focused on providing teenage girls with a chance to learn life skills and learn to make decisions that affect their lives and their communities positively.



Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Girl Power Nairobi September Report

This month was quite difficult for the Clubs as there is a Government regulation barring government-sponsored schools from holding groupings of any type nationwide, until schools close in October. We, however, managed to cover various topics in various private schools but others, including Olympic Secondary had no session this month and probably the whole of this term, while in Karen C Secondary, the sessions will end this month until next year. We have managed to cover at least two topics in schools this month. 
This is the sessions overview during the month.
SCHOOLS
DATE
TOPICS
ATTENDANCE
Olympic high school
5/9/16
19/9/16
25/9/16
Relationships
Conflict resolution
Personal statement
22
15
23
Karama primary
6/9/16
13/9/16
Relationships
Career choices
38
20
St Catherine primary
13/9/16
20/9/16
27/9/16
Career choices
Peace one day
Personal statement
28
25
29
Nazarene  primary
14/9/16
21/9/16
28/9/16
Career Choices
Peace one day
Personal statement
28
25
26
Karen c
9/9/16
15/9/16
Relationships
Career Choices
36
32
GIRLPOWER SPORTS DAY
We had two schools attend St Catherine and Nazarene 62 girls present. The day was special as we marked Peace One Day with various activities on conflict resolution and also played two sports: rugby and football. The girls participated fully and it was a good day.

PEACE ONE DAY

The theme was conflict resolution we marked the first day during Sports Day and also the real Peace One Day with Nazarene and also with Jitahidi at the tennis court during that week the topic was peace in all the school to mark the day, playing tennis. The total number that participated was almost 600 from ll the activities carried out that week.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

At Last: Proof That Our Program Changes Lives!

It is finally here! The proof that what we hoped for all these years is actually true!

Girl Power Clubs Africa, together with other organizations in Africa and Asia, participated in a unique 3-year DFID-sponsored and Women Win coordinated ‘Building Young Women’s Leadership Through Sport’ (BYWLTS) programme, with the objective of increasing the leadership of adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) in formal and informal decision making processes. Women Win worked closely with eight partner organizations in seven countries to deliver quality sport and life skills curricula to over 65,000 AGYW. In addition, AGYW were provided with opportunities to practice leadership through a mentorship program and by learning how to share their stories through Digital Storytelling. Extensive monitoring and evaluation processes were used to understand the impact that the BYWLTS program had on partner organizations. 

Read more about it on this link and be amazed!


Tuesday, March 8, 2016

VV Mentoring Walk A Boost For Rural Kenyan Women and Girls

Hon. Angelina A. Ochiambo cuts the ribbon to begin the Walk
On Saturday 5th of March 2016, attention of Kenyans were drawn to a rural community in Sigomere, East Uholo, Ugenya in Siaya County, where 233 girls and 100 community women mentors gathered for the Vital Voices Global Mentoring Walk, an international event that saw girls make life-changing pledges to their mentors that will dictate their individual and collective future. The mentoring walk was officially opened by Special Guest, Hon. Angelina Achieng Odhiambo, nominated member of Siaya County Assembly, who encouraged the girls to keep working hard and complete school as a first decision.


Girls and Mentors walk joined by the community
"This is the first time that such an important event has taken place outside of a city in Kenya", said VV Lead Fellow,  Dr. Liz Odera, on a phone call from Durham, USA. "I was very confident, and very impressed to see how well the whole community, including the leaders joined hands and embraced the idea of mentoring girls." Liz, who is the founder of Girl Power Clubs Africa, also said, "There are women in rural communities have a lot knowledge and support to lend."  And this was, indeed, an opportunity to let them drive the process on their own, under the able encouragement of County Lead for Girl Power Clubs in Siaya, Maria Okong'o, who ensured that she was inclusive and brought in both men to champion the girls' cause, ably bringing in more than 7 media houses to cover the event, which was also encouraging messages from the MP for Ugunja Constituency, Hon. Opiyo Wandayi, who was unable to attend, but sent a representative.


Hon. Christine Ombaka delivers the keynote speech
Our Guest of Honor, Hon. Dr. Christine Ombaka giving the keynote speech, she said," Men in our Luo community who understand our tradition, recognize the importance of women, and that is why in 1969, men chose a woman, Grace Onyango as the Mayor for Kisumu, and later as Member of Parliament. And that's why the power of men is important in ensuring girls grow up, and for that, we congratulate those men who are ready to boost our joint efforts, However, for those men who look down on women, the time has come, when girls must have the same opportunity as men. And that is why we will all continue to join hands as Girl Power on the 8th March, at the International Women's Day". 

The result of this exciting event was the launch of a mentoring program, called, "Ask Aunty" which brings together women from the community to encourage, inspire, and train girls. "Many of these women grew up in Siaya, but went on to live elsewhere to study, work and have families. We are now offering them a chance to support the girls too.", says Maria.
Maria Okong'o (seated) and Joy Akim

Girl Power Clubs National Coordinator, Joy Akim, who was fully involved in the preparations, and ensured that all the technical areas were covered, said, "I was very excited to see how well local women can organize themselves, and also how much the head teachers and patrons of the school clubs were supportive and ready to lend a hand. I find Siaya a unique and exciting place to work in, and see the opportunities for growth will be great here". Joy intends to carry our follow ups with the mentors and mentees for the rest of the year, and hopes to report progress.

One of the mentees, Helen Achieng, summed up the occasion in one sentence, "Now I know that everyone cares about my future."