Monday, May 13, 2013

Girl power opens Kibera offices!

The weekend past saw Girl Power Clubs Africa reach another landmark in their efforts to empower young girls in Nairobi. A team of Project Assistants and Girl Power Club members from surrounding schools, visited the re-furbished offices, in Kibera, armed with paint, water and a lot of determination.

The insides of the offices were given a makeover to match the bright blue of the outside. On the inner walls, slogans of empowerment and dreams were painted to remind everyone what they can achieve - anything is possible as long as you feel it!

The re-opening of offices in Kibera will mean the girls who go to school in the area will have an established place to meet for girl power activities in their neighborhood.

"It's a safe space for the girls to express themselves" said Hazel Wamuyu, a student of Malezi School, who came down to help paint the Kibera offices. "If we get time we can also come down and use these offices, but it will depend on school" she added.

"Anyone in Girl Power will be able to use it, hopefully they can teach some of the girls to be Girl Power Champions in this office" says Chizi Mutsumi, another of the girls from Malezi.

The materials to build the offices was supported by the Netherlands Embassy, through partner organisation, Women Win, while the  structures were erected by local residents of Kibera. The washrooms were originally built at the site through donations received by Dr. Liz Odera from teaching tennis classes at a local country club. Special thanks goes to Otieno for helping to build the offices and also to his family who generously provided lunch for the girls.

 Written by Hannah Collins, volunteer at Girl Power
Approved by Dr. Liz Odera, Director at Sadili Oval Sports Academy

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