Saturday, November 30, 2013


In month of November, Girl Power Activities prepared for the workshop to be held between December 3rd and 6th.  It was to be our end of year workshop and we are excited about it since we are going to have a whole new group of girls join us this time from the community around  . it is also an exam session therefore not very many activities can be done nor sessions run as usual. However this being our end of year workshop we are very excited to run it.
Visits for the month of November
Starays High School
Starays high school was visited thrice this month. Twice the girls had been engaged in exam activities and in the third successful meeting, we were able to meet the girls, talk to them and re-introduce Girl Power to them and also explain our programmes and campaign for the December workshop. From this meeting the girls did request to have a day and come with us to Sadili so that they can know our physical location and attend our workshop in December.workshop.
Starays at Sadili – 16th
The girls met  Queen and Paullet  the girls at Starays high school and came together to the office in Sadili and showed them around  after which we had a girl power goal session on module one ‘’Be Your Self’’ – non verbal communication, ice breakers, say it with silence and a brief session on Digital Story Telling and Community Connect with coach Mary Florence after which the girls  were taken to the Kibera office with  Queen and Paullete.

Nazarene Primary
At Nazarene primary we have had one visit this month being the month schools close early, the country is in exam mode and this ones in particular were closing earlier to allow for renovation. We had an open session with the girls where the could ask us anything in a closed room  since outside was raining. The girls had fun getting to know their project assistants better, their interest, likes, fears and all. Present were, Susan, Queen, Paulette and Jayoung.
Nazarene primary also made sure that as an important part of their school community we did not miss their class 8 graduation that was held on Saturday 9th. This was a great show of trust and confidence, friendship and acknowledgment of the role we play in their school for their girls. Among the grandaunts were several members of girl power who also personally requested that we must be present and be part of that precious moment and important milestone in their life. The school has given us one of the best cooperation ever. Much more interesting is their club is mainly headed by a male patron assisted by two female patrons. However his role here is more than commendable. None of the girls has ever complained, in fact Mr. Charles has been very instrumental to ensure these girls get the best they can from our programme. He is very enthusiastic and this plays a major role in positively and directly impacting the lives of the girls he serves in his mixed school. Further he being such a supporter of girl child mentorship, development, empowerment…name it…and being male is very key indicator of change to us that in small sure ways we are impacting and assisting in the change of attitudes towards female empowerment from the male gender. Now, even his male colleagues appreciate our work and rarely let us go without seeing the girls. 

Even when we were just passing on our way and dropped in to say hi and see how things are running, this male teachers will be first to plead that ‘’……please even just for a second, this girls have missed you since last week./last visit Just say hallo to them  and a word or two…’’ and before we even finish explaining why exactly we passing or that we rushing off to the next school, the girls are being assembled! Its always such a joy to be part of such communities. The girls are amazing, the teachers are supportive and the school is receptive! Further girls that are part of girl power seem to excel even better in academics, perform much better as they slowly improve, take up leadership roles and for us who have been much longer on the ground working directly with this girls, seeing them graduate was such a joy! And having them as part of our holiday programmes and other programmes will e even much more reward , we can’t wait to see! The graduation was also an opportunity for our project assistants to get introduced to some of their parents. That is another major milestone! Parents getting to know some faces behind great programmes that keep their daughters well occupied for a short good holiday period  and us getting to know the faces of some of the parents we talk to on  phone.
Holy Unity Primary & High School
Here the whole school was in an exam mode however they were happy to have explain about the December workshop, check on them and also give them letters that they could take home with  to show their parents and also get permission to come for the workshop. 22 girls from the primary confirmed attendance to the December 3rd-6th workshop.
Huruma Girls
We had one visit this month of November. However, we were not able to meet the girls this time. The school had organised an ‘’all school must participate’’ programme for the day and unfortunately we were not earlier informed of the change of programme and so we only managed to speak to their chairlady and a brief of what we were to do and what we expected from them.
Karen C Secondary School
 Karen C will be rejoining us next year however  we did ensure that a message for them is left through the teacher that was present. We couldn’t meet the girls as exams were in session.
Olympic High School and Primary
 The month of November has been tricky for the primarians and they have not been participating much however we expect more of them in the holiday workshops. The high school, have been very well dedicated to their sports activities and have their football training every evening except their Sunday rest days. We were able to watch them train for a few minutes as their school principle and coaches proudly watched them play as they corrected mistakes they saw. This group of girls have taken their sport very seriously and have moved on to being champions in within Kenya in the competitions they have played, in east Africa and even west as far as Nigeria. This girls group would never miss upto 3 or 4 girls representing the rest in the Kenyan girls national soccer team. Their coach would more often than not be nominated as the coach for the national select team that will be going to play in whichever designated country for whichever the competition. They girls are very enthusiastic about it. They wake as early as 5 am to go jogging from Kibera all the way to railways and back so they say, before they take a bath, their morning porridge and go for class preps at 7 am then class between 8 and 4pm. Their sports discipline is admirable , their fitness unmistakable and their skill is worth a watch!
Langata Barracks High School
This school had been dormant for whole of term 2 because of school activities and engagement. However, this term they are back with a bang! A new group of girls to join the older ones and ones graduating .. The goal champions there  seem to be doing a good job and we expect them at the workshop in December!
Malezi primary , Malezi secondary and Nairobi Day School
The three schools have all been engaged in the exams season for the month of November .They haven’t met as a group however they will e attending the December workshop where we expect them to be more engaged. Nairobi day is an active holiday group that in school term group.
Form four graduates
Girl power is giving an opportunity to this special group of girls that are interested to work and volunteer to send their applications to and copying it . they may also apply to be female gym instructors at Sadili and be trained for the same. This is a very good opportunity for this girls to be able to show , demonstrate the skills they have learnt all through and practice them as well.
Girl power will also be giving them a pool party and BBQ to celebrate the achievement on the last day of the workshop as well as awarding them with certificates! For the pool party the girls will be paying a small charge of ksh 300 and this is only for form fours!
December holiday workshop
3rd to 6th December will be our end of year workshop at Sadili and we are very exited to run it. Our target was 100 girls from the programme since its December and the girls may e travelling to the country side as some had indicated. Now we have over 110 confirmations of very new girls around and more are still confirming. It will be interesting and we look forward to work with this girls! New challenges everyday, more exiting programmes and we are up for the challenge!

Report compiled by,
Jayoung Naphtalie Margaret
Queen Gwen
Paullete Akinyi
Project Assitants,
Girl Power Clubs Africa
Sadili Oval Sports Academy

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