|Hon. Angelina A. Ochiambo cuts the ribbon to begin the Walk|
|Girls and Mentors walk joined by the community|
|Hon. Christine Ombaka delivers the keynote speech|
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."