International Women's Day

Educate 40 Teen Mothers!

Approximately 18% of adolescent girls in Kenya ages 15 to 19 have begun childbearing. This is due to a lack of access to education and knowledge of their sexual and reproductive health rights. In addition, teenage mothers face challenges including health information and services, human rights violations, neglect, and poverty which further perpetuates the cycle of poverty in their child’s future.

March 5, 2019

Strong. Resilient. Intelligent. Leaders.

These are a few of the many powerful words that come to mind when describing the teenage mothers of CFK’s Funzo Teenage Mothers Program. In the spirit of leaving no one behind, we focus our efforts on teenage mothers and adolescent girls because they’re statistically the highest victims of sexual violence and education discrimination. These are injustices that can be avoided through stronger enforcement and advocacy of existing laws and policies.

To date, CFK has reached 984 teenage mothers with 114 of them receiving scholarships. Our greatest joy was seeing nine of our girls receive their high school diploma this year! A dream that would not have been possible without the support of people like you, our committed partners.

Approximately 18% of adolescent girls in Kenya ages 15 to 19 have begun childbearing. This is due to a lack of access to education and knowledge of their sexual and reproductive health rights. In addition, teenage mothers face challenges including health information and services, human rights violations, neglect, and poverty which further perpetuates the cycle of poverty in their child’s future.

Unintended and early pregnancies outside of marriage are frowned upon in the African culture and are associated with promiscuous behavior. This leads to discrimination and stigma against teenage mothers which, for some, leads to emotional torment. In extreme cases, teenage mothers are chased away from their homes increasing their chance of a second pregnancy.
Thus, in addition to helping teenage mothers re-enroll into school after delivery, CFK strives to create a safes pace for them where they can develop self-agency and knowledge of their human rights. Knowledge that is then shared through programs educating the community that women's rights are human rights.

Nineteen year-old Sylvia Moraa
SylviaMoraa, with her fellow safe space “sisters”

Nineteen year-old Sylvia Moraa dropped out of school when she was 13 after becoming pregnant with her first child. Unfortunately, Sylvia ended up losing her first child after three years. She remained out of school and had a second child. With her father unable to bear the shame, he abandoned Sylvia and her mother and it’s been seven years since she attended school. Through the Funzo Teenage Mothers Program, Sylvia and other teenage mothers understand the value of education and are in need of support to return back to school to build a better future for themselves and their children.

In celebration of 2019 International Women’s Day, we aim to achieve #balanceforbetter by providing 40 scholarships to 40 teenage mothers living in Kibera. With each year of school fees costing $250, our goal is to raise $10,000 to provide 40 education scholarships.

By working with teenage mothers, we are increasing pathways for an independent future by supporting them to access education; the greatest equalizer. Ultimately, we see all adolescent girls as the future leaders of companies, governments, media outlets, and educational institutions. Please consider joining us in our efforts to empower these incredible girls and future leaders like Sylvia and Faith by donating to our International Women's Day Global Giving Campaign.

You can also engage on our social media pages and by using the following hashtags: #balanceforbetter #CFK #EducationforTeenMoms

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