Already living in an area struggling with overcrowding, poor sanitation, poverty, and limited educational and economic opportunities, adolescent girls in Kibera also face high rates of teenage pregnancy and sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV), gender inequality, and social and cultural norms that devalue women’s rights and educations.
of women in Kibera report experiencing some form of violence in their lifetime.
of mothers in Kenya die due to complications during pregnancy or childbirth.
of adolescent girls in Kibera have either given birth or are pregnant with their first child.
CFK supports adolescent girls and teenage mothers through a dual strategy of mentorship and advocacy. Recognizing that girls face unique challenges, the organization implements targeted programs for them, teaches them about their rights, and advocates for gender equality.
Binti Pamoja (Swahili for “Daughters United”) provides adolescent girls with a supportive environment and comprehensive programming that addresses their immediate and long-term safety, dignity, and development needs.
Through training encompassing sexual and reproductive health, life skills, leadership, empowerment and growth, human rights, and financial literacy, the project provides girls with the knowledge and confidence they need to become strong, healthy women.
The Girls’ Parliament model provides girls with leadership and advocacy training, encouraging them to become voices for women’s rights in the Kibera community. Participants divide themselves into subcommittees mirroring those in the Kenyan Parliament, identify issues facing females, and develop solutions.
Staff also provide members of Girls’ Parliament with platforms, such as Community Conversations and paid radio spots, so they can practice their developing leadership and advocacy skills.
The Funzo initiative (Swahili for “Lesson”) develops programming specifically for young mothers, provides them with psychosocial support, educates them about their rights, and encourages them to return to primary or secondary school or pursue vocational training.
Through Funzo, teenage mothers build community with and gain support from a group of peers who are facing similar challenges. The program also offers training for parents and teachers, helping them understand the unique needs of teenage mothers and encouraging them to identify opportunities to provide support.