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There are 600 million girls living in the developing world.
Two-thirds of the world’s uneducated children are girls,and two-thirds of the world’s illiterate adults are women. Around the world, girls and women continue to suffer from a lack of economic opportunity, inadequate health care and education, early marriage, sexual violence, and discrimination.

Numerous studies have demonstrated that educating women and girls is the single most effective strategy to ensure the well-being and health of children, and the long-term success of developing economies.

There are compelling benefits associated with girls’ education:

  • Reduction of child and maternal mortality
  • Improvement of child nutrition and health
  • Lower birth rates
  • Enhancement of women’s domestic role and their political participation
  • Improvement of the economic productivity and growth
  • Protection of girls from HIV/AIDS, abuse and exploitation

 

Thats why we as  HAGEP have come up with #KeepHerInClass/#Pledge.A.Pad initiative to keep the girl child in class.

We are guided by a much inspiring Motto championed by the anti-apartheid reformer and Nobel Prize winner Former South African President Nelson “Madiba’ Mandela who strongly held to the assertion that “Education is the most powerful weapon that can ever be used to change (transform) the world”. May the good Lord bless the idea he intended to propagate during his lifetime. HAGEP happens to be the fulfillment of this long-time African leader’s dream.

Lets make it happen for the betterment of our society.

Source: The Global Fund for Women

KEEP HER IN CLASS TO REDUCE CHILD MARRIAGE.

 

 

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Child marriage is fueled by existing social injustices experienced by women and girls including lack of prioritisation of girls’ education in families.Not only is this an injustice in itself,it also leaves girls vulnerable to marriage.

 

 

Keeping girls in school significantly reduces their chances of marrying early and empowers them with the information and skills necessary for them to make economic,social and political progress.

 

 

This is why girls’ primary and secondary education must not be optional but made compulsory and why governments,and development agencies need to make the necessary investments to prioritise girls’ education.

Lets make it happen,lets talk girl child empowerment.

Talk to us educategirlkenya@gmail.com

Source: All Africa

EDUCATION IS ”HER” KEY.

Posted: July 1, 2014 in Uncategorized

image Girls from rural areas go through a lot before completing their primary and secondary education.
Worst is when you come from poor household.It’s a nightmare! Majority will miss classes for 4 days in a month when menstruating.

That translates to 13 days(2 weeks) per term.Now if each term has 3 months meaning she’ll miss 39 learning days per year!That’s ridiculous!It’s unacceptable! How do we achieve universal primary completion by 2015 with such scenarios happening in our society?That’s a mirage! Missing 18 weeks out of 108 week of school time from class 6 to class 8 is saddening! We need to come up with proper programs/policies to keep our girls in school with the help of ministry of education and other stakeholders in education sector.

If not access to education as a human right will still be a far fetched idea in rural areas and especially to financially disadvantaged families. One of those noble courses is here  https://t.co/ltgbRl8XKr Please help us achieve this in kakamega county by any donation to keep our girls in class. Let’s talk girl child education. Let’s talk sexual reproduction. Let’s talk girl child empowerment Let’s make EDUCATION AS A HUMAN RIGHT a reality.It’s possible.

 

E;@Hopealivegirls@yahoo.com Tel;+254 723 397 132

PANTIES

Posted: May 22, 2014 in Uncategorized
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Cathy,Jane and Idda at Ebwambwa primary school teaching the girls Menstrual hygiene management

We consider clothing an essential part of everyday life. Studies show that humans began wearing clothes between 85,000 and 150,000 years ago, futher separating us from ‘animals’. However, studies in Africa show many African Kingdoms such as Benin and Ethiopia incorporated clothing around 1,500 years ago.

 

We all know women have menstruated since the beginning of the human race. Have you ever asked yourself, how did they survive without underwear and sanitary towels?

 

Research has confirmed our belief that our mothers, sisters and aunties were subjected to tough restrictions simpe due to the natural act of menstruation. Many myths were circulated leading to stigma, segregation during menstruation, and left women treated like their farm animals.

 

One such myth is that women should not bathe during menstruation, as it will cause them to become sterile.

 

So here we have, 50% of the population at some time menstruating, with no panties, no sanitary towels, and not allowed to cleanse themselves!

 

Is this not demeaning to womenhood?

Is this not increasing the risk of infection, of disease spreading?

Is this not telling women they are dirty, they are lesser beings.  

This is just the tip of the ice urg of the myths, beliefs, taboos that our sisters and mothers were subjected to those days! Being unable to wash the scent of their menstrual blood lead to further stigmatism.

Cultural norms and religious taboos on menstruation are often compounded by traditional association with evil spirits, shame and embarrassment surrounding sexual reproduction. As HAGEP we endovoured to teach our girls at a young age about this so that they grow while informed.

The myth outlined above asks you to imagine a time 1000 or so years ago.

Are you aware in this current age there are girls who are still going through this but now the scenario has metamorphosed.

Yes we have sanitary towels but the cost makes them unreachable for most village women and girls.

Yes we have underwear but majority of our rural families have to choose between food and underwear.

Take for example Khasebebe*. She is in Class 7 at a school in Kakamega County. We had the pleasure of talking with her over Easter weekend. The first time she wore underwear she was 11 years old in Class 5! I guess you are thinking that makes sense, she must have started menstruating so her parents bought underwear and sanitary towels. NO! It was a Christmas gift from her Aunt who stays in Kisumu. She was overjoyed! Every girl in her class had to know she had now graduated to another higher level. Of course she knew the majority of her peers had never worn underwear, and for sure no-one would have more than 2 pairs!

Underwear are a priviledge of the rich.

With just one pair of underwear and no access to sanitary towels Khasebebe stuffs her panties with old rags during menstruation. She must wash these every night after school and hope they dry by morning. Often they don’t dry at night, or her period doesn’t stop so she can only rinse the rags and replace them in her panties while still wet.

 

As we hear this we think of fungal disease; that thrives in warm, damp conditions, of chafing of the wet fabric against sensitive skin… but what other option does she have?

 

How many of you reading this have a draw full of underwear, some you were just a few months before you get sick of it and want a new pair. Here we have a girl that has used one pair of underwear for 2 years! And many of her peer have none at all.

 

There are many organisations trying to ensure girls have access to sanitary towels but the need is larger. We at HAGEP have decided every time we support a girl with sanitary towels under our PAP Initiative we must also arm ourselves with underwear for these girls.

 

We have to mentor our village girls as they graduate to womanhood to be responsible mothers in future.

I believe with your input we will make this project a reality.

 

* This is not her real name due to stigmatisation in the villages we work.

 

 

So Sad

A new video, obtained by French news agency AFP, shows the leader of Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, alongside half of the Nigerian girls kidnapped last month. In it, Shekau claims that he will not release the girls until all imprisoned militants are freed.

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Sitting before a green background (pictured above), Shekau says, “It is now four years or five years that you arrested our brethren and they are still in prison. You are doing many things to them. And now you are talking about these girls. We will never release them until after you release our brethren.”

According to the BBC, Nigeria’s Interior Minister Abba Moro rejected the deal, saying it was “absurd” for a “terrorist group” to try to set conditions. This is the first time since the kidnapping that Boko Haram has made demands, signaling a shift in the group’s tactics, and indicating a willingness to negotiate.

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I'LL MAKE IT

One of the beneficiary of Pledge A Pad Initiative.
She told us she’s 100% sure she’ll pass her final Primary school exams with flying colors!
A very positive minded young girl.

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