Creating Safe Space for Rural Girls in Kenya
Trans-nzoia Youth Sports Association (TYSA) is a leading not for profit Community Based Organization delivering valued based sports programmes in Kenya. Founded in 2001, TYSA endeavors to Inspire and Empower Young People to develop knowledge, skills and their status by increasingly exposing them to sports, education, training, Sexual Reproductive Health and livelihood opportunities
Specific challenge facing my organization/Community
Adolescent girls in the rural areas rarely get an opportunity to learn about their sexuality. Lots of myths are created about sexuality which often leads to early pregnancy, marriage and school dropout. Young girls are particularly vulnerable as they are often neglected by the families and community. Community social fabrics that used to protect girls have been weakened thus exposing the girls to abuse and exploitation. The young adolescent lack information, confidence, motivation, self esteem and service provision which are important ingredient in building their resilience. More critical is that the girls do not have a safe space to meet and learn about their sexuality.
kind of expertise is needed
expertise in design of a resource center, interior design for the resource center, use of cheap locally available materials,
Ways students may able to help
Designing a simple resource center that can use locally available materials where girls can have some privacy to discuss their specific issues. Train our girls on key Reproductive Health issues.