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Creating Safe Space for Rural Girls in Kenya

About TYSA
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.

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Sydney Stead's picture

Follow Up

Thank you for joining and posting your proposal! TYSA sounds like such a wonderful and inspiring organization!

I am interested to learn a little bit more about the needs you have mentioned. Specifically, what type of support do you need in the creation of a resource center? (for example, assistance with designing of buildings? coming up with plans for construction? actually building the structures? etc...). Could you also expand on what sort of reproductive health training you are looking for? Do you already have an existing curricula or do you need support developing one?

In general, MIT students get excited about service projects that allow them to play a significant role in designing solutions to some type of technical or organizational challenge, which they can complete by the time they leave and which will bring lasting benefit to the organization and community. In general, they do not tend to volunteer in administrative roles or roles which need to be filled again when they are gone (such as coaching or providing direct services). Rather, they tend to get excited about creating something concrete (such as a training program/manual, or a new invention, or a solution to a technical problem, or a design for a new building, etc...) which they can leave behind and which will build the capacity of the organization they work with, even after they are gone.

TYSA's picture

Additional Information

Dear Sydney,
Greetings from TYSA! Sorry for late response. We had taken our Girls Soccer Team to participate in an International Tournament in Nairobi during this Easter, we are back.

We are humbled by your interest in what we do.

In response to your first question, we are seeking designing of plans for construction and building the structures.

In regards to the second question, we do not have reproductive health training materials or curriculum. We therefore would appreciate the designing of a reproductive Health curriculum.

Warm Regards

Gichuki Francis

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