Health and Leadership Training at Olalui Primary

Greetings from Enoosean:

Our Health and Leadership Trainings change lives. On June 25th, Kakenya Center for Excellence completed another successful Health and Leadership Training, adding another 358 youth to the more than 3,500 young people our trainings have already empowered through education. Our efforts to eradicate female genital mutilation (FGM) and early marriage through community engagement brings together students from neighboring schools and communities to discuss issues affecting girls’ education and health. This Health and Leadership Training was hosted by Olalui Primary School and brought together 173 teen girls and 185 teen boys from four nearby schools.

The two-day training was lead by members of I Am Worth Defending, a comprehensive sexual assault prevention organization for adolescents. Sessions were specially designed for the girls and boys based on their gender-specific training needs. The girls’ targeted training consisted of sex education courses that discussed adolescent sex and reproductive health.Girls were introduced to self-defense strategies and gender equality philosophies, empowering them to be assertive and set boundaries when interacting with their male counterparts.

The boys’ training aimed to create awareness and responsibility for the unique challenges facing girls. Their activities sought to challenge unequal power relations between males and females through the adoption of core rules and life skills geared towards behavior change. The guidelines challenged the participants through discussions and activities to trade harmful masculine practices for positive practices in favor of a gender-just society.

The goal of our Health and Leadership Training is to educate and engage the community in a conversation about violence against girls and women. Our hope is that the information received during training is transferred to the broader community. We assess our results through the personal successes of our students. These trainings express to all youth attending and the wider community that girls’ health and education matters while providing girls and boys with the knowledge and tools they need to combat gender-based violence.

Every aspect of these vital trainings is made possible by the generosity of donors, both large and small. Without the support of GlobalGiving, we would not be able to provide these services to the thousands of youth and their communities we serve in rural Kenya. Thanks to your continued involvement, our program will positively impact even more adolescents this coming year. Thank you!