In Kenya and other developing countries, one in 3 girls get married before the age of 18yrs. With child marriage they miss out on education and are vulnerable to physical and sexual violence. The need to address child marriage and other factors that hinder the girls to unlock their full potential led HODI to initiate interventions that are girls and women centred. Documentation and data collection became crucial to the process and there has been great strides made and on this day as we celebrate the International Day of the Girl Child with the theme “Girls’ Progress = Goals’ Progress: A Global Girl Data Movement”.
While the need for increased investment in collecting and analyzing girl-focused, girl-relevant and sex-disaggregated data. One year into the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, improving data on girls and addressing the issues that are holding them back is critical for fulfilling the Sustainable Development Goals.
We have made great strides in collecting and analysis of the data and using the data to inform the programs we undertake. On this day we share the journey of our work with girls! From breaking the silence through football to giving the girls a voice and a choice while ensuring the most vulnerable access free primary education.
a) Breaking the Silence through Football:
i. 1040 girls who have broken the silence on early marriage; FGM and Beading
ii. 514 parents who have been sensitized on issues affecting girls
iii. 13 schools who have formed a network of peer education schools.
b) Giving the girls a voice and a choice; HODI life skills training
i. 60 Trained in basic tailoring skills
ii. 10 girls have their businesses set up and earn a living
c) Most Vulnerable Children Access Free Primary Education
Our education program has been working since 2013 to ensure the right to free and compulsory primary education is realized by all children in Marsabit by 2017. There is a deliberate effort to focus on the girl child and ensure none drop out. We are currently working in 20 primary schools and more than 30 communities. In every village we have a data of girls who have dropped out and or at the verge of dropping out. Together with the communities we have supported over 500 children including girls return to school.
Help spread the word and let us join hands to ensure every girl and woman has a better life.