Kenya Girl Guides Association recognises that one of the elements of guiding is ‘doing good turns’ which is simply community service.
Therefore, over our years of existence we have taken up and come up with initiatives that aim to help the communities around us and to empower the young girls in these communities to develop their fullest potential as responsible citizens of the world.
Some of our past and ongoing projects:
ADOLESCENT REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH FUNDED BY USAID THROUGH FAMILY HEALTH INTERNATIONAL
PATHFINDER INTERNATIONAL AND JPIEGO
This is a life skills project that has covered a total 1,578 schools and reached to over 2,367,455 youth over the last 3 years. This project was in partnership with USAID through APHIA II (Family Health International, Pathfinder International, JPIEGO, National Aids Control Council )APHIA II Projects that have been ongoing since 2006 ended in June, November and December 2010 in Rift Valley, Coast, Eastern, Central and Nairobi.Some of the key achievements of this project are:
- Recruitment and retention of Girl Guides as well as reaching rural areas.
- Empowered girls to produce their own I.E.C materials.
- Abstinence is the best choice rally.
2. REDUCTION & PREVENTION OF ALCOHOL INTAKE
KGGA alcohol prevention program intervention is informed by a baseline survey that was carried out by the association in 2009. The findings of the baseline survey revealed that 25% of the young people interviewed in four districts admitted that they consume alcohol. Hence the organization has developed an intervention with the main goal of Reducing alcohol consumption among youth aged 10 – 25 in four districts. The targeted districts are Siaya, Nairobi – Eastlands area,
Through partnership with IOGT –NTO of Sweden, KGGA was able to:-
- -Disseminate baseline reports to Key stakeholders Districts as well as schools that participated in the baseline study on youth involved in alcohol intake.
- -Train KGGA staff and volunteers on Logical Framework Approach to projects, Report writing, Monitoring and Evaluation
- -Train 24 Guide leaders in the pilot project sites ( Malindi, Mombasa, Nairobi and Siaya)
- Attendance a professional discussion on Alcohol Act with Honorable John Mututho
- -Make a presentation during National Drugs and Substance Research Workshop 29th and 30th of March 2010
- Held a call for partnership meeting with NACADA
- Undertook a Strategic plan for 2010-2013 for KAPA network (KGGA, SCAD, Blue Cross and ILA)
- Develop the following I.E.C Material – Posters, Stickers, Badges, Alcohol Manual
- This project targets Girls Guides aged between 10-14 years and rangers aged 15 years to 18 years.
3. EMPOWERMENT OF GIRLS IN IT, COMMUNICATION AND FILMING
KGGA partnered with Longman and Pearson foundation to train additional 25 Girl Guides in 13th August to 21st 2010. Girls have been able to produce films on several themes. To date we have 60 girls trained and 10 mentors.
4. GIRL EDUCATION SUPPORT
SAKA Goat Project Sponsored by WAGGGS in North Eastern province. Update report recorded 210 goat and care takers selling milk to meet Girls needs.
5. CREATING CONDUCIVE ENVIRONMENT FOR GIRLS RETENTION IN SCHOOLS
KGGA partnered with America Share/Huru International on Educating Girls on their Reproductive health and good hygiene during their monthly periods. To date KGGA has distributed 1,300 Kits to 40 schools in Nyanza, Rift Valley and Eastern provinces. Currently KGGA has 1,500 to be distributed to identified schools in Nairobi.
6.EMPOWERING YOUTH AND THE COMMUNITY ON SEXUAL OFFENSES ACT
KGGA partnered with a well wisher through Population Council on Gender based Violence where 233 Guide leaders have been trained using the Sexual Offenses Act. They have so far reached out to 24,460 Youth in schools and out of school
KGGA also got 3 trophies to be interred to 2011 competition as well as provided a book “AFRICAN GIRL” to schools in the project and as a KGGA resource material.