IT WAS JUST A BEND NOT AN ENDadmin
Nine of our rescued young mothers in Nairobi finally graduated!. This journey started back in 23 Oct 2017 after it was reported on National TV the full extent of Teenage pregnancy cases in Kilifi County, we at smiles of hope found it really disturbing and decided to play our part. We organized for a community dialogue regarding 18 pregnant school girls in Kaloleni Constituency and came up with a Child rights affairs committee, through this committee four young mothers were able to be rescued from forced child marriage. Three of them went on vocational training at the Single mothers Association of Kenya, a two-year program designed to let them be economical independent. The 1st year they sat for NITA grade test 3 and all passed, in the 2nd year they all sat for KCPE and the highest scored 268marks this is after staying at home for 3yrs taking care of the young one and one went back to school in class seven and she sat for her KCPE this year and scored 268marks, plans of her joining high school are taking shape the six others all have their individual inspiring rescue stories that we will continue to share in our later posts. We did this program in collaboration with a social worker, Area chief, Area MCA and area MP who all gave the much-needed support. We appreciate also the support from Mary Lynas and all who made it a success. We will not tire, we will go back out there to spread hope and try to bring back smiles to this bleak situation afflicting our beautiful Kilifi County and Kenya as a whole.
The main causes of early child marriage in our community are parental negligence, teen pregnancy, poverty, lack of education and general moral decay.