Investing in Women and Girls
Women produce half the world’s food, put in two-thirds of the world’s working hours, and yet make only 10 percent of the world’s income! That’s why women and girls are at the heart of ChildsLife community-based efforts.
Recognizing that women and girls suffer disproportionately from poverty, ChildsLife focuses on improving basic education, increasing access to clean water and expanding economic opportunity through business grants and micro-loans. Empowered women contribute to the health and productivity of whole families and communities, and are therefore key to reducing poverty.
ChildsLife Live, Learn, Earn Program
The goal of the ChildsLife Live, Learn, Earn (LLE) program is to create a future for women who thought they no longer had a future. In the unique program, ChildsLife strengthens HIV mothers in Kenyan slums with social support, medical care, counselling and business skills training. Upon successful completion of the program the women receive a micro credit, allowing them to start their own business. ChildsLife has supported over 1200 women through the Live, Learn, Earn HIV mothers programs This means that by helping 1200 mothers, about 6000 children are given a chance to a better future.
Oloyiankalani Secondary School and dormitory
Traditional lifestyles are changing for the Maasai and education is key to bringing that change. Still for many Maasai girls education is not accessible and only 48 percent of girls enrol in primary school, and only 5 percent reach secondary school level. For more than 15 years, ChildsLife has worked with Maasai communities to bring change. Oloyiankalani Secondary School and dormitory lies in the middle of remote Maasai land in Kajiado district. The school was built by ChildsLife in 2008. The school now provides education to 200 girls and adult education for women.
Women’s Education for Maasai
In its early days, ChildsLife’s main focus was on making education accessible to children until a number of enthusiastic mothers approached the tribal elders to ask permission to also attend school. In April 2003 began support, at the request of the tribal elders, for the first adult literacy program, to teach the parents to read, write, and to learn to speak English. These women started to realise what a great impact education brings to their lives and wanted to be able to keep up with their children’s education. Both the parents and children are most eager to learn!
First Step in Life
Child abandonment in hospitals is a vast problem in the rural areas of Romania. To counter this problem, the ChildsLife baby program First Step in Life was launched in cooperation with Romanian Child Protection offices and local maternity wards in 2009. First Step in Life ensures that women about to give birth in hospital are consulted by a social worker and receive the necessary maternity products. With this early warning system, families in need of social assistance are identified and supported on time. This unique program has proven very successful and has supported over 3000 mothers to date. In 2014 ChildsLife First Step in Life program was granted a unique award by the mayor of the city of Barlad in Romania.
Mchanganyiko women’s group
The Mchanganyiko women’s group was set up through sustainable development support of ChildsLife. To deploy this successful initiative, ChildsLife equipped the group with the necessary buildings, materials, furniture and a water tank. The Mchanganyiko women’s group has run successfully for 18 years and the women are able to generate their own income by renting out rooms for meetings, selling water and soft drinks. It also provides a kindergarten for forty children between 3- 6 years, which in turn gives other mothers the chance to work while their children are safe and receive an education.