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.
In 2017 ChildsLife started working with the Mobikit. ChildsLife in collaboration with Last Mile4D introduced an innovative technology which allows health workers to reach out to HIV+ women. Using Mobikits, uniquely bundled solar powered backpacks with information communication technology, health workers can now reach every woman at the point of care in the slums, provide medical care and connect women to local clinics. With the introduction of Mobikit within the program many more women and girls can be reached.
ChildsLife has supported over 1800 women through the Live, Learn, Earn HIV mothers programs This means that by helping 1800 mothers, about 9000 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.
Scholarships for girls
ChildsLife offers scholarships, specifically for girls living in extreme poverty in the slums of Kenya. Because of their situation it is not possible for these girls or their parents / guardians to pay the school fees. As a result, a chance of a future without poverty is very limited. The ChildsLife vocational training in the slums of Kibera was established to give young people in the slums a chance to learn a profession. The ChildsLife Vocational Centre was built and is now managed by ChildsLife and has been operating successfully for over five years since 2011. The Centre offers a range of courses such as hairdressing, tailoring, electrical installation and computer courses, etc. All designed to provide the student with the opportunity to either finding a job or setting up their own business. By giving girls a scholarship, you give her a chance for a future without poverty!