I am Annastanzia aka Asya the founder of TEEN Pregnancy Awareness in Kenya (www.teenpregnancyawareness.co.ke). TPA was started in Kangemi slums in Nairobi with the aim of reducing or eradicating teen pregnancy, issues surrounding the same and as much the affected teens to give them hope for a better future. A research around the Country showcased a rise of teen pregnancy recently and we decided to counter the same from the most affected areas which are the slums before we get to the all Country.
TPA reaches out to more than 1500 teenagers yearly as it seeks to empower the teenagers through mentorships, guidance and counseling and to see girls attend school with little or no disturbances brought forth by normal body functions through provision of sanitary towels and mentorship.
We are striving to develop meaningful partnerships to enhance a sustained capacity to collect; purchase and distribute sanitary towels to young needy girls in informal settlements, primary and high schools and children homes, whilst equipping them with life skills that prepare them to participate in life processes with dignity and respect.
Our main goal is to bring together all the stakeholders: teens, parents, clergy, educators, employers and policy makers as well as health and social service providers to ensure the community is an environment where teens can make healthy decisions willingly and advocate nationwide and mobilize communities to prevent teen pregnancy, to increase opportunities for youths and empower the young people to make healthy decisions about relationships, sex and life.
I am personally passionate about girl child but again last year we realized by just sticking to empowering girl child is also a threat to a boy child thus the recent cases of violence and murders in relationships and marriages and we came up with a programme where both the boy child and girl child will benefit.
We believe #ChangeIsPossible