Finding out that you're pregnant while in Primary School is probably one of the most terrifying things that could happen to a girl. While teen pregnancy rates have been on the decline for decades, Kaloleni constituency is still topping the charts in Kilifi County. Dhahabu became a victim at the tender age of 16 years. After staying home for about 2 years as a house wife and being mistreated by her husband, I advised her to go back to school with the help from the Area Elders and Chief after seeing that she showed potential. She went back to school in June of 2017. Her performance has been good despite staying at home for the lengthy period. A well wisher saw the story (18 school girls pregnant) on National media and got so concerned that he got in touch with us and requested to support one of the girls who was willing to go back to school by catering for her education fully, including the necessary materials e.g uniform and books.
Currently the young lady has been promoted to class eight ,due to sit for her Kenya Certificate of Primary Education exam. She is all positive and can't wait to join high school come 2020. Her performance has been impressive and through this she is receiving a lot of support from teacher and fellow students. Despite going through a lot , she has shown resilience and discipline through out her education. She went through a lot before being rescued and thus counts herself lucky as many do not get the opportunity to go back to school and finish their studies. She wants to change the narrative that after giving birth you cannot go back to school and will be championing for girls rights with Smiles of hope.
My prayer as a change maker, i wish to see more girls like her go back to school and transit to higher institutions of learning which gives them more opportunity.