GIFTING SMILES TO GIRLS IN KILIFI COUNTY

ELIZABETH ZIRO
Posted April 8, 2019 from Kenya

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.

#endteenpreg 

#keepgirlsinsch 

#endchildmarriage

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Corine Milano
Apr 08
Apr 08

Elizabeth, thank you for sharing your story and for all the work you are doing and the support you are providing to girls in your community.

It's great to meet you and to have you as a part of World Pulse!

ELIZABETH ZIRO
Apr 09
Apr 09

Thank you Corine, I am truely humbled.

Jill Langhus
Apr 09
Apr 09

Hi Elizabeth,

Welcome to World Pulse:-) Thanks for sharing your inspiring story, photo and a snapshot of some of the work you do. I'm looking forward to hearing more about your organization's work and initiatives as well learning more about you, too. Do you have a website and or social media page(s) for us to follow?

Hope you're having a great day, and week:-)

ELIZABETH ZIRO
Apr 09
Apr 09

Appreciated jlanghus. My week is overwhelmed but i am not complaining.

You can follow me and my work on
hhhts://www.smilesofhopekenya.org
facebook page: SMILES OF HOPE KENYA
ELIZABETH ZIRO

Jill Langhus
Apr 10
Apr 10

You're welcome, dear. Glad to hear you're doing well.

Thanks for the link/resources. I'm following your NGO now.

Hope you have a great, rest of the week!

ELIZABETH ZIRO
Apr 10
Apr 10

Much gratitide.

Jill Langhus
Apr 10
Apr 10

:-)

Tamarack Verrall
Apr 09
Apr 09

Hi Elizabeth,
I love this photo, and I love this story! It is so clear that you are spreading empowerment to these girls. And big congratulations to Dhahabu. She is paving a path of inspiration for others. Welcome to World Pulse!

ELIZABETH ZIRO
Apr 10
Apr 10

Heartfelt appreciation Tamarack, i also like the fact that she is determined to change the narrative hence encourage other girls to focus in education.

JessicaK
Apr 09
Apr 09

completely agreed with you.

ELIZABETH ZIRO
Apr 10
Apr 10

Thank you JessicaK

Seka
Apr 12
Apr 12

Hi Elisabeth, it's a good idea to want to be a factor of change in your community. Certainly we must encourage these girls to go back to school because sometimes they become pregnant by acciden

ELIZABETH ZIRO
Apr 12
Apr 12

Yes dear, they need love and encouragement. They need someone to give them a second chance, someone to tell them, its just a bend and not the end.

Seka
Apr 12
Apr 12

Hi Elisabeth, it's a good idea to want to be a factor of change in your community. Certainly we must encourage these girls to go back to school because sometimes they become pregnant by accident and ignorance. They require knowledge of sex education which is still a taboo subject in Africa.
Thank you for the good work.
Seka

ELIZABETH ZIRO
Apr 12
Apr 12

Thank you Seka for the positive feedback. We know the excitement that comes at adolescent stage and the taboo in Africa, that only the grandma can talk to girls about sex and what comes with it. My desire is to reduce the number of teenage pregnancy and take it to zero% early child marriages.

Seka
Apr 15
Apr 15

Hi Lisa
I also think that you can talk to them about salvation that can help them overcome all these temptations. They will learn the truth that will free them. Thank you for the work my dear.

ELIZABETH ZIRO
Apr 15
Apr 15

Thank you for the positive feedback Seka, we will incorporate that in our program. I am sure it will help a lot. Remain blessed

Amonge
Apr 12
Apr 12

May God continue bless your hard work, keep on with the spirit of helping these young girls I know they have such a privilege to have you in their lives,teenage pregnancies, and early marriages are so rampant in our country and am so inspired by your work. On leading these young girls towards the grates thing which is education, when a girl is educated then her future is promising.
Amonge

ELIZABETH ZIRO
Apr 12
Apr 12

Thank you for the encouragement and moral support support. The Kenya education system doesn't have Sex education in the curriculum hence our girls do not have adequate information and this leads them to making mistakes. My vision is to reduce the number or teenage pregnancy and child marriage one at a time.

Amonge
Apr 12
Apr 12

It is possible,sex education is important in schools, the government maibe feels it's too early to start educating the learners in high school and primary schools. But the sooner they start the better .what if we start a movement on sex education we can approach schools once in a while then educate them on sex. It starts with us. Am in kisumu.

ELIZABETH ZIRO
Apr 13
Apr 13

Good go! i agree, we in Kilifi do the same. We are not yet much into Sex Education but we do Reproductive Health talks and relationships, we do this by visiting both primary and secondary school mentoring both the boy and the girl child because we realized it takes two to tangle. We restore hope to the bright needy students by support to access for funding for education, securing scholarships and call for support from well wishers to support those transiting to higher learning institutions in this we are able to keep girls in school and achieve their dreams, we collect sanitary pads and donate to those who cannot afford to buy to stop absenteeism due to lack of sanitary pads which is a nightmare to many of our girls many who get into traps of engaging in commercial sex in order to buy such basic needs.

Diversitylewes
Apr 12
Apr 12

In order as to create awareness on this menace more sexual health education needs to be provided by the curriculum and local authorities.
Innovative ideas are paramount in bringing an end to this!!

ELIZABETH ZIRO
Apr 13
Apr 13

Absolutely, adolescent girls are not prone to making mistakes if they are guided. Thank you for following me.

ebuetse stella
Apr 16
Apr 16

Thank you so much Sister for the great job you are doing.
I was recently in my village recently and was so sad to learn that ten girls drop out of school due to pregnancy!
More night this term. That is so worrisome.
May God empower you to do more!

ELIZABETH ZIRO
Apr 16
Apr 16

Thank you Stella, we cannot do great things but we can do small things with great love. My passion is to see girls succeed. I take a day at a time. Girls do face a lot of challenges and it takes a determined person to champion for their rights, the situation at your village is worrisome indeed, i hope you can do something and get them back to school.