Letting girls achieve their full potential

Elizabeth Ziro
Posted December 30, 2019 from Kenya

Nine of our rescued young mothers finally graduated!. This journey started back in 23 Oct 2017 after it was reported on National TV the full extent of Teenage pregnancy cases in Kilifi County, we at Smiles of hope found it really disturbing and decided to play our part. We organized for a community dialogue regarding 18 pregnant schoolgirls and came up with a Child rights affairs committee, through this committee four young mothers were able to be rescued from forced child marriage. Three of them went on vocational training a two-year program(Kadzo and Dhahabu  are one of them,I once shared their stories in here). The 1st year they sat for NITA grade test 3 and all passed, in the 2nd year they all sat for KCPE and the highest scored 268marks out of the possible 500marks this is after staying at home for 3yrs taking care of the young one and one went back to school in class seven and she sat for her KCPE this year and scored 268marks, plans of her joining high school are taking shape the 5 others all have their individual inspiring rescue stories. We will not tire, we will go back out there to spread hope and try to bring back smiles to this bleak situation afflicting our beautiful Kilifi County and Kenya as a whole. They are going to be our ambassadors, they are going to motivate fellow girls on different platforms both in school and in the community. We believe in peer to peer motivation. The main causes of early child marriage in our community are parental negligence, teen pregnancy, poverty, lack of education and general moral decay.

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Anita Shrestha
Dec 30, 2019
Dec 30, 2019

Wow dear

Elizabeth Ziro
Dec 30, 2019
Dec 30, 2019

Yes Anita, Don't they look great?

Lisbeth
Jan 01
Jan 01

Dear Liii...zy :-),
What a smile you have brought on their faces. Amazing! I hope you achieve much greater heights in 2020. I hope you are all doing well? I am yet thinking about your magazine face invite :-). Will surely get back to you on that.
Take care
Regards
Lizzy

Elizabeth Ziro
Jan 01
Jan 01

Namesake I'm so proud of them. I am glad to be part of their transformation towards life and economic freedom.
Take your time, I look forward to you being featured.

Warm regards

Lisbeth
Jan 01
Jan 01

That is the passion. Keep it up. Oh yeah, will we get the magazine in Ghana? I am not sure about that?

Jill Langhus
Jan 01
Jan 01

Hello Dear Liz,

How are you doing? I hope you're feeling even stronger/better today? What a great update and lovely photos! Yay! I'm looking forward to seeing the next update on the next group of girls that you'll help:-)

Happy New Year!

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Elizabeth Ziro
Jan 01
Jan 01

Hallo Jill,
I'm much stronger today, thank you. The girls did me proud, they give me the energy and morale to carry on lol
Haha keep it right here for more updates.
Happy New Year

Jill Langhus
Jan 01
Jan 01

Yay... she's back!! :-) You're welcome!

Awesome to hear!

Thank you!

XX

Elizabeth Ziro
Jan 04
Jan 04

Thank you Jill.
Its lovely to be in here reading inspiring stories from the entire globe and networking. The best platform so far.

Jill Langhus
Jan 06
Jan 06

You're welcome!

Yes!!

XX

lizzymark
Jan 02
Jan 02

I agree with you name sake,if only parent pay more attention to children and give them the time they need with them our African society will have at least a 50% off,of teenage fall out. Poverty and illiteracy will be a little more easy to handle and we can have a 70-80% teenage pregnancy solved and a better Africa. Great job you do keep on and I hope these mothers find their way through. Weldon

Elizabeth Ziro
Jan 04
Jan 04

Our ultimate goal is to see girls succeed. We have put for all the girls a nice exit plan, hopefully, this year everyone got a chance to work and save enough to start their own businesses and empower fellow girls in the village/community.
Warm regards Liz

Hello, Elizabeth,

Wow! Nine graduates! Congratulations to you all! They look so great on the photos.

I feel proud of this accomplishment and success! Thank you for sharing this great news with us, dear sister.

Happy New Year!

Elizabeth Ziro
Jan 04
Jan 04

Yes Karen! Nine is the number, we are rescuing one girl at a time. We are going to use them as ambassadors. Their inspiring stories will motivate other young mothers in the village to go back to school and find for economic freedom etc
Do have a fantastic year 2020 dear one

Yes, dear. It will trult be like a snowball effect from nine graduates, more will be inspired to undergo the training as well.

Things are looking great this 2020! Have a great day, dear!

Elizabeth Ziro
Jan 05
Jan 05

I'm so happy to have played a part in their lives.
Great week ahead!

I believe they feel blessed that you touched theirs, too. You, too!