This #InternationalWomensDay, we have plenty to celebrate…
We know that helping women and girls to unlock their full potential is key to building a brighter future. That’s why this #InternationalWomensWeek we are holding a Facebook Fundraiser to fund 45 women in Kenya to become accredited hair & beauty therapists and grow their own small businesses! And best of all, all donations (up to £500) will be DOUBLED, thanks to two of our dedicated supporters of the Women’s Skills Training.
To see for yourself the difference our skills training courses make, I want to share with you Beth’s story.
20-year-old Beth comes from Tharaka-Nithi County, an extremely challenged part of Eastern Kenya. She is a single mother of two young children, Dylan and Destiny.
Beth is one of the 35 women on our current accredited Hair & Beauty skills training course who have been victims of sexual abuse, domestic violence and forced marriage at a young age.
“I’m happy that this course lets me live a life of peace. With these new skills I can build a good life and pay for a good education for my kids.”
Beth is looking forward to completing the course next month and giving her children the opportunities she never received as a child.
Two long-term supporters of our skills training courses for women in Kenya have personally pledged to match donations to our #InternationalWomensWeek fundraising campaign on Facebook.
There’s no better time to support vulnerable young mothers by giving them opportunities that are otherwise unavailable to them!
We want to work with you to build a gender-equal future for women in Kenya.
Will you donate today to give opportunities to vulnerable young mothers and encourage them as they step away from poverty?
Jacinta was determined to turn her life around and worked hard on the hairdressing course so she could succeed and give her daughter a better life by sending her to a good school. She didn’t want her daughter to be forced into sex work.After graduating in 2017, Jacinta said,
“I had a Primary education, but there was nobody to support me to go to Secondary School or University. I had no choice but to join sex work to earn money. There was no other way I could feed myself, my grandmother, and my 3-year-old daughter. Life in the streets is actually traumatising, we deal with people from all walks of life. When the training course was introduced to me I felt like I was born afresh. I was ready to change my life.”
Four years later, Jacinta has changed her life for the better. She is now self-employed, running a successful salon which offers hair and beauty services to her local community. She gives back to International Peace Initiatives by offering work experience placements to the women and girls who are currently enrolled on our skills training course, and supports local women to move away from commercial sex work.
“There are lots of opportunities for me now, and I can give opportunities to other women and girls. Thanks to the training given by Ecologia and IPI, my daughter now attends the best school in the area – she’s so bright and doing well in lessons”.
Your generosity this #InternationalWomensWeek means so much to vulnerable young mothers in Kenya, like Beth. You make it possible for them to change their lives around for the long-term.
Thank you for doing your part to inspire, empower and change the lives of women and children in Kenya.