Caroline is a very bright girl. She did her form four last year and she did very well, but she couldnít go to any training to other colleges because her mother is HIV positive. Mum gets very sick very often and since she is a widow her husband died of HIV/AIDS. Carolineís mum works casual jobs when she is out of hospital and the little she gets goes to drugs. So she is unable even to provide Caroline with basic needs.
Caroline is not positive but she knows the state of her mother and it worries her a lot, but she is helped by the school counselor. Caroline is taking a catering course hoping to secure a job to be able to care for her needs and buy drugs for her dear ailing mum.
Lastly, Caroline is in front of CMO Building, the beautiful facility I spoke about in the introduction.
Mary lives in Lunga Lunga Slums, south of Nairobi City. Her parents died of HIV/Aids. She lives with her old and sickly grandmother and her two siblings. The slum is in the worst place of Nairobi, and terrible things happen there. Mary with her grandma are often sexually abused.
The Social Worker rescued her and took her to Rescue Dada Girls Center for six months where she was rehabilitated. She came to CMO and is still undergoing counseling and rehabilitation.
She is doing a sewing course which we hope she will be able to get a simple job to help her and her siblings.
Amah was rescued from an abusive environment. At the age of 13, the poor girl was taking care of her HIV positive mother. The mother died in her hands and this affected her so much. Her elder sisters donít like her. Even when she tried to live with one of them, she was made a slave in the family. The brother-in-law attempted several times to rape her, but she was rescued by a social worker on time.
She was very traumatized by the death of her mother, the bad treatment from her own sister and the attempted rapes by her brother-in-law. When she came to CMO, she started counseling sessions as we were unable handle her. Most of the time she could become hysterical. Now she is much better and happy. By the way, she is making some nice articles already. By the time she finishes the course here she will become assertive and be able to use the skills she is leaning to support herself.
Alice was rescued from early Marriage. At a tender age of 14, Alice was forced to marry a man of 78 years old. A social worker helped her to find her way out of the hostile community that believes a girl child is made for marriage. In her community girls even younger than she are given to marriage to men who are their great-grand-parents. This is a kind of rape and child abuse. She is happy to be with us and doesnít want to remember the ordeal she went through. The counselor is journeying with her and soon she will be healed and gain self-esteem. By the end of two years she will not be able to be employed because she will be under-age, but we will help her to get a sponsor who could donate a sewing machine and little money to start making clothes for sale.
In summary CMO has not changed it original mission and vision, but we are giving more and better skills to help girls secure jobs more easily as life is changing. The skills we taught before were simple because we had girls who could not read or write. With the introduction of free primary education, a few years ago, most of the girls have gone at least to class 8. So we donít now teach writing and reading, but we teach languages Ė English and Kiswahili. The girls we get now are having the same problem as the girls we got earlier.
-Abusive environment (Sex Abuse)
-From slum areas of Nairobi
-Rescued from abusive environment child abuse
-Grade 8 class- eight
-Form 4 who have lost hope in life.
If we donít do some empowering on them, they will be the mothers of slum children, unwanted pregnancies, HIV/Aids will spread. So we will continue to empower these girls but on a higher level; that is give them adequate skill training so that they can be economically stable and cope with current challenges in the society.
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