The Girl Child and Women Empowerment programme has two components:
- Girl Child Education
- Capacity Building and Empowerment of Women
The goal of the project is to advocate for girl child education in the Maasai community in order to change their position and condition in the community through protection from harmful cultural practices and for them to access equal opportunity in terms of education.
To strengthen economic capacity of existing women group for sustainable development of women empowerment in the target area.
The purpose is to enhance girls’ education through capacity building in 39 schools of Ewuaso Division of Kajiado district and to improved the livelihood of the Maasai women among the existing groups.
This project seeks to:
- Advocate for the improvement of girl child enrolment in schools in the focus area and influence high retention of the girl child in schools.
So far this project has been quite successful, with hope for even greater results in future.
MPIDO works closely together with the school committees, Ministry of Education, local leader and the entire community for organizing for annual examinations for the schools for pupils in classes’ four to eight. The results of this exam are used to reward both girls and boys, teachers, schools and communities that excel in a motivation ceremony held every year with aim of strengthen and improve performance among schools in the area.
MPIDO also works with volunteer teachers in each of the schools to provide guidance and counseling for the adolescent girls and boys in the schools. Through this project, MPIDO seeks to discourage harmful cultural/traditional practices e.g. early marriages and FGM through awareness creation, to both the community and the schools
The project also seeks to promote the participation of women in development initiatives
this has been possible by:
- Provision and supporting their training needs in subjects that enhance their entrepreneurial skills. These have included training of local women groups on leadership and group dynamics, micro entrepreneurship, fattening of steers (livestock) for profit making and linking the women with Women Enterprise Funds (WEF) in order to uplift their business and improved standard at their house hold level.
- To build the capacity of women and youth to effectively participated and engage in development activities as provided by the Kenya New Constitution