In the year 1992, it became clear that an intervention had to be found in order to better serve the underserved girls and young mothers hence the formation of Teenage Mothers and Girls Development Group popularly known as TEMAK as a community based organization.
The following areas of intervention therefore emerged from the focus group discussions and interactions with the girls and young mothers:
1.Vocational skill training
2. Reproductive health services.
3. Medical services
4. Social support and care.
6.Spiritual and Psychosocial support
7. Business education
8. Economic empowerment
9. Skills Upgrade and development
10. Talent development
A Nation free of teen pregnancies and HIV infections among empowered vulnerable girls and young women.
A program working against teenage pregnancy and subsequent Rehabilitation and economic empowerment of girls and young mothers through Vocational training, education, health, and social support and providing holistic and integrated support in agreement with its popular name, “THE CITY OF HOPE”.
We target young mothers and girls who are; Teenage mothers, Adolescent girls living with HIV, house maids, young widows with AIDS, Sex workers, street girls, orphaned and vulnerable girls, school drop outs and those already in informal employment or self-business
SKILL TRAINING AND EMPOWERMENT
We implement vocational training program that offers the following three to six months courses;-
- Fashion and Design
- Hairdressing & beauty
- Tailoring and Dressmaking
- Art and crafts
- Hospitality and management
- Bakery and Pastries
- Food and beverage
- Interior decoration
- Music and Musical instruments
- Events Management
- Electrical installation
- Interior de
- Interior decoration (Construction)
- Interior deco( Fabrics)
- Motor Mechanic
- Sign writing
- Handmade Crafts
- Hospitality and management
REHABILITATION AND TRAINING CENTRE
The Centre has the capacity to train up to 150 youths in courses outlined above within 3 to Six months. It is good to note that in the last 7 years, vulnerable and creative boys too have been incorporated in the program.
THE HEALTH CARE PROGRAM
We also provide general health services in its clinic which include HIV testing and counseling services.
SCHOOL FEES PROGRAM.
Support in terms of fees is sought from friends and well-wishers to enable the girls and boys train in various skills while Scholarship for girls to return to school are provided, when funds are available. Girls whose desire is to go back to school have been taken back to school with great success, some proceeding to colleges and local universities.
We also provide social care and support through home visits, provision of basic needs like clothes, food scholastic materials etc.to our target group as and when available and consult and work closely with CBOs, Government departments, parents or guardians and community as an effort to help the youth cope with and fit into their social atmosphere with minimal calamities
SPIRITUAL PSYCHOLOGICAL GUIDANCE
TEMAK offers an interdenominational environment to all its target group. This makes each one of them fit in well and practice their faith as they train in various skills. A morning devotion and other spiritual programs are tailored to suit the students’ needs.
WORK FORCE DEVELOPMENT
Entrepreneurship is taught as a subject to all the trainees hence giving them a very good opportunity to have business knowledge. During and after the training, effort are made to connect the girls to small enterprises, micro finances or groups where they can get finance to start up or boost their businesses. The organization is also in touch with several employers whom we ask for placement and employment of our students with high rate of success.
Since all students are taught Computer as a compulsory package, they can sell and market online the products or services they offer hence increasing their chances of employment or business opportunities.
We identify young girls and women who have either started their own businesses or employed in the formal or informal sectors but have no skills or partly skilled in what they are doing or have been employed to do. In most cases they earn very little because they are not skilled and are assumed to be on training by the employers. If in their own businesses, they lose lots of opportunities for business due to lack of skills or expertise in certain areas.
Once identified, we train the young women and girls in the areas they lack skills in a 1-3 months period hence sharpening their skills for better services in the areas trained in, therefore being able to do better business or be better employees who can bargain for a better pay since we help them get certification by NITA or TVET as per relevant skills acquired. This gap in skills is the main contributing factor to frustration at work place leading to youths especially women losing jobs or giving up businesses since the need to earn an income is always a push factor to engagement in employment or starting of a business without the needed skills.
Since this category of youth normally lose their pay for the days in training, a small stipend is normally given to them as compensation for the lost income during training. It has also been observed that even the normal entry girls and young mothers need small financial support during training since one of the main reasons for drop out is financial stress due to their various needs.
The success of the vocational training programs has been attributed to many factors some of which are highlighted here;
- A safe house (hostels) is provided in the compound where girls and young mothers with serious shelter needs and security can stay while training.
- Lunch is provided to all students at the center. Even though the students are normally required to contribute a small fee, this is normally never the case since many of them come from very poor backgrounds.
- Provision of insurance cover during industrial attachment which many companies and businesses demand eases pressure on the students during their attachment. We normally go out of our way to support those who cannot manage the insurance fee.
- Friendly and advice centered clinic and medical facility which understands the needs and demands of the young women and girls.
- Talent nurturing and involvement of staff in the students overall life creates a friendly atmosphere where issues can be solved or sorted out before they get out of hand
- Spiritual nourishment and counseling that the girls receive.
We carry out very successful Orphaned and Vulnerable Children’s (OVC) program which identified 7,230 vulnerable children, among them 580 being HIV positive.
The children’s Viral load is checked, school fees paid, treatment offered, scholastic materials given for those in school, referrals are done, caregivers are trained and empowered, food is provided where needed, cash transfer to poor families implemented, Household economic activities are carried out with the family in order to increase economic stability of the household to care and protect OVCs. Other activities that we carry out include;-
- Conduct sensitization meeting to CHV on HIV related issues (PSS, adherence, disclosure, stigma & discrimination)
- Conduct sensitization meetings to Care givers on HIV related issues (PSS, Adherence, disclosure, stigma & discrimination through care giver forums
- Conduct support supervision to ensure OVC get quality services
- Provide integrated HIV testing during OVC station days on quarterly.
- Support formation of children clubs.
- Conduct station days to reach OVC and caregivers.
- Engage HTS providers for to test and give HIV results to OVC and their caregivers.
- Enroll highly vulnerable HH into NHIF scheme and pay for their monthly premiums.
- Build the capacity of CHVs to conduct regular nutritional assessment (MUAC screening).
- Support House Holds to establish at least nutritional garden (homestead garden).
- Support community-based support groups to hold monthly meetings.
- Ensure formation of support groups for all identified HIV+ adolescents and support them to meet monthly.
- Participate in facility multi-disciplinary team meetings to discuss on OVC with high viral load.
- Conduct weekly case conferencing meetings to discuss on OVC with high viral load, their case plans, interventions & follow up actions for viral load suppression
- Develop case plans for all OVC with high viral load, conduct weekly home visits, tracking their process towards achievement of viral load suppression.
- Conduct school visits for OVC in boarding schools to follow up on their treatment progress and PSS support.
COMMUNITY WATER PROJECT
TEMAK implements community rural water and sanitation program which has managed to supply borehole water to two schools and one community water point including several water tanks to poor rural communities.
REHABILITATION AND CONSTRUCTION OF RURAL SCHOOLS
We have assisted in building of 4 rural schools which had mud walls or no buildings at all and equipped them for children to get an education
SCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAM
TEMAK provides lunch for orphan children in 3 Primary schools. This is a boost to orphan children who cannot afford a meal to keep them active in class.
WIDOWS SHELTER PROJECT
Shelter for rural widows and other community projects has been achieved through very successful volunteer placement programs where 62 widows to date have been built for permanent or semi-permanent housing. Some of the widows have been affected by natural calamities mainly floods hence the housing support.
(City of Hope 100,000 masks to Women and Young Mothers.)
We have championed the making of cotton masks during the Covi-19 pandemic and distributed over 85,000 masks to young mothers and vulnerable households. The provision of sanitizers, soap and food has been going on during the Covid-19 period.in the slums of Kisumu and rural villages in Kisumu County.
HELP SOMEONE, DONATE TODAY
Your donations are the lifeblood of TEMAK. Everything we do is thanks to your generosity. During the COVID19 outbreak your donation will be used to fund our face mask “City of Hope Mask” project. Every $25 will fund the production (by young women who finished TEMAK training and are supporting themselves and their families), the distribution of 25 masks and food to some of the poorest areas of Kenya , and education in how to stay safe.
Donations will appear on your statement as “City of Hope.”
Providing 100,000 Free Face Mask to Kenyans
Programmes & Services
Our Stay Safe Mask Project is just one example of a special project with a goal of providing 100,000 free masks to vulnerable Kenyans, while training and providing income to young women and single mothers.
We are proud of our City of Hope facility in Kisumu, Kenya. Where young mothers receive vocational training, spiritual guidance and support.
We believe in equipping young women and single mothers with the skills they need to sustain an empowered life. Our training programs include seamstress skills, hair dressing and computer literacy.
What Your Donation Means!
A $25 Donation
Provides 25 Face Masks to Kenyans living in slums. ― Living conditions in slums such as Obunga and Nyawita in Western Kenya are perfect breeding grounds for COVID19. Masks are the only protection, however, they are neither available nor affordable.
TEMAK has been providing services to support the community for more than 25 years. Your recurring donation will enable the organization to continue its work of helping lift young women in these communities as well as their families from a life of poverty and hopelessness.
Thank You for helping TEMAK Produce & Distribute Free Masks