Kibera is Nairobi and Africa's largest slum. Most of Kibera’s residents live in extreme poverty on under $1 per day and adolescent girls and young women face challenges in their education, sexual health and careers, as well as gender-based violence. They are exposed to unsafe sex, unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases including HIV. The lack of economic resources and agency increases dependency within sexual relationships, making negotiation for safer sex practices difficult. In the long term, this leads to increased rates of school dropout and poverty.
ABOUT THE PROJECT
The BIC Corporate Foundation supports three initiatives with Carolina for Kibera:
Angaza: Secondary school education scholarships for girls to develop leadership skills through mentorship, counseling, life skills development, tutoring and career panels.
ICT training: Basic training in computer skills, graphic and web design and soft skills and personal development.
Binti Pamoja Program (women's empowerment program): A program that develops personal leadership and builds confidence through photography, drama and dance. The program also mentors and empowers girls with sexual and reproductive health education, as well as other critical training and life skills.
IN THEIR OWN WORDS
“They taught me so many things beside graphic and web design - entrepreneurship, life skills, and sexual and reproductive health. The program has changed me so much, and helped me be able to face the world without fear. After I got my diploma, I interned at a company called Crablinks Interactive, and now I also do some freelance work. Thank you, Carolina for Kibera, for equipping me with the skills that I needed to be where I am today."