An NGO to educate 250 girls who dropped of school due to teen pregnancy in Cheptais district.
By Titus Oteba.
A local non-governmental organization (NGO) in Cheptais district is set to help 250 girls who dropped out of school due to early pregnancy and the biting poverty resume back their studies.
The Community development and sustainability organization working in Mt Elgon and Cheptais districts to sensitize girl child and victims of the Sabaot Land defense force atrocities will cater for the girls education once they are identified after their education was cut short following the SLDF militias command in the area between 2006-08.
Speaking in Cheptais,the organization director Peter Chem said that the organization was touched by the affected girls plight after majority of them turned into maids and harlots to help their families and will pay their full secondary school fees.
“The situation is so sad here in Cheptais after a number of girls dropped out of school due to early pregnancies, they have not received any support from the government because their predicament has not been highlighted by the media, so as an organization we will not relent until the willing girls resume back their studies,” said Chem.
He said that the most affected schools which as experienced the high number of girls dropping out of schools include Chebwek,Chemuses and Chesiro primary schools on the border of Kenya and Uganda where businessmen dealing in coffee smuggling have lured the teens into having sex with them and end up impregnating them.
The director said that the community has also neglected girls who fall pregnant and proceeds with educating the boy-child hence affecting the future of young girls who end up involving themselves in unprotected sex which lead to the high rate of HIV/AIDS prevalence.
“We are planning a walk for a purpose on 8th March to help us raise more funds to educate the young mothers resume their studies because educating the girl-child is to educate the community,” said Chem
He noted that the outdated culture like the Female Genital Mutilation was a hindrance to the girl child education among the Sabaot community and called on the County leaders to be vigilant and deal with those perpetrating the girl’s rights in the community.
The director noted that the Sabaot community was still practicing FGM in secrecy and it affects the lives of the young girls who get married off at an early age without finishing their education.
Mr.Chem also said that they are working on ensuring that the Elgon teak trees which is the hard wood species does not get distinct following the area residents felling them for timber and charcoal.
He said the tree species is getting distinct because people have almost wiped them from the Mt.Elgon forest.
“As an organization we plan to plant over 100,000 Elgon teak trees in Mt Elgon forest, market Centres, schools and in churches to ensure we preserve the species which attracts tourists in this region,” he noted.
The Director noted that they will arrange with the Bungoma County Forest, tourism, environment and Natural resources executive and the Kenya forest service wardens in ensuring that they preserve the environment by planting Elgon teak which is almost being wiped out in the region.
“The Elgon tree species takes more than 30 years to maturity and its one of the best trees for timber and charcoal and that is the reason area residents have almost wiped it out,”said Chem.ENDS