Youth of The Month – Irine and Sheila 

Irine Jepkirui (far left) and Sheila Cherono (middle)

This month’s edition of Arise Nandi’s Youth of The Month features two ladies who have rolled up their sleeves to curb teenage pregnancies and underaged marriages. The rise of this manace has seen many school going girls drop out of their education system challenging the nation’s wholesome development.

The high number of cases have been attributed to poverty, rape, peer pressure, fear of – and inadequate sex education, alcohol and substance abuse.

Irine Jepkurui and Sheila Cherono started a Sex Education program in Chesuwe. What inspired them to start the program was when they “visited Chesuwe High School for a motivational talk and realised that most questions they (students) asked were about sex, pregnancy, marriage.” Says Cherono.

This program usually runs on Sunday afternoons and attending girls gather in a classroom. It also include non-schooling girls from the village, school dropouts, and girls from different secondary day-schools that are home on the weekend.
Two Schools

Henry Kosgey Kibukwo in Tindiret and Chesuwe High school in Nandi Hills have benefited from the program.

Their plan is to continue empowering the girl-child  in more areas in Nandi, and a plan is currently underway for distributing sanitary towels.

“We do this because girls are the most vulnerable group”, they said.

Irine and Sheila are members of a registered Community Based Organization, RIFYE. Rural Initiative For Youth Empowerment was relaunched recently in Nandi Hills and there are upcoming programs including celebrating with the needy people in the community by donating personal and household items to deserving people. If you’ve good clothes that are no longer fitting, unused valuables and other gifts, and you feel to impact upon another person, kindly contact us for more direction.

Taking photo after sex education


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