A good percentage of girls in the rural areas drop out of school and are forced to take up family roles. Women Social Welfare Association-Africa targets these women and girls to implement programs focused in providing services, information and resources required for creating income-generating ventures. This also involves supporting children and dependent care.
The project gives some of these girls an opportunity to take care of their children while earning a living through activities like knitting, stitching, weaving, embroidery, bakery and flour milling, petty shops, small-scale commercial farming, food preparation and preservation.
Women ACTS-Africa applies the ‘beneficiary builder’ model to sustain its operations. Initial groups are trained at cost while preceding beneficiaries volunteer to provide training to the incoming beneficiaries helping in the establishment of long-term relationships among the beneficiaries.
I am the Publicity Secretary of the Women Social Welfare Association of my University in the Greenhorn Mentorship Program. This seeks to empower youths all over East Africa. My dynamism and innovativeness has enabled me to come up with ideas and put them to practice.I have always been ambitious and having had good mentors gives me a natural desire to see others succeed. I was well guided and advised and it is now my turn to do the same.
My family has been very supportive. I learnt from my late mother’s experience the need to live for a purpose. She is the inspiration behind Women ACTS-Africa. As we grew up in a in a rural set up we observed the limited access women and the girl child have to education and information, their lower decision-making power and restricted mobility. Thus, they are shy towards political participation.
Other programs include a life-skills development center, helping people engage skills necessary for self-employment, Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Prevention Programs, monthly integrated community outreach programs to children homes, hospitals, municipal cleaning, tree planting, guidance and counselling of younger girls plus a holistic and multi-disciplinarian approach to strengthen the capacity of families and communities to care and protect their orphans and vulnerable children.
Among the challenges that I have faced include dealing with people from different backgrounds and getting a continued source of funding for our projects. These has helped me understand and value human diversifications.
My dream is to see a world that responds to women as equal beings. Where women have the freedom to live up to their dreams without fear of violence or discrimination.
Lydiah is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Commerce in the University of Nairobi having done CPA in Strathmore University.