A women group in Narok West Sub County is training young outreach scouts; girls who will educate their peers on how to live a healthy productive life.
The Naaisisho Women Group near the world famous Maasai Mara Game reserve is doing online training for over 50 girls who will move in 12 villages in the area to educate their age mates on health and sexual matters.
The Group Chairlady, Ms. Mary Silantoi said they decided to use the young girls to train their peers since they will act as role models and can easily mentor their age mates.
“Some messages are better told by children who share many things with their age mates. We expect this to reduce cases of defilement among the children,” he said.
Speaking in Aitong trading centre on Sunday, Ms Silantoi said the children were also taught the basics of how to stay safe from the new global pandemic, Covid-19.
The women group of 12 women also distributed free sanitary towels for vulnerable girls across the sub county.
Silantoi who is also a volunteer social worker with the Children’s Department in the county noted that during this COVID-19 pandemic the women will be moving in the villages to distribute more sanitary towels.
“In addition we are providing awareness to the girls on key matters concerning them including menstrual awareness and personal hygiene,” continued Ms. Silantoi.
Daniel Ole Taki, the Assistant Chief, Aaitong Central Narok West who is working closely with the women said time was up for the Maasai community to embrace education of the girlchild for a better society.
Elizabeth Korio and Hilda Soiyan both from Aaitong Boarding Primary School could not hide their joy as they thanked the women for the sanitary support and the training.
“We will share with our colleagues back in the village what we have learnt. We are grateful for such educational forums,” said Ms. Korio.
Naaisisho Women group is a non-profit organisation that works to support the livelihood of people living near the world famous Maasai Mara game reserve.
The women group distributed 65 cartons of sanitary towels, 50 bags of rice, 100 bundles of Maize flour, 1000 pieces of facemasks, 50 cartons of porridge flour, 10 bags of beans, 50 cartons of bar soap and 100 cartons of cooking oil in addition to training 20 outreach scouts on COVID 19.
By Ann Salaton