Teenage Mothers Project J.K.W

Joy Kanana Waithaka, 17, is a teenager with a healthy one year 10 months old baby boy. Both mother and child reside at Serene Haven Rescue Centre in Nyeri County  Joy is also a Form 4 student at Serene Haven Secondary School, a school that caters for teen mums.

Joy is the second born in a family of four. Their mother died in 2017, making the relatives divide the siblings among themselves.

Florence and her baby are in the in Msichana Shujaa project, a partnership between Kare Foundation and Serene Haven Rescue Centre. Components of the project include teen mums are enabled to go back to school to not only complete their schooling but also pursue their career dreams and placement of the teen mums and their babies with willing relatives. 

The Msichana Shujaa Project offers the full 4 year secondary school education scholarship. It also offers upkeep for the teen mum and her child, psycho-social support like counseling services, medical care, spiritual nourishment and other professional services all geared towards empowering the Team Members. Psycho-social support was in answer to society stigma towards girls giving birth when perceived to be young or in unclear circumstances.

Once done with secondary education, Joy hopes to join a catering college and become a cateress. This would make her be independent in future taking care of herself and her baby and supporting her siblings.

James 1:27

Pure and unblemished religion [as it is expressed in outward acts] in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit and look after the fatherless and the widows in their distress, and to keep oneself uncontaminated by the [secular] world

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