Mentorship & Support in Nyamonye Village, Siaya County

Empowering the Future

In the serene landscapes of Siaya County, Kenya, lies the picturesque lake side town that has become a beacon of empowerment and change. Nyamonye Village, nestled amidst the natural beauty, recently witnessed a heartwarming and transformative mentorship exercise by Mngaro Mtaani that left a profound impact on over 300 teenage girls. This exercise not only provided essential resources but also ignited a spark of hope and inspiration in the hearts of these young minds.

One of the most pressing challenges faced by young girls in many parts of the world, including Nyamonye Village, is the lack of access to proper menstrual hygiene resources. This can lead to not only physical discomfort but also emotional distress and potential barriers to education.These barriers present themselves in form of sexual harassment from boda boda operators, fishermen and herdsmen from the neighouring counties. In an effort to address this issue, a mentorship exercise was organized that aimed not only to provide sanitary towels but also to educate and empower these girls with knowledge and guidance.

“For many girls in rural areas like Nyamonye, access to basic necessities such as sanitary towels can be a challenge. This can often lead to absenteeism from school during menstruation, contributing to educational disparities. Recognizing this issue, a group of dedicated individuals came together to not only address the practical needs of these girls but also to uplift their spirits and provide them with guidance for a brighter future and for that, we are grateful” said the Principal of Pala Primary School Madam…

The event was a collaborative effort between Mngaro Mtaani and Pala Priimary School Administration. It brought together local community leaders, educators, and volunteers who understood the importance of investing in the next generation. The mentorship exercise kicked off with informative sessions that broke down the stigma surrounding menstrual hygiene and educated the girls about their bodies. This knowledge was not only empowering but also crucial for their overall well-being.

“As you navigate the journey of growing up, remember that you have the power to define your boundaries and stand up for what you believe in. Sometimes, societal pressures, media messages, or peer influences might challenge your self-dignity. In a world that might sometimes try to undermine your self-dignity, stand tall and be proud of who you are.” Mngaro Mtaani Founder Samuel Omoll told the girls. However, the event didn’t stop at education and awareness. The girls were provided with sanitary towels, a simple yet immensely impactful gesture. This provision goes beyond just the physical resources—it communicates a message of care, understanding, and support. The girls were reminded that their dreams and aspirations should never be hindered by something as natural as menstruation.

Furthermore, the mentorship exercise included the distribution of stationary, recognizing the significance of education in transforming lives. With access to stationary, these girls are better equipped to engage with their studies, nurture their curiosity, and work towards a brighter future. Education is often the key that unlocks doors to opportunities, and providing stationary is a step towards ensuring that these girls have the tools they need to succeed.

Perhaps the most powerful aspect of the mentorship exercise was the personal interaction between the mentors and the girls. Role models from the community shared their journeys, their struggles, and their triumphs, creating a sense of relatability that bridges gaps and nurtures dreams. The mentors planted seeds of inspiration, showing the girls that they too can rise above challenges and carve their own paths. In the backdrop of Nyamonye Village’s natural beauty, a different kind of beauty emerged—the beauty of collective action, compassion, and the unwavering belief in the potential of every girl. This mentorship exercise illuminated the path for these young minds, reminding them that they are not alone in their journey and that their community stands firmly behind them. As the sun set over the tranquil waters of Siaya County, the mentorship exercise in Nyamonye Village stood as a testament to the ripple effect of empowerment. By addressing immediate needs, providing essential resources, and offering mentorship, a community came together to create lasting change. The future holds promise, and with events like these, it shines even brighter.

Nyamonye Village, Siaya County Gallery.