This outreach was the fourth of the series this year. It was held in Takaungu primary school. The girls and one of their teachers were present for the discussion, as required by the school. This was the second in a rural setting. Promise Hill Project distributed food, one weeks worth of underwear per girl and period products.
The girls were jovial and participated a lot. Most of them were from very poor homes. They didn’t have access to television or phones, therefore our lines of discussion were more towards rural setting challenges. The discussion began with an introduction of 15 participants who were between the ages of 12-15years. The activity had been planned keeping in mind the weather was rainy and cold, therefore sufficient indoor exercises had been prepared. Methodology used included plenary discussions, enacting scenarios and practical trials of skills like breathing, decision making etc.
There are always those who really enjoy the sessions and learn the most and there are those few who do not grasp the concept until towards the end of the discussion. The more rural we go, the more creative we have to be in getting the girls to talk about their emotions, which is not encouraged generally in the rural African cultures, especially towards women and girls. Mental health issues begin with opening up to self and others about ones feelings and experiences, and speaking up about fears, traumas and areas one may need help to navigate.
The outreach titled above was the third of the series this year. This was the first to be done in a rural setting. Participants were between the ages of 12-18years old. The venue of the outreach was BUSTANI BORA primary school in Tezo, Kilifi.
As always, Promise Hill Project provided participants with plenty of fresh mango fruit juice, drinking water and lunch which consisted of chips and sausages; keeping their energy up!
The session was made interesting by use of practical exercises from the handout. The girls learned breathing exercises to help with dealing with emotions like anxiety, fear and anger. They also had the feeling meter exercise- where one holds the ball and says how they feel ‘today’ and can share why or choose not to.
Participants were then given tasks to do over the next four weeks and to fill out the handout while they self-search. Some of the tasks included:
The outreach event was the second of the series of 6 this year. This event focused on girls only and aimed to discuss issues pertinent to girl’s mental health in relation to all aspects of their lives. This outreach incorporated use of IEC (Information, Education and Communication) material for further personal study.
The discussion began with an introduction of all 12 participants, who all were between the ages of 13-15 years old. The venue of the outreach was Baharini primary school. The session was full of laughter, giggles and jokes- making for good facilitation.
Topics covered included:
SELF AWARENESS: Self-awareness is the ability to monitor your own emotions and reactions. It allows you to know your strengths, weaknesses, triggers, motivators and other characteristics. Being self-aware means that you take a deeper look at your emotions, why you feel a certain way, and how your sentiments could turn into reactions.
SELF CONCEPT: Your perception of you….thoughts. Our thoughts are tied to our emotions. We must first understand our thoughts and thought processes, feelings and body.
PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT: It consists of activities and goals contributed to personal development.
SOCIAL AWARENESS: The ability to understand the perspective of and empathize with others, including those from diverse backgrounds and cultures.
The fourth of a series of a 5 month feeding program sponsored by Promise Hill Project took place in October. The economy in Kenya, as with other countries, has taken a drastic decline since the pandemic. We are grateful to be able to assist those in need in Kenya, as well as the United States and India, with the very basic needs of life. With the fourth event, 12,280 meals have been served.
“A great number of people in Kenya are living hand to mouth. This feeding program has brought light and joy from the Lord to you, my dear sister Lisa, and to all of Promise Hill.”
Quote from Felicia, Great Genius School Director
This was the third of a series of a 5 month feeding program sponsored by Promise Hill Project. Thru serving 307 students and staff at the Great Genius School, we are able to provide healthy meals for both breakfast and lunch for one solid week, totaling 3070 meals.
“You don’t know how I have cried with happiness to receive the thanks from the pupils…they never expected this and when they approach me, smiling and saying thanks, I just shed tears. Glory to God and to Promise Hill. I lack the words, but He is faithful.”
Quote from Felicia, Great Genius School Director
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