New Binti Pamoja Center triples space for Girls October 4, 2017 by Krista Park Berry
Across the world, and especially in Kibera, adolescent girls are marginalized and more vulnerable than boys. In addition to struggling with extreme poverty on a daily basis, girls often face hardships like early marriage, sexual violence, and female genital mutilation from a very young age.
What is more alarming is that less than 1% of girls in Kibera have access to a girls-only program. Giving girls a safe space, both physical and emotional, in which to express themselves is crucial to helping them escape poverty and leverage important opportunities.
With this idea in mind, we are so excited to announce that construction is complete on the brand new center for our Binti Pamoja program. Tripling the space of the current program site, the new building features a conference center, a space for a computer lab, a kitchen with dining area and a number of staff and volunteer office spaces. Our 3-story center, a first of of its kind in Kibera, is for the girls of Kibera, providing them with a permanent space to call their own.
Now that the roof has been raised, we are looking our partners and our supporters to help us outfit the new center. Kitchen appliances, furniture, telecommunication equipment, computers and software, office supplies, landscaping – you name it. We need it.
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About Binti Pamoja
The Binti Pamoja [Daughters United] Program mentors girls between the ages of 10-17. Run by program staff, the core program helps girls discover their personal leadership and build confidence. Using arts activities like photography, drama, and dance, the program empowers girls while also teaching them about sexual and reproductive health and financial literacy.
Replicated in girls programs across the globe, Binti Pamoja employs an innovative “cascading leadership” methodology. After girls graduate from the Core Program, they create their own Safe Spaces support groups in the community, mirroring the Core Program’s model. Typically meeting in local churches and schools, these Safe Spaces help girls develop leadership skills and confidence and reach girls in all areas of Kibera.