This is a mentorship project for both boys and girls between the ages of 12-18 years. It aims at enhancing behaviour change and reaching them with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
The name plants & pillars was inspired by Psalm 144:12 (NIV)
“That our sons in their youth will be like well-nurtured plants and our daughters will be like pillars carved to adorn a palace”.
PLANTS: Boys’ Mentorship Program
Boys in Dandora are an endangered species since they are the obvious targets of outlawed sects and various forms of crime available in the neighbourhood. Dandora over the years has been a hot spot for crime and drug peddling. Boys as early as 9 years old are initiated in these social vices because some come from a very humble background and others are simply negatively influenced by their peers.
1. Sporting activities
We intend to start with football/soccer since it’s the most famous sport in every neighbourhood and also because Dandora Primary School have offered us a playing field. However, we are projecting to engage in other sports like table tennis, basketball, badminton, and other indoor games in a more established way by May 2019. We have established a sports committee that comprises five members at the moment. Their sole responsibility is to facilitate the smooth running of the programs and to ensure that every sport is involved in an active league.
Being in a league is essentially important because teenage boys will find an active competitive league a major incentive to join the Project. This will then give the mentors grounds to speak into their lives in many positive ways.
We’ll be recruiting the lower primary boys of class 4 and higher primary boys of class 5 to 7 in order to come up with a football academy. We intend to recruit 80 boys. We are also intending to launch a senior football team to facilitate easy transition from the academy to the major team.
2. Rites of Passage
Upon completing their Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE), the mentorship program will facilitate the rites of passage for every boy in our program. This involves circumcising the boys which marks the transition from boyhood to manhood according to African culture. This offers us an opportunity to mentor and counsel them to maturity.
PILLARS: Girls’ mentorship Programme
This is a Christian program in Dandora Pefa Cathedral; it offers mentorship to girls within the age of 12- 18 years within Dandora, Korogocho slum and the neighboring communities. Most of our girls in these areas within this age bracket are either school drop outs, sexually active, married early, have low self-esteem and/or are involved in crime.
The program seeks to partner with local primary and secondary schools and mentor a hundred girls for one year. The program works with ten mentors, whereby one mentor will walk with ten girls. The girls will be coming for a training program once a month and will receive sanitary towels for that month. This will be a great incentive to them and enable them to miss less school when their period arrives. Upon completion they will be issued with a Bible, certificate, and be invited to sign a purity pledge form.
They will be taught in these areas
The main objectives of this program are;
Volunteers will be involved actively in mentorship through taking them through the I choose life manual, follow up and also distribution of the sanitary towels
Donors will participate by helping us raise enough resources to facilitate the program.
Professionals will participate in their various levels of skills and expertise in the training sessions.
NB This programme is not being run by Creative Solutions. Creative Solutions are providing some funds and other support to enable the programme to run.
Our topic was Fashion and Trend, the objective of this topic being to help the young people see the importance of modesty in their Christian walk.
Some of the questions they considered were:
Does you the way you dress aim to make you look sexually alluring or make others believe you are of a higher social class? What does my fashion look say about who owns my body and dwells in it?
The key text was 1 Corinthians 6: 19-20
The girls and boys made a commitment to be dress modestly, because it reflects their heart attitude towards God.
In mid-October, there was a graduation ceremony for the girls:
"The graduation on the 13th went on well, we thank God. We were only able to present sertificates to the girls, since the boys have two more lessons to cover but they attended the graduation and had some presentations. They will receive their certificates in December.
Maxmilla, a class 8 student, 13 years. She said she really appreciates the programme because two of the lessons really spoke into her life. These were sex & dating and drugs and substance abuse. She has made a commitment to change and she is now born again.
Said that she would love to continue with us next year. This is because her self esteem has been lifted and she is performing well in academics than before.
Said that the football team has really engaged them and they don't have time to be influenced into antisocial behaviour, such as crime and taking drugs"
Report March 2019
Our March program was awesome - the topic was Academic excellence and career development.