In 2017 the Tent of Refuge Project was extended to youth.
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”.
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.
Image of mentors with Peter Kay
PLANTS: Boys' mentorship programme
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.
This video shows one church young man's vision to help other young men who live in Dandora Esate
1. Sporting activities
Football/soccer is most well known sport in Dandora and most boys support one premier league club usually Manchester United! Dandora Primary School have offered us a playing field to use.
We have established a sports committee that comprises five members whose task is to facilitate the smooth running of our new team PEFA Plants.
PEFA PLANTS FC in 2019
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 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.
The main objectives of this program are:
This programme is not being run by Creative Solutions. Creative Solutions are providing some funds to enable the programme to run.
On 13th February, 2021 a total of 70 girls from 4 different secondary schools met at Dandora PEFA Cathedral. The speaker spoke on developing a healthy self-esteem and was greatly appreciated. The girls were issued with sanitary towels for the month (£25) and given a nutritious lunch cooked on the premises (£30). 5 girls were helped with school fees (£70) because they were being chased out of school for lack of fees. Other expenses came to £40.
The school principals were so impressed that we are expecting higher numbers in March.