From unprecedented population ageing to increasing unemployment, from global leadership imbalance to persisting conflicts, from resource scarcity to volatile global food supplies are the major challenges being encountered by young mothers in developing countries. Meru County is not an exempted from Meru region. CIFORD Kenya is working to eliminate these challenges by empowering women especially young mothers to enable them to be economically self-reliant and to stay healthy together with their families and especially child care, hygiene and nutrition.
CIFORD KENYA has organised the first ever one-day seminar to train the young women aged 16-35yrs on Child health, care and nutrition and how to boost themselves their economic opportunities by training on beadwork for income generation to supplement the family income and be an alternative to agriculture.
On Friday 3rd November 2017 young mothers gathered at CIFORD Kenya training hall, the young mothers were taught child health and nutrition. A total of 59 women attended the seminar with the following topics facilitated ;
Traditional cultural beliefs and practices
Child illness management
During the evening session, the women were taught theoretically and then practice on beadwork.
• Uses of beads
• Types of beadwork and how to make neckless
• Economic benefits of beadwork.
After the training the women proceeded for a practical plant trees within CIFORD compound where, more than 150 trees were planted with the assistance of staff members.
I. Most of the women welcomed the training with positivity and promised to adopt the practice as a mean of generating income.
II. Women practically came up with beautiful necklaces after training which showed commitment.
III, The young mothers, welcomed the training, and they confessed it was an eye-opener.
I. Insufficient varieties of beads to come up with different designs.
II. Lack of tools to establish a variety of the beadwork,
III. Lack of materials and equipment for the child health and nutrition
on the event
Kalumera Thuranira is a 63 year old widow from Mumui sub location of Meru in the semi-arid region. Kalumera is seen as an outcast in the community as she is deaf and dumb and has no children. Her husband died 20 years ago who had married her as a second wife. Kalumera lives a lonely and alienated life.
Julia Kauria is a member of Kailakai Self help group in Kianjai ward, She is a beneficiary of CIFORD training program which is aimed at sustainable agriculture for food security. Julia has a garden and the joy in a whole family can be expressed in their faces.
Ann Mwari, a proud mother of six in her late 30s from Cheranga Village, Tigania West Constituency in Meru County. She is a member of Cheranga women self-help group. Her commitment, dedication and passion to unleash her potential through their group is quiet promising. Her journey started 2 years ago when she made a bold move to join colleague women in order to work together by bettering one another.