We Caught up with Khadijah and wanted to know what she has been up to. Check out her story and what she intends to do.
My name is Khadija and I live in Kilifi. I am 19 years old and thanks to Kesho Kenya I completed my High School Education in 2016. In the four years that I was sponsored I attended various trainings and workshops on leadership, entrepreneurship, mentorship and sexual reproductive health training ; all very educative and entertaining. Here is where I came to learn about teenage pregnancy. At first I thought it was just a mere topic that had to be included when one is talking about Reproductive Health but come to think of it, this was a problem worth noting, especially in Kilifi County
22% of girls aged 15-19 years in kilifi County have begun childbearing; higher than the national level. Specifically, 3% are pregnant with their first child and 19% have ever given birth compared to 14.7% and 3.4%, respectively, at the national level. Ministry of health, adolescent sexual and reproductive health in kilifi County.
After completing my secondary education, I was shocked to learn that many of the girls (my age) some of whom are my friends and peers got pregnant; they are either with their first or second child. This was a reality check to me and devastating. I could not imagine the trauma and challenges they faced and wondered how they would manage to survive.
To my realisation, men in the community lure young girls into sleeping with them, sometimes even for little money taking advantage of their naivety .With most of the culprits being boda boda riders (motorcycle riders) and drunk men from drinking dens who pry on young girls sent to the shops at night or are walking at night. I find it sad that most of the girls do not receive any teachings on how one is to deal with Reproductive Health matters because either there parents are too shy to talk about it or they engage in such kind of acts in front of their children. These sadly are what the girls emulate.
Having noticed that many of the girls don’t get access to knowledge about reproductive health, I decided to join Kesho edutainment Programme where, the group stages play and skits to pass messages on reproductive health with an aim to not only entertain the community and audience but also to educate them.
In my view, I strongly believe that having active guidance and counseling in the many, remote schools in this county will help us reduce if not eradicate this nightmare. I strongly believe that we all need to play a part in reducing our girls getting pregnant and coming up with measures to detect the risks within our community. Join me in my journey.
“Tell a friend to tell a friend.”