At Macheo, we believe that there is need to equip our children with the kind of skills that will enable them to meet life challenges. To cope with the increasing pace and change of modern life, students need new life skills such as the ability to deal with stress and frustration. We empower children Like Mwende to speak out on issues affecting them.

Mwende is 15 and lives in a semirural community in the area Kinyangi. For her, to participate in the life skills sessions has led to both inward and outward change.She says: “Before, I had a very closed mind and no one could tell me anything, I always contradicted whatever was being said. Now I feel I am an empowered person, communicative and open. I’ve learned not only to talk about sexuality without embarrassment, but also to reflect on how I relate with people. I’ve grown closer to my parents and now feel enough trust to touch on subjects that before I wouldn’t have dreamed of talking about.”

In her community, school and municipality, Mwende is a recognised leader, and therefore the talks she holds with other peers are always informative. Mwende says: “Among us kids we understand each other better, there is more mutual trust to state our opinions, and my schoolmates are always asking me questions.”

We continue thanking our partners for their continued support.