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Second Chance For Teenage Sexual Abuse Victims

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Sexual abuse survivors who are teens in Kawangware and parts of Riruta satellite now have a noble second chance to continue with their studies following an initiative launched by a Christian based institution Seed of Hope.

Seed of Hope is giving young mothers and both female and, male sexual abuse survivors another chance to study by offering them technical skills study at no cost.

Silvia Vihenda aged 16 one of the beneficiaries of the initiative was defiled by her uncle in Kitale when she received her KCPE results and went to request if he could sponsor her secondary school education.

She is currently pursuing a course on hairdressing. Vihenda then had to quit school and landed a job as a househelp in Riruta Satelite.

“When I was working as a house help in Riruta satellite, my boss asked me if could go to vocational training so that I can learn some technical skills. She then recommended Seeds of Hope since it is based on Christian foundation,” narrates Vihenda.

Vihenda hopes to start her own business as a salonist upon completing her course.

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Apparently every learner at Seed of Hope vocational training center has a grim tale,frok sexual abuse, teenage pregnancies, and abject poverty.

Victor Barno on the other hand, shares almost the same tale experience, brought up in abject poverty with no hope of joining secondary school having sat for KCPE, he then resorted to do menial jobs to for survival before a friend referred him to Seed of Hope vocational training center.

He would later sit for the national KCSE exams as a private candidate.

“When I sat for KCPE, I knew that was my final stage of education, because I knew my guardians could not afford secondary fee. I later joined Seed of Hope and registered as a private candidate,” Barno narrates.

The institution Director Roseline Wangui says that Seed Of Hope opened its door for the first batch of learners in 2014.

Seed of Hope has been of help to young mothers by giving them stipend of Ksh. 3,000 and especially to young mothers with children below the age of three years.

“We have teenage mothers, with children of three years and below and that is why we give them stipend for their upkeep because we need their full attention,” Wangui explains.

Wangui now urge the government to put more efforts in setting up more vocational training centres that offer subsidized or free tuition in order to meet the increasing demand for technical skills

“There is increasing demand for education, but majority of key population cannot afford to go to tertiary institution, so the government should establish more vocational school that offers free or subsidized tuition,” Wangui added.

By Rodgers Oduor

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