The Mathare Girl Power Project (MGPP) was established under the name of Fiona’s Salon Initiative in 2013 . We offered employment to 5 girls who were rescued from child labour in the Mathare slums in Nairobi, Kenya. With support from Mrs Fiona Weijkamp Sims (the Netherlands) and Mrs Maqulate Atieno Onyango (Mathare, Nairobi). We started our project with a small hair dressing salon where girls can learn this trade and gain skills to enable them to earn a living as hairdressers. This is a small scale venture which is working well for the girls involved.
We also run a girls Empowerment program in schools in and around the Informal Settlements of Mathare and Kariobangi.We feel it is important to conduct health and peer education programs for the empowering and improvement of support for vulnerable girls and teenage mothers. We provide Coaching, Mentorship and Education. We teach a curriculum on childrens rights, sexual health and education, menstrual hygiene, family planning and AIDS awareness and prevention.
We do this through workshops, group discussion, civil rights advice, mentorship and coaching sessions in schools and in the local community. We also use sporting activities as a way of encouraging team work, creating a bond, reducing stress and encouraging positivity.