Last week, CWBSA’s Managing Director (Lulu Ngcobo) and myself (Annabel Morgan) travelled to Kenya to meet with our partners to plan and prepare for exciting new project that will take place over the next 2.5 years. Our partners are Clowns Without Borders Sweden, Hand in Hand Sweden and Hand in Hand East Africa.
Our target group is 7500 young mothers and the aim is to strengthen these women’s, and therefore their children’s, opportunities to exercise their human rights by creating livelihood opportunities and choices. The CWB approach will be used to awaken and strengthen the mental and emotional power of the young mothers, and empower them through our unique approaches and psychosocial support.
Hand in Hand East Africa have over 70 Business Relationship Officers (BRO’s) who train thousands of vulnerable men and women about savings, enterprise and financial management. The BRO’s experience many challenges working with these groups, such as disempowerment, lack of belonging and emotional stress. The role of CWB in this project will be to provide training for the BRO’s in our unique approaches and tools, so that they can offer more than financial support to the young mothers. By providing this kind of local capacity development, we hope that our work will be sustainable.
Additionally, there will be several performance tours with international artists and workshops with local arts-based organisations. The purpose of these activities is to create an atmosphere of celebration within the young mother’s communities, to provide a platform for Hand In Hand East Africa to reach out to more young mothers and to link them with local arts-based organisations for future collaborations.
CWBSA is very excited to walk ‘hand in hand’ with our partners to ensure the highest quality training and most sustainable, effective interventions.