Sauti Ya Dada
The Sauti Ya Dada program awards 10 Fellowships to Mentors within the EAGLS network from Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and South Sudan. Working closely with our Kenya-based team, the Mentor Fellows will create safety circles of 15 girls and be responsible for conducting regular check-ins, facilitating the girls’ learning and development, and helping the girls amplify their voices through a variety of creative approaches. Here are some of the ways the mentors will be working with the girls:
Sustainable Development Goals
Because many girls in our EAGLS network live in rural villages with limited access to the internet, we will broadcast a bimonthly radio program that will provide information about sexual and reproductive health and rights, as well as strategies for staying safe. It will also share contacts for local health and safety resources.
To support girls without reliable access to the internet, we will use SMS-based learning to prompt them with creative and critical thinking exercises from the EAGLS workbook. These activities will reinforce learning around leadership and advocacy for their human rights, as well as subjects covered in the radio program.
Sanitary Napkins Distribution
East African girls usually get sanitary towels at schools or local organizations, which are now closed due to COVID-19. The lack of access to these supplies puts them at a disadvantage and can create predatory situations where girls trade sex and unhealthy relationships for sanitary towels. To avoid this, our mentors will hand out sanitary towels, and other necessary supplies, to girls once a month.
Toll Free Line
The toll free line will be set up as a resource for EAGLS alumnae seeking information on staying safe and successfully navigating different issues during this time. It will be available twice a week in Kenya to start, with the potential to grow to additional days, times, and countries.
The Mentor Fellows
We are thrilled that 10 Mentor Fellows, chosen from women who have completed our leadership training programs, will work closely with 150 girl leaders to support them in understanding their human rights, particularly their right to SRH and right to be free from gender-based violence; the production of radio dramas; provide referrals to local health and safety resources; and to safely distribute sanitary pads.
Meet the 2020 Sauti Ya Dada Mentor Fellows and learn their inspiring stories: