MAKING A DIFFERENCE
EVERY MOMENT COUNTS
Patinaai Osim, is a term of endearment used by Maasai mothers preserved for their children, loosely translates to, “the one I share troubles with”. We are a not-for-profit organisation, seeking to serve nomadic girls and women in Kajiado County by addressing reproductive health and education challenges among nomadic girls and women through capacity building and empowerment.
To this end, we are open to multilateral collaboration with like-minded partners, both locally and internationally, who are able to provide viable collaborations that meet the needs of our local populace towards their improvement and enrichment of quality of life
To have empowered and resilient girls and women as change makers in the nomadic community
To benefit the community by uplifting the socio-economic status of nomadic girls and women in Kenya by addressing education and health through capacity building, empowerment and sustainable livelihoods
Kenya’s free Primary Education Programme was set to reduce/end school dropouts resulting from the lack of fees, however the number of girls not completing primary schooling is on the rise, meaning they miss out on this fundamental basic education. This can be linked to girls lacking self-agency and community not prioritising education for girls.
Kenyewa Location of Kajiado County has seen an increase in the number of maternal deaths among women and girls, this resulting from the lack of well-equipped health facilities to deliver maternal health services to those who need it most. Further the situation is exacerbated with the number of unplanned teen pregnancies occurring due to limited or no comprehensive reproductive health education and services targeted at youth.
The climate change is visibly apparent in Kajiado and affecting the community, as the temperatures continue increase and rains becoming unpredictable pressure is placed on water resources, leading to reduced forage in turn reduction in livestock herds. The lack of knowledge and information among the community around the impact of deforestation and soil erosion is key problem.
As a Nomadic pastoralist community, Kenyewa location is faced with the challenge of generating sustainable income and creating livelihood opportunities in remote/harsh environment where conventional farming is limited or impossible. Women in the community are socially and economically marginalised from engaging in alternative livelihood opportunities that will see them contribute to the household, community’s economic status and poverty reduction.