Girls in rural Kenya face unimaginable challenges every day of their lives. Most girls deal with a heavy domestic workload, hunger and disease, lack of feminine hygiene supplies, the threat of sexual violence (including prostitution and the risk of being kidnapped and sold into the sex trade), the danger of being sold as a child bride by their families, and many other challenges. In many villages, girls have no adults willing to protect or advocate for them. They fight every day to beat the odds.
Save Our Sisters (SOS) is a grassroots organization founded and led by secondary school girls in the Taru region. The group was formed in response to the staggering challenges girls face, and the SOS girls are doing extraordinary things. They are addressing hard subjects that few people in their communities are willing to talk about. Their objectives are:
- To promote personal responsibility for one’s health and hygiene
- To promote accurate knowledge of HIV / AIDS transmission, early pregnancies, and their effects
- To promote responsible sexual behavior
- To organize health-related activities
- To have the information and support resources to respond to girls’ needs