Rising teenage pregnancies blamed on parental neglect

Boochi-Tendere Ward MCA James Onderi during the youth conference.

Boochi Tendere Ward MCA in Kisii James Onderi has decried teenage pregnancies in the area, attributing it to negligence and waywardness of parents and guardians.

The MCA asked chiefs and their assistants to arrest adults who abuse underage girls.

“Being the closest civil servants to wananchi, you should safeguard the lives of innocent girls whose future is destroyed by close relatives,” he said.

He was addressing more than 300 girls and their parents at Tendere Chief’s Office where he presided over their graduation after a week’s training.

He lamented that within the first three months of the year, the location recorded 37 teenage pregnancies, appealing to Gucha children’s officer Elijah Omanya to work hand in hand with chiefs to rescue them through the provision of counselling services.

He thanked area chief Josephine Onduso and her team for organizing termly seminars that he said have equipped teenage girls with skills that will enable them to resist sexual advances.

A section of the girls who were trained on life skills in Kisii.

He donated Ksh20,000 towards the sustainability of the programme.

Transformers Community Based Organization (CBO) manager Jame Muzungu said that during the training that targeted girls between 10 and 18 years, they had helped them to understand their development stages and their consequences.

“The girls were taught on the biological changes that take place in their bodies and armed them with survival skills on how to sail through such challenging stages,” he said.

Pastor Nixon Matara, one of the facilitators, asked the girls to avoid bad company and seek divine guidance from God as they balance their studies with the emerging socio-economic dynamics.

She thanked the deputy CEO of SPAC Organization Dr Grace Nyaera for gracing the occasion, who on her part asked educators and other youth trainers to blend their teaching with lessons on effects of climate change.

“Tell our youth to be true ambassadors of the fight against climate change and to conserve the environment,” she said.

She donated sanitary towels worth Ksh150,000 to the girls.

Those who showed exceptional talent in public speaking, self-expression and assertiveness were awarded a variety of items that ranged from pullovers, textbooks and certificates of participation.

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