I recently returned from beautiful Nairobi, Kenya, where I met with 2 key leaders who've hosted Born2Fly train-the-trainer anti-trafficking workshops throughout September:
Francis Odhiambo (below left) is a pastor and the director of Upako Community Center. Francis worked with an intern to help coordinate and teach the B2F program -- Kenedy Mogaka (right), a 3rd-year education student at Egerton University.
Peter Kihungi is a pastor and the director of WAPIS Community Center. WAPIS stands for "wholeness among people in society."
I always say, "Child trafficking is a problem for the entire community, so the entire community has to be involved in the solution." That's why we've structured B2F as a community-based program -- and why we're excited to partner with these 2 leaders who are actively engaged with those around them.
Peter and Francis held trainings throughout September, and dozens attended to learn about child trafficking and how to prevent it:
- 40 teachers from 20 schools
- Pastors and church workers
- Social workers
- Orphanage directors
- Representatives from Nairobi's anti-trafficking coalition, HAART
Equipping the equippers
"The timing is right for this," Francis told me. Child trafficking is rampant throughout Kenya and while many are upset about it, he explained, most people don't know how to prevent it.
We're all about prevention at Born2Fly! Our vision in Kenya is to equip leaders to teach the Born2Fly trafficking prevention program all over the country and in other parts of east Africa -- and help them reach kids before the traffickers do.
We want to recreate the successful Born2Fly trainings held in Nepal in 2013. For the past year the 40 young women who attended those trainings have gone all over Nepal teaching Born2Fly in villages where girls are regularly sold or taken. They've stopped numerous girls from going off with traffickers, launched Mothers Against Trafficking clubs, and much more.
That's our vision for Kenya, too.
"A life-transforming moment"
"I promise [these trainings] will be a step and a gateway to reach the whole of East Africa," Peter wrote me. "This will be a life-transforming moment for many generations."
Our thanks to PurposeQuest International and Dr. John Stanko (who is a B2F board member) for organizing the trip, introducing us to their team in Kenya, and letting us partner with them.
Here are photos from the trainings at Upako; as soon as I receive pix from the trainings at WAPIS, I'll post those, too.