(Bungoma County Special Programs Director Carol Buyela (right) addresses school girls on teen pregnancy in Maraka ward, Webuye East Constituency. PHOTO/COURTESY)
Bungoma County Director for Special Projects Carol Buyela has taken the initiative to cushion young girls from early pregnancy amid escalating cases across the County.
Dubbed #KnowMyNameNotMyPassword, the initiative seeks to sensitize teenagers against the danger of early pregnancies especially during this Covod-19 pandemic.
The initiative targets school-going children for Primary and Secondary schools as well as their parents and guardians.
Buyela picked up the campaign a week ago in Maraka Ward, Webuye East Constituency. Several girls, parents and community leaders joined the campaign in solidarity with standing with young schoolers who have become vulnerable to horny men.
This comes amid reports that Bungoma County has close to 6,000 cases with Mt Elgon, Bumula and Sirisia Constituencies leading in figures.
In her speech, the Carol Buyela Foundation founder urged parents and the community to provide proper guidance to the young ones to avoid a disastrous future.
“Parents should create time for their daughters for guidance and counseling and to listen to them,” she said.
Buyela also encouraged girls to be sharing their issues with their parents, guardians, church leaders and the leaders of the commmunity to intervene where necessary.
“If you have any suspicious issues, always report to your parents, guardians or church leaders who will then intervene to save you from any trap.”
Additionally, Buyela asked the girls to abstain from sex and lead Christian lives to defeat the temptations that come with their age.
The Know My Name, Not My Password slogan symbolizes the safeguarding the dignity of a girl child with the teens promising never to let anyone open their ‘passwords” for any man before marriage.
For those already carrying their pregnancies, Buyela warned them against procuring abortions as this does not only have serious medical implications on their current and future reproductive health and general health but also is an offence against the Republic and sin before God.
There have been reports of parents procuring abortions and family planning pills for their daughters to conceal the crime, a vise that has landed many into unprotected sex that may lead to STIs, among them, HIV/Aids.
“I am also encouraged those girls who have already given birth that they are not worthless and encouraged all girls to take their education very seriously and live dignified lives so that they may attract men of their dreams in future.” Buyela added.
Men who prey on young girls have also been placed on the radar with terrible legal punishment awaiting them.
The initiative now seeks to reach out to all parts of the County, urging the community to spread the support the campaign to secure a better generation in the future.