Who we are
Western Twaweza Empowerment Campaign (WETEC) is a community-based organization located in western Kenya. It was founded by like-minded young women who saw a need for better sexuality education in schools and within the community and the need to economically empower teenage mothers. in the Busia Western Kenya. Today, the organization is run by Immaculate Amoit and six advisory committee who work with a team of passionate and enthusiastic volunteers.
WETEC runs a series of programs focusing on comprehensive sexual health education, craft making (vocational training), female to female mentoring, enterprise development using the business canvas model. See Our programmes for more information.
WETEC began its activities in January 2014 and was registered as an NGO in July 2015.
In rural Kenya, thousands of girls aged 13-19 drop out of school every year as a result of teenage pregnancy. A report by the Kenya Demographic Survey shows that 20% of adolescent girls in Western Kenya are mothers. Others miss 3-5 days of school every month during their periods because they do not have access to sanitary towels. This situation is exacerbated by a lack of information on reproductive health and rights.
Moreover, young girls in rural western Kenya rarely have female mentors who can help guide them on the transition from childhood to adolescence. This results in girls entering sexual relationships with insufficient knowledge of reproduction, and unprotected sex leads to teenage pregnancy and HIV / AIDS. Teenagers are also faced with sexual and gender-based violence, which often goes unreported. As a result, thousands of adolescent girls don’t access justice and grow up wounded. WETEC has developed holistic cross sectional programs to address the aforementioned issues.
WETEC runs several programs to address these problems: ‘Boresha Dada‘ (improving a girl’s life), “Pema 4 Girls” and ‘Boys for Change’. These programs focus on pairing the girls with great mentors, who act as their role models during school term and school holidays. They share life journeys and their knowledge of HIV/AIDS, sexuality, adolescent fertility and teenage pregnancy. Additionally, thanks to partnerships with various agencies, companies and higher institutions, we receive monthly donations of sanitary towels, underwear, shoes and books, which we distribute to both primary and secondary school girls.
See Our programs for more information.