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Next Stop: Kenya

Friday, 12 April 2013

CorStone is pleased to announce a planning grant from American filmmaker Abigail E. Disney to expand Girls First to the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya.

Kibera is the largest slum in Africa, with over 1.5 million people. Life for a young woman in the slum is dangerous: 66% of women trade sex to survive by 16, and 33% trade sex for food as early as age six. Kibera has one of the world's highest HIV rates, and women in Kibera contract HIV at a rate that is five times higher than their male counterparts. 43% of girls, compared to 29% of boys, do not attend school.

We hope to provide the first program to increase personal resilience among Kibera's girls, which research shows could significantly impact physical health outcomes, school attendance and academic success. This strategy represents a significant paradigm shift in development efforts previously attempted in the slum, and follows our commitment to innovation in personal resilience among marginalized populations worldwide.