Project Mrembo (mrembo means 'beautiful girl'), is an initiative that reaches out to girls in less visible and privileged parts of Kenya through the Award Programme, empowering participants and their communities, increasing their sense of civic responsibility, and reducing incidences of early pregnancy, early marriages, and HIV and AIDS.
Apart from the direct benefits they get out of participation in activities of their choice, their participation in the Award Programme will help uplift their standard of living through improved self esteem, improved self confidence, negotiation skills and performance in class. High self esteem also improves their assertiveness in the way they relate and interact with their peers.
In doing so,this Project will address a number of Millennium Development Goals, particularly Goal 3: 'Promote gender equality and empower women', to prioritize the education of young people, in particular young women, to increase the proportion of the population that is economically active and contributing to national development'.
Project Mrembo, also running in Uganda and Tanzania, is supported by the Dulverton Trust,the Sylvia Adams Charitable Trust and the Rowan Charitable Trust. It is overseen by the IAF's Africa regional office.