Kenya: Badili Girls Centre Transforms Women’s lives

Started by Pastor Annie Nginya, the Executive Director in March 2010, Badili Centre seeks to address the plight of single parents, particularly women. The Centre was founded after Pastor Annie observed that many single mothers were frequently visiting her local church and seeking help.

Annie Nginya

Badili Girls Centre is a non-governmental organisation fully registered in Kenya to reach out to vulnerable women who include widows, single mothers and women from poor backgrounds. It has a presence in Nairobi, Kenya and other African Countries, to holistically address the growing needs of the affected groups using several health and wealth- based interventions.

Badili,’ is Swahili word for ‘transform.’ The centre currently works to transform over 50 single- mother families at Nairobi’s Kibera informal settlements; supporting them in bible studies, beading, adult literacy classes, making of small hand-crafts for sale, and raising support for their children’s education. So far within and out of Kenya, Badili has trained over 300 women with over 50%success stories in Kenya, Ethiopia and Nigeria.

Badili aims to provide entrepreneurial skills to these women and also train them on business skills such as business planning, marketing, book record keeping among others. They are also trained on Change of mindset and attitude, health and nutrition and self discovery.

Badili women rely on the sale of the products they make to cater for their basic needs such as buying food and to pay for their children’s school fees.

Source: CSR Africa.Net – Millicent Njeri – 15 Dec 2011