About images

Western Twaweza Empowerment Campaign (WETEC) is a community-based organisation located in western Kenya. It was founded in November 2013

CEO, Immaculate Amoit

Western Twaweza Empowerment Campaign (WETEC) is a community-based organisation located in western Kenya. It was founded in November 2013 by Immaculate Amoit, who saw a need for better sexual

health education and the distribution of sanitary towels for girls in the the Busia region of western Kenya. Today, the organisation is run by her and an enthusiastic team of volunteers.

WETEC runs a series of programmes focusing on comprehensive sexual health education, female mentoring and the distribution of sanitary towels. See Our programmes Below for more information.

WETEC began its activities in January 2014 and was registered as an NGO in July 2015.

Why WETEC?

  • 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 drop out of school.
  • WETEC runs several programmes to address these problems: ‘Boresha Dada‘ (improving a girl’s life), ‘Pema’ (a safe space) and ‘Rural Girls Can'. These programmes 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.

Our PROGRAMMES

Something about our team something about team

WETEC also:

Partners with the Positive and Active Towards Change Organization (PACHO), which focuses on the economic empowerment of women living positively despite their HIV/AIDS status.

Established bursaries for 50 teenage mothers who have been able to return to school, whilst economically empowering other teenage mothers unable to return to school, through skills development such as baking, beading, weaving and designing.

Visited various communities in Siaya, Busia and Kakamega and have reached more than 1,500 girls in the last year alone, through our County Mentorship Camp Programme. The programme has been applauded by local governments, the Kenyan Ministry of Education, both primary and secondary schools, churches and World Pulse.

Through our digital campaign, girls are encouraged to speak out and write about issues that affect them online, free from the fear of social backlash.

WETEC envisions a Community Resource Centre, bringing together vocational training, a computer laboratory, rescue centre and an organic farm. This Centre will act as a safe haven for the girls, where mentoring can take place, and will provide access adolescent-friendly health services.

This programme targets all girls of school-going age – those between the ages of 12 and 19. This is an integrated mentorship programme, which encourage girls to have self-confidence, self-esteem, take responsibility and the importance of staying in school. This programme also focuses on fundraising and reintegrating teenage mothers back to school. Girls are encouraged to take up core subjects like Mathematics, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Computer studies, and not to shy away from subjects that are traditionally seen to be more “masculine”.

This programme promotes men and boys in supporting female victims of sexual and gender-based violence, particularly teenagers. Boys and girls discuss the various challenges they all face growing up to identify shared solutions. In Kenya, music and sports are an essential part of the co-curricular activities in schools, and we encourage teenagers to actively participate in arts and other talent development activities.

Pema is a Swahili word that means ‘safe place.’ This programme is aimed at creating a safe and secure environment for adolescent girls. It campaigns for comprehensive sexual education in schools and runs community outreach programmes to reach girls affected by sexual and gender-based violence.

Pema 4 Girls has partnered with other organisations to raise awareness through various platforms. In future, we hope to build a rescue centre for abused and stigmatised girls and teenage mothers, providing counselling and rescuing them from child labour and child commercial sex work (which is rampant especially in the border towns of Malaba and Busia Kenya).

WETEC also promotes staying safe online and sanitary towel distribution through Pema 4 Girls.

‘Boresha Dada’ is Swahili word that means ‘to make better.’ The purpose of the programme is to empower vulnerable girls and women up to 30 years of age, encouraging them to take control of their future, body and physical, financial, emotional and spiritual wellbeing. The girls and women learn income generation skills such as crocheting, beading, baking and sewing.

WETEC always needs additional funding to grow its activities and reach more adolescent girls in need of better education, mentoring and opportunities for growth. We would be very grateful for any funds received – please feel free to donate

Support Us
  • Clients Logo
  • Clients Logo
  • Clients Logo
  • Clients Logo
  • Clients Logo