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The Kenya Girl Guides Association (KGGA) is giving a chance to young girls to join the association, which has been found can have a positive impact in one’s life.
A 2014 study conducted by the Girl Scout Research Institution in the US found that women who were girl guides, displayed positive life outcomes that pertain to community service, civic engagement, education, income and a sense to oneself than those who were not girl guides.
KGGA seeks to provide opportunity for girls and young women to develop to their full potential as responsible citizen of this country and the world. It has been active for the last 92 years in the country. “It is a voluntary youth membership organisation whose main beneficiaries are girls and young women,” says Paul, the Fund Development Manager of the organisation.
“As a character development organisation, it was established to empower girls and young women navigate the path from childhood through adolescence to young adulthood with self-respect, dignity and positive value necessary to thrive in the ever changing world.”
Being a Girl Guide is not just a school activity, one can also join even when they are out of school. There are seven branches of the Girl Guide association; one for those aged 3-6 years, who are referred to as rainbows and wear red uniforms. Second for those aged 7 to 10years, who are referred to as brownies, they wear brown uniforms. Third for those aged 11 to 14 years, they wear blue uniform and are referred to as girl guides. The fourth are those aged 15 to 18 years, they are usually in high school and are referred to as rangers. The fifth branch are the young leaders aged 19 to 30years.
“The young leaders are usually in post Secondary school education mostly in tertiary institutions,” said Paul “they are trained to be teachers and lead the younger girl guides. They visit schools to give talks and organize camps.” Bravo group is the fifth group for those aged 31 to 50 years. “Once you are a girl guide, you are always a girl guide, so we still have activities even for those who are 50 years and above who are referred to as trefoil guides.”
From the after school activities, they get to build relationships with other guides form different areas, ages and schools, they are also handed guide books once they join to help them understand and know more about the organization.
The joining fee for an individual is Sh50 and Sh200 for a unit (a group). For the December holiday, the KGGA has organized a five day camp in Machakos. The Camp is the National Cup Competition where counties will compete on various Girl Guiding skills such as pitching tents, lighting fire, tying rope and other physical activities.
Examples of Kenyan accomplished Girl guides include; the First Lady, H.E Margaret Kenyatta, she is currently of the Girl Guide movement in Kenya, Justice Njoki Ndungu (Kenya Supreme Court) and Justice Joyce Aluoch (ICC). Internationally Mrs. Hillary Clinton and the Queen of England were girl guides
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