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April 1st, 2009
Time for School Series
Video: Kenyan Girls' Songs

At Ayany Primary School in Kenya, nearly a forth of the 2000 students are orphans, having lost both their parents to AIDS. The school is in the Kibera section of Nairobi — the largest slum in all of Africa. With rape on the rise and AIDS an ever-present problem in Kenya, basic HIV/AIDS awareness is a substantial part of the school curriculum. But Leah Asego, a teacher at Ayany, goes beyond the basic, composing passionate poems on the themes of sexuality and women’s rights, meant to instill pride in her young female students. Asego spends her free time during lunch, after school, and even on weekends diligently coaching the girls in the lyrics and assertive delivery style of her poetry, which highlights the plight of women in Africa and emphasizes HIV/AIDS awareness. Asego hopes that the lyrics will equip her students with a sense of self, teaching them how to live within the pressures of their communities and social norms, all the while maintaining a smile.

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  • Lady V

    These young girls deserve a lot of respect. Their
    songs explain the unique messages of awareness and
    self-respect. Bravo!

  • Diane

    I am sorry for the troubles of black African women and young ladies. My prays are there for them all. God will overcome all aspects of deliverance to them all. The Lord our God is a Good Spirit for all who believe and trust in him. I give them respect and love for their hearts are strong and the spirit is too. Keep the faith my beautiful sisters we will meet one day that I do know.

  • Darrell

    may God be with you may angles 1 john 4;4 Ye are of God,little children and have over come them,because greater is in you,than he that is in the world. Amen

  • Chiro

    wow these young ladies brought tears to my eyes. The message is strong and very touching. extremely good work. I would recommend putting these videos on “Youtube” for the world to see. keep it up.

  • Sophie Simeon

    Indeed like Chiro mentioned that the message in this video is very powerfull and i praise GOD for inpirering you Ms. Leah Asego to bring such an encouraging and wonderfull message to all those beautifull young ladies, for it takes obedience and effort of someone to make a difference and to change the world. In the name of Jesus i pray that GOD will continue to guide and use you for his glory. Amen!!!

  • Andrew Denton

    …so inspiring. The Lord is at work in mighty ways, yet again.

  • leila

    My heart goes out to these young girls. I am originally from Kenya. I believe there is hope for a better and brighter future for these wonderful children.No task is too great for God.I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future…jeremiah 29:11. Please be encouraged!

  • carol

    this are the kinds of hearts we need in kenya to see the hope even in the middle of all that noice and darkness God bless you ayany.

  • khadija

    these girls are right listen to them get knowledge from them!! good luck to you girls and god bless you

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