Pastor Joy Karanja Program Director women center.
About the Center
- Teen Challenge Women’s Center officially opened its doors on August 1st, 2015 when it hosted the men’s center graduation on that very Saturday. A prayer of dedication was made over the house led by the Senior Pastor of KAG Garden Christian Center, New Beginnings – Pastor Harris Gichuhi who also serves as DVCA at KAG East University.
- The Center currently has nine (9) members of staff whose primary duties revolve around mentorship, discipleship and counselling, income generation and outreach as well as administration and discipline.
Experiences unique to the women’s center
- We have found that the literacy levels of women are low and thus present a challenge due to our curriculum–based approach to rehabilitation. To mitigate this challenge, we have put in place:
- Tutoring in English speaking twice a week
- Daily literacy classes for those who either cannot read and/or write or have difficulty in doing so.
- A Swahili Group Studies class is run concurrently with the English Group Studies class to ensure the needs of all students are met.
- Our preaching, teaching and instructions are also done in both national languages.
- Shamba: We are currently running a small kitchen garden which is tended to by the students in the program. Current vegetables being planted include Spinach, Kale (Sukuma Wiki) and Onions. These are able to supplement the vegetables we get from local supermarkets.
- Beadwork: The students are also involved in making earrings, bracelets, necklaces and other African accessories.
- Knitting: Using crotchet and the loom kit techniques, the ladies make a range of items including scarves, marvins, gloves, baby booties, bags and belts.
- Quilting: We are in the process of learning how to make bedcovers and wall hangings in a newly set-up needlework facility at the center.
- Mat making: The ladies come together to make colourful bathroom, bedside and door mats.
- cross stitching
- Student sponsorship for those who are not able to pay for center fees (Monthly, weekly or daily as one is able);
- Standard size keyboard and stand;
- Commercial capacity printer and photocopier;
- Own property (land and buildings, furniture etc).
- Computers for a computer lab
Women and Addiction
Although rehabilitation programs are not a new phenomena and centers in Kenya focus on both men and women, the specific needs of women have not received high priority. This may have been because alcoholism and drug abuse is less prevalent among women than men. Cultural norms in many communities may also have resulted in less inclination to intervene when women are affected especially because rehabilitation can be costly. Most rehabilitation centers accommodate primarily men and only accommodate women as a side arrangement. This means that women specific issues are rarely addressed and treatment modalities are largely targeted at the men. Furthermore, resident counselors are mostly men in these centers which makes it uncomfortable for the women in the program to be completely vulnerable and open. Interaction with other male clients must be done with caution because of the strenuous dynamics in the rehab center. In fact, of the 78 rehabilitation centers registered with NACADA, none are focused specifically on women. Thus the desperate need for female specific centers in Kenya.
Many life circumstances predominate in women as a group, which may require a specialized treatment approach. For example, research has shown that physical and sexual trauma followed by post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is more common in drug-abusing women than in men seeking treatment. It must also be appreciated that there are many more conditions affecting women in addition to drugs and alcohol. For instance, eating disorders, mood disorders, social and emotional dysfunction are all conditions that are seen frequently in women. If left untreated, these eventually lead to increasing physical, emotional, spiritual, social and mental dysfunction in the women affected.
Useful links related to women
- Physical Address: Mushroom Garden Estate, Mushroom Road, Off Kiambu Road.
- Postal Address: P. O. BOX 27 – 00900 KIAMBU
- Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Cellphone: +254 791 500735
- Social Media Accounts: Facebook: Teen Challenge Women’s Center Kenya; Twitter: @womentck
- Program Director: Pastor Joy Karanja