Paper Necklace Choker, Kenya

Paper Necklace Choker, Kenya
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These necklaces are made by the young women from the Teenage Mothers Association of Kenya (TEMAK). Each paper bead is made from a thin triangle cut from a page of a magazine and rolled into a hollow bead. Accented with Maasai beads, Each necklace is approximately 15 inches long.

The sign for the Teenage Mothers Association of Kenya (TEMAK) indicates that it is "the last house towards the Obunga slums," the most destitute area of Kisumu. Many of the unwed mothers and young girls who come to TEMAK to learn job skills live in these slums. TEMAK is an organization that offers job training in tailoring, hairdressing, secretarial skills, craft making, and recently computers to unwed mothers, girls, and others in the Obunga slum community. As a community center, the organization also provides the community with an educational forum for HIV/AIDS awareness and other health issues.

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