Africa SOMA Inc.

Africa SOMA sees education as a central tool in improving the lives of all people. In Kenya, progress has been made in expanding access to education, however large hurdles remain: quality is often low, secondary schools are prohibitively expensive, and often the most vulnerable groups, such as Maasai pastoralists, continue to be unable to access even primary education. Improving participation in schooling requires creative solutions that lower barriers to entry and improve the learning environment. Our programs aspire to contribute to such creative solutions. We work in partnership with local organizations and community members and promote community investment and involvement in all of our p...

Africa SOMA Inc.
5180 rue de Mentana apt 2
PO Box 42053
Montreal, Quebec H2W1W4
Canada
1(514)7817717
http://www.africasoma.org

Management Team

Elizabeth Kyengo

Board of Directors

Anna Bunce, Allison Rhoades, Jennie Glassco, Joost de Laat, Claire Wilmot, Caroline Archambault, Ellen Moscoe, Elizabeth Kyengo

Project Leaders

Anna Bunce

Mission

Africa SOMA sees education as a central tool in improving the lives of all people. In Kenya, progress has been made in expanding access to education, however large hurdles remain: quality is often low, secondary schools are prohibitively expensive, and often the most vulnerable groups, such as Maasai pastoralists, continue to be unable to access even primary education. Improving participation in schooling requires creative solutions that lower barriers to entry and improve the learning environment. Our programs aspire to contribute to such creative solutions. We work in partnership with local organizations and community members and promote community investment and involvement in all of our programs, to ensure that those who benefit from our programs have ownership, control, and responsibility in them.

Programs

Africa SOMA was founded in 2005 by two Brown University PhD students studying Anthropology and Economics. They conducted PhD fieldwork on education and health in Kenya's pastoral Maasailand and in the slums of its capital Nairobi, and witnessed first hand the reasons that education continues to be elusive for many. Africa SOMA has a Canadian and American board of directors, and every year we send interns and volunteers from Canada, the United States and Holland to volunteer teach at our main location in Maasailand and to carry out organization and evaluation of our programs on the ground. Board members also make regular trips to Kenya. We currently operate the following programs: a secondary school scholarship program, a recently opened community library/resource centre (organized and funded in partnership with a CBO), the internship and volunteer teaching program, an art exchange program (between schools where interns live and Kenyan schools) and a cultural dialogue program.

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