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...
Jun 8, 2015

Proud to Present our New Scholars!

Africa SOMA is proud to present to you our newest scholarship winners:

Felister is 12 years old and attended Emurkeyia Primary School. Her favourite subject is Science because "it delas with normal things." She aspires to become a doctor as she wants to help people. In secondary school she is looking forward to making new friends and studying hard! Her father, a livestock keeper, and her mother, who does house work, are very proud of her.

Maureen is 14 years old and attended Torosei Primary School. Her favourite subject was Kiswahili. She aspires to become a pilot so that she can travel the world. She is very excited to explore the new environment of her secondary school and expects to work very hard. Her father, who is a livestock keeper, and her mother, who is a tailor, are both very proud of her.

Innocent is 20 years old and attended Emurkeyia Primary School. His favourite subject is Math because he is good at it. He aspires to attend University after high school and then to pursue law. He wants to become a lawyer because he wants "all people to be treated with equal justice." He is excited about the new subjects he will have in his new school and plans to work very hard. He hopes to fit in some football to refresh the mind. His mother, who is alone and with no employment, is very proud of him.

Mathew is 15 years old and attended Singiraine Primary School. His favourite subject is English because he can speak it well. He aspires to become an engineer because he wants to invent new things and he thinks he will be very good in physics, although he has yet to take a physics class. He looks forward to meeting new people and also engaging in his new classes. His parents, livestock keepers, are very proud of him.

Africa SOMA would like to wish our new scholars the very best of luck in their studies and in the pursuit of their dreams. 

Felister, Maureen, Innocent, and Mathew would like to extend to all donors their tremendous gratitude for this opportunity.

ASHE OLENG/ THANK YOU

May 19, 2015

Changing times at Elangata Wuas Library

The Elangata Wuas Library and Resource Centre is undergoing some changes!

Noah continues to lead computer classes and has some wonderful eager students. Many of these students were able to put their new found internet skills to use and acted as research assistants for a service learning partnership Africa SOMA has had over this last semester with students at the University of Maryland. Students investigated and researched a variety of issues surrounding the library and it's access to the community, such as how we can better serve community members in outlying areas. Noah's computer students worked for the Maryland students on the ground, providing them with answers and helpful contextual information. All in all it was a wonderfully beneficial project for both the Maryland students as well as the Elangata Wuas Computer Lab students!

Aside from our recent partnership with the University of Maryland class, the library has been undergoing some significant changes. Africa SOMA has always aimed to create a sustainable self-sufficient library. With this in mind, the long term goal for the library and resource centre was to transfer over the operating costs to the community-run Elangata Wuas Resource Centre Committee (EWRC). As this point has now come there have been some changes as a result of this transition. Due to the low levels of income being made by the library, the librarian is now only working part time, with Noah picking up the slack. Africa SOMA is working with the EWRC to come up with creative income generating solutions, and thankfully the computer lab, which you helped create, is providing much needed regular income for the library. Africa SOMA will soon be posting a Global Giving Project aiming to fundraise for the seed money to start income generating projects which will keep the library open and running smoothly into the future.

We thank you for your ongoing support of this project and encourage you to check out our latest projects

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Feb 4, 2015

New Africa SOMA Scholars to be announced soon!

As we settle into 2015, Africa SOMA is getting excited to announce the 2015 Africa SOMA scholarship winners.... but you'll have to wait until our next update to hear about that!

In the meantime we'd like to give you an update from one of our scholars, Yvonne, who summed up her second year of secondary school beautifully in her year end report. 

"The year was a very fantastic year in school where I realised why I am in school and knew very many things in school since last year I was just a form one. So I never knew many things about secondary school. Last year we had very many activities happening in school which I took part in some of them.

There were games in first and music in second term and in first term I went to a humanities contest where I participated in geography and became number two but our certificates were never issued. In second term I also participated in the Maasai traditional dance and drama festivals where we went up to provincial levels.

In games I also participated in football and netball which are very enjoyable games in my school life. The school is going on well in management and development like last year we had a school bus and new classes which we were very happy about. We are also almost finishing the school dining hall which is also a development.

In terms of performance of the school in last year results was not very encouraging but I ought to work hard towards mine. Generally my own end of term results good although I had a mean grade of a C+ and I will try to work even harder than before. The school has a very conducive environment for me to learn so I ought to work on it.

I received the scholarship money of which I thank them so much for the offer because it is really helping me and my parents in general. We ended our term very well and by the grace of God am now in form three which I really appreciate due to my efforts. I will work to continue with my studies in order for me to achieve my prospective goals."

On behalf of Yvonne, the rest of our Africa SOMA Scholars and the Africa SOMA team I'd like to thank you for your support and encourage you to consider donating again to support our 2015 scholarship winners.

Thank you.  

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