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...
Nov 4, 2014

Africa Soma scholarship students doing well!

Africa SOMA Scholarship Students
Africa SOMA Scholarship Students

Africa SOMA has been lucky enough these last few months to have one of our board members, Jennie Glassco, on the ground in Kenya. Jennie is in Kenya conducting her PhD research in a community near to Elangata Wuas and as a result has been able to visit Elangata Wuas and our scholarship students to get updates. 

This last weekend Jennie was able to visit some of our high school students and chatted with them about their schooling and what the scholarship has meant to them. Dorcas, now in form 1, aspires to be a journalist. "I like the stories that history tells." she told Jennie "I want to be seen on TV in the future giving out the news. I love to read newspapers in my free time” With this career goal in mind she said she pays paticular attention in history class.

When discussing what the scholarship meant to her and what she wanted to tell people that have donated money towards her scholarship she asked that we pass on this message:  

 “Thank you so much for this scholarship. Please continue to support us in secondary school and we will work very hard and do our level best to achieve our goals”

Another student Jennie was able to visit with, Yvonne, also asked us to pass on her sincere thanks. “I appreciate the people who are funding my scholarship so much." she said "Africa SOMA has done so much by helping my parents with my school fees. My parents are so happy I have come so far”.

These may be just two of the sixteen scholarship students that Africa SOMA supports, but the appreciation and genuine thanks is a common sentiment expressed by all of our scholarship winners. It is thanks to individuals like you, and your financial support, that these young Kenyans are able to further their education. 

As we move into the season of giving we hope that you will consider supporting Africa SOMA's scholarship students again. Every January, when our form 4 students graduate high school we accept four more new students. We hope you will join with us in supporting these new students as they work towards their dreams. 

From Dorcas, Yvonne and all the rest of the Africa SOMA students and board members, thank you for your support.

Board Member Jennie with Africa SOMA Scholars
Board Member Jennie with Africa SOMA Scholars

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Sep 15, 2014

Goodbye to Isaac but hello to energizing news

Isaac with librarians, library askari
Isaac with librarians, library askari's and board

Africa SOMA is sad to say goodbye to our wonderful computer lab instructor and Africa SOMA coordinator for the last year and half, Isaac Kakeni. The library and computer lab will not be the same without him, but we wish him the best as he moves on to new and exciting career opportunities in the NGO world and works to advance his education. As we search for a new computer lab manager for Africa SOMA, we know he will not be eay to replace. Thankfully one of our Board Member's Jennie Glassco, is on the ground in Elangata Wuas to facillitate filling the position of computer lab manager. 

While saying goodbye to Isaac may be sad news for the library we are we excited to announce that electricity may soon be available in the Elangata Wuas region. While our library runs off solar power, our solar panels are only able to power a limited number of computers and don't allow for any additional power usage in the library. While we will continue to use solar panels to power our computers, electricty in the community will allow us to expand the libraries activities and potential as a rental space, and the librarians have hopes of buying a projector to use for community presentations. 

As always, and especially as we move through this time of transition we would like to thank Africa SOMA's donors for their continued support. It is through your donations that the Elangata Wuas Library and Resource center is able to offer computer services to the Elangata Wuas community. From us as well as all the students and community members who make use of the computers to forward their schooling or business endeavors - Thank you. 

Jul 16, 2014

Updates from Africa SOMA's Scholarship Program!

As Africa SOMA's 2014 Scholarship Cohort enters the midway point of their first year in secondary school, Abigael, Dorcas, Kelvin and Alex would like to pass on their sincere thanks to the donors that have supported Africa SOMA's scholarship fundriasing efforts. These four students, along with the 

With two cohorts of Africa SOMA Scholarship Recipients having now graduated secondary school, it has been wonderful to see where their educations have led them. Of the 8 graduated students, 7 have continued on to follow post secondary training, and one has started his own business. Three of the graduated students have themselves become teachers. 

However some changes are coming to Africa SOMA's scholarship program. Thanks to feedback from community members it has come to our attention that, due to inflation, the amount of our scholarships need to increase. This will of course require renewed fundraising attempts. This year, Africa SOMA is fortunate to have two summer Montreal-based interns focusing on fundraising and grant writing. These ambitious interns have organized a fundraising comedy night that will take place this Friday, July 19th at 7pm at Montreal's Comedy Nest. For those who are interested in coming, check out the link to the facebook event below to find information about tickets!

At Africa SOMA we believe education is the key to so many opportunities otherwise inaccessible to these rural Kenyan youth, and we than you for your on going support.  

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