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...
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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Feb 4, 2015

A huge thank you from Yvonne!

On behalf of Yvonne and the rest of the Africa Soma Organization we would like to thank you for your donations to Yvonne's high school scholarship. We asked Yvonne to tell us how she felt when she heard she had been granted the scholarship. This is what she wrote us:           

"It was on that day when our K.C.P.E. (Kenyan Certificate of Primary Education) results were announced when I heard the message. I was very glad to hear that I got a sponsorship from Africa SOMA. school work. The scholarship has really helped me in many ways especially in saving my parents the burden of paying my school fees. I appreciate Africa SOMA so much and say thank you for their offer which has really helped many of us.

I was so happy to get the information and my parents were also glad to you Africa SOMA because you have really saved them and may God bless you so much. My parents told me to work very hard towards this. My primary teachers were also very happy about the information of me winning the scholarship and we really appreciate you. Thank you."

We, as the board members of Africa SOMA would also like to thank you for your donation. Thanks to your support Yvonne can continue to work towards her dream of becoming a doctor. 

Please consider supporting us and our work in the future, and again - Thank you.

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