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...
Aug 18, 2015

Computer Classes in Full Swing...

Noah and his computer students
Noah and his computer students

Noah is pleased to welcome three new students to the EWRC computer lab: Patricia, Ezekiel, and Eddah.

Patricia, who is married, 39 years old, with 4 young children, and a primary education, is a livestock keeper and business woman. She sells used clothing and traditional fabrics at local markets. She has enrolled in the computer course to learn how to type, to send and receive emails, and to learn how to store data. She hopes these skills might help her secure a job as a secretary for a development organization and to communicate with friends afar. She is also looking forward to teaching these skills to her children. The classes, she states, are going well but it has been hard to find enough time due to other duties and the prevailing drought. 

Ezekiel is 42 years old, married to two wives, with 10 young children, and has studied up to two years of secondary school. He is a livestock keeper and has great expertise in nature and wildlife. He has worked as a nature guide in a local eco-tourism facility and has for many years worked as a research assistant on various programs. Like Patricia, he also is keen to learn how to use a computer and how to type efficiently. He would like to be able to use these skills to communicate through email and, consistent with his insatiable appetite for knowledge, he would like to learn to use the internet to search for information.

Eddah is 26 years old, married with 2 small children and has completed her secondary education. She is a livestock keeper, business lady and is currently working as a research assistant on a project exploring women's perspectives on land privatization in Elangata Wuas. She is keen to learn all aspects of computer work, including Excel and scanning. She hopes to use these skills for her own professional development and to be able to teach it to others. She finds the classes are progressing well but notes that the network connection can be weak and unreliable.

All three would like to extend their gratitude to those who have contributed to making these courses a reality. Noah hopes that his classes will continue to attract such devoted students! 

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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