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...
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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Feb 4, 2015

Thank you from Gideon!

A little while ago you donated money to help Gideon go to school and work towards his dream of becoming an engineer. The Africa SOMA team, and Gideon wanted to take this time to thank you again for your generosity. 

When asked what he would like to tell Africa SOMA donors who helped pay for his high school scholarship, Gideon told us "I would like to appreciate them for paying my school fees because if it were not for them I would not have seen the door to high school." But Gideon's thankfulness did not end there. He pointed out how much this scholarship is helping not only him achieve his educational aspirations but his sister's as well. "I would also want to appreciate them for helping my parents by paying my school fees because if it were not, they could not have been able to pay my sisters fees."

Gideon also added that he would like to tell donors "to continue helping us because this is good." While we know there are many wonderful causes in need of support we ask that you please consider donating to Africa SOMA scholarship winners again in the future. 

On behalf of Gideon, his parents, his sister and the entire Africa SOMA team we'd like to express our gratitude.

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