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

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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Jan 20, 2015

Thank you from Emily!

We received such an amazing response to Emily's microproject, all of Africa SOMA has been blown away by the compassion and genorosity of donors such as yourself. We have great faith in Emily as she moves forward on her path towards becoming an accountant and it was so wonderful to see the same faith reflected back by our donors. 

Emily has just begun her second year of high school. While she starts her second year it is reassuring to know money is not something she will need to stress about, allowing her full focus to be poured into her work. 

Although Africa SOMA currently has an intern, Jack, working on the ground in Elangata Wuas he was unfortunately unable to meet up with Emily since she attends a high school outside of the community. Regardless, she wanted to make sure the message was passed along to all of the donors like yourself for your generous contributions and support. She also wanted to let donors know how supportive her parents are of her education. "My parents are very happy about the scholarship I have received and are proud of how far I have come in school. They also support my education and buy me school supplies.”

On behalf of Africa SOMA I would like to thank you for your support. Our work cannot happen without people like you not only believing in our work, but putting down some of your own hard earned money as token of support. As you may know education is one of the most consistant methods to create greater health, social mobility, climate change resilence and empowerment for underpriviledged youth, paticularly girls. Increased education of youth also has the wonderful bonus of creating a positive ripple effect through communities such as Elangata Wuas. 

On behalf of Emily, the Elangata Wuas Community and Africa SOMA's Team - Thank you.

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Jan 15, 2015

Welcoming Noah to the Computer Lab

Noah outside the Library and Computer Lab
Noah outside the Library and Computer Lab

Africa SOMA is excited to introduce our new Kenyan Coordinator and Computer Lab Manager, Noah Sankale Pesi! Noah is currently doing his Bachelor of Business Administration at St. Paul's University by distance education. He is from Elangata Wuas, where the Library and Computer Lab is located, and has spent a lot of time in the library in the last couple of years. In an email Noah had this to say to the Africa SOMA team and supporters. 

"Hi everyone. I am so glad to be part of Africa Soma team, I must begin by appreciating your tireless efforts  in helping my community (Elangata-wuas). You have actually change lives of many pupils who did not have hopes of joining secondary schools and even instilling the culture of reading using the library to my community."

Africa SOMA is also excited to announce a new fundraising initative with Rough Giraffes, a non-profit social enterprise which sells graphic t-shirt's. This beautifully designed shirts make excellent gifts and are all printed on sweatshop free shirts.  They can be purchased a the Rough Giraffe's website and will soon be available on the Africa SOMA Etsy fundraising shop "Saturday Soko".

Noah at work in the computer lab
Noah at work in the computer lab

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