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...
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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Dec 23, 2014

Thank you from Monica!

We received such an amazing response to Monica'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 Monica as she moves forward on her path towards becoming a doctor and it was so wonderful to see the same faith reflected back by our donors. 

Monica is nearing the end of her final year of high school. While she works hard at studying for final exams 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 two interns, Brooke and Helen, working on the ground in Elangata Wuas they were unfortunately unable to meet up with Monica since she attends a high school outside of the community and was so focused on her studies while they were there that she did not have time to come home for a visit. Regardless, she wanted to make sure the message was passed along to all of the donors like yourself for your generous contributions and support. 

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. Increased education of youth also has the wonderful bonus of creating a positive ripple effect through communities such as Elangata Wuas. 

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

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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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