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...
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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Sep 15, 2014

Goodbye to Isaac but hello to energizing news

Isaac with librarians, library askari
Isaac with librarians, library askari's and board

Africa SOMA is sad to say goodbye to our wonderful computer lab instructor and Africa SOMA coordinator for the last year and half, Isaac Kakeni. The library and computer lab will not be the same without him, but we wish him the best as he moves on to new and exciting career opportunities in the NGO world and works to advance his education. As we search for a new computer lab manager for Africa SOMA, we know he will not be eay to replace. Thankfully one of our Board Member's Jennie Glassco, is on the ground in Elangata Wuas to facillitate filling the position of computer lab manager. 

While saying goodbye to Isaac may be sad news for the library we are we excited to announce that electricity may soon be available in the Elangata Wuas region. While our library runs off solar power, our solar panels are only able to power a limited number of computers and don't allow for any additional power usage in the library. While we will continue to use solar panels to power our computers, electricty in the community will allow us to expand the libraries activities and potential as a rental space, and the librarians have hopes of buying a projector to use for community presentations. 

As always, and especially as we move through this time of transition we would like to thank Africa SOMA's donors for their continued support. It is through your donations that the Elangata Wuas Library and Resource center is able to offer computer services to the Elangata Wuas community. From us as well as all the students and community members who make use of the computers to forward their schooling or business endeavors - Thank you. 

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