"It [the Africa SOMA Scholarship] will help me to continue with my education and continue with my goals that I have set for my life" - Gideon, one of Africa SOMA's 2013 Scholars
Africa SOMA is continuing to fundraise for the four year high school costs of our 2013 scholarship students. To facilitate this work we have been creating microprojects associated with this project which allows us to highlight the talents of the individuals who are the recipients of our scholarships. In September Africa SOMA was pleased to see that the microproject fundraising for Damaris' secondary school costs reached it's goal.
With this in mind we would like to introduce you to Gideon, one of our two male 2013 scholarship recipents, and our current microproject focus. Gideon loves math and his goal is to become an electrical engineer when he grows up. You can learn more about him by checking out the microproject associated with him here (http://www.globalgiving.org/microprojects/help-gideon-finish-school-and-become-an-engineer/)
Africa SOMA has been offering scholarships to the highest achieving students in the Elangata Wuas school district since 2005. As a result we have many past scholars who have gone on to further their studies or enter the workforce. Recently, Isaac, a member of the Africa SOMA team, caught up with some of our previous scholars. Ruth started a bachelors degree in Human Resource Management this September at Kenyatta University. Everlyne also started a teaching diploma this September at the Polytechnic University of Nairobi. Tony is currently back in Elangata Wuas working as a teacher at Inaudot Primary School and hopes to start University sometime soon. Nathan started a bachelors degree at Egerton University in Wildlife Management. Africa SOMA would like to wish all our previous scholars the best of luck in their future educations and careers and thank all our previous supporters for their investement in Kenyas future!
Thank you again for investing in the students of Elangata Wuas. Your hard earned money is being well spent on the education of bright Kenyan students who hold the future of Kenya in their hands.
On behalf of them, the Elangata Wuas Community and the rest of the Africa SOMA Team, thank you.
In an effort to raise funds for Africa SOMA's 2013 Scholarship winners, we have begun creating individualized microprojects, under the umbrella of this Global Giving project, in order to highlight each individual student to potential donors. All the money raised directly through this project will be divided equally among our students however we wanted to give potential donors the chance to get to know our students on a more personal and individualized level. I encourage you to check out these related microprojects.
We have already had enormous success with fundriasing for Monica, one of our scholarship students, as she works towards her dream of becoming a doctor. Monica would like us to say "Thank you" to all of those donors that contributed to the great fundraising success of her microproject. We have great confidence in Monica and thank all our donors for helping provide the finances necessary for her to pursue this goal.
Currently Africa SOMA's has two summer interns, Brooke and Helen, working on the ground in the Elangata Wuas community. As volunteer teachers they have become very aware of the rewards and challenges the community's hardowrking students engage with on a daily basis. Our interns have been interviewing the 2013 scholarship winners about the impact Africa SOMA's scholarship has made on their lives, how their adjusting to high school as well as thier future plans and goals. Damaris, one of 2013's two female scholarship winners was recentlly interviewed regarding the impact her schoarship has had on her life.
Again we would like to thank our donors for their support. Education has long been understood to be one of the most successful methods for increasing the social mobility, health, climate change resilience and empowerment of not only the youth that are educated but their communities who benefit from the ripple effect of education.
Thank you for choosing to support Africa SOMA in our work. We could not do it without you.
Africa SOMA is proud to announce our 2013 Scholarship Award Winners! We are excited to award full four year high school scholarships to the two top scoring boys and girls in the Elangata Wuas District. The 2013 top male students are Olubi (Scarlet) from the KMQ Primary School and Leken (Gideon) from Elangata Wuas Primary. Tumanka (Emily) from Indupa Primary and Oseur (Damaris) from Elangata Wuas Primary School are the top two 2013 two female students awarded with Africa SOMA’s scholarship. Each of these students studied very hard in order to be the leading students in the district. With these scholarships Leken, Olubi, Tumanka and Oseur will be able to choose which high school they will attend for the next four years. In a region struggling with drought and unpredictable rainfall patterns education allows youth a greater range of options for their livelihoods. While many of our previous scholarship students continue to raise livestock they have diversified this traditional income source with a wide variety of other career pursuits.
On February 28th Africa SOMA held a comedy fundraiser at Montreal’s Comedy Nest and raised $850.00 towards the cost of supporting our 2013 Scholarship winners over their four year high school career. We encourage you to tell your friends and family about our cause and help us move closer to our goal of fully funding these students.
Africa SOMA believes increased access to education is key for the long term economic, cultural and environmental sustainability of the Maasai living in the Elangata Wuas region. Thank you for joining us in our work towards this cause.
While Africa SOMA fundraises to provide high school scholarships for the 2013 primary graduates of Elangata Wuas Kenya, we thought we’d take the time to check in and provide updates on a few of our previous scholarship winners.
Matampash, one of our 2005 scholarship recipients graduated in 2009 and is currently attending Moi University, studying Analytical Chemistry and Computing. Without Africa SOMA’s scholarship he doubts he would have been able to attend secondary school as finances were tight. “I worked hard” he says of his time at high school, where he participated in many math contests. It was during his high school education that he realized his passion for science “I was good in Chemistry at my school and it was my best subject”. But Matampash isn’t one to only reminisce about the past; “I would like to do a Masters and a PhD if possible. I would like to be someone in the community”.
Gladys, a 2009 scholarship recipient will be graduating this year. “The scholarship helped me to motivate my education” Gladys says. And her education hasn’t only motivated her; “Most girls in the community don’t go to secondary school because they drop [out] in primary. They see me as an important person who can help them... I’ll be a role model to their children by having got an education, so that will motivate many girls to work hard in their education and also try their best to get the scholarship.” And she’s not only planning to be a role model in her community – she plans to become a doctor, a doctor that remains invested in pastoralism. “It [pastoralism] will help me because if I need something, I’ll sell my cattle. I want to work and continue with pastoralism.”
Eunice, a 2009 scholarship winner is currently in accounting college and is hoping to find a job near Elangata Wuas when she graduates. “Without the scholarship I would not have been able to afford high school” she says. Monica, another 2009 recipient, agrees “When I finished my primary education there was much drought, so my parents were not able to pay for me to go to secondary school. When I got my scholarship I was able to go”.
School has also provided the students, who grew up in predominately Maasai community, the opportunity to integrate with other students. “I like this.” says Monica “I can learn about their culture, how they live at home and perform their duties. I also share things about Maasai culture.” Gladys agrees “Now I know how to interact with them (Muslim students). Socially, I like it.”
While all our scholarship winners had much to say about their educational experiences, Gladys eloquent statement sums up why Africa SOMA continues to provide scholarships year after year: “Education is empowerment”
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