Empower 200 mothers and 1,000 girls in Kenya

May 10, 2013

Our girls taking the lead

Girls attending a life skills session
Girls attending a life skills session

Got Oyenga Primary School epitomizes the work done by One Village At A Time. 

Got Oyenga Primary School in Siaya, Kenya, has 8 teachers employed by the government and 4 others who are paid by the parents. It boasts about 600 pupils. Just this year, Got Oyenga started a secondary school with assistance from local leaders and community contributions. Due to high demand, the only secondary school in the community enrolls 26 students.

Life skills sessions for adolescent girls are held regularly in the school. Attendance is always high and the girls themselves propose topics for learning. The teachers actively participate in these forums.

Some girls are purchasing pads one at a time. Reusable sanitary towels are given to the most needy teenage girls. Your contributions to One Village At A Time provide reusable sanitary pads that allow girls to stay in school full time instead of missing one week a month during their menses. We’ve found that in schools where girls receive sanitary pads, they are more confident, more vocal, and more empowered.

Girls in Got Oyenga are not allowed to drop out during pregnancy. This is a strategy by the headmaster, who says it has helped reduce pregnancy incidences.

Because of your contributions, our girls are becoming community leaders. Thank you!  


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Project Leader

Ginger DeShaney

Boston, MA United States

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