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May 16, 2019

Girls learn about health and relationships

Beldine Kephas
Beldine Kephas

The GET UP program consists of two significant parts. During class six through class eight (GET UP JR) girls attend two sessions every term to learn about health, relationships, communication, self-esteem, and so much more. Once our Umoja students get to secondary school (high school), GET UP SR meets twice a year for a one-day conference and a three-day retreat. Topics during this time include a session on sexual health. Pictured above is Beldine Kephas, who always did the talk in this topic area. Girls in both programs receive sanitary towels, so that they don't have to miss school during their menstrual cycle.

The GET UP program has made a significant difference in the lives of the "girl-child" in our project. Since we started this program, we see girls finishing primary school, achieving high marks on the end of school exams (KCPE), qualifying for secondary school scholarships, and even going on to post-secondary education. The teen pregnancy rate has dropped by 80% in our population.

Special thanks to Beldine for her energetic and engaging talks about difficult topics. Recently, Beldine moved out of our project area. She will be missed greatly by our girls and our GET UP mentors. ASANTE SANA!

Your donation supports our girls empowerment program in Kenya, which is making a difference in 700 lives each year. 

GET UP Jr at Bar Union cluster
GET UP Jr at Bar Union cluster
May 14, 2019

Sinyolo Girls send thank you


Each year the Umoja Project sponsors students to attend secondary school. This year we have 19 girls enrolled at Sinyolo Girls School, one of the ten secondary schools our students attend. Pictured is Editor, a form 2 (10th grade) student and a partial orphan, who is leading her class in performance with an A-.

Because of the cultural challenges girls face, the Umoja Project prefers to support girls in schools that offer a better chance of success and boarding, if possible. All-girl schools allow our students to concentrate on their schooling and not be distracted by chores at home, concerns of safety walking to school, or challenges related to the opposite sex. 

Attached is a letter of thanks from the Sinyolo girls attending this year. In the letter they promise "to work smart," encourage their younger siblings in the project, be good examples, and "to improve their society for a better tomorrow."

The overall theme of the work the Umoja Partnership does in Chulaimbo, Kenya is that opportunity for education provides HOPE for children who otherwise would not have the chance to further their schooling.

Many thanks to you for supporting these children for a better tomorrow.

Apr 24, 2019

Bar-Anding'o Link Teacher Sends Greetings


Meet Nelly Ndenga, one of our volunteer Link Teachers with Bar-Anding'o Primary School.

Bar-Anding'o is one of the original primary schools in the Umoja Project's first group of ten schools in the lunch program. Nelly is the second Link Teacher to manage our program at this school. Nelly describes what we have have seen over and over at our now 19 schools:

  • The lunch program keeps children in school.
  • Good nutrition means children are better able to learn.
  • Graduation rates have increased.
  • School performance has improved.
  • Umoja students are now in the top of the class rankings.

Please read Nelly's letter of thanks below.

Thank you for your support. Because of you, more than 3100 children eat lunch at school every day! 



Denise Soltis, Executive Director

Nelly Ndenga, Link Teacher

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