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Jul 10, 2018

School lunch fuels student success

Michele and Malchizedek
Michele and Malchizedek

Michele and Malchizedek get a vigorous work out every day. Their route to Nametsa Primary School in Western Kenya is down a rocky mountainside.The return involves climbing large boulders on the uphill trek. It takes them over an hour each way.

The two children live with their mother and grandmother. Their family grows maize on the rocky hillside and sells it in the local roadside market. With limited resources, the family struggles to cover the expense of basic necessities.

Both students are grateful for the daily school lunch they receive from the Umoja Project. The simple maize and beans meal helps them continue to grow and provides vital nutrition. The meal allows them to focus on their studies at school. School lunch keeps our Umoja scholars in school and allows children to finish primary school instead of foraging for food.

The Umoja Project provides a network of care for orphaned children. More than 3,200 students in the Chulaimbo, Kenya area receive daily school lunch, nourishing their bodies and minds. 

Apr 18, 2018

GIRL CHILD

Get Up Junior
Get Up Junior

Girl Child

This poem by a young student illustrates the frustration and challenges many young girls face. Our GET UP program gives students like Agnes hope and wings to soar to their full potential.

 

GIRL CHILD

I'm just a girl child

It sounds so good

But oh no

 

To my mother

     a house help

To my father

     a source of income

To my teachers

     a school wheelbarrow

To my fellow students especially boys

     a beautiful flower to be admired

And to the sugar daddies

     a juicy fruit to be eaten raw.

 

It all started before I was born

When my mother was given a very harsh warning:

make sure that you give birth

to a baby boy.

 

Little attention was paid to me.

My mother makes me work at home

as my brothers are learning.

I wash clothes, cook, gather firewood, clean

and scrub the floor.

 

When it was time for going to school

I rejoiced thinking that it was the end of my suffering, but ush!

I was mistaken

To my parents a girl's place is just by the kitchen.

 

I thought marriage life was the bed of rose and honey, but ush!

Dear Papa

I want to go to school.

I have some feelings for my education, dad.

But does he really care?

Does he care for my suffering?

Girls want change!

 

                                                by Agnes 

                                                Student in Chulaimbo, Kenya

Nelly our fabulous guest speaker
Nelly our fabulous guest speaker

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Apr 11, 2018

Thank You from Sharon

Sharon
Sharon

In March and April of this year I made my first visit as Executive Director to Global Interfaith Partnership's Umoja Project in Kenya. During my visit at the very first function I attended, I met Sharon, a Project Assistant Leader. Sharon is a vivacious young girl and strong leader. I was fortunate to spend quite a great deal of time with Sharon during school visits, primary school student home visits, and various functions that were designed to help me understand the work and the impact of the Umoja Project in Chulaimbo, Kenya.

One of our last days together, Sharon handed me two letters. One letter was a personal letter to me, sharing her hopes and dreams for the Umoja Project. The second was an open letter of thanks to Global Interfaith Partnership. I thought I would share her letter and more of her story with you in our project report. You can see from her letter, she feels like the Umoja Project "saved her from the streets." Sharon has been an Umoja scholar since primary school when she participated in the school lunch program. She scored well enough on her KCPE exams to be supported for secondary school (high school). She attended St. George Secondary School and scored well on her KCSE exams. She will be finishing her year as Project Assistant Leader this month and helping to train the next group of project assistants. She plans to attend college to become a surveyor. She did research into careers and discovered that surveyors were in demand in Kenya and that she would be able to find a position shortly after finishing her degree.

Sharon is just one student Umoja Project has supported on a path to a better future. Each year we have more students who do well on their KCPE exams than we can support. This year we had 60 students finish above 260, a high score on the comprehensive test. Out of those 60, 12 were funded by other organizations, and we funded 35 students. We were able to increase our number from 25 to 35 because we received seven scholarships from Kenyans, including one individual donor and a small grant. Clearly, we still have a gap.

It is our dream that all of our students who qualify can attend secondary school. Please help us make that dream and dreams of students like Sharon come true!

Letter
Letter

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