May 21, 2018

Powerful Voices

Humphrey meeting with Jackline on a school visit.
Humphrey meeting with Jackline on a school visit.

Women are powerful, and we have the desire and drive to improve the world around us, but sometimes our voices and actions go unheard or are never developed because of a lack of opportunity. Sometimes that opportunity is taken away because of culture, sometimes because of socioeconomic status, and sometimes because of a lack of education.

At Action Two Africa, we believe that strong women’s voices ought to be heard. We want to encourage them, and help them develop those voices and use them to change their communities. Part of how we do that is by helping them attain an education, which allows them to be agents of change in their communities regarding issues relating to access to education, rights, and opportunities.

One of the voices we want you to hear is Jackline’s. A few years ago Jackline’s father passed away. She and her four siblings had to move in with their grandfather and his eight children. The 14 of them lived in a two bedroom home with dirt floors. They ate one meal a day and shared a pit toilet with their other neighbors. They knew there was no way they would be able to pay for Jackline’s school fees, so her grandfather reached out to Action Two Africa for help. Jackline was enrolled in our Child Sponsorship Program, and is currently thriving in school. She recognizes the importance of her education and knows that it will open doors to allow her to create positive change for others in her community. “I have realized that I can do my very best in school, and that I have the potential to have a bright future,” she says, “when I finish secondary school, I want to go to college, so that I can become an important person in my community who can help others and make changes.”

Much like Jackline, there are many other young women wanting the opportunity to get a quality education so that they can create change within their communities. Only a few barriers exist to this education, but being able to afford tuition is one of the biggest of them. Everyone who contributes to what we are doing here at Action Two Africa is helping young women, like Jackline, have their powerful voices can be heard. These women are agents of chance, and if this one small barrier is removed, their voices will make a lasting impression on their lives, their communities, and the entire world.

May 3, 2018

Increasing Our Outreach

We here at Action Two Africa (A2A) are saddened to let you know that our office in Kiambiu, Kenya, is now closed due to a lack of funding. Over the last few years, we have not been receiving adequate donations to support the office space that Humphrey previously worked out of, and where children could come after school to study, write to their sponsors, and have a safe place to meet with their peers. 

However unfortunate this set back though, this doesn't deter our mission or change our vision for Kiambiu. A2A will continue to provide educational sponsorships and mentoring to children in our Child Sponsorship Program. 

While we will no longer have a centralized office location, we are working on ways to continue to be a presence in the community and work with children and leaders in Kiambiu. We will do this by going back to meeting with families in their homes and finding an alternative location to host monthly board meetings.

Additionally, we have been searching for ways to increase our funding over the last year. Since the inception of A2A, our primary source of funding has been from generous donors such as yourselves, but, we are looking to increase our scope of donors to include people and organizations in Kenya. In March, Humphrey went to a GlobalGiving meeting held in Nairobi, in order to network with like-minded organizations and individuals. He was able to get information and resources from GlobalGiving and other participants on how to find funding within Kenya. Much like the United States, Kenya has organizations and grants designed to provide funding and resources to organizations like A2A. Humphrey has been diligently pursuing local and regional funding opportunities, and we look forward to the prospect of partnering with these organizations and individuals in Kenya, and continuing to grow and learn. 

We will keep you updated on the progress of our efforts, and if you have any suggestions or ways to improve our funding, please contact me at: christina@action2africa.org

 

Thank you all for your continued support! 

 

Feb 22, 2018

Education Equals a Brighter Future

What does education really do for young women in Kenya?

While education is important for everyone, it is an essential area of empowerment for young women in Kiambiu, Kenya.

Education provides stability. Being in school helps to provide a consistent schedule, stable meals and housing, and the chance to grow and flourish in a healthy environment amongst a community of peers.

Education provides protection from human trafficking and sex work.  Human trafficking is rampant in countries around the globe, and this does not exclude Kenya. Young women in Kenya are vulnerable to being illegally transported for the purposes of commercial sexual exploitation or forced labour. If a young woman is in school, this helps to keep them off the streets.

It provides a future to help stop the cycle of poverty. Education equips young women to prosper economically, and empowers young women to have a positive impact within their family and community.

It provides hope.  

It promotes self-worth and confidence. Even with odds stacked against them, the young women in our Child Sponsorship Program are powerful, full of drive to get an education, and desire to make a difference within their community. After all, knowledge is power, and with an education, young women can unlock countless opportunities that can positively shape their future. For example, meet Nancy. Nancy first became a part of our program in 2014, and after graduating in 2016, she went on to college. Currently, she is going to school for Lab Technology, and is one of four young women in our Child Sponsorship Program who has graduated and gone on to college!

Ultimately, education empowers young women to grow and flourish. While Nancy is just one of the many girls in our program who has graduated high school and has moved on to higher education, we hope with your continued support, we are able to continue to give these young women hope, and a brighter future.   







 
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