Dec 9, 2019

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step!!!

Beneficiaries outside sewing classes for break.
Beneficiaries outside sewing classes for break.

We are almost completing the hidden map to a place we consider home; we will ensure the neighborhood communities around the new empowerment center feel the positive change we have come with among young girls and women.

In 2019, we have been able/still continue to help give second chance to 62 out of school girls in our Scholarship project through leveraging community resources.

Below are some of the girls’ reactions:

“Because we enjoy our vocational skills sessions, on behalf of my fellow beneficiaries, we request our compassionate donors to help us with a quick Christmas fundraising gift so that we are able to have the grills/rails fixed along the class corridors that are upstairs to avoid accidents that might occur and ensure learning is safe for us”.

 “Dear all our Donors wishing you a merry christmas and a happy new year 2020, thanking you for your incredible support in 2019, our best year yet”.

The Girls Empowerment Center safe space/hostel continues to offer a temporary haven for girls and young women(including persons with disability) who have been exploited or sexually abused and are in immediate danger; we provide ongoing counseling and investigation with a goal of reconciling them with their families. 

Milestone achievements in influencing and facilitating policy development on Sexual Gender Based Violence (SGBV) for Kisumu County to protect and champion the rights of children and young women.

We would love to give you all a tour so you can meet some of the beneficiaries who are now with us. We love to show off our incomplete comfy home, and the girls enjoy meeting visitors. One or two might even show you what they can do with their computers and sewing machines.

“We have recurring donors who donate to the empowerment center monthly, we really appreciate your generosity and we appeal to all other supporters to become recurring donors so that we can reach our target of $100,000”.

Truthfully, we could not do this without you! We, and those we serve, sincerely appreciate your generosity.

Mentorship at its best after the trainings.
Mentorship at its best after the trainings.
Tutor demonstrating how to hold the tape measure.
Tutor demonstrating how to hold the tape measure.
Beneficiaries taking instructions keenly.
Beneficiaries taking instructions keenly.
Sep 10, 2019

Overwhelming Joy and Excitement for NIGEE Girls

Overwhelming Joy and Excitement for NIGEE Girls! It has been almost 2 years 4 months since this journey begun with your support in cooperated and when you support the empowerment center you are not just funding but you are empowering a million girls strong that make real change happen. As much as it’s incomplete the girls could not just wait but use the complete section of the building in running activities. In the month of August NIGEE conduct a leadership and girl-led advocacy training for 35 girls within the facility: The training focused on the following topics: Leadership skills, Communication skills, basic community-led M&E skills, Team work, Advocacy, Networking, Social mobilization, basic Mentorship concepts, Understanding social norms, Problem solving, Message designing and girl-led media tools. As NIGEE we couldn’t resist sharing with you some of the great reactions from the girls as follows: “I wish to thank you for the continuous support and the help you provide, for your dedication, attention and open-minded thinking and for your readiness to help whenever you hear from us” “I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your generous giving. So that you will understand the importance of your act, I would like you to know that your generosity has helped in my long recovery from my dark background” See photo below, Donors happy as much as the girls and showed their support by sharing out our post on how girls are excited about the new structure”. NIGEE Girls empowerment center flash activities: • In the past two months, NIGEE maintained the 444 girls reached with the skills training since the inception of the program. • Currently, 378 girls have completed and have graduated in dressmaking, computer skills and hairdressing. • The GEC provides life skills sessions to girls’ to build their self-esteem and confidence in all aspects of life, the sessions are conducted at the girl’s center by the mentors. They continue to use the standard life skill training manual during the sessions. We have also partnered with the health sector who has greatly offered Education on Reproductive health to the girls. • The GEC safe space have influenced girls to learn more on the referral pathway in the community and this has accelerated reporting of any form of Gender Based Violence (SGBV), this has also allowed NIGEE to be extremely keen on girls experiencing exploitation in the society and make necessary referrals because NIGEE protects, promotes and ensures that all rights of women and girls are respected. It is our pride to inform you that every dollar you donate to us is used to build a fairer, flourishing and just society and what mesmerizes the girls is the fact that every penny will support!!!

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Jun 4, 2019

Finally,we have moved into the new(though incomplete) Girls Empoerment Center!!!!!!

Finally, we have moved into the new (though incomplete) Girls Empowerment Center!!!
The Girls Empowerment Center (GEC) of the Nyanza Initiative for Girls Education and Empowerment (NIGEE) is finally a reality. We started the journey in April, 2017 with only $37,523 from the French Embassy in Kenya to do the foundation. To date, we have raised and spent an additional $122,250, thanks to generous donations from you all through GlobalGiving and small profits from business opportunities NIGEE sources for locally.
We officially moved into the building on February 28, 2019. Even though it’s incomplete, to save on rent we moved in anyway; the rest will be done while we are inside. We’re e excited that soon we’ll be able to consolidate our activities in one place. The building has 8 large rooms, 3 of which are complete. The balance needed to complete the building is $65,193, and we’ll be home and dry! We continue to look for funds locally and externally and are super positive we’ll get there!
Your generosity has made this possible!! We are forever so grateful for the continuous support of our donors and volunteers.


Below are some of the girls’ reactions to their new facility:
“I thought after the graduation we had in January (2019) the current Center would be closed down because project funds dried up. But when I saw the new Girls Empowerment Center, my hope was raised. Seeing the Center means we are here to stay and our dreams are still valid (smiles)”.


“On behalf of my fellow girls, we thank you for supporting girls reclaim their future through the Girls Empowerment Center. Thank you for making my schooling possible. Your dedication to us has inspired me to work hard”.


“My favorite thing about our new Girls Empowerment Center is that as much as the building is incomplete, it still looks amazing and I am glad we are all going to be under one roof as NIGEE family”.


The relocation did not halt our services. In March and April 2019, the following have been going on at the old GEC:
20 girls enrolled for computer classes, 25 for hairdressing and 11 for the dressmaking classes; the rest completed and graduated in January 2019.
Every Wednesday, NIGEE mentors continue to use the life skill training manual to provide life skills sessions to girls, to build their self-esteem and confidence.
The GEC safe space/hostel continues to offer a temporary haven for 10 girls and young women who have been exploited or sexually abused and are in immediate danger; we provide ongoing counseling and investigation with a goal of reconciling them with their families.
As we approach the completion of the new GEC, we plan to officially launch the facility in the 3rd or 4th quarter of this year.

Thank you again once again for walking the talk with us in this project – you have made a tremendous impact in our girls and our community at large. Thank you!!


GEC at various degrees of completion but we just moved in to save on rent. $65,193 is needed to complete everything.
It was really an amazing experience – truly a dream come true.


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