St. Vincent de Paul Community Development Organization

The mission of the organization is to build a society where all children are provided the necessary love and care essential for growth. The organization is run by a small group of local volunteers, dedicated to improving the lives of poor and marginalized children in Kibera, Kenya by promoting their social integration into the community.
Mar 20, 2013

The Power of Educating Girls

St. Vincent
St. Vincent's Rescue Center

The far-reaching advantages of educating girls are well proven – for girls themselves, but also for their families and for whole nations.  Girls who stay in school marry later, have fewer children and have children later, thus avoiding medical complications due to early pregnancy, which are the leading cause of death among girls age 15-19 worldwide. An educated girl invests 90% of earned income in her family, compared to 35% for a boy.  When 10% more girls attend secondary school, a country’s per capita income increases by an estimated 3%.

 

Despite the strong evidence about the impact of investing in girls, access to education remains a challenge for many girls in Kenya. Just 36% of girls in Kenya are enrolled in secondary (high) school.  

 

Obvious barriers exist – for instance tuition fees and the need to purchase one’s own school supplies (e.g., uniforms, textbooks, etc.) -- that hinder many girls from enrolling and staying in primary and secondary schools. These factors are compounded by less obvious barriers. Among them is children’s ability to get to and from school safely. In urban areas like Kibera, the walk to school – in particular for girls – can be dangerous. Girls in Kenya, and in Kibera specifically, are highly vulnerable to sexual violence: 32% of Kenyan girls experience sexual abuse during their childhood.

 

It is this problem that spurred St. Vincent’s to strategize ways to keep our girls safe as they are accessing education. With the start of the 2013 school year (in January), 10 of St. Vincent’s Rescue Centre girls were enrolled in boarding schools outside of Kibera to give them the opportunity to go to school without having to be exposed to the many dangers posed in Kibera. The girls return to the Rescue Centre on school breaks and where possible, have been placed in the same schools and those in proximity to extended families.   

 

The girls are excited about their new schools and all are doing well. St. Vincent’s conducts visits to check up on them regularly and track their school performance and overall wellbeing. 

St. Vincent
St. Vincent's Rescue Center

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Feb 14, 2013

LOVE St. Vincent's this Valentine's Day!

St. Vincent
St. Vincent's Rescue Center

What are you doing this Valentine's Day?

Take a minute to vote for St. Vincent's Nursery School & Rescue Center's work to promote LOVE for vulnerable children and families in Kibera, Kenya

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St. Vincent's mission is to build a society where all children receive the necessary LOVE and care essential to survive and thrive. We promote love by treating both children and parents with the love and respect needed to flourish. 

We are thrilled that this work has been recognized by The Fetzer Institute. St. Vincent's has been selected to participate in the What In The World Are You Doing? contest for its work to promote love and forgiveness. 

With YOUR vote, we have the chance to win $5,000.

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Vote NOW until February 28th. It's easy and free! 

  • Go to St. Vincent's entry page (see link below) 
  • Vote by clicking LOVE IT! 

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The NGO or nonprofit organization that gets the most votes by midnight EST February 28, 2013 will be awarded $5,000 for being the MOST LOVED!

And as always, thank you for your support!


Links:

Feb 14, 2013

LOVE St. Vincent's this Valentine's Day

What are you doing this Valentine's Day?

Take a minute to vote for St. Vincent's Nursery School & Rescue Center's work to promote LOVE for vulnerable children and families in Kibera, Kenya

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 

St. Vincent's mission is to build a society where all children receive the necessary LOVE and care essential to survive and thrive. We promote love by treating both children and parents with the love and respect needed to flourish. 

We are thrilled that this work has been recognized by The Fetzer Institute. St. Vincent's has been selected to participate in the What In The World Are You Doing? contest for its work to promote love and forgiveness. 

With YOUR vote, we have the chance to win $5,000.

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Vote NOW until February 28th. It's easy and free! 

  • Go to St. Vincent's entry page (see link below) 
  • Vote by clicking LOVE IT! 

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The NGO or nonprofit organization that gets the most votes by midnight EST February 28, 2013 will be awarded $5,000 for being the MOST LOVED!

And as always, thank you for your support!

Links:

 
   

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