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Nov 21, 2012

The Ariemet Girl's Rescue Center

The Ariemet Girl
The Ariemet Girl's Rescue Center from the East Sid

The Girl’s Rescue Center:  This center was first conceived in 2009 as a meeting of stakeholders led to the formation of the CBO POWER and the commitment by the Turkana community in Ariemet to donate the land. A grant form the UN Slavery Fund was granted and construction began in October or 2012.  Though there have been many challenges, people, water, transportation, the river rising…

One day, two young  ladies arrived. They quietly sat under a bush until the work day was closing and they approached to tell us the story of Irene.  So now Irene is in a temporary situation and is the first girl to be served by the new center,

Today the windows and doors were installed! Pictures in the next update.

This center will assist the project to provide safety and education to pastoralist girls in the Isiolo area.  We are so excited to finally be taking this major step in preventing girls from FGM and early forced marriage and providing a safe place for them to find education.

According to the World Bank, Educating girls brings the highest return on investment of any in the developing world!

This project is now in the GIRL EFFECT CHALLENGE until the end of November.  Your donation of any amount will help push us to the top.  It is the number of donors and the total amount that will help us get to the top 12 and help us EDUCATE GIRLS!!

The Ariemet Girl
The Ariemet Girl's Rescue Center
Roofing the Center was a HUGE step!
Roofing the Center was a HUGE step!
Before the center was finished, Irene arrived
Before the center was finished, Irene arrived

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Nov 9, 2012

UPDATE From Rabondo

Lilian, the Center Coordinator
Lilian, the Center Coordinator

The learning center is open and running. Maggie Smith was there in September. She spent days doing catalogs of the books at the library. I was there during that time and the work she did is very great. I really appreciate on behalf of the RCPUSA, the community and the Learning Center.

Though the learning center is running well, there is still more to be done and money is badly needed. Supplies are needed, for example; paper, ink cartridges, toner etc. Lilian's salary also. A pit latrine is badly needed as Lilian has to cross over to the other side of the compound. People coming to the Learning Center also need a latrine. Some maintenance is needed as well. We await the expansion of the learning center to the other available rooms. Plastering, painting and installation of electricity is necessary. The purchase of books in line with the Kenyan education curriculum will help students who cannot afford to buy them. They will be able to come to Learning Center and study.


We got a better printer and it is good in both quality and reliability compared to the others we had, but the toner it uses is very expensive.

The traffic that we had earlier went down during the power shortage then before it could rebuild, the strike occurred in schools. The schools rely on the Learning Center for services.

As we did not expect traffic to rise immediately, the progress is promising. Indeed, the Learning Center and especially the library is one of the best things in the Rabondo community and we cannot afford to lose it. It really supported students who were out of school due to the strike. They found a place in the Library at the Learning Center conducive to study.

I am sure the Learning Center will achieve self-sustainability. I expect the traffic to start building up soon. I anticipate that there will be a lot of work as the election is nearing. People will visit for various services; pictures, posters, ID processing documents etc.

Women and children are benefiting very much from the program. Women train and embrace the culture. Therefore, its continuity is important for the community.

Class and Services
Class and Services
A Computer class in sesson
A Computer class in sesson

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Oct 15, 2012

The FIRST EAGLE BADGE

Nick adding the final touches to the EAGLE SHELTER
Nick adding the final touches to the EAGLE SHELTER

Summer Day Camp is over for 2012.  Season extenders will go on for the entire month of October. This provides opportunities for home schoolers, teachers in public school and individual campers to continue their education until hunting season begins.

This summer Nick was awarded the FIRST EAGLE BADGE! This represents acquisition of a series of difficult skills.  The camper works on these skills for several years. They include: constructing a water and mosquito-proof shelter; identifying 20 plants, advanced knife safety, bow drill or hand-drill fire, cooking a meal outdoors with metal pots and a small wild meal w/ bowls and baskets, demonstrate 10 knots & make cordage,  making baskets, demonstrating skill with map and compass, tracking in the wild, showing advanced respect of the human community and advanced respect of all life.

Congratulations NICK!

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