Oct 21, 2020

Scholar Spotlight: Cynthia

An African Tear by Cynthia
An African Tear by Cynthia

Cynthia, a Women's Global Education Project scholar in rural Kenya, recently wrote and performed an original spoken word poem about the impact her education has had on her life. You can watch the full poem, titled "An African Tear," on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NbyGu7EVH7o&t=18s, or read the transcript below:

An African Tear by Cynthia G.

My African nature gives me my African stature
My African ability leaves me aiming higher and higher
My intelligent African brain gives me brilliant ideas every time
I draw and form structures
Structures to build my today
For I can't build my tomorrow without a better life today
Since today is my foundation
My strength

I write, I draw, lay out and construct
This leaves my esteem so high!
Yet I fall, crack, and break into pieces
My voice is never heard, for everyone around me is working for a few coins
A few coins they will take from their hands
to their mouths

But now, things are different
I am proud soul, for someone has got my back
The Tharaka Women's Welfare Program, and the
Women's Global Education Project have supported me
socially, emotionally, spiritually, and even financially!
Very few can take that initiative

The program has supported me by raising my self-esteem
by giving me free personal effects
They've also supported me by calling for meetings
for me to be a better woman in the society
And not just a better woman
But a woman of substance in the society
All thanks to the program

I can see success coming my way
and this success will change my desperate tear
into a tear of joy
into a bundle of joy

This tear of success
I will tie a lasso around my waist, and dance
like a possessed African woman
Because I will have power
The power to speak for the voiceless in the society
The power to help the poor girls in the society
And the power to spread humanity

All I need is support
The support to be that superwoman
That superwoman who fights for humanity
So join me, and let's make a change
Because I need you, and you need me

Thank you for supporting Women's Global Education Project, and hundreds of students like Cynthia!

Oct 7, 2020

Why give globally?

Last month, New York Times columnist and bestselling author, Nicholas Kristof, joined WGEP board member Mariam Huss for a virtual conversation on the importance of girls' education through the pandemic. You can watch the full conversation on our YouTube channel, but we wanted to share a few of the highlights with you directly:

On caring about global issues when there are so many domestic challenges in the US: "I think it's a mistake to pit humanitarian needs abroad against those at home. I do think we have bandwidth for both. At the end of the day, our compassion, our humanity, should not depend on the color of somebody else's skin, or on the color of somebody else's passport."

On the importance of girls' education: "I fear that the COVID pandemic will be followed by an illiteracy pandemic and a malnutrition pandemic. And I think it's important that we pay attention not only to the medical consequences of the coronavirus, but also the socioeconomic and gender consequences as well."

On Women's Global Education Project: "Thank you for the work that you all are doing in the schools in Senegal & Kenya, and you know, 50 years from now, those women will have had lives that are far more productive and their families will be better off and their communities will be better off because in 2020, they were getting those resources and that help."

Thank you for supporting our grassroots efforts to respond to the pandemic in Senegal! 

Jun 25, 2020

Shifting Programming to Support Girls & Women through COVID-19

When the world shut down due to COVID-19, Women’s Global Education Project’s programs had to adapt quickly to serve our communities’ most urgent needs. Schools in Kenya shut down in mid-March, and hundreds of WGEP scholars returned home to villages that were not well-equipped to deal with a possible viral outbreak, and did not have the proper resources for remote learning at home.

Doreen, a WGEP Kenya scholar who attends Egerton University, highlighted the barriers to remote learning in rural Kenya: "The nature of studying at home is a challenge because there's no electrical power, and time is limited because of domestic chores." 

Over the past three months, WGEP has provided battery-powered radios and solar lanterns to 203 girls so that they can continue their school lessons while at home, and can study at night after completing household chores. Additionally, WGEP has distributed food and cleaning supplies to 659 girls and women to combat food insecurity during the crisis, and to ensure that families stay safe and healthy through the pandemic.

Though there has been a shift in programming, our current work exemplifies our mission to ensure that girls and women in rural communities have access to education, and helping them to build better lives. Thank you for your continued support! Any donations to our project will support our ongoing COVID-19 response efforts.

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