Africa SOMA Inc.

Africa SOMA sees education as a central tool in improving the lives of all people. In Kenya, progress has been made in expanding access to education, however large hurdles remain: quality is often low, secondary schools are prohibitively expensive, and often the most vulnerable groups, such as Maasai pastoralists, continue to be unable to access even primary education. Improving participation in schooling requires creative solutions that lower barriers to entry and improve the learning environment. Our programs aspire to contribute to such creative solutions. We work in partnership with local organizations and community members and promote community investment and involvement in all of our p...
Oct 27, 2015

Africa SOMA scholars prepare for examinations

Scholarship winners Felister, Matthew & Innocent
Scholarship winners Felister, Matthew & Innocent

It has been a year full of exciting achievements for Africa SOMA scholarship winners, new and old.

Noah, our Kenya coordinator holds meetings with all scholarship winners every term break to monitor their academic achievement and discuss their high school experience. Noah provides an invaluable mentorship to our winners, discussing their goals for the future, how to cope with their workload and balance it with family responsibilities, and how they can give back to other students in their communities. Some of our scholarship winners provide tutoring on their holidays, and afterwards many go on to work in schools as assistant or full teachers.

Noah is also hard at work laying the groundwork for the 2016 scholarship competition. He is liaising with the head teachers of the ten participating primary schools in Elangata Wuas zone to confirm the number of final-year students they have who will be eligible for an Africa SOMA scholarship and to get their signed declaration of participation. In late December/early January when the results are posted, Noah will convene a meeting of all of the headteachers to review students results and pick our next four winners. Both of these winners are thrilled that their scholarships have allowed them not to miss any school due to lack of fees.

In the scholarship winners meeting this August, we heard from our scholarship winners Alex (Form 2) and Damaris (Form 4) that they are enjoying their years thus far and are getting ready for exams. Alex explained that he was able to participte in a Maasai dance team at Nakeel Boys that proceeded all the way to the National level of competitions. Damaris has had a challenging year due to a family re-location but her grades have risen over the course of the year and she is set on passing her final KCPE exam in December with flying colours. 

Our scholars now have just over a month to prepare for their end of year exams. For those in form four (the final year of high school) this year, that exam will be the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exam. The results from this exam will determine what colleges and/or universities our scholarship winners are offered places in. We are wishing all of our scholarship winners the best of luck in their exams this December.

New scholarship winner at the Mile 46 market
New scholarship winner at the Mile 46 market
New scholarship winner Felister at Mile 46 Market
New scholarship winner Felister at Mile 46 Market
Aug 18, 2015

Computer Classes in Full Swing...

Noah and his computer students
Noah and his computer students

Noah is pleased to welcome three new students to the EWRC computer lab: Patricia, Ezekiel, and Eddah.

Patricia, who is married, 39 years old, with 4 young children, and a primary education, is a livestock keeper and business woman. She sells used clothing and traditional fabrics at local markets. She has enrolled in the computer course to learn how to type, to send and receive emails, and to learn how to store data. She hopes these skills might help her secure a job as a secretary for a development organization and to communicate with friends afar. She is also looking forward to teaching these skills to her children. The classes, she states, are going well but it has been hard to find enough time due to other duties and the prevailing drought. 

Ezekiel is 42 years old, married to two wives, with 10 young children, and has studied up to two years of secondary school. He is a livestock keeper and has great expertise in nature and wildlife. He has worked as a nature guide in a local eco-tourism facility and has for many years worked as a research assistant on various programs. Like Patricia, he also is keen to learn how to use a computer and how to type efficiently. He would like to be able to use these skills to communicate through email and, consistent with his insatiable appetite for knowledge, he would like to learn to use the internet to search for information.

Eddah is 26 years old, married with 2 small children and has completed her secondary education. She is a livestock keeper, business lady and is currently working as a research assistant on a project exploring women's perspectives on land privatization in Elangata Wuas. She is keen to learn all aspects of computer work, including Excel and scanning. She hopes to use these skills for her own professional development and to be able to teach it to others. She finds the classes are progressing well but notes that the network connection can be weak and unreliable.

All three would like to extend their gratitude to those who have contributed to making these courses a reality. Noah hopes that his classes will continue to attract such devoted students! 

Jun 8, 2015

Proud to Present our New Scholars!

Africa SOMA is proud to present to you our newest scholarship winners:

Felister is 12 years old and attended Emurkeyia Primary School. Her favourite subject is Science because "it delas with normal things." She aspires to become a doctor as she wants to help people. In secondary school she is looking forward to making new friends and studying hard! Her father, a livestock keeper, and her mother, who does house work, are very proud of her.

Maureen is 14 years old and attended Torosei Primary School. Her favourite subject was Kiswahili. She aspires to become a pilot so that she can travel the world. She is very excited to explore the new environment of her secondary school and expects to work very hard. Her father, who is a livestock keeper, and her mother, who is a tailor, are both very proud of her.

Innocent is 20 years old and attended Emurkeyia Primary School. His favourite subject is Math because he is good at it. He aspires to attend University after high school and then to pursue law. He wants to become a lawyer because he wants "all people to be treated with equal justice." He is excited about the new subjects he will have in his new school and plans to work very hard. He hopes to fit in some football to refresh the mind. His mother, who is alone and with no employment, is very proud of him.

Mathew is 15 years old and attended Singiraine Primary School. His favourite subject is English because he can speak it well. He aspires to become an engineer because he wants to invent new things and he thinks he will be very good in physics, although he has yet to take a physics class. He looks forward to meeting new people and also engaging in his new classes. His parents, livestock keepers, are very proud of him.

Africa SOMA would like to wish our new scholars the very best of luck in their studies and in the pursuit of their dreams. 

Felister, Maureen, Innocent, and Mathew would like to extend to all donors their tremendous gratitude for this opportunity.


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