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...
Jul 16, 2014

Updates from Africa SOMA's Scholarship Program!

As Africa SOMA's 2014 Scholarship Cohort enters the midway point of their first year in secondary school, Abigael, Dorcas, Kelvin and Alex would like to pass on their sincere thanks to the donors that have supported Africa SOMA's scholarship fundriasing efforts. These four students, along with the 

With two cohorts of Africa SOMA Scholarship Recipients having now graduated secondary school, it has been wonderful to see where their educations have led them. Of the 8 graduated students, 7 have continued on to follow post secondary training, and one has started his own business. Three of the graduated students have themselves become teachers. 

However some changes are coming to Africa SOMA's scholarship program. Thanks to feedback from community members it has come to our attention that, due to inflation, the amount of our scholarships need to increase. This will of course require renewed fundraising attempts. This year, Africa SOMA is fortunate to have two summer Montreal-based interns focusing on fundraising and grant writing. These ambitious interns have organized a fundraising comedy night that will take place this Friday, July 19th at 7pm at Montreal's Comedy Nest. For those who are interested in coming, check out the link to the facebook event below to find information about tickets!

At Africa SOMA we believe education is the key to so many opportunities otherwise inaccessible to these rural Kenyan youth, and we than you for your on going support.  

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Jan 17, 2014

And the 2014 Africa SOMA Scholarships go to...

Africa SOMA is proud to announce our 2014 Africa SOMA scholarship students!

Each year Africa SOMA awards the two boys and two girls who receive the top scores on the KCPE exams in the Elangata Wuas District with full four year high school scholarships. These scholarships are supported by donors such as yourself. 

This Tuesday our coordinator, Isaac Kakeni, met with head teachers from each school to determine which students received the top scores in the district. Without further ado we are proud to announce Africa SOMA's 2014 scholarship students:

The top two KCPE scoring girls are Sampuru who attends Emurkea Primary and Dorcas from Enchorro Primary. The top scoring boys are Kelvin from Indupa Primary and Mesheti from Singiraine Primary. We hope you join with us in congratulating them on their hard work and wishing them all the best in their high school careers. 

Africa SOMA also awards a 10,000ksh ($116 USD) school improvement bonus to the primary school which has the highest number of high scoring students. For 2014 we're proud to announce that Emurkea Primary is the winner and will be receiving the money to improve their school as they best see fit. 

Thank you again for supporting education. For these rural Maasai students, high school education is something that is out of the reach for the majority of the students in the community. Yet education has been proven, time and time again, to have the greatest impact on increasing the social, economic and health outcomes not only of individuals and their families but communities as a whole.

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Jan 2, 2014

Thank you from Damaris!

Thank you!

We received such an amazing response to Damaris' microproject, all of Africa SOMA has been blown away by the compassion and genorosity of donors such as yourself. We have great faith in Damaris as she moves forward on her path towards becoming a teacher and it was so wonderful to see the same faith reflected back by our donors. 

Damaris is nearing the end of her first year of high school. While she works hard at studying for final exams it is reassuring to know money is not something she will need to stress about, allowing her full focus to be poured into her work. 

Although Africa SOMA has a part time coordinator, Isaac Kakeni, working in Elangata Wuas he was unfortunately unable to meet up with Damaris since she attends a high school outside of the community and was so focused on her studies that she has not had time recently to come home for a visit. Regardless, she wanted to make sure that a message of thanks was passed along to all of the donors like yourself for your generous contributions and support. 

On behalf of Africa SOMA I would like to thank you for your support. Our work cannot happen without people like you not only believing in our work, but putting down some of your own hard earned money as token of support. As you may know education is one of the most consistant methods to improve health outcomes, social mobility, climate change resilence and empowerment for underpriviledged youth. Increased education of youth also has the wonderful bonus of creating a positive ripple effect through communities such as Elangata Wuas. 

On behalf of Damaris, the Elangata Wuas Community and Africa SOMA's Team - Thank you.

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