Educate girls and fight poverty in Kenya

by Women's Global Education Project
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Educate girls and fight poverty in Kenya
Educate girls and fight poverty in Kenya
Educate girls and fight poverty in Kenya
Educate girls and fight poverty in Kenya
Educate girls and fight poverty in Kenya
Educate girls and fight poverty in Kenya
Educate girls and fight poverty in Kenya
Educate girls and fight poverty in Kenya
Educate girls and fight poverty in Kenya
Educate girls and fight poverty in Kenya
Educate girls and fight poverty in Kenya
Educate girls and fight poverty in Kenya
Educate girls and fight poverty in Kenya
Educate girls and fight poverty in Kenya
Educate girls and fight poverty in Kenya
Educate girls and fight poverty in Kenya
Educate girls and fight poverty in Kenya
Educate girls and fight poverty in Kenya
Educate girls and fight poverty in Kenya
Educate girls and fight poverty in Kenya
Educate girls and fight poverty in Kenya
Diana & her grandmother at graduation
Diana & her grandmother at graduation

Women's Global Education Project's Sisters to School program takes a holistic, community-led approach to dismantle the complex barriers that keep girls from attending school.

We provide comprehensive school scholarships and mentoring to girls, reproductive health workshops, and after-school clubs. We also host community outreach and mobilization activities to better educate parents, boys, and community members on the importance of girls’ education.

Read how Diana, a 23-year-old scholar from Tharaka-Nithi county, Kenya, was impacted by the Sisters to School program:

How did WGEP support your education? Sisters to School molded me to be who I am today. I was able to learn how to improve my self-esteem because I had very low self-esteem since my childhood. It was through this that I was able to fight for my rights as a girl child and I started taking everything positively. In 2021, I graduated from the University of Eldoret with a Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural Education, with honors, and am now working as an intern with WGEP! I joined the Sisters to School program in 2008 in 5th grade, and was a scholar for a total of 14 years before graduating! 

What are your goals? I want to help the Tharaka community achieve food security by working on interventions and innovations: discovering new ways of teaching the community on how to use limited resources in agriculture to minimize inputs and maximize outputs! After my internship, I want to secure a full-time job to provide for my family, and to invest for my generations to come. 

How will you support other girls as an intern with WGEP? I will impact the community by guiding other scholars so that they can become prominent people in the society through counselling, advice and moral support. I will also teach parents on how to better understand their children so that they can better support them and their education.

Support girls like Diana with a contribution to WGEP!

Diana working as an intern for WGEP
Diana working as an intern for WGEP
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WGEP scholars in Tharaka-Nithi county, Kenya
WGEP scholars in Tharaka-Nithi county, Kenya

According to UNESCO, one in ten girls in Sub-Saharan Africa misses school during their menstrual cycle. This could mean missing up to 20% of a school year!

At Women’s Global Education Project, we provide our 220 Kenya scholars with the resources they need to attend and succeed in school- that includes menstrual pads, undergarments, and health education pamphlets to ensure that they can focus on their studies, not on their periods! 

Below are a few of our favorite photos from a recent supply distribution for our scholars.Thank you for supporting our work, and for believing in the power of girls’ education to transform communities and lift up economies.

Scholars waiting to receive menstrual supplies
Scholars waiting to receive menstrual supplies
Scholars receiving their menstrual supplies!
Scholars receiving their menstrual supplies!
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Architectural Drawing of our New Community Center
Architectural Drawing of our New Community Center

Thank you to every person who has supported Women’s Global Education Project’s work on the GlobalGiving platform! We are incredibly grateful that in spite of the global pandemic, we have been able to not only sustain, but also expand our impact across rural Kenya.

We are starting a four-year process to build a state-of-the-art library and computer center in Tharaka-Nithi county, Kenya! This center will become the new headquarters of our Kenya operations, and will serve 10,000 women and girls each year with literacy training, computer classes, and community mobilization activities. The center will house 10,000 books and 25 computers, providing unprecedented access to resources in a remote, rural region where nothing like this exists. 

Please make sure to subscribe to WGEP’s newsletter to get monthly updates on the center, and learn more about our work to empower women and girls across Kenya & Senegal.

Touring the future site of the Community Center
Touring the future site of the Community Center
WGEP team members in Tharaka-Nithi county, Kenya
WGEP team members in Tharaka-Nithi county, Kenya
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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!

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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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