Members of our adult literacy program in Kenya
Thank you for your continued support and commitment to Women’s Global Education Project. We have an exciting program to share with you! As part of our scholarship program, we also provide complementary interventions such as tutoring, mentoring, health workshops and community outreach. These interventions are part of WGEP’s holistic approach to dismantling the barriers to girls’ access to and success in school. One of our community outreach programs is a women’s literacy program. Women join this program in order to gain reading and writing skills to help their daughters with their homework in addition to improving their own lot in life. With literacy skills, these mothers become mentors for their daughters, not only helping them with their homework, but also acting as good examples and demonstrating the power and importance of education.
An offshoot of our women’s literacy program is the “Merry-go-round” program, a micro finance group that allows the women to pool their money together and then, once a month, one of the women receives the entire pot. With this large sum of money, the woman is able to purchase things she would be unable to otherwise, such as the space for a new business or a plot of land. This program supports women by keeping them in control.
Since its start, the women in the Merry-go-round program have found ways to give back to their communities. For instance, they were able to buy three goats, multiple tables, dishes, lamps and litter tanks to retrieve rainwater. In these ways, the program has greatly benefited the women involved, their families and the wider community.
Thank you for helping to support Sisters to School and its complementary activities such as the Merry-go-round program!