Education
 Kenya
Project #7044

Educate girls and fight poverty in Kenya

by Women's Global Education Project

In this season of giving and gratitude, we would like to share a letter of thanks we received from WGEP Kenya scholar Jacklyn:

I joined the program in 8th grade after my parents separated. My three siblings and I were left under the care of our mother who is a farmer. She depends on the rains for a good yield, which is very difficult with the frequent droughts and problems with pests and disease. Thanks to your support, I was able to stay in school and receive tutoring that helped me pass my final high school exam. I am now studying at Egerton University, a public university in Kenya, where I am working towards a degree in Economics and Statistics.

I am grateful to the program for enabling me to be the person I am today. It is through your support that I completed my secondary education and made it to university. The program has enabled me to be self-empowered as a young woman in today’s society where there are many challenges to face and tackle.

I appreciate the program for continuing to pay for my school fees. I promise to work tirelessly and never let you down. I wish to go on with my Masters in Economics after I am through with my degree course. I like talking to students whenever I get a chance and with a course in guidance and counselling, I can be able to get out and talk to students in the community and the community at large. I want to be a role model to the society, especially to girls and women for them to believe in their potentials and for the society to believe that, by educating one woman, you educate the whole community.

I promise never to forget the program, even when I am through with my studies. I appreciate your continued support.  

Yours sincerely,

Jacklyn

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Kamatumo Club students during their tour
Kamatumo Club students during their tour

Girls and Boys Molding Clubs are one of the many complementary interventions WGEP provides to keep students in school. These clubs provide an opportunity for boys and girls to learn about and discuss topics such as children’s right to education, development, parental care and protection against harmful practices and abuse.

Over 600 girls and boys from 9 different schools in the Tharaka region of Kenya participate in these clubs each year. Club members have recently undertaken new projects to raise funds for their clubs. Projects include rearing chickens and sheep and harvesting mung beans to generate income.

Using funds generated from their projects, Molding Club members from Kamatumo Primary School were able to visit the Alpajeta Animal Conservancy. They saw elephants, rhinos, giraffes, chimpanzees and many other wild animals. The children loved this trip so much that they are inspired to work even harder next year to raise enough money to visit Mombasa. They say they want to see the ocean!

Club members learn about animal morphology
Club members learn about animal morphology

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Purity in class
Purity in class

Below is a letter we received from Purity, a former WGEP Kenya scholar who is now working toward a degree in accounting:

My name is Purity and I am glad to share my life history and experience with you up to now. I was born in 1996, began my primary education in the year 2001 and completed in 2009.

After my primary education, I began secondary school in 2010. In the year 2011 I became a beneficiary of the Sisters to School program. I sincerely say that I am greatly indebted to the organization for the support you offered to me. You paid my school fees and provided me with the personal items that I required. These really helped me to have a comfortable and easy time in school since my parents could not meet all of my needs.

Also, I must add that the counseling mental care provided every year really helped me to cope with life in and outside of school, especially when I took my exam in 2013.

I am now working as the secretary at Gatue Secondary School, working toward my mission of being an accountant {CPA} and working in mass media.

Lastly, let me again say thanks and best of luck as you move forward changing the lives of the needy and of society in general.

Yours,

Purity

You have made an individual impact on Purity's life and on the lives of hundreds of other young women in Kenya. On behalf of Purity and all of our scholars, we thank you!

Members of our adult literacy program in Kenya
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!

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ARP participants on the final day of the program
ARP participants on the final day of the program

Our Alternative Rite of Passage program (ARP) is a week-long event that is held each December with our Kenyan partner organization, Tharaka Women’s Welfare Project (TWWP). Called “Circumcision with Words”, this program seeks to combat the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) by addressing its cultural and social underpinnings on multiple levels.

In December 2014, 250 girls participated in our program! Since its initial implementation by WGEP in 2007, the ARP program has helped over 1,300 rural Kenyan girls and their families abandon the harmful and deeply rooted tradition of FGM.

Moreover, due to its great popularity and increasing demand, WGEP also included 58 boys in an ARP-like retreat program. Participants discussed safe male circumcision and publicly supported their sisters, cousins and female friends in standing up against FGM. This boys program was initiated in 2013 with 32 male participants.

Thank you to all of our donors and supporters who make this work possible!

We are excited to see how both our boys and girls programs expand and grow together!

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Women's Global Education Project

Location: Oak Park, IL - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.womensglobal.org
Project Leader:
Amy Maglio
Founder
Oak Park, IL United States
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