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Empower & Educate the Girls of Rural Kisumu

by The Rahul Kotak Foundation Vetted since 2017 Top Ranked Effective Nonprofit
Empower & Educate the Girls of Rural Kisumu
Empower & Educate the Girls of Rural Kisumu
Empower & Educate the Girls of Rural Kisumu
Empower & Educate the Girls of Rural Kisumu
Empower & Educate the Girls of Rural Kisumu
Empower & Educate the Girls of Rural Kisumu
Empower & Educate the Girls of Rural Kisumu
Empower & Educate the Girls of Rural Kisumu
Empower & Educate the Girls of Rural Kisumu
Empower & Educate the Girls of Rural Kisumu
Empower & Educate the Girls of Rural Kisumu
Empower & Educate the Girls of Rural Kisumu
Empower & Educate the Girls of Rural Kisumu
Empower & Educate the Girls of Rural Kisumu
Soko Student installing Mobile Education Software
Soko Student installing Mobile Education Software

Since starting our work almost two and a half years ago, one of the biggest lessons we learnt was that making education accessible to all children was not simply about addressing the issues they faced while at school. While it is crucial to continue to make the classroom environment better and make books and learning material easily accessible (especially to those living in the slums and rural areas), it is also important to go beyond the classroom.

At Soko Primary School in Nyakach, we have been able to address a couple of such issues that go further than the classroom but make a big difference for the students.

Eneza Education

To help students study and revise better after school, we partnered with Eneza Education to run a pilot program using their mobile education platform Shupavu. All registered candidates for the upcoming KCPE exams received access to the mobile platform to help them revise and prepare for their exams in their spare time or whilst at home. The platform allows them to ask live questions to teachers via SMS and helps them brush up on any topics they may be having challeges with. Students also have access to past papers and practice questions with guidance on how to answer questions correctly.

COHESU

Through our partnership with a local NGO, Cohesu, we have been able to ensure that all the girls at Soko Primary School receive new school shoes at least twice a year. This helps reduce the risk of Jiggers and Bilharzia which are both prevalent in the Lakeside region. This also makes the morning walk to school a lot more comfortable and eases the financial burden on parents/guardians who may not have enough money to buy new school shoes.

New Shoes!
New Shoes!
And they
And they're on...
Soko Std. 8 Girls receiving T-Shirts
Soko Std. 8 Girls receiving T-Shirts
All girls of Soko also received books and pencils.
All girls of Soko also received books and pencils.
Ready to run in the new shoes
Ready to run in the new shoes

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KenyanKids Sanitary Pads Program
KenyanKids Sanitary Pads Program

Earlier this month, we had the pleasure of meeting the wonderful girls of Kenyan Kids and providing them with some food items, story books, learning material and AFRIpads Deluxe Menstural Kits under RKF's Sanitary Pads Program. The Re-usable Menstrual Kits are a more sustainable, cost-effective and long-term solution that will help keep the girls in school throughout the year.

What a bunch of inspirational young women who have big smiles and even bigger dreams. We had an incredible afternoon catching up with them, hearing them sing and share their future hopes. They dream to become teachers and doctors with one of the girls wanting to become a neurosurgeon! Here's to their bright futures...

You can support this project by making a donation between 4pm on 18th July 2018 and 7am on the 19th July (Kenyan Time/GMT+3). All donations will be matched by 50%. Recurring donations will be matched 100%.

KenyanKids Football
KenyanKids Football

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Pilot Implementation
Pilot Implementation

Progress Update from Pilot Program

To find the most effective and long-term solution to the problem of girls having poor access to sanitary pads, RKF decided to carry out a pilot program in one rural school where this issue was first brought to our attention. When considering options, we relied on the findings from our research to try a solution that would address as many of the issues as possible in a cost-effective and sustainable manner. That option was: re-usable sanitary pad kits.

To ensure we could learn as much as possible from this pilot program, we asked the teachers to keep an extensive record of the following details. Furthermore we asked local volunteers to carry out periodic surveys to monitor and evaluate the progress of this program:

-          Attendance

-          Performance

-          Period Management

-          Improved awareness/ confidence

At the end of the first Academic term a basic analysis of attendance and performance records provided the following results which will help us fine-tune the program before we scale the program to reach at least 200 girls in rural Kisumu in 2018. 

Attendance: 44.05% increase in attendance in Term 1

Class Performance: 77.78% increase in class performance (Note: there were a couple of outliers in this data set and that this data is based off internal school assessment. National Examination Results in December (KCPE) will give us a clearer indication of the impact of the program on performance)

A survey carried out of 26 out of the 29 girls who received the kits revealed the following:

Period Management: 60.32% improvement in managing their periods as a result of the program

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Organization Information

The Rahul Kotak Foundation

Location: Kisumu, Kisumu County - Kenya
Website: http:/​/​www.therahulkotakfoundation.org
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Twitter: @TheRKFoundation
Project Leader:
Mansi Kotak
Kisumu, Kisumu County Kenya
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