Help Kenyan Girls Qualify for Secondary School

by The Sunflower Foundation (Australia) Inc.
Help Kenyan Girls Qualify for Secondary School
Help Kenyan Girls Qualify for Secondary School
Help Kenyan Girls Qualify for Secondary School
Help Kenyan Girls Qualify for Secondary School
Help Kenyan Girls Qualify for Secondary School
Help Kenyan Girls Qualify for Secondary School
Help Kenyan Girls Qualify for Secondary School
Help Kenyan Girls Qualify for Secondary School

It has been a wild ride these past few months. 

As Covid-19 has swept through the world, it has found it's way to Riley Orton's little corner. 

The money that is normally quite limited in Kisumu has all but dried up. The funding our the foundation has been slashed. 

But yet, the organization continues on. 

The literacy garden is being taken advantage of by the girls in the area as it is a space for them to get away from all their troubles and to just be a kid. 

It gives them a chance to continue their learning, even if schools have been shut down. 

There are social distancing measures put in place to ensure that no one is getting sick. 

We will continue to support these wonderful girls as they become women the best we can. 

The major expansion efforts of the garden have been put on hold. For the time being, though, it is business as usual for the girls to learn. We hope that this can continue, even as Kenya goes deeper into lockdown.

In the meantime, we wish them well and that they continue to stay safe. 

Share on Twitter Share on Facebook

Do you know what is powerful?

Girls that can read!

We continue our support of this wonderful program in Lake Zone Kenya and their Literacy Garden. 

The garden is continuing to grow and the space has really blossomed into an oasis for creativity. 

We had a funding drive in late November and early December and I am thrilled to report that it was a resounding success. This will allow us to continue funding the project and expand access to education for girls in the area. 

In the garden, creativity reigns supreme and we believe that the best is yet to come. 

We look forward to continuing to share with the great strides that the girls have made. 

Watch out world, these girls are coming for you!

Share on Twitter Share on Facebook
Waiting for lunch
Waiting for lunch

Dear Sponsors and Literacy Garden Team

One of the most amazing elements of the literacy garden is that it encourages the girls to be proactive with words. 

We provide a space for them to read and learn, but just as importantly, the space allows them to create. 



Projecting their voice. 

While most of these are designed on the group level, we have found a way for the girls to share their voice with the world: e-publishing. 

Over 10 of our girls have drafted, designed, and created small stories about their lives. This requires the use of many skill sets that we teach: story arch development, the use of technology, translation into English, artistic design, grammar checking, and seeing through a project on a timeframe. 

The result is beautiful stories that give the world a glimpse into the lives of the girls. 

I would encourage you to read this wonderful example of what the girls are creating, Ugali and Fish by Macreen. Use these windows that the girls have opened to understand the impact of your donation. 

Just having a space to call their own is already a remarkable achievement. We are currently in the second phase of building with the next big steps a borehole for water to help beautify the area and a solar tower to help charge the technology. 

We want to continue to support this truly worthy cause and hope to relay on to you the impact of every single donation that you make. 

Thank you for everything, 

Evan Lorendo, Digital Char, Sunflower Foundation


Share on Twitter Share on Facebook

Dear sponsors,
On behalf of Women Without Borders -Kenya,kindly allow us to register our sincere thanks for the efforts you are making to support marginalised girls attend secondary education.Its through your efforts to eliminate poverty levels in women through girl child education.Many young girls get married before the age of 18 due to poverty levels in households.Public primary schools in Kenya are tuition- free,but good education is cost effective,while tuition costs for high schools are substantial. Fewer than 50% of girls in Sub-Saharan Africa will complete high school because they cannot afford these fees.A quality high school in Kenya can cost up to $1500 per child,and with per capital income of $755 mostKenyan families cannot afford the cost to send a child to school.As a result, 84% of Kenyan girls attend primary school,while only 48% enroll in secondary schools.

1 whyinvest in adolescent girls? United Nations Foundation and Clinton Global Initiative. meetings/PDF/actionareas/why_invest_in_Adolescent_Girls.PDF
3 ibd

WWBK is taking the initiative of taking this marginalised girls through primary ,secondary to college.
Barbara one of our girl narrates the story.
My name is Barbara Situma. I come from Misikhu location of Bungoma County Webuye west sub county. I was born in a family of 6. Am the second born.My family is very poor.I sat for Kenya primary examination council last year 2018.This was the time I met Women Without Borders recruiting girls who are unable to complete their education.They assisted me with school supplies and sanitary towels.They really assisted me to go through my exam successfully.I joined Form one St.Patrick's Secondary school.
I thank God that through your efforts am seeing my way through.WWB is facing the challenge of meeting many girls who need to go school but due to lack of funds they can't reach every body.May God bless you donors as you support us through Women

Ripple effects
" There is clear and convincing evidence, amassed over the passed decades,that investing in girls-Specific resources leads to better educated,safer,healthier,and economically powerful adolescent girls.This can contribute to a substantially better future not just for the individual girl,but for their families, communities, and our world".
Educated girls increase their earning potential by 25%,and will reinvest90%of that into her family.Girls who complete education are also 3×less likely to become infected with HIV,and will have children who are 40% more likely to be health and live past the age of 5 years.1% increase in female secondary schools attendance single handedly grows a country's average annual per capital income by 0.3%
Yet financial constraints remain a major barrier to education for women.

Donate as little as you can afford to enable us reach our target."We have aswahili saying that say" kidogo kidogo unajaza Kibaba" it means little by little will fill the port or the container. We believe that you are doing amazing job that you require God's award from Heaven.
Support the women if you love your mother.
By Florence Ndukuyu.
For women.

Share on Twitter Share on Facebook


In this letter, there is good news and sad news. The good news first.

As we shared with you in our last letter, the bore well has been sunk. In January 2019, the building of a water tower and plumbing works to enable distribution of water to community members will begin. The roofing of the multisport basketball court is complete, and Literacy classes will also re-commence in January.

Work in progress:

    • The building of an amphitheater  (seats complete, stage underway, security wall complete)
    • Construction of 5 shades and benches, 
    • Construction of Roller-Skating Paths at the Literacy garden

We began construction of roller skating paths at the literacy garden with the Kes 69,000 (US$645) we received from Sunflower foundation ngo. The paths will be used by the girls to skate around the garden and build their self esteem/confidence as they learn this  sport regarded as boys-only sport in Kenya. We have been asking the community and volunteers to donate roller skates to us and so far we have received 6 pairs. We are raising funds to buy at least 30 pairs to start the girls off. 

The work has involved excavations of loose top soil, ferrying it to the other parts of the garden where it will be used to grow crops, collecting and transporting quarry stones to the site, excavation of quarry stones available in the site, and arranging stones on the pathways. To complete the skate paths, gravel topping will cost an additional US$2150, whilst tarmacking of skating paths will cost US$6093.

We are still lacking funds for the E-Readers (50pcs) US$ $6451 and solar light/power system US$1972. These are key components of the program and will simultaneously teach literacy and technology skills.

It is encouraging to see the garden begin to come to life and that the girls have a safe space to learn, to play and to develop. Learning must be wholistic to  be truly beneficial. And cognitive functioning is linked to the development of physical skills. Moreover, it offers engaging activities that will reduce risks to girls that include include early sexual activity, early teen pregnacies, and sexually transmitted diseases including HIV/AIDS.

I can't put off the bad news any longer. The sad truth is that the Foundation has been unable to find volunteers to take over the bulk of the administration previously done by the Founders, who are aging and unwell. We have searched for two years, but the role of Executive officer is a huge commitment of 3-4 days per week, and volunteers with such passion are thin on the ground. It's even sadder for us, as we are not insolvent. We just don't have anyone who will commit to taking the Foundation further. All funds in hand will go to our two Kenyan Projects. 

If you wish to continure supporting this project, a link to our project partner's, The Riley Orton Foundation, own GlobalGiving page is below.

Thank you all so very much for your generosity, your goodwill and kindness. Together we have seeded hope for hundreds of girls. Gratefully yours, Kim, Co-founder of the Sunflower Foundation (Australia) Inc.

Poetry at the literacy garden
Poetry at the literacy garden


Share on Twitter Share on Facebook

About Project Reports

Project Reports on GlobalGiving are posted directly to by Project Leaders as they are completed, generally every 3-4 months. To protect the integrity of these documents, GlobalGiving does not alter them; therefore you may find some language or formatting issues.

If you donate to this project or have donated to this project, you will get an e-mail when this project posts a report. You can also subscribe for reports via e-mail without donating.

Get Reports via Email

We'll only email you new reports and updates about this project.

Organization Information

The Sunflower Foundation (Australia) Inc.

Location: Melbourne, Victoria - Australia
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @SunflowerF1
Project Leader:
Evan Lorendo
Melbourne, Victoria Australia

Learn more about GlobalGiving

Teenage Science Students
Vetting +
Due Diligence


Woman Holding a Gift Card
Gift Cards

Young Girl with a Bicycle

Sign up for the GlobalGiving Newsletter

WARNING: Javascript is currently disabled or is not available in your browser. GlobalGiving makes extensive use of Javascript and will not function properly with Javascript disabled. Please enable Javascript and refresh this page.