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New World Possible for 10,000 Ndia Women, kenya

by Hope Foundation for African Women (HFAW)
New World Possible for 10,000 Ndia Women, kenya
New World Possible for 10,000 Ndia Women, kenya
New World Possible for 10,000 Ndia Women, kenya
New World Possible for 10,000 Ndia Women, kenya
New World Possible for 10,000 Ndia Women, kenya
New World Possible for 10,000 Ndia Women, kenya
New World Possible for 10,000 Ndia Women, kenya
New World Possible for 10,000 Ndia Women, kenya
New World Possible for 10,000 Ndia Women, kenya
New World Possible for 10,000 Ndia Women, kenya
New World Possible for 10,000 Ndia Women, kenya
New World Possible for 10,000 Ndia Women, kenya
New World Possible for 10,000 Ndia Women, kenya
New World Possible for 10,000 Ndia Women, kenya
Ndia walkers with HFAW patnership
Ndia walkers with HFAW patnership

Dear Friends, Colleagues and Supporters,

Over 1500 women, men and County leadership including the Governor joined our October, 2015 Ndia 10 kilometer walk and a fundraiser! Thanks to your support. The Governor came and flagged the walk and key county leaders joined the walk. The police provided security and schools gave buses to carry tired walkers. Local schools joined in and local band provided the music. The song and music was profound. The jubilation and excitement was obvious. And many lessons learned.  Ndia woman walker was so happy; “I never thought we could do such an amazing thing, I feel so empowered today,” she expressed at the end of the day.And "what is up" comments were empowering.

The theme of the Walk was: “Poverty is in Our Minds, Wealth is in our Hands, which was displayed on the Walk T-shirts. The Banners had the same messages plus “Another World is Possible for Kenyan Women and Kenya." Nyakio, one of our team player, Kenyan who lives in US and one of our GWNL alumni sister said “Congratulation on all the great planning and hard work. Yes “A better Kenya is possible!

And our greatest supporter Kelly in US also said “Now let's get a video documentary going! HERSTORY in the making! And I can’t forget our major advocate Linda Alpine’s continued encouragement both in word and did, Thank You Linda. Your quote on your email “"Let your dreams devour your life..." by Antoine de St-Exupéry, was lived on this day and served as such a great encouragement.

During the walk and fundraiser, women were able to raise awareness about the ills of bad governance and its effects on women and girls. Thanks to your support and the fundraising that happened on this day was able to realize about $30k. Ndia Women Empowerment Network popularly known as Jiinue( a Kiswahili word that means self-uplifting) members can now borrow funds from their table banking kitty to continue enhancing their socioeconomic activities.

Many of you friends and supporters even though you could not realistically physically join the walk due to distance or other reason we felt your presence in every sense of the word. Thank you Bonita and Karen Tosenjen and so many of you. Keep supporting us as we plan our next walk in 2016! Watch this space.CONTINUE TO CONTRIBUTE AND TO TELL YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY THAT WE ARE HEADED DOWN TO NYAMIRA COUNTY FOR OUR NEXT WALK. ALL YOUR SUPPORT WILL MAKE SUCH A BIG DIFFERENCE.

HFAW and Jiinue together with the respective Founders/Patrons Prof. Grace Wamue-Ngare and myself, Grace Mose continue to team up to plan more of these walks to educate Kenyan women about their rights and especially the power of their Vote. Our aim is to empower these women to think critically and elect leaders on merit come 2017!

I congratulate all of us (You and us) for a job well done. I also congratulate my lovely colleague Grace Wamue-Ngare for her promotion to Associate professor position amidst a busy schedule planning and executing this important walk and fundraiser.

Finally, today is the first day of the New Year, 2016! How can we not wish all of you God’s Grace through the year. We pray that you will be blessed abundantly in 2016. We welcome all your ideas to support HFAW and Jiinue Network as we strive for another world for Kenyan women. Attached peruse the photos from the walk and funraiser!
Cheers
With full gratitude
Dr. Grace Mose-Okon’go and prof. Grace Wamue-Ngare

Governor flagging the walk off
Governor flagging the walk off
walkers just going
walkers just going
Walkers on the move through a market area
Walkers on the move through a market area
Local band provided music
Local band provided music
Walkers on the side of the road
Walkers on the side of the road
Local schools joined funraiser after walk
Local schools joined funraiser after walk
More schools happily joined us and performed
More schools happily joined us and performed
Dance and musci after the walk
Dance and musci after the walk
great participation
great participation

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Ndia women happily receiving T-shirts from Grace-W
Ndia women happily receiving T-shirts from Grace-W

Dear Friends, Colleagues and supporters,
Good evening or evening. We take this opportunity to appreciate you all for the support you have accorded us through global giving in the Forthcoming walk entitled New World Possible for 10,000 Ndia Women, Kenya (21004) this October. We are planning that on the 10th Day of the 10th Month of 2015, to bring together 3, 000 women and men to walk for 10 Kilometers in the morning hours of Saturday, and thereafter raise funds to a tune of 10, 000 US dollars, which is aimed at reaching 10,000 women in Ndia Constituency, Kirinyaga County Kenya. The theme of the March is “Poverty is in our Minds, Wealth is in our Hands for Another World is Possible for Kenyan Women and Kenya." The aim of the Walk/March is to create awareness about the ills of bad governance and its effects on women and girls.

The Money raised will go into enhancing the socioeconomic activities that members of Ndia Women Empowerment Network popularly known as Jiinue( a Kiswahili word that means self-uplifting) are currently engaged in. Under the motivation and mentoring of their Patron, Dr. Grace Wamue-Ngare, these women came together after a realization that only they can change the apathy of a poverty mentality, which they attribute to the reason they sell their votes during campaigns. By internalizing that they are "poor" these women develop a low self esteem and have no morale to even try.

As witnessed in the last general elections in Kenya, a practice that is chronic with elections, majority of these women simply lined up by the roadsides and waited for political aspirants to give them handouts of less than 1 dollar per woman, an exercise some of them have done for as long as they can remember. By so doing, these women (who are the majority voters) not only sell their vote, but also embark on a very futile and dehumanizing exercise. Ironically they feel helpless about the action and are actually bitter. Yet, this has been the trend day in day out during all elections. Without realizing that the little they get from the politicians cannot deliver them from that situation, they unfortunately fail to recognize the power of their vote and the same poverty they are trying to get rid of.

HFAW and Jiinue together with the respective Founders/Patrons Drs. Grace Mose-Okong’o and Dr. Grace Wamue-Ngare embarked on a rigorous campaign to educate Kenyan women about their rights and especially the power of their Vote. Our aim is to empower these women to think critically and elect leaders on merit. The strategy is to help women embark on numerous socioeconomic activities, which they fund through Table Banking. These women are grouped into twenties and meet every month, do some contributions and borrowing from the other members (pull together) and hence enhance their business or farming.

The forthcoming walk on 10/10/2015 is the First among a series of many others that will culminate in the grand Walk of a proposed 50,000 women in 2017, just before the national elections. We are hoping that this walks and the Fundraiser thereafter will realize a substantive amount that would go a long way in boosting the Table banking activity. Not only will more women borrow the money but they would also take bigger loans. By so doing, these women would not only be empowered politically, socially and economically but they would also be so busy by 2017 to line up all day waiting for political handouts. That way, they would elect the leaders on merit.

As we appreciate you for your support, as the women are so pleased to have their t-shirts and banners will go up this week. We continue to invite you to be part of this change. By supporting a woman change her mind set, you have saved a vote, a family, a village a nation. We anticipate a changed Kenya in less than 10 years. This is our dream. Please be part of this dream. Tell all your friends and family
With much gratitude from
Grace Mose-Okong’o and Grace Wamue-Ngare

High anticipation for the walk
High anticipation for the walk
ndia women and their patron
ndia women and their patron
Ndia Women
Ndia Women
Ndia walk planning commitee meeting
Ndia walk planning commitee meeting
Ndia women and their patron having fun
Ndia women and their patron having fun
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Hope Foundation for African Women (HFAW)

Location: Nairobi, Kiambu County - Kenya
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Project Leader:
Dr. Grace Bonareri Mose Okong'o
Nairobi, Nairobi County Kenya

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