Education  Kenya Project #31878

Pass the Mic! to Kibera Girls Literacy project

by The Sunflower Foundation (Australia) Inc.
Pass the Mic! to Kibera Girls  Literacy project
Pass the Mic! to Kibera Girls  Literacy project
Pass the Mic! to Kibera Girls  Literacy project
Pass the Mic! to Kibera Girls  Literacy project
Pass the Mic! to Kibera Girls  Literacy project
Pass the Mic! to Kibera Girls  Literacy project
Pass the Mic! to Kibera Girls  Literacy project
Pass the Mic! to Kibera Girls  Literacy project
Student Project Report
Student Project Report

As our last report stated we were closing this project as the Foundation members has voted to close it. But I have some news from Kenya that you may be interested in.

The girls' course on the climate and sustainable agriculture was very successful, even though conducted in an urban environment.

An important part of this module was the importance of water, its uses and its conservation. The girls did some reseach with people in their neighbourhood on their uses of water and came up with 15 uses (see Picture 1). The girls planted seeds and carefully hand watered them as Picture 2 shows and kept a daily record of their project (see Picture 3).

The girls live in Kivera, an urban environment, or rather slum, 

"Only 9 out of 55 public water service providers in Kenya provide continuous water supply, leaving people to find their own ways of searching for appropriate solutions to these basic needs." (See link 2 below). And as Kibera is technically "illegal" the state provides no water and it is nigh impossible for the poorest of the poor to afford it. So its conservation and careful use is imperative for families. 

We are saddened that this literacy project did not capture the hearts of many donors, but we are so grateful to those of you who did support it.

Watering the seeds
Watering the seeds
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Updating project diaries

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Offering Girls a Future
Offering Girls a Future

It has been a matter of great regret that this project has attracted few donors on GlobalGiving and has raised only $504 in 12 months. Yet the project is achieiving great results as we reported in our previously. These students are not just receiving academic support but learning life skills, leadership sklls and training on reproductive health and mental and physical well being.

For example, the girls learn to understand the environment and how to work with others than themselves. By the end of this period, the girls are able to cope with their emotions and also manage others.

Sadly, we can support them no longer on GlobalGiving. 

With great regret, The Sunflower Foundation (Australia) Inc.announces that as of 4 February, 2019, the Members of the Association voted to dissolve the Foundation. There is still so much to be done, and willing donors, but we do not have the personnel to continue. We are still solvent and monies in hand will be forwarded to projects before we close our books. 

Over the past 10 years, the Sunflower Foundation, with the support of donors like you, has been educating girls to create a world in which gender equality, justice and freedom can flourish. In that time, with your help, we have awarded over $150,000 in grants to 27 projects in 7 countries.

We lit a candle rather than curse the darkness, but there is a season for everything under heaven. We rejoice in all we have achieved together. Now, we hand over the torch to those able to continue the marathon.

We thank all who have supported us to seed hope in communities and create a future where girls play a role in alleviating poverty and creating sustainable communities. 

Gratefully yours, 

Kim Power

Founder 

 

If you wish to continue to support the education of girls and young women, you may wish to consider the following organisations.

  • One Girl  

  • The Global Women’s Project

  • The Smith Family’s Girls at the Centre Program for Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander girls

  • Classroom of Hope’s STEM tertiary scholarship program for young women

  • School’s a Gift, School building program in Ethiopia

  • Springs of Hope safe house and vocational program **This project offers tax deductibility for US and UK donors only.

 

 

 

 

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In this last quarter of the year, schools have closed and students are out of schools for 2months. We have been engaging the targeted girls from the start of the year through different modules in Information and Computer Technology, leadership and life skills. The girls have also been privileged to have participated in reproductive health and mental health programs. This holiday, Sunflower is taking 26 girls through a one month life skills training, themed working with others. In this module, the girls learn to understand the environment and how to work with others than themselves. By the end of this period, the girls are able to cope with their emotions and also manage others.

Every week of the training has different topics dabbed (appreciation, explore, create and share) with an outcome of;

  • The girls to understand how the earth nourishes them
  • Introduce a positive side of themselves
  • Develop a community around them
  • Appreciate diversity in people’s strength
  • Self-expression
  • Self-knowledge
  • Connecting to the environment
  • Identifying and appreciating the people that support them.

Sadly, we did not win a grant that would have allowed us to fund this program for three years. The good news is that we made it to the final cut of 6. so we really need any asistance you can offer this Christmas season. Theese girls will b ethe community leaders of tomorrow.

 

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Having fun at PALE
Having fun at PALE

In this newsletter, I thought we'd share with you the larger program within which Pass the Mic is embedded. This is the PALE program for Sunflower Fellows. (Pathways Pathways to Alternative Learning and Education). It is leadership academy, dedicated to ensuring that all girls get the opportunity to succeed. After successful completion of the four-year fellowship, our Sunflower fellows are matched with sponsors and placed in secondary schools, or internships throughout Nairobi, putting them on the path to tertiary education.

At Sunflower, we measure the potential to be a leader not through academic achievement, but through personal character, curiosity and willingness to learn. Our LEAD principles (Love, Education, Action and Discipline) are the core philosophy of our program and our community involvement, and determining who are fellows will be. Through our fellowship program, we mentor, protect and empower these young women to leadership roles, in any way, shape or form that is best for them. Through our unique selection process of our fellows, we ensure that girls with no chance of being sponsored by another organization can continue their education and create something valuable with their lives.

These Fellows have a safe place to do their homework with support, they participate in basic maths and literacy classes and the Pass the Mic. program that furthers their literacy skills whilst introducing them to technology and the art lab. The final outcome is the production of magazines, stories and graphic novels by the students. The impact is not restricted to the participants. The books the produce will be provided to families and schools in Kibera, where a book is a luxury. These students mentor others at a monthly open literacy group for a further 30 girls from all over Kibera. They are not simply becoming leaders, but providing other girls with the very possiblity of female leadership. 

Ruth and her bag
Ruth and her bag
Hard at work
Hard at work
Free to be children
Free to be children

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Nifa finds a new comic to read in our library
Nifa finds a new comic to read in our library

Nifa is 10 years old, has an older brother and two younger ones, and lives with her father in Kibera, Kenya, one of the largest informal settlements in East Africa. An outgoing student, Nifa likes to jumprope, tell jokes, and play football. And now, thanks to her enrollment in Sunflower's Pathways to Alternative Learning and Education (PALE) program, Nifa loves to read.

Nifa enrolled in Sunflower's Pathways program as a shy fifth grade student. "She lacked confidence," remembers PALE teacher Victor Owour. Her lack of confidence was directly tied to her inability to read. After an inital testing, the Sunflower staff realized that Nifa was functionally illiterate; her poor reading skills affected her education, her future plans, and most importantly, her self-esteem and self-worth. When she couldn't read, Nifa felt "stupid, useless... like I did not know anything".

Three months later, Nifa's reading has grown tremendously, thanks to the PALE and the Pass the Mic Program. Immersed in literacy on a daily basis, Nifa was Sunflower's most improved student in literacy during her first term at PALE. Through the dedicated work of our PALE teachers, Nifa grew 33% in spelling, 66% in vocabulary, and 20% in comprehension, making her one of our most improved students in the PALE program. Her parents and teachers report a change in attitude as well, Nifa is more outgoing, confident, and engaged in class, as a result of her time at Sunflower. 

At the end of our first term, our 20 PALE students grew an average of 8% in spelling, 11% in vocabulary, and 33% in comprehension, and 17% in overall literacy, proving that our PALE model works to bring the most vunerable girls from illiteracy to holistic education and support.  Three months ago, Nifa was functionally illiterate. Today, she is a voracious reader with an apettite for knowledge, who dreams of becoming a teacher or headmistress. 

The first phase of the Pass the Mic! project is all about the building blocks of literacy, phonics, writing and basic comprehension. This second phase, our PALE students will engage with personal narrative writing to build their own Pass the Mic! book. In keeping with our holistic model, our students will engage with proven confidence and self-esteem building techniques, including yoga, mindfulness and meditation, art and sports, to make them more confident readers and leaders!

Sunflower Global is incredibly grateful for your support of Pass the Mic! and our Kibera programs! We can't wait to see what is next, and are so excited to have you along for the ride to support amazing girls like Nifa. 

Nifa and her friends at the Sunflower Library
Nifa and her friends at the Sunflower Library
Nifa and her art
Nifa and her art
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The Sunflower Foundation (Australia) Inc.

Location: Melbourne, Victoria - Australia
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Project Leader:
Evan Lorendo
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Melbourne, Victoria Australia

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