Meeting girls' basic needs for safety, hygienic supplies, access to school, and protection from threats allows them to preserve their dignity, stay in school, and pursue their goals without interruption due to poverty, household burdens, menstruation, or threats of violence. By protecting and providing for these girls, you are helping address the significant and widespread challenges to female education and empowerment.
Girls in rural Kenya are some of the most at-risk girls in the world. To stay in school and build a better life, these girls must overcome risks like starvation, disease, heavy workload, animal attacks, molestation, the sex trade and prostitution, extreme poverty, and early marriage. Without help, only 5% of these girls are able to attend secondary school. Even a girl's menstrual cycle becomes a heavy burden because she lacks hygienic supplies, privacy at school, and other essential resources.
Kenya Keys operates two programs to protect and empower girls. The Usalama ("safety") program monitors the needs of girls, and provides hygiene supplies, food, clothing, temporary shelter, counseling, and protection from threats (e.g. early marriage). The Kenya Keys Sponsorship Program identifies students with the greatest need and potential, and provides them with needed school fees. Your support opens doors for these girls to change the future--for them, their families, and their villages.
Protecting and empowering girls provides them a golden opportunity to create a better future for themselves and others. The impacts of this project include: it will protect girls from immediate threats to their safety and wellbeing; it will help girls remain in school and achieve academic goals; it will train them to become their own advocates; it will open a dialogue about girls' challenges in rural Kenya; and, ultimately, it will unlock the potential each girl has to change her world.