Education  Kenya Project #17797

Sponsor a Kenyan Child's Education

by Action Two Africa
Sponsor a Kenyan Child's Education
Sponsor a Kenyan Child's Education
Sponsor a Kenyan Child's Education
Sponsor a Kenyan Child's Education
Sponsor a Kenyan Child's Education
Sponsor a Kenyan Child's Education
Sponsor a Kenyan Child's Education
Sponsor a Kenyan Child's Education
Women receiving water balls from WaterStep!
Women receiving water balls from WaterStep!

Great news, Action Two Africa’s Microloan Program has been expanding! Despite COVID-19 and restrictions that have limited a lot of services and resources for microloan participants, the women in our Program are thriving and there are now twenty women building businesses to empower themselves, their families, and their community. The most exciting news about all of this, is that many of the women in our Program have pooled their money together to lease three acres of land and are now growing maize and beans to create more income for their families. Additionally, because many of these women have to walk miles to secure safe water for their businesses and families and carry the water back in jugs that were bulky and inefficient, WaterStep, a non-profit organization that we have partnered with, has graciously provided water balls to women in our Microloan Program. We are so thankful for their support and for providing these easy-to-transport water balls to women in our program so that they have more time to focus on their families and businesses. We also want to take the time to thank all of our donors and supporters for your generous contributions and encouragement, because with out all of you, we would not be able to do the work that we are doing.

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Our new office!
Our new office!

We have some exciting news to share with all of you! Action Two Africa (A2A) recently partnered with a non-profit entity, Goblis Foundation, so that we are better able to serve and empower youth within our community. Globis Foundation works to empower vulnerable youth by identifying, training, and mentoring youth to drive social change that works to break the cycle of poverty. Their mission is to “empower the next generation of leaders through the provision of service-oriented programs to improve their access to opportunities with a motivation to solve social-economic and environmental challenges affecting their communities.” Their goal is to focus on structural, attitudinal, and cultural processes that help youth gain the ability, confidence, and authority to create lasting changes in their lives and within their community. This is done by empowering youth to become social entrepreneurs and build sustainable social enterprises that create jobs and deliver high-quality goods and services to their communities. A2A is very excited about this partnership because we know how impactful collaboration is for creating sustainable and effective changes within our community in Bungoma, Kenya. We look forward to updating you all about our partnership and how this collaborative effort creates changes for vulnerable youth in our community and our community as a whole.

We also wanted to let you know that Action Two Africa recently secured an office in Bungoma, Kenya. Humphrey, who is one of A2A’s cofounders, worked hard to find and secure our new office space. This new space allows us to more easily meet with youth who are in our Child Sponsorship Program, host meetings and events associated with our Microloan Program, and now, have a space to better develop partnerships with other organizations and those interested in creating effective and lasting changes within our community.

Thank you for your continued support. Without your support and generous contributions, we would not be able to continue the work we are doing!

Women in our Microloan Program
Women in our Microloan Program
Students in our Child Sponsorship Program
Students in our Child Sponsorship Program
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Yes, Children are in School in Kenya!

Greetings friends, family, and Action Two Africa (A2A) supporters! We wanted to give you a quick update on what is happening in Kenya with the children in our Child Sponsorship Program and caregivers in our Microloan Program. Due to COVID-19, most children were out of school from March 2020 to January 2021, when schools reopened, and we are happy to say that they are in school and will continue with school until December 24, 2021, when they will be let out for winter break. We are grateful that children are back in school after a hard year and hopeful because things are starting to improve in Kenya. COVID-19 rates are rapidly dropping, there is more access to the vaccine, and the national curfew was lifted October 20, 2021.

Since March of 2020, Kenya has been under a strict curfew that has put a lot of strain on families financially due to limited work options; however, as mentioned in our previous post, many of the caregivers of children in our Child Sponsorship Program have been involved in A2A’s Microloan Program, which has created economic stability and a safety net for these families. We are so thankful that, even during the most difficult times, the families involved with A2A have been able to thrive. This has only been possibly because of you, our generous donors, who have given funds to help provide microloans and education to vulnerable children and families! Without your support, we would not be able to do the work that we do. Thank you for your continued support and thank you for helping us to empower individuals and families through education and economic opportunities!

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Action Two Africa’s Microloan Program is flourishing, despite an increase in COVID-19 cases and a strict curfew in Bungoma County. After a few months of hard work, we are happy to announce that our initial seven caregivers who benefitted from the Program in March are generating income that is supporting their families. Margaret, one of the caregivers in the Program, told Humphrey on one of his visits, that because of her new business, her children never go without food, and that they have at least two meals per day. Before Margaret started her own business of selling vegetables, fish, and beans, her family could barely afford one meal a day, and the stress of worrying about having a stable meal was overwhelming. Margaret, like the other caregivers in the Program, is excited about the future of what her new business can do for her family and community. 

One of the tenets of a successful microloan program is to have a repayment plan that caters to each individual and the type of business they are starting. If a repayment plan is unrealistic, by not allowing enough time for repayment, or too high of an interest rate, it creates problems that tend to impact the overall success of a business. We are happy to announce that most of the loans given have been repaid, which means that more caregivers have been recruited into the Program. We currently have 15 members, and are growing!  

Congratulations to the caregivers in our Microloan Program who have successfully completed the microloan course led by Humphrey, and who are thriving in their new businesses!

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Action Two Africa is thankful to announce that we have revamped our Microloan Program! After much consideration, planning, and a generous outside donation to fund the course, our first microloan class will be happening in Bungoma, Kenya, for parents of children in our Child Sponsorship Program. Our Microloan Program is fueled by the desire to economically empower families in our Child Sponsorship Program by providing small loans to start businesses. Caregivers of five of the children in our Child Sponsorship Program will attend a weekend microloan course led by Humphrey. The course will include basics on starting a business, marketing strategies, and how the microloan process works. Following the course, caregivers will submit their business proposals, microloans will be distributed, and Humphrey will provide ongoing support to the microloan beneficiaries and their families. Our hope is that by empowering families economically it will help to stop the cycle of poverty.

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Action Two Africa

Location: Nairobi, Rift Valley - Kenya
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Christina Carlson
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