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
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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Since the first case of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) was announced in Kenya, many aspects of society and the education sector have been dramatically affected. On March 15th, 2020, the Kenyan government closed all learning institutions countrywide to contain the spread of the virus. As the numbers of those infected by coronavirus rose to over 8,000 by early July, and with 1,000 of those infections impacting children, the Kenyan government proclaimed that the “2020 school calendar year will be considered lost due to COVID-19 restrictions.” This announcement has led to repercussions for over 18 million students across the country whose learning has been thrown into limbo and has threatened the loss of educational gains and created setbacks that may be difficult to recover from. And while the Kenyan government has allowed students in Grade 4, Grade 8, and Form 4 to attend go back to school (students in these grades have been allowed to return because they must sit for their exams the following year), all of the children not in those grades are currently out of school.

The children in our Child Sponsorship Program not being able to attend school is a barrier that Action Two Africa (A2A) is trying to overcome. After considering all options, A2A has decided to pay for students to safely meet with tutors twice a week, so that they will not fall behind in their studies. It is not quite the same as being at school full-time, but it is the safest and best option that we can provide for children in our Program. We know the importance of education and we do not want any obstacle to stand in the way of children being able to grow and continue their education.

We look forward to a time when COVID-19 does not devastate the educational system in Kenya, but until that time, we will continue to support our community in Bungoma and give hope to children in our Program. Thank you, donors, for your continued support and monetary donations. Without you, the work we do here at Action Two Africa would not be possible.

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Action Two Africa

Location: Nairobi, Rift Valley - Kenya
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Christina Carlson
Nairobi, Rift Valley Kenya
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