$10k for Empowerment and Education in Kenya
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Join us to help women, girls and their families in rural Kenyan villages through women's empowerment and access to education.

Empowerment-

Women’s Empowerment Training works to provide training for women’s groups in Western Kenya in villages around Lake Victoria, groups in Busia and around Nairobi. Their teachings focus on the seven areas of life: relationships, sexuality, money, work, body, emotions, and spirituality.

Their wealth of professional and personal life experience is coupled with their expertise in this process. Each of these women, Marren Ojode, Mary Alice Onyura, Leah Okeyo, and Mary Makokha have been mentored and trained at Empowerment Institute in New York through the Imagine Institute. While Millicent Otieno is still waiting for her opportunity to attend, she works tirelessly with this team as an expert in micro-finance.

-$600 pays for a four day training retreat for up to 40 women with 2 trainers

-Our trainers have a goal of reaching 18 groups in 2015

Education-

The Operation My People scholarship program began in 2010 at Kamasengre Mixed Secondary School on Rusinga Island. The program developed from a request of Professor Theodora Ayot to help ensure the opportunity for a quality education for young girls in her home community. The program began with two students sponsored in 2010, and has since maintained around 40 students per year. 

The program works to empower young girls to stay in school through their secondary education and potentially impact the poverty cycle that is part of their community history. It is a community-developed program that identifies students with academic promise and economic need to receive a 3/4 scholarship.

Operation My People provides a steady stream of support to offset unpaid school fees ensuring the school’s performance as a whole is not jeopardized and improving teacher retention. As the school continues to improve, they become increasingly eligible for more public funding and the community prospers as well.

-$200 provides a student with a scholarship

-Our goal is 40 scholarships in 2015.

The Reproductive Health Program is a vital part of a child’s education that is missing on Rusinga Island, Kenya. It is one part health class and another AIDS awareness, counseling and empowerment. Its goal is to inform kids of the reality of sexually transmitted diseases, the possibility of teen pregnancy and the options with which to deal with both. Our hope in funding this initiative is to help lessen the number of pregnant teens, keep kids in school and to improve the chances of success for the girl child on Rusinga Island and environs.

After one year the local clinic reports reduced instances of teen pregnancy and an increase in young people seeking support for family planning.

-$375 puts weekly peer educators in local schools

-Our goal is to expand to 4 schools in 2015.

Nursery schools are increasing on Rusinga Island. To help ensure a quality education, Soul Source has sponsored three teachers for the certification in Early Childhood Education. The first candidate, Sicia, finished in 2013, second woman, Jane, is ready to graduate December 2014, and third sponsored teacher, Pamela, will complete her courses in 2015.

We also partner with the Peterson Women’s group to support a breakfast feeding program at the Peterson Nursery School, which ensured an energizing meal for students daily.

-$600 covers the remaining school and testing fees for Pamela to complete her Early Childhood Education program

-$330 supplements the cost of breakfast porridge for an entire school year for 60 students

Please visit our website and learn more about us.

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