POSTED BY 60milliongirls | Jun, 11, 2021 |

60 million girls in Kenya

60 million girls has supported more projects in Kenya than in any other developing nation. In the first project in 2007, we partnered with Free The Children (FTC) to address the daunting array of developmental challenges in the Oloosiyoi community, located in the Narok South District of Kenya, the heartland of the Maasai Mara. The project funded the construction of a school, a water pump, latrines and bursaries for two young girls so they could pursue their education and attend high school.

With the second project, in 2008, we partnered with World University Service of Canada (WUSC) to support an educational project located in the refugee camps of Dadaab and Kakuma. The project enabled 480 girls to attend remedial classes at the primary level for one year to boost their education performance. A second component of the project was to reach the parents and other community members to build support for girls’ education.

For the third project in 2011, we again partnered with WUSC in a two-pronged project implemented in refugee camps in two countries: Malawi and Kenya. In Kenya, the project benefited 240 girls in the Kakuma refugee camp by providing remedial education, community mobilization and leadership training.

In 2013-14, we again partnered with FTC to build the Oleleshwa Girls Secondary School on the Maasai territory where we supported the Oloosiyoi Primary School. This was a natural extension of our support to enable the girls graduating from elementary school. This two-year project included funding for the construction of 3 classrooms, 2 dormitories for 100 girls, a school garden and sports facilities. This investment enabled 200 girls to attend this innovative high school.

Welcome to Kenya!

Swahili proverb to inspire us to educate one girl at a time: Elfu humanizer moxa (A thousand begins with one) 

Educating adolescent girls in Kenya
  • In Kenya, education is slowly becoming more and more accessible to Kenyan citizens but there are many ongoing challenges for girls’ education, including period poverty, forced marriage, distance from the school or family reluctance.
The impact of COVID-19
  • Although Kenya invests in its education infrastructure, the COVID-19 pandemic has had repercussions on its education system, particularly for girls.
  • While online learning may occur in urban areas, it is incredibly difficult for children in rural areas to access this technology.
  • This means that girls living in rural areas are especially vulnerable to a loss of learning when schools are closed and, unfortunately, may never return to the classroom.
What about a nice run while in Kenya?
  • In Kenya, you will be surrounded by the world’s elite marathon runners.
  • Most Kenyan elite runners belong to two ethnic groups: the Kalenjin and the Nandi. Though these two groups make up just 10% of the nation’s population of 50 million, they bring in the majority of the nation’s marathon medals.
  • Children begin running at a young age, and the combination of high altitudes and a simple diet contribute to a running dominance as does the perfect running terrain — lots of rolling hills and dirt roads!

TAGS : COVID-19 Free The Children (FTC) Girls' education Kenya Refugee camps of Dadaab and Kakuma World University Service of Canada (WUSC)