Africa Update: 11 years later
By Lotte Davis
I get the sense every time I’m in Kenya that we’re moving the needle closer to our objective of empowering girls and mobilizing them to become leaders in their country. But this time, I witnessed an unmistakable surge in momentum.
Where the workshops I taught used to be attended by 150-200 girls, the school principals now insisted we fill a hall with 500-600 students to motivate their students with strategies on how they can achieve their goals and dreams.
The girls in our 10 schools who were unaccustomed to foreigners coming to their school, used to be shy and unresponsive. This time, they stood up boldly to share their vision for a future they want to attain. One student confidently declared that she would be the first female president in Kenya and would finally bring an end to corruption.
At the end of my workshops, the girls routinely filed out to go back to their classes, but now in every school, they ran up to the stage and peppered me with questions to learn more about how they could achieve their goals.
Everywhere we went, we were greeted by welcome songs, the entire school often let out of classes to hear how One Girl Can, can make a tangible difference in their lives.
The schools tell us that the grade average has been going up steadily year after year, and the evidence of this is that we had 18 girls with A’s apply for university scholarships for the first time ever. We’ll finally have several doctors, dentists and lawyers in our program, to add to the aeronautical and civil engineers we have already.
And finally, the little primary school with 80 students that we built in 2008 in the Kibera slums was demolished in November to make way for a 3-story primary and secondary girls’ school for the now 615 students who attend here. The school will be finished in July and we are still looking for funds to help complete it.
Area of greatest need
$50Your donation can help to give one desk and bench for two students.
$100Provide school spirit with two sets of sports uniforms for 25 girls so they can stay active while at school.
$250Further the voices of tomorrow with one desktop computer for journalism club.
$10Outfit a girls sports team with two sets of uniforms.
$50Promote performance and fine arts education for girls by supporting with musical instruments for music and dance groups.
$66Can help provide a water tank adequate for drinking water for a whole school.
Sponsor a university student
$300Co-sponsor a university student
$500Buy a laptop for a first year university student
$1000Cover tuition expenses for a university student for one year
$3500Fully sponsor a girl for one year of university, including tuition, living expenses and laptop
$25Co-sponsor a university student
$42Buy a laptop for a first year university student
$84Cover tuition expenses for a university student for one year
$292Fully sponsor a girl for one year of university, including tuition, living expenses and laptop
Sponsor a high school student
$50Help fund tuition for a high school girl
$250Fund six months of high school for a girl
$500Fully sponsor a girl for one year, including tuition and board
$21Fund six months of high school for a girl
$42Fully sponsor a girl for one year, including tuition and board
$84Fully sponsor two girls for one year, including tuition and board