GRACELAND AFRICA MISSION

GENDER EQUITY

Female empowerment has a tremendous impact on families, communities, and the nation. 

Our Right to be scholarship and mentorship program supports women and girls in their quest to continue their education in secondary school, college and university.

We stand with women entrepreneurs by providing business grants and facilitating local networking and training . 

When women are empowered, Kenya will be able to reach it’s full potential.

The need

  • Poverty and Cost of Education  - These are significant barriers that keep girls from attending secondary school. The cost of secondary school education is quite expensive in Kenya. Most secondary schools are boarding schools, significantly adding to the cost. When funds are scarce, it is often the girls who are denied the opportunity to go to school. Owing to ineffective legislation and extreme poverty, 26% of all Kenyan children between 5 and 14 years are forced to do menial work and forego an education (Census 2009). 

  • Early Childhood Marriage & Pregnancy - Many girls given as brides before they even have a chance to grow up. The practice of child marriage remains widespread within certain ethnic groups. More than 25% of Kenyan girls are married before the age of 18 (Census, 2009). Girls who become pregnant are often discouraged or even not allowed to attend school because of the stigma of their pregnancy. 

  • Gender Norms - Often adolescent girls in Kenya are kept at home so that they can take care of younger children, look after the household, and/or to provide an income for the family. A girls’ value is seen in the labour they can provide rather than the career they could obtain.

  • Violence at School - Both girls and boys may experience violence from of teachers, peers and other people in the school environment. In trying to protect their daughters,  parents will remove them from school.

 

Our solution

1.  RIGHT TO BE - GIRLS SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

Right to be is a girls’ scholarship and mentorship program dedicated to helping girls obtain secondary and post-secondary school education and training. Scholarship funds pay for tuition, boarding, books, school supplies, uniform, shoes, and other school expenses.

Right to be is a partnership between the girls, parents and/or guardians, and school directors. Girls are chosen based on their financial need, their ability and desire for continuing their studies, and the agreement of their families to allow the girls to pursue secondary and post- secondary education. Parents pay for a portion of school expenses. Scholarships are renewed annually. 

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The young women enrolled in Right to be have done well in school.  They are bright and have a desire to continue their studies, however they lack financial support to go to high school. Their personal testimonies of despair about their future, speak of their desperate need for help.

High school is expensive in Kenya. Tuition varies by institution, grade level, and for boarding or day school programs. High school expenses range between $600 to $800 annually. University tuition varies per university and program and is about $1000 a year.

Please consider providing a scholarship that will make a world of difference for the girls and their families.

You can support a girl by contributing to the scholarship fund or supporting a specific girl.  You will receive annual reports and if you want to support a specific student, you can communicate with them and you will also receive photos and letters.

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2.  WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS

Kenyan women work, especially mothers, daily work very hard. They look after their family and are ambitious and motivated to earn an income.  Many start small shops, day care centres, nursery or primary schools. However, they often lack the financial capital needed to get their business up and going.  Through the support of our donors, GAM is able to provide capital through small grants to assist these entrepreneurs; or in the case where a school is started we assist by sponsoring needy children.  When possible we provide financial training and help the women network with other entrepreneurs so they can support and learn from each other. Its about helping these women help themselves.  Over time they will become self-sufficient, impact the Kenyan economy, and raise up strong families and communities. 

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