“Thank you” from the Head Teacher at St. Elizabeth Girls Secondary School

I received an email from Carolyn Menach, the head teacher  at St. Elizabeth Girls Secondary School.  Carolyn asked that I send her greetings and her appreciation to everyone who has given their time, talents and treasure to the Kenya Child Protection and Education project.  This blog is one way for me to ensure those that care stay connected to the people and the transformation happening in Kenya.  I decided to post her entire text, so you can ‘hear’ the thank you directly from her. (As you know, St. Elizabeth’s is part of the Kenya Child Protection and Education Program, where the original school is being expanded to accommodate even more girls when the new school year starts next month.  They refer to me ‘mama’ hence the greeting … )

 

Carolyn Menach, Head Teacher

Carolyn Menach, Head Teacher

Jambo Mama, Greetings in Jesus name.  I believe that you are fine with your family.  We are doing fine and we thank God for the gift of life that He has given us.  I wish to thank you sincerely for the sacrifice you are making for the Girl-Child in the third world countries, especially Kenya. The girls have found a Haven in you and am doing my best to ensure that your effort does not go to waste, But for the Girls to invest your efforts in their academics and  be able to give back to the society as better leaders of tomorrow.  May God bless you, Family (for supporting in your good course to lift up the less fortunate) and your Friends too for their continued support. I can’t name each one, but God knows them by their names and am sure He will bless each one of them. Greet them for me, and tell them we appreciate their Love for Our Girls. Thanks. Be blessed Mama

 

I’m sure you hear the responsibility and resolve Carolyn’s email, to ensure the investment being made ‘is not wasted.’  She is really, lovingly, driving the girls to high academic performance and to instill in them a culture of giving back to others as she builds tomorrow’s leaders.  This is so encouraging, and I can attest that each head teacher I’ve met in all of the project areas feels the exact same way.   In this note, Carolyn refers to the school as being a “Haven.”  When we were there in August, she was quite candid in saying (and I quote) “The life of a Pokot girl is hell.  This school is manna from heaven.”  We learned that Carolyn is a Pokot, so knows firsthand what she’s talking about.    Being a Head Teacher of a girls school has been Carolyn’s dream job, and at St. Elizabeth’s she, along with the girls, is realizing her dream.

On behalf of the girls in Kenya and the many adults there that are working tirelessly to make a way for girls to have a better life, THANK YOU!

If you or someone you know is interested in making a year end donation, please visit www.kenyagirls.seeyourimpact.org.

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I’m also including two links:  the first are the photos from our August trip to Kenya.  The second are the photos of the trip we took last October.  With these trips, we’ve now visited every area that will be a beneficiary of the Kenya Child Protection and Education project.  I tried to put captions on many photos so you’d know what you’re looking at.

Aug 2012:  Trip to Kenya http://sdrv.ms/VtVSVs (Sook:  St. Catherine’s and Tipet, Marich Pass:  St. Elizabeth, Matete)

Oct 2011:  Trip to Turkana, Kenya  http://sdrv.ms/TyUgYC  (This is where Kalapata and Lokori are, and are truly ‘before’ views)

About margoday

I have been at Microsoft for 10 years and am currently on sabbatical and personal leave for a year. I am using this time to focus my passion and energy on raising funds and awareness for the Kenya Vulnerable Girls Education Project and Child Protection, partnering with World Vision. The education project will positively affect many hundreds of girls in 5-7 areas in the Western Rift Valley of Kenya by building schools and deepening community advocacy for the education of the girl child. World Vision’s Child Protection initiative will protect over 50,000 children from exploitation as child laborers or in the sex trade. I stepped away from my responsibilities as Vice President, West Region for Small and Midmarket Solutions and Partners (SMS&P) in the US after 5 years in September, 2011. In this role, I was responsible for the marketing and sale of Microsoft commercial products and services to corporate account and medium-sized business customers in the Western United States. In addition, I was responsible for ensuring the overall health of the Microsoft partner ecosystem, as well as deepening managed partner relationships in the region. I have been in the technology field for a long time, having more than 27 years of experience in high technology software sales, marketing, business development and partner/channel management. (I joke to many that I started working when I was two years old :-)). In my previous role at Microsoft, I served as Vice President of the U.S. Partner Group for five years, where I was responsible for partner strategy and program execution for Microsoft’s US partner ecosystem, managing the largest national System Integrators, ISVs, Distributors and Large Account Resellers. During my tenure I was recognized by CRN and VARBusiness as the #7 channel executive in the industry and was a frequent keynote speaker at industry channel conferences. Before joining Microsoft in 2001, I was Executive Vice President at SoftQuad Software, Ltd., and Vice President and Managing Director of Go2Net. I also spent seven years at Lotus Development Corporation in senior positions in the North American SMB Sales, Enterprise Sales, Field Marketing, and Business Partner Sales organizations. Making a difference in people’s lives is so important to me. I am a member of the Board of Advisors for the Renton/Skyway Boys and Girls Club (former board President), a Founding Board Member of SeeYourImpact (www.seeyourimpact.org) and current co-chair of the World Vision National Leadership Council for Child Protection. I am partnering with WorldVision to address issues related to girls’ education and child protection, recently completing construction of the St. Elizabeth's Secondary School for Girls in West Pokot, Kenya. I have been honored for my work on behalf of women at Microsoft, earning its 2006 Most Inspirational Woman award. I live in the Seattle, WA area and love being outdoors. I enjoys backpacking, boating, cycling, scuba diving, skiing, golf, adventure travel and, when it’s rainy outside, attending concerts and theater in addition to enjoying a great glass of wine.
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One Response to “Thank you” from the Head Teacher at St. Elizabeth Girls Secondary School

  1. Thank you Margo for your great works in Matete (with World Vision). The new developments will go a long way in boosting literacy levels in this part of Kenya and no doubt help in achievement of the MDGs. Africa has a lot of potential and these noble initiatives are greatly appreciated as they enable the african child to dare to dream again. – A Son of Matete

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