Hi, everyone! I have just arrived this morning in Nairobi, Kenya after a somewhat circuitous trip :-). I aLm EXCITED to be here. Tomorrow morning, we head to Lodwar, a town in the northwestern portion of Kenya. We will spend the next to days in “the field” visiting two new communities that will be recipients of the education project, as well as recipients of clean water and food security projects. I have summarized the Kenya Vulnerable Girls Education Project, as well as World Vision’s holistic approach for you below. So, here we go! I suspect my next post won’t be until Thurs/Friday as there’s no internet access where we’re going (and we’ll be traveling on dirt roads, so this is really rural Kenya). Thanks for following this big adventure!
Project Summary: The Kenya Education Project for Vulnerable Girls primarily targets girls in western Kenya who are at risk of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and Early Marriage (EM), which typically take place between the ages of 10 and 13 in certain Kenyan sub-cultures. The project will be implemented in 3 or 4 World Vision Area Development Programs (ADPs) in the western Rift Valley region of Kenya. School construction will be a part of this project, and World Vision is in process to finalize the number of locales, primary versus secondary schools, additions / expansions versus new construction, etc. In addition, there will be multiple ways the education project will help these vulnerable girls including mentoring, vocational training, community awareness raising (sensitizing people to the dangers and harm caused by FGM and EM, encouraging alternative rites of passage, promoting the long-term value of education, etc.), and community empowerment (capacity building focused on girls, parents, community partners, etc.).
Holistic Approach – Because WV’s overall mission is to tackle the causes of poverty, we implement projects in conjunction with other complementary projects in order to help transform an entire community over time. In this case, the education project area will be in famine affected regions of Kenya so the other main priorities of the target areas are food security and access to safe water. Therefore this project will be implemented alongside other projects that are focused on these two issues, which means that the beneficiaries of the education project will also benefit from increased food security and access to clean water.