Kenya Vulnerable Girls Education Project

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.

About margoday

Making a difference in people’s lives at home and internationally is central to who I am. I have been deeply involved in funding the building secondary schools for vulnerable girls in Kenya and took a one-year personal leave of absence from Microsoft to focus my energies on raising funds and awareness for the Kenya Child Protection and Education Project, partnering with World Vision. This project is positively affecting 17,000 children in four areas in the North Rift Valley of Kenya by providing access to quality education, building schools, deepening community advocacy for the education of the girl child, and transforming community attitudes toward early marriage and harmful cultural practices. I've held posts as the former national co-chair for the World Vision National Leadership Council for Child Protection, Board of Advisors President for the Renton/Skyway Boys & Girls Club and past founding board member of SeeYourImpact.org. Professionally, I am vice president of U.S. Education for Microsoft Corp. I lead a team responsible for the U.S. Education strategy and sales to K–12 and higher education customers across the U.S. Through partnerships, programs and technology, Microsoft plays a significant role in helping institutions and educators transform learning that makes a real impact on educational outcomes and helps students realize their full potential. I have more than 31 years of experience in high-technology software sales, marketing, business development, and partner and channel management, and at Microsoft for the past 14 years holding previous roles of Vice President, West Region SMS&P and Vice President, US Partners. I was honored with the 2014 Circle of Excellence, Platinum Club Founders award , 2006 Microsoft Most Inspirational Woman award, and in 2012 was nominated for the Anita Borg Women of Vision Social Impact Award. I live in the Seattle area and enjoy backpacking, boating, cycling, scuba diving, skiing, golf, adventure travel and, when it’s rainy outside, attending concerts and theater as well as enjoying a great glass of wine.
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2 Responses to Kenya Vulnerable Girls Education Project

  1. Danny Vogt says:

    So exciting! Looking forward to hearing about the trip to Lodwar!!!

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