The Next Chapter Has Begun!

…  and we’re on our way to making a significant difference for 17,000 children in Kenya’s North Rift Valley!   World Vision is expanding the Kenya Child Protection and Education Program to 5 areas in the North Rift Valley of Kenya, with a goal to significantly reduce the incidence of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and/or Early Marriage which are prevalent.  Because education is at the core of this transformation, World Vision has decided to forward fund all the money necessary to begin all primary and secondary school classroom and facility construction.   That’s over $2 million dollars!  As a result, ground is being broken right now, in July and August in Marich Pass, Sook, Lokori, and Kalapata.  The construction for the early childhood development centers in Matete will begin in FY 2014.   (See charts below for areas and construction plans)

Program Summary:

The Kenya Child Protection and Education Program is about transformation and hope for  17,000 children in Kenya’s North Rift Valley.  Education is at the center of this transformation. Through the program 38 classrooms, 5 dormitories, 4 libraries, 8 teacher/staff houses, 1 science lab, 5 dining halls, 12 latrines, 3 admin blocks and 1 leadership hall will be built to expand access to quality education from early childhood development through secondary school and equip government ministries, parents, civil society groups, local and international organizations.   The education component will be complimented by extensive systems work to transform attitudes and practices to reduce the incidence of FGM and early marriage, improve girl-child completion rates for primary and secondary school and expand restorative care when children have been abused, and community members to fulfill obligations to keep children safe and cared for.   In cases where girls have already been sexually abused, our interventions will create access to psychosocial support for them to recover. The program also will help children receive legal services to support them following serious cases of child abuse. The Kenya Child Protection Program will invest in school dormitories to provide safe access to school for girls highly vulnerable to abuse in their home environment.  At the core, the program’s aim is to transform communities and build a protective environment for children so the practices of female genital mutilation and early marriage are prevented and abused children are restored to family and community life.

Funding needed (total):  $4.8 million over 4 years

Below is a chart of the construction plans, by area and school:

Along with several other donors, I will be visiting Marich Pass, Sook, and Matete August 4-9th!  I will be posting my trip reports and experiences throughout August.

If you’d like to read, in detail, the program proposal, you’ll find it here:   (There’s a 17 page detailed proposal and a 2 page executive summary)

If you’d like to join to make a difference, please consider making a donation at the following site:  Or, if you work at Microsoft, you may use the tool at http://give.  Please designate World Vision International as the charity, and type “Kenya Girls” in the Purpose field.

I look forward to updating you on my travels with my next post from Kenya!

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 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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One Response to The Next Chapter Has Begun!

  1. Margo – God bless you and these dear young ladies in Kenya! I visited St. Elizabeth School in October and my heart remains there also. Kenya has a very bright future when these students become leaders. There will be many years of joyful news to look forward to! I look forward to raising funds for this cause. Paul Dangelmajer / WV Area Dir. NJ

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