“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.


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

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

  1. Gilbert Barasa says:

    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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