Get Up Senior Retreat Brings Together Secondary and Post-Secondary Students

Female Umoja students in secondary school spent a few days in Nakuru for the Girls Empowerment Team retreat. They divided into groups (named after notable universities, such as Oxford, Harvard and Yale) and spent time with mentors, postsecondary students and community leaders. The retreat emphasizes healthy relationships and goal setting and is an awesome opportunity…

Our Joy

By Pam and Jim Lemons When Joy entered the Umoja Project in the Chulaimbo region of Kenya as an 8-year-old child, she was living with her mother who was a nurse and single head of her household. Joy’s father died when she was two years old and her mother had raised her family (six children)…

Meet Esther

By Sarah Neff, Duke Divinity School Intern, Summer 2016 This is Esther. When we first met Esther a few weeks ago, she came running around the side of her house to greet us. She is amazing to see: tall, strong, vibrant, with a smile that takes you in immediately. She ushered us in, come in,…

Caroline excels in spite of her obstacles!

by Madeline Watts and Lori Galambos – Project interns Caroline’s parents died when she was young. She and her younger siblings moved in with their grandmother, but the grandmother’s own frail health meant Caroline had a lot of responsibility taking care of the family. In spite of these challenges, Caroline was the top performing student…

Meet Carolyne, GET UP participant

  By Ellen Daniels-Howell – Project Leader One of the joys of running a program designed to empower young women to follow their dreams and reach their full potential is that we get to witness it happening!  Carolyne is one of the remarkable young women who has been participating in GET UP programs for the…

Reality

In our efforts to understand better the needs and concerns of adolescent girls in rural western Kenya, we have conducted a number of “key informant interviews.” We have talked with female teachers and guardians, as well as primary and secondary school girls. Tomorrow we will meet with a group of women professionals, hopefully to begin sorting out how best to respond to all that we have learned this week.

Tie-Dyed Carport

Yesterday, our group gathered under St. Anna’s carport to begin the first step in tie-dying prep for Saturday’s seminar. Yes, we came to Kenya with enough dye to color the 120 GIS t-shirts we brought in tow. It turns out that tie-dye works on carport concrete just about as well as it does on white cotton t-shirts.