Introducing Catherine!

We are very happy and proud to present an incredibly intelligent young woman, Catherine, who just joined the Women for Education program. This hardworking young woman from Mutomo, Kenya, has shown great academic achievements and determination throughout her life.

Mikaela from the WFE committee was very impressed by Catherine when she interviewed her in Mutomo:

”I immediately knew we wanted Catherine in the program when she entered the room with a confident and determined look in her eyes”

Since Catherine graduated high school she has been working in a computer shop and has been determined to save the money she needed to go to univeristy. In Catherine’s own words:
”I have never thought I would find myself at university. Being from a village where few girls make it to the university, I feel so happy and motivated that my goals are being achieved.”

Catherine will be studying IT, a subject Women for Education is very supportive of given the great opportunities in Kenya for IT graduates.

”Being an IT student, have realized that few girls go for this course. I’m in a class of 87 students, with less than 20 girls. As a woman, I feel that this will continue helping me learn how to be responsible. I am grateful to the Women for Education team for helping me to accept my place at university”

Catherine, we are very happy and proud to support you in your education and we believe you will achieve amazing things in the future!

Interview with our first graduate, Jackline!

This year our first student, Jackline Mumo, will be graduating! Jackline was in the first group of girls to enroll in the WFE program and has for the past four years been studying Food, Nutrition and Dietetics at Egerton University. Upon graduation Jackline looks forward to completing a one-year internship which enables her to obtain her practitioner license as a nutritionist. Of how WFE has helped her through her studies she says:

WFE has always been there for me, so concerned about my life, encouraging me to work hard through helping me to set goals on what I want to achieve in life and majorly through paying my university fees—I feel so loved and cared for. WFE has helped me in my personal growth; I am now a better person than I was before and so am so grateful.

Jackline also mentioned challenges and prejudice she faced at times studying nutrition.

The course is considered feminine because of the name food and so people associate food with females because they cook. It was a challenge because some of my friends doing other courses could criticize me that I came to university to learn cooking and so I could feel embarrassed. It could be because they didn’t understand what a nutrition course entails.

Jackline looks forward to joining the workforce and continuing to fight for women’s rights.

I am looking forward to mentoring lots of girls and to offer career guidance to help them realize their potential and be achievers in life […] and also to start paying the WFE loans so that the money can also benefit other girls the way it has benefited me.

Women for Education is so proud Jackline and we look forward to seeing what she will do in the future!

 

(Pictured: Jackline with her son Jayden)

Women for Education receives generous donation from Clifford Chance

Women for Education is delighted to announce that we have received a generous donation from Clifford Chance. Clifford Chance is an international law firm that gives its employees the opportunity to choose a charity for their Christmas gift every year. In 2017 WFE has been chosen as the Christmas Charity of Clifford Chance. Next to the donation, WFE also featured on the 2017 Christmas Card of Clifford Chance. Clifford Chance’s donation will go to further expanding the WFE program.

Learn more about Clifford Chance here.

Women for Education receives generous donation from Makaria

Women for Education is thrilled to announce that we have received a generous donation from the Makaria Foundation. Makaria is a Dutch charity foundation that grants financial support to individuals and organisations in the Netherlands as well as abroad. WFE will use Makaria’s charitable gift to fund the enrolment of more girls in our program.

Thank you Makaria!

 

(Pictured: Diana Hellen, Diana Jackline, Beatrice, Ebba our Chairwoman, Mikaela our Vice Chairwoman.)

Collaboration with Powerfans

Women for Education is excited to announce our new partnership with Powerfans!

Powerfans is a Swedish reseller of electricity and telecommunication contracts that shares a part of its revenue with a charity or sport association that its customers choose to support. Powerfans receives commissions from Swedish telecommunication companies such as Telia and Telenor and has generously pledged to share half of these commissions with Women for Education.

We look forward to starting a lasting and rewarding collaboration with Powerfans.

Learn more about Powerfans here. 

Workshop and interviews in Mutomo

Last week the WFE team went to Mutomo, the village in Kitui County where our students grew up, to have a workshop with them. After two years of only communicating through Skype and email we finally got to meet our students again, and it was amazing!
We also got the chance to interview the next generation of female students. Together with Lauryn, from our local partnering organization Sweden Mutomo Projects International, we met six fantastic young women whom we interviewed as candidates to our program.

The workshop covered everything from personal development, CV and employability training to reproductive and sexual health training. Mikaela started the workshop and guided the girls on how they can develop themselves, become more self-aware and boost their self confidence and self-esteem. “I am enough” was the mantra delivered to the girls. During the second part of the training Mikaela delivered practical tips on how the girls should pitch themselves to employers, how they can increase their own competitiveness and dhow to deliver a good interview, CV and cover letter.
In the afternoon Mutomo’s star and female role model Lauryn, from our local partner SMPI, held a training about reproductive health together with a nurse from a nearby hospital. They gave advice regarding family planning, the use of contraceptives, the avoidance of STDs, HIV and cancer and destroyed myths about sexual and reproductive health that often prevail in Kenya. In Mikaela’s own words:

“It was wonderful to finally be reunited with all of our fantastic students and see how they have grown and developed into confident women. Meeting in person makes you connect on a deeper level and I can’t wait to see them all again in the next workshop in May. They are all so insightful and inspiring and I love spending time with them.”

The girls who barely knew each other before they joined the program has grown into a tight group of friends who are supporting each other. We are overwhelmed and proud to see our girls growing for each day and hearing their stories about university and life itself.

WFE is looking forward to accepting new young women into our program. The six young and inspiring women we interviewed had hopes to get degrees in areas such as finance, IT, Dietic and Nutrition. Now we have a huge task in front of us; to fundraise for as many new girls as possible. Deadline is August 2018 when the next generation of WFE students enroll into university.

(Pictured left to right: Margret, Beatrice, Diana Hellen, Winnie, Faith, Diana Jackline)

Three-day workshop together with the Women Leadership Hub

In May 2018 the whole Women Leadership Hub team will visit Mikaela from WFE and WFE students in Nairobi. The purpose of the visit? To hold a three-day Dynamic Leadership Program and give the students the opportunity to grow their leadership skills through a series of engaging workshops.

The Dynamic Leadership program aims to guide, coach and support our students to grow their leadership skills and prepare them for the challenges ahead by understanding their own impact and acting on it. The 6 women spearheading the Women Leadership Hub initiative have vast experience in the corporate world as well as in entrepreneurship. They have all been qualified through the Dynamic Leadership Program lead by Bo Lundell whom has 30 years of experience in consulting and coaching.

The importance of mentorship for the WFE programme is crucial. The workshop will hopefully be an invaluable way for our students to develop as young adults as well as boost their self-confidence as leaders and women, preparing them for personal and professional challenges ahead. It will also be an important opportunity for them to become a part of the Women Leadership Hub worldwide network.

We are so happy to finally announce this collaboration. We are all very excited about the workshop hope for a long-term collaboration with the Women Leadership Hub!

You can read more about the Women Leadership Hub here.

Visiting Diana at Kenyatta University

Last week we visited one of our students, Diana Hellen, at Kenyatta University here in Nairobi. Kenyatta University is one of the largest in Kenya with over 70,000 students and 13 campuses. Diana met us at the gate and gave us a tour of her campus, showing us the different university buildings, introducing us to her peers and giving us an insight into university life at Kenyatta. We finally managed to sit down outside of the economics building for a deeper discussion. Diana’s passion for Women’s rights and education frames her outlook:

“The confidence of girls is really improving in Kenya. To conclude, boys are in fear and mounted with pressure that we will soon overtake! Now, we can educate a lady so she understands what she rightfully deserves, and she will spread the message. The chain is strong and will be unbreakable when all the ladies get to know what they deserve. LET’S GO FOR IT LADIES BECAUSE WE CAN AND IT’S OUR RIGHT ANYWAY.”

Diana is an inspiring person with boundless energy and ideas about her future. She likes to dream big and takes pride that the Women For Education foundation chose her as a candidate:

“It motivates me a great deal, and continuously deepens my desire to rise to make another lady somewhere thinking it can be done and realise it’s indeed very possible. I am proud to be a lady, an inspiration, and a source of hope”

Stay tuned for even more inspiration!

(Pictured: Mikaela our Vice Chairwoman and Diana Hellen)

Collaboration with Givesom

Women for Educatis is delighted to announce our collaboration with Givesome! 
 
Givesome is an online service for charity donations. The purpose is to make charity donations easier and more accessible to young people around the world. The reason for creating an online platform for donations stems from the idea that bringing together small donations in large numbers can make a difference. The concept is to donate a small monthly amount to preferred charity organisation and Women for Education is one of the the organisations you can choose.
 
We are very happy to cooperate with Givesome in order to continue our journey to empowering the next generation of female leaders. 
Read more about Givesome on https://givesom.org/ 
 

Meet our new student Margret – the mathematician

We are very happy and proud to present the incredibly intelligent young woman called Margret! This hardworking and perseverant young woman from Mutomo has shown great academic achievements throughout her life. Her parents, teachers, and friends started encouraging her to follow her love for mathematics at an early stage and Margret is now studying a Bachelors degree of Science in Mathematics at Pwani University. She is eager to prove that this is not a “boys subject”  and that women can be great in this field of study as well.

Margret is passionate about raising awareness about issues such as discrimination against women and girls, and she frequently discusses these issue with her family and friends. She enjoys charity work and in her spare time she also likes playing football and spending time with her family.

Margret, we are very happy and proud to support you in your education and we believe you will achieve amazing things in the future!