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PASSION FOR EDUCATION

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Fly Sister Fly Foundation is a non-profit community-based organization registered in Kenya. We work with pastoral nomadic communities to champion the rights of girls to education.
The Foundation currently has a focus on northern Kenya communities, where we seek to empower the girl child to become an agent of social change. Young girls are faced with retrogressive cultures that undermine their opportunity to acquire an education, forcing them to drop out of school.

We work with partners and stakeholders in the education sector to help more girls attend school, with the ultimate goal of empowering them to make informed decisions regarding their future and their education.

SOCIAL TRANSFORMATION THROUGH EDUCATION

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Inspite of their young age, girls from pastoral nomadic communities in the arid and semi-arid areas of Kenya are faced with an array of problems. They are affected by backward cultural and customary practices, some of which grossly violate human rights and are outlawed under the Children's Act, and the Marriage Act (2014). These include:

  • Female Genital Cutting/Mutilation
  • Child Marriage
  • Beading

Often times, these atrocities are committed at the onset of puberty. At this tender age, these girls are expected to take on all the responsibilities of a married woman in their community, including building a house for their families.

Worse still, most young girls end up in polygamous engagements, resulting in an increased risk of contracting HIV. Their young lives are put in extreme danger and their dreams of ever getting an education are crushed.

OUR INITIATIVES

SPONSORSHIP

In Fly Sister Fly we have a passion for education, a passion for children, and their right to the best attainable quality of education. In this spirit we recognize that we work with an underprivileged society where resources are scarce at the grass roots. This adversely affects the girl child in this patriarchal society where the limited available resources if any go towards educating the boy child. In light of this we aim to even the playground by offering sponsorships to underprivileged yet academically gifted girls.

We have since 2014 sourced for sponsors from various parts of the world to support our cause and educate a girl. We approach well-wishers who offer different levels of sponsorships, some covering secondary school fees, shopping and pocket money, and a few offering to support a girl up to even tertiary education. Our role is to identify needy gifted girls, verify that they actually need help, mentor them and guide the sponsors on how to get the funds to the beneficiary. In total we have 9 girls fully sponsored in high school so far, and we are hoping this number increases in coming years.

BOOK DRIVES

In line with promoting our agenda of education to all girls in marginalized communities of Kenya, we realized that they lack enough exercise and text book. We therefore set up the FSF book drives to tackle this problem. We call on all well-wishers and friends of FSF to donate both new and used books. We welcome curriculum books, storybooks, Bibles, and any piece of literature that would be beneficial to a child.

Our first book drive was a major success and we were able to collect over 500 textbooks. This helped us set up a temporary FSF library at Girgir Primary School in 2012. Our efforts did not stop there, our book drives are not a one-time thing. It's a continuous process. We are still collecting more books for more schools in areas that face the same problems. Our message is: DO NOT USE OLD BOOKS TO LIGHT STOVES, DO NOT THROW AWAY YOUR CHILDREN’S BOOKS, and DONATE THEM TO A CHILD IN OTHER PARTS OF KENYA. Let us promote literacy.

SANITARY PAD DRIVES

Menstruation is a normal biological process yet in many cultures, it is lowly regarded and hardly mentioned in public.
UNESCO estimates that 1 in 10 African adolescent girls miss school during menses and eventually drop out because of menstruation-related issues, such as the inaccessibility of affordable sanitary protection, the social taboos related to menstruation, and the culture of silence that surrounds it (All Africa, 2011).

Girls from an impoverished background are affected by the onset of puberty which marks a sharp decline in school attendance due to lack of sanitary protection and knowledge on puberty. Fly Sister Fly Foundation has been able to source and distribute sanitary towels to hundreds of girls in Samburu and Marsabit Counties. We raise the sanitary towels through pad drives and partnerships. We also offer menstrual health education to our girls.

MENTORSHIP

Most rural schooling students are chronically disengaged from school. Lack of motivation is a real and pressing problem, which makes them not benefit fully from the education system and various opportunities found in their schools. Our aim is to make the students believe that they can excel, that they deserve to excel and believing that they will ultimately excel.

At FSF, we take it upon ourselves to mentor young girls all over the country. Fly Sister Fly Foundation mentorship program is run by a team of young, self-driven, and passionate students and professionals, who are willing to elevate younger brothers and sisters in various levels of learning to soaring heights.

The team seeks to empower the young girls by understanding the issues that make them perform poorly in school and in life generally. The main thematic areas covered in the FSF mentorship are:

  • Reproductive health and sex education
  • Career mapping and development
  • Leadership and personal development
  • Extracurricular development
  • Social issues and backgrounds
  • Overcoming peer pressure
  • Motivation and encouragement

We have provided mentorship and leadership training to girls in most public high schools in Gatundu constituency, schools in Samburu such as Girgir, Lerata and Sereolipi, Kamandura Girls in Limuru, AIC Nyayo Girls in Makueni just to mention a few.

OUR PARTNERS

At Fly Sister Fly, we welcome the opportunity to partner with other organizatons.
We are happy to have worked with the following people as we champion socio-cultural change among pastoral communities.

  • Samburu Girls Foundation

  • Bakuli Trust

  • Action Aid SACCO Limited

  • Pastoralist Child Foundation

  • ZanaAfrica Foundation

  • Kijana Initiative

  • Serian FM

  • Want to partner?

Join the Foundation

To be part of this great initiative, these are the ONLY membership requirements.

  1. Be a committed individual whose aim is to positively impact the lives of those around you.

  2. Pay a one-off registration fee of KSH. 500 (5USD).

  3. Contribute a minimum of KSH. 200 (2USD) monthly to support FSF activities.

  4. Actively participate in programs held by FSF and contribute towards making the world a better place.

WHAT $100 COULD DO

Your donations are used to improve the lives and livelihoods of young disadvantaged girls from the marginalized areas of Northern Kenya. Even the smallest act of giving is highly appreciated. We generally spend $10 as follows:

Option 1: Focus:- Promoting Literacy & Easing Access to Education

School Fees

Books/Stationery

Advocacy Campaigns

Option 2: Focus:- Preventing Girls From Dropping Out of School

Sanitary Pads

Mentorship Activities

Shopping/Bus Fare

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CURRENT PROJECT
Solar Radio Sets as Mobile Schools for Development In Northern Kenya

PROJECT SUMMARY

Nomadic pastoral Samburu women in Northern Kenya face not only the challenge of poverty, but also regressive cultural practices, and a lack of education or exposure to current issues. Our partner Lifeline Energy is currently sourcing for solar powered radio sets called Lifeplayers. We aim to use the radio sets to reach out to women to empower and equip them with the skills they need to improve the quality of their lives. Mobile solar radio classrooms will allow the women to listen to empowerment and education messages, while they move from one place to another, fending for their cattle and families. Also, their children will able to listen to school lessons on the Lifeplayer as families move from place to place.

Women in remote rural communities in Northern Kenya are subject to cultural practices that include female genital cutting and early forced marriages; and many have had no opportunity to attend school. This has a devastating impact on young girls of school-going age. Because of the area’s dry, harsh climate and inaccessibility, coupled with a nomadic lifestyle, it is difficult to run advocacy campaigns against these practices. Past experience has shown that advocacy meetings targeting large groups end up with only a handful of women attending. Samburu women have almost no radio access whatsoever at present.

Radio is the best and most cost-effective way of reaching a large audience, particularly in such remote areas. Working with Lifeline Energy, we aim to train and distribute 1,000 solar-powered Lifeplayers to women; and estimate that this will reach 10,000 women. Fly Sister Fly has partnered with a community radio station, Serian FM, who will broadcast empowering and educational messages that tackle the pressing issues these women are dealing with in the Samburu language. Messages can be recorded, and listened to again and again.

Women who have been marginalized will be empowered with new skills, knowledge about their individual rights, health, economic independence the environment and general information from the world outside. This will enable them to make informed decisions in their families and communities. There is a direct correlation between education and the eradication of harmful cultural practices, such as FGM, forced marriage and early pregnancy. Women who have access to new ideas and beneficial information are likely to be healthier, and to ensure their daughters are educated and not subjected to harmful cultural practices.

We have received the following grants so far:

  • KSH. 100,000 - The MPesa Foundation, Kenya.
    Read our proposal here...

  • KSH. 350,000 - YALI Tech-Camp and Afrika Leadership Development Institute

#STATISTICS

6,000+
The number of students who received mentorship in 2015 alone through the Foundation's initiatives.

1,500+
The number of girls who received a year's supply of sanitary towels.

150+
Families Will receive solar-powered radio sets as donations to improve communication infrastructure for advocacy campaigns.

500+
Books collected for the FSF Library through our annual book drives

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License: CC0 - Creative Commons, Public Domain

THE CULTURAL EXCHANGE TRIP TO BUNYORE

A story by Susan, 13 years old

It was on Wednesday. Our headmaster told us to prepare two peace poems and songs in preparation for the World Peace Day. He told us that some of the Fly Sister Fly Girls were going to Bunyore with our mentor Moraa and her team. We were all happy because it would be our first time in Western province. I was as happy as a bride because I would be able to see big towns, a lot of vehicles and make new friends...

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Contact Details:  info@flysisterfly.or.ke
 www.flysisterfly.or.ke

Fly Sister Fly Foundation
 P.O. Box 193, Archer's Post
 60300 - Samburu
 KENYA

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 +254 729 955194 Vane
 +254 724 007444 Beverly

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