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.
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.
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.