COVID-19 Emergency Fund
Our Girls Need Your Help.
With COVID-19 bearing down on Africa, our Center of Worth in Nanyuki, Kenya has been closed since March 2020 due to a mandatory quarantine order. The quarantine has forced many of the girls and their families in our programs into survival mode, as their parents (mostly single mothers and domestic workers) are no longer bringing in enough income to feed their families. Without access to online resources to continue their education, our girls are at extreme risk for falling behind, or abandoning their education entirely which will have lasting effects.
The 60 girls in our empowerment program and their families continue to receive socially-distanced psycho-social support, and delivery of basic necessities — food, water, cooking oil and soap — through home visits from our partner the Simama Project. But these families are on the edge, and our girls need our help now more than ever.
Our priority now is keeping the girls in our empowerment program safe and connected through the COVID-19 crisis, and bringing our Center of Worth online as quickly as possible to ensure that these girls, and the thousands of other children benefiting from our programs do not fall through the cracks.
We must raise $45,000 to continue to meet our girls’ basic needs through the pandemic, and to overhaul our Center of Worth so that our girls can continue their education.
About the Center of Worth
The mission of the Center of Worth model is to break the intergenerational cycle of poverty by empowering adolescent, out-of-school girls and children formerly living on the streets to take control of their own well-being, be key decision makers in their families, and influence their future economy and society. Since 2015, the Center of Worth has served over 6000 children in Nanyuki, Kenya, the majority of whom are adolescent girls at high risk for early and forced marriage and pregnancy. In the last five years, we have seen tremendous outcomes for our girls. Those in our empowerment program have become leaders in their schools and their communities, with 90% of them in formal school leadership roles from Class Prefect to Class Treasurer in the last two years.