- Did you know that women and girls represent the majority of the world's poor? 70% of the 1 billion poorest people are female.
- Women and girls all over the world are held back simply because of their gender. They are disproportionately affected by discrimination, violence and exploitation. Too many are deprived the opportunity of an education and to basic health services. At W+K we believe that every child has the right not to live in poverty, and that women should be empowered, not oppressed.
This year we have partnered with the charity, So They Can, so that through education we can help empower women and children in East Africa and help them break the poverty cycle.
We want to raise at least $50,000 for So They Can, which will support the feeding and education of almost 80 children for a year - the equivalent of 2 classrooms of children.
As part of our commitment to So They Can, a team from W+K will spend 10 days in Kenya in August 2016, visiting So They Can's projects in Nakuru. The team will also take part in the famous Masai Mara Marathon - a personal challenge which will take much training and dedication over the coming months.
WHY SO THEY CAN?
At the end of 2015, W+K started sponsoring Joyce Wambui, a 7 year old girl in Kenya. Joyce hopes to be a doctor when she is older – an aspiration that W+K wants to help her achieve.
Joyce lives in Davpur with her parents and two siblings (her older brother sadly passed away last July). Through W+K’s sponsorship, Joyce is able to attend the Aberdare Ranges Primary School, a school developed and run by So They Can. As well as receiving an exceptional education, So They Can provides Joyce with two hot meals and clean water every day, and also ensures her medical needs are met – developing a healthy, happy, educated little girl.
There are currently 960 students at Aberdare Ranges Primary School. Unlike Joyce, there are still 325 children who are not sponsored. So They Can continues to provide education to these children, but it leaves a significant funding gap.
We want to raise at least $50,000 for So They Can to support the feeding and education of almost 80 of the unsponsored children for a year.
If you would like to help W+K support So They Can, please make a donation. Here are some of the ways your generous donation can benefit Joyce and her friends:
• $5 provides one child with two hot meals a day for a month
• $15 provides exercise books for a child for a year
• $50 can buy a library books pack
• $75 provides sports equipment for the school
• $600 is enough to sponsor one child for a year
• $5,000 provides Joyce’s friends, family and community with life saving medical supplies for one year
• $20,000 can fund the construction of a classroom at Joyce's school
Thank you for your support.