With your help we raised $4233.14 (£3,183.07) for women in Meru, Kenya! However, although the competition is finished our project is still open to donations on the Global Giving website.
Ecologia needs your help!
From 2pm GMT on 28th February to 14th March Ecologia will be a competition to win a place in the 2019 GlobalGiving Girl Fund. The fund gives 6 charities a year’s worth of funding and exposure on an international platform… it is a great opportunity.
To win a place in the Girl Fund we need to win enough votes to get us in the top 4. We are competing against over 100 other projects so it is a tough ask…. Here’s how you can help.
1. Make a Small Donation
Visit our Global Giving project page and make a small donation. Each donation only counts as 1 vote so donating multiple times won’t move us up the leaderboard unfortunately.
2. Forward an email to 10 Friends
You will receive an email thanking you for making a donation to the project, please forward this email to 10 friends and ask them to make a small donation too. The more people we can reach through the campaign the more chance we have of winning a place.
3. Share the competition on Social Media
If you use Facebook, Twitter or any other social media please share our posts with friends. We really want to increase the exposure of IPI and the amazing work they do with people like Kellen….
4. Celebrate International Women’s Day on the 8th March
Global Giving will match donations up to $250/£190 on the 8th March from 2pm GMT /9am EST. They have $10,000 to share on this day so your donation will receive a boost of 30%. If you live near Findhorn join us in the office between 2pm-4pm to have tea, cake and we can help you make your donation online.
What is the problem?
In Kenya, one in five girls between 15 and 19 are mothers. They tend to be from families who struggle with poverty, disease and they are at risk of contracting HIV/AIDS. In Meru alone, 21% of the population have no formal education. We have seen that when girls become mothers, the vast majority drop out of school. They can face rejection from the father of their child, their families and community. Many become homeless, with no chance of securing a decent job they are forced into commercial sex work to survive and provide for their children.
Kellen is a mother of one child and was working as a commercial sex worker. In 2016 she was offered a place on a Ecologia funded, hairdressing diploma. The course, run by International Peace Initiatives, gives women and girls in Meru County free access to skills training so that they can provide for themselves, their families and change their lives by having a secure and stable income.
Kellen excelled on the year-long course, she learned quickly and her work was of a really high quality. She was employed by a salon as soon as the course was finished and in less than a year she was able to start her own business at home. Now, 2 years on, her business is growing. She provides for her family and her daughter is enrolled at a local school. She is an incredible example of how gaining skills make a huge difference to the lives of whole families and future generations.
Ecologia can help more women like Kellen
With the funding we raise, International Peace Initiatives (IPI) Kenya will provide over 100 women and girls in Meru County free access to skills training. Once trained they will be able to provide for themselves and their families and change their lives. The women can choose from courses in hairdressing, catering, jewellery making or permaculture and they will learn the skills to allow them to open businesses in their own homes or find secure jobs. All the courses are community-led and designed so that vulnerable young women are equipped with the life skills to care for themselves and their children.This will therefore enable them to become agents of change for their communities. Find out more about our projects at IPI here.
The previous courses have had an incredible impact. 95% of graduates have gone on to work in salons or own their own businesses and none have returned to commercial sex work. We know that women who are empowered in their own careers can then afford to send their children to school, giving them the possibility of a brighter future. The women have increased confidence and self-esteem, and improved social mobility. As entrepreneurs, they also receive greater respect in the community and from this they continue to help other local women, empowering even more people. The whole community benefits!