Empowering African Women
Here at Embrace Africa, we have a passion for helping the African community socioeconomically develop and flourish. To support this vision, we support and promote issues including girls’ rights, empowerment, and education. By reaching out to these economically deprived, at risk and abused individuals, we help both children and families living in areas of instability find resolutions. The empowerment of girls and women in Africa is essential to their transformation into powerful leaders able to walk in the fullness of their potential. We do not seek to give a fish, but rather to give a fishing rod.
Addressing Socio-economic Change
Given the many obstacles individuals face in Africa, we collectively work together in breaking the cycle of poverty and violence. Our programming promotes a culture of prevention and provides individuals with the life skills necessary to be self-sustaining and independent. Empowerment is a lifetime investment that all will perpetually benefit from, therein bettering lives, communities, nations, and the world. The following are specific initiatives Embrace Africa facilitates: Grade K-8 (Primary School) Education Puling Families out of Poverty through Economic Empowerment Collaborating and Supporting Access to Secondary School Education Supporting Economic and Social development in Youths and Women Promoting Healthcare, Economic Development, and Community Outreach in Rural Villages.
Solar Lamps Project
We provide solar lamps to children so they can be able to learn in the night. 95% of our children comes from homes without electricity; this has greatly affected their learning. At night, many families use dangerous kerosene or paraffin lamps which release harmful carbon. Besides being a fire risk, carbon from these lamps affects eyes especially in young children. Replacing kerosene or paraffin lamps with portable, affordable solar lights saves money, enables children to have more study time at night, improves their health, makes homes safer and saves the environment from harmful black carbon. During the day, solar lamps are left outside to absolve sunlight in order to be used later in the night. This ensures that children sit down to complete homework and they can walk safely in the house without stumbling on items making their evenings enjoyable.
Sanitary Pads for School Girls
For many people in the developed world, buying sanitary pads is as easy as buying bread and milk. But this is not the case for millions of girls and women in Sub-Saharan Africa. They are at a permanent disadvantage as they are forced to stay at home as they are unable to afford this basic necessity. In very poor areas, like rural Africa, the $2 needed for a package of pads is worth 2 days of work. The cost of sanitary ware and towels is beyond the reach of most young women and girls, who in Africa are the majority of the unemployed and those living in poverty. Many girls would rather miss a week of school a month than deal with the embarrassment of going without protection or making due with inadequate substitutes like newspaper and rugs. A girl absent from school for four days in 28 days (month) loses 13 learning days equivalent to two weeks of learning in every school term. In an academic year (nine months) a girl loses 39 learning days equivalent to six weeks of learning time. A girl in primary school between grades 6 and 8 (three years) loses 18 learning weeks out of 108 weeks. Within the four years of high school a girl can lose 156 learning days equivalent to almost 24 weeks out of 144 weeks of learning in high school.
We feed over 300 children daily who would otherwise sleep on an empty stomach.
Chema Academy School is a Christian charitable school founded in 2010 by Gladys Harun from Warner Robins Georgia and her family including her father Mr. Chege back in Kenya who graciously donated land for the school. The school is located in Melangine Village, a remote central Kenya region within a community languishing in poverty due to lack of economic development. Parents in this region earn less than 2 dollars a day making it hard for them to provide for their children. With disease epidemics such as malaria, many parents are deceased greatly increasing the number of orphaned and needy children.
Our mission is to help children in our village escape poverty through education. We seek to ensure every child can fulfill their right to a quality education, regardless of circumstance or gender. We believe in the success of our children despite the fact that they are marginalized and at risk of not attending school due to poverty, lack of schools around, lack of educational opportunities, and lack of infrastructure and other social amenities. At inception, the school had 30 children of school going age enrolled; today the school has 407 students.
Goals and objectives
Our goal is to enable school going children of our village in to achieve the highest level of excellence in education. It is our main goal to provide vulnerable children with an education as an escape from poverty, child labor, early marriages and female genital mutilation for our girls. We use education as a tool to give a promising future to our children; we achieve this by providing a conducive learning environment and a feeding program within the school since our students come from homes whose daily earnings are less than 2 dollars per day.
We provide a quality primary school education to students from nursery school through standard 8 (equivalent to Kindergarten through 8th grade in USA). Students are taught a rigorous curriculum in English and Swahili which are official languages in Kenya. Special emphasis is given on science, social studies, reading and math. Our education program promotes active participation, team-work, confidence, critical thinking and self-expression. In addition, students receive lessons in music, drama, agriculture, Christian education and domestic care.
In our village, girls are marginalized and endangered due to increased forced early marriages, rape, female genital mutilation and kidnapping. We therefore provide 50 girls with boarding facilities; they enjoy schooling during the day and a secured boarding facility at night. Their parents are grateful for safeguarding these children and facilitating their access to an education. Most importantly, they don’t have to take dangerous long walks daily to and from school.
Well balanced Meals
Our students come to school hungry due to lack of food at home. An empty stomach cannot learn. We provide free meals to nourish students in order for them to learn. The school performance has greatly improved after commencing a feeding program.