Covid-19: Impact on our Students
As the impact of the Covid-19 is felt by each and every one of us, please keep the students and graduates of Kakenya’s Center for Excellence(KCE) in your thoughts. We would like to tell you how the pandemic is impacting these girls and what you can do to support them during this time.
As in many parts of the world, all schools in Kenya are closed until further notice, including the two KCE campuses, all high schools, colleges and universities. All Dr Ntaiya’s girls have been sent home. The reality of a global health crisis is particularly devastating for vulnerable populations. We are more concerned than ever for the wellbeing of the girls we support, as they will be more susceptible while at home to female genital mutilation, teen pregnancy, and early marriages. Our education opportunities provide them with physical safety as well as nutrition and mental health services.
Another issue faced by our tertiary students is the spread of misinformation and knowledge gaps. Most of our girls’ parents are illiterate, and none have access to the internet. KCE is trying to maintain contact with students via WhatsApp.
In Sydney our three international scholars are confined to their accommodation and are studying online, like so many other international students across Australia. While this is far from ideal, they are fortunate to have the ongoing support of their respective universities, and their accommodation at Urbanest and Campus Living to enable them to keep learning.
Women for Change is actively looking for ways to continue to support these girls as we navigate this difficult time.
You can help by
• continuing your support to ensure that, as soon as possible, each student is able to return to their tertiary courses to complete their studies and move one step closer to realising their dreams. We’re committed for the long term.
• continuing to spread the word about the importance of education of girls in the rural, Maasai communities of Kenya. The Women for Change website includes presentations and interviews with Dr Kakenya Ntaiya where she provides information about the issues and the opportunities.
Women for Change hope that you, your families and your communities remain safe and well during this difficult time.