Empowering Rural Girls through Literacy
By David Omondi on September 24, 2018
The Literacy Garden has been a beehive of activity over the past couple of months. With the help of our volunteers Kendra and Josh, we successfully piloted the Bilingual E-Book Writing and Publishing. 15 girls created e-books and shared stories about their culture. The girls learned to express themselves tby describing how they celebrate christmas, Songs and Dances, Housing, Favorite foods, Drums, Religion, Languages etc. The girls also translated their work in swahili hence helping to develop heir mastery of both English and Swahili. Their stories have been published on our website as well as he Write Our World Org website. We are excited to see the girls horn their writing skills and become the next generation of authors, readers and leaders.
Our storytelling and sexual and reproductive health and rights sessions have been on going. We currently have Young Women Christian Association- Kenya volunteers teaching our girls menstrual hygiene management and sanitary pad making.
In the construction front, we have finished building the mini library where literacy equipment/books will be stored and accessed by the girls. We are also building a multi-sport playground/basketball court and roller skating paths that will see us use sports to empower the girls and bring the boys into the conversation.
Over the next months, we are looking foward to secure funds to complete construction of the reading areas, shades and benches as well as an amphitheater. We also hope to conduct our first annual girls leadership camp at the garden by the end of the year.
Thank you so much for your support that has seen us build the garden step by step and create a safe place for marginalized rural girls to develop their skills and talents through literacy. As funds come in, we will keep working hard to ensure that we complete the necessary infrastructure required for the full functioning of the garden.