OUR MISSION is to improve the social and economic future of Kendu Bay children through school-based programs that promote gender equity and advance education opportunity.
In 2005, a core of friends and community leaders in the United States joined hands to form a grass roots organization dedicated to improving education opportunity and the social empowerment of children in Kendu Bay, western Kenya.
First years of scholarship awards revealed an under representation of eligible girls. Low performance scores from frequent absence made girls largely ineligible for scholarship support. Adolescent girls were losing up to a week of school each month due to the lack of sanitary supplies.
Thus, in 2009, KSHP initiated a gender-equity program and launched its first Girls Club at six primary schools. To keep girls in school during their menses, KSHP commissioned a local women's group to produce reusable sanitary pads. Partnership with local school committees assisted construction of gender-sensitive latrines.
In 2011, KSHP extended its Girls Empowerment program to new schools in the zone, with Girls Clubs, Dignity Kit supplies and gender-sensitive latrines. Today, all 23 primary schools in Nyakongo zone of Homa Bay County (Kendu Bay) are KSHP partner schools. More than 3,400 girls participate in our Girls' Club gender education and skill-building program. Over 2,050 adolescent girls receive ‘Dignity Kit’ supplies and 21 schools have new gender-sensitive latrines. In 2014, the absence of material resources in zone schools led KSHP to sponsor an annual BOOKS! drive to supplement needed core subject textbooks in our partner schools. In all, more than 11,500 children benefit directly from KSHP donor-supported programs. Kenya Self-Help Project is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.