OUR MISSION is to advance education opportunity for 12,000 children in Nyakongo school zone, Kendu Bay, by removing barriers to their education.
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 social empowerment for 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 began extending the Girls Empowerment program to new schools in the zone, with Girls Clubs, Dignity Kits 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 2,000 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 textbooks in our partner schools. In all, more than 11,500 children benefit directly from KSHP donor-supported programs. KSHP programs are implemented by a Homa Bay management team. An all-volunteer board of directors in the United States administers the project at large. 100% of every donation is applied directly to program services in Kenya.