Kenya Self Help Project · 32 Thibault Parkway Burlington, VT 05401
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Girls Club Debates
Bigger Than Football

Twelve girls received a 'Complete Makeover' of new school uniform, shoes and socks as winners of Inter-school Girls Club Debates.

Girls Club debates have become bigger news than boys football. Bigger than anything a Kendu Bay girl has ever experienced: to be noticed for achieving and appreciated for her articulate and well-researched advocacy.

This innovative girls program is empowering the futures of thousands of Kendu Bay girls.  

Before KSHP, over 240 girls dropped from school every year due to early marriage and pregnancy. In four years, KSHP club education and dignity supplies cut school dropout to only TWO girls in 2015.

Programs receive 100% of donor giving.

About Us


In 2004, a core of volunteer leaders in the United States to mobilize like-minded individuals working to improve educational opportunity and family security for children in Kendu Bay, Kenya.

Kenya Self Help Project has identified fundamental areas where assistance from generous and caring donors can make an immediate and long-term impact to reverse the cycles of poverty while promoting self-sufficiency and community participation. We support initiatives for student scholarships, girls social empowerment and water. Programs are implemented by our management team in Homa Bay.

Kenya Self Help Project is an authorized 501(c)(3) public charity administered by an all-volunteer board of directors in the United States. 100% of every donation is applied directly to program services in Kenya.

KSHP Board of Directors
Sarah A. DeKoven, Board Chairman
Wall Street management and social work 
Edinburg, TX

Ray Bartik, Secretary
Water resources and energy consultant
Grapevine, TX

Rick DeKoven, Treasurer
Retired financial executive
Edinburg, TX

Kathleen H. Dodge, Exec Director
Lifelong educator and teacher leader
Burlington, VT

Evon Bartik, Director
Health care specialist
Grapevine, TX

Catherine Connell, Director
Practicing social worker
Boston, MA

Bryan Gianesin, Director
Attorney, entrepreneur and businessman
Laguna Beach, CA

Sarah Forrester, Director
Advocate for women and children; raised in Kenya
Lexington, MA

The Honorable Phoebe M. Asiyo, Consulting Director
Goodwill Ambassador, United Nations Development Fund for Women
Former Kenya Member of Parliament from Rachuonyo District (Kendu Bay)