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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.

Who We Serve

Our programs serve the children of Nyakongo zone in Rachuonyo district of Kendu Bay, Kenya.  Fewer than 50% of all children in this region successfully complete primary education. The dropout rate is highest among girls; more than 70% do not finish grade eight.

Rachuonyo region is one of the poorest and most marginalized districts in Kenya. The 2006 national poverty index places this district in the bottom five out of 222 constituencies in the nation. Over 70% of the population lives on less than one dollar a day. The average life expectancy here is 38 years; the national average is 52 years. HIV/AIDS prevalence rate in the district is 25% compared to the nation average of 6.7%, while under-age-five mortality is among the highest in the world, at 250/1000 live births, mostly from vaccine-preventable diseases.

While these statistics may appear daunting, Kenya Self Help Project and its Kendu Bay partners have identified fundamental areas where assistance from generous and caring donors can make an immediate and long-term impact to reverse these cycles while promoting self-sufficiency and community participation.