Springs of Hope Foundation’s Kijiji Mission located in Nakaru, Kenya is dedicated to empowering Kenya’s growing number of young, single, marginally educated young mothers by teaching them the skills needed to become self-sufficient and able to support and educate their family.
44% of Kenya’s female population lives below the international poverty line of US $1.25 per day. They are often at risk of being trapped in dehumanizing professions such as the sex trade for brewing and selling illicit and dangerous home brewed alcohol in order to feed their children.
This project empowers poor women by teaching valuable skills so that they can earn a living. Moreover, it helps women be able to keep their children in school, eradicating the necessity to force marriage on their daughters at a very early age.
The women live in our Nakuru facility free of charge while attending our on-site 12-month vocational training school where they develop tailoring skills and learn valuable business practices and healthy lifestyle choices. Upon graduation our students are able to start their own tailoring business and earn an income that can provide food, healthcare, education and basic necessities for her family.
We strongly believe that the most effective, long term solution to poverty, child labor, and exploitation of young girls is through education and by encouraging and teaching our girls to become well-educated women.
In a country devastated by AIDS, many young orphaned children are left in the care of guardians or elderly grandparents. While primary school is supposed to be free for every Kenyan child the elderly caregivers often find it impossible to pay for the many extra expenses needed to keep these children in school.