29 Feb Unstoppable Foundation Supports Girls Education: An Unstoppable Goal
In 2011, groundbreaking author and founder of the Unstoppable Foundation, Cynthia Kersey, went on an inspiring journey to Kenya. Cynthia was visiting to see the progress of the schools that Unstoppable Foundation played a role in funding in rural Maasai Mara region of Kenya, including an all-girls boarding secondary school, named Kisaruni, or “Land of Peace”. With a mission to empower youth through education, the Unstoppable Foundation has already made tremendous investments in primary level education through its international charitable partner, Free The Children.
Cynthia witnessed the transformative impact that Kisaruni is having on the surrounding areas where families are living in what the UN refers to as “absolute poverty,” meaning that people live on less than 1 dollar a day. She also saw firsthand the palpable hope that emanates so strongly from each and every girl, knowing that this advanced education will provide a real future for them and sustainable change in their communities.
Inspired by the impact that primary education is creating for a generation of young women in Kenya and the success of Kisaruni All Girls Secondary School, Cynthia is committing to an even bigger challenge this year. She is responding to a call to action issued in the fall of 2011 by Nelly Furtado, who has pledged her support for a second all girls boarding secondary school in the Maasai Mara region to enable more girls to become empowered and uplifted.
Nelly’s challenge: In order to build another secondary school for girls, Nelly Furtado will match every dollar donated, up to $500,000, to help fund a new all-girls boarding secondary school in the Maasai Mara region of Kenya in partnership with Free the Children, the in-country NGO.
Recognizing this as an amazing opportunity to double their impact and expand upon their already significant investment of over 17 primary school classrooms in this region of Kenya, The Unstoppable Foundation is stepping up to the challenge, and they want (need) your help.
Double Your Impact Starts at their Annual Gala on March 17
Another Secondary School for Girls in this area is desperately needed. With an increasing number of children, especially girls, graduating from primary school, there has been a surge in demand for advanced education opportunities. For many, however, education ends after grade eight. This is especially true for girls in a society that promotes more traditional female roles. Currently, 25% of girls under the age of 15 in Kenya are married and do not continue to pursue a higher education. This reality stems from situations that currently prevent women from becoming powerful and respected leaders in their communities. When girls become empowered though education they are much more likely to become future leaders of their communities.
But Unstoppable Foundation needs your support.
Saturday, March 17, 2012 marks the Unstoppable Foundation’s 3rd Annual Unstoppable Gala, and this year they are on a mission to accomplish something truly remarkable–to raise funds to help build a new all girls secondary school.
In developing communities around the world, girls have unique challenges in accessing education, staying healthy and breaking free of poverty. But they also provide hope for change more than any other group. Cynthia sees the potential of investing in higher education for these young women – because educated girls and women have the power to create positive change; they become Unstoppable.
Please join The Unstoppable Foundation and some of their amazing friends and colleagues — some of today’s preeminent global thought leaders — for a festive night of food, entertainment, celebration and making a difference!
Highlights of the new All Girls Secondary School in Kenya
- This ALL NEW boarding secondary school will be modeled after the success of Kisaruni All Girls Secondary School in Kenya
- The school will include classrooms, dormitories, teacher accommodations, a kitchen, dining hall, community gardens, a library, as well as science and computer labs
- The fund will also support the new school’s operations, providing up to 160 girls every year with free room and board and a full secondary education
- In addition to traditional secondary school curriculum, training on topics focused around leadership and sustainable best practices, will also be provided, ensuring these young women are empowered with the knowledge and skills to become leaders and help bring their community out of poverty