Back in April 2010, while serving in the then Nyanza Provincial Education Board, Mrs Eve Obara the then MD for KLB and Dr Mark Matunga, of Intel Corporation, East Africa (formerly at Microsoft Corporation) became uncomfortable with the poor performance of girls in national examinations. To reverse the negative trend, they approached and invited women professionals (and men of like mind) from the region to a consultative conference at the then K.I.E, where NEWI, a not-for-profit organization of volunteer professionals was born to champion girl’s education.
Supported by the Government of Kenya (Provincial Administration) and the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MoEST), NEWI reached out to more than 162 girls and mixed secondary schools in one year alone. It has since expanded its operations to cover all regions of the country and has partnered with other institutions to support girl’s education.
At NEWI we understand that girls’ health plays a key role in their livelihood and academic endeavours. In this regard, we have regularly provided sanitary wear for the girls we mentor in both primary and secondary schools. What we distribute is however not sufficient for all the girls the year round, we therefore wish to partner with other development partners to support this program, to keep girls in schools and avoid absenteeism due to menstrual experience.
Other than mentorship and behaviour change role modelling in schools, NEWI also supports education by providing partial or full scholarships for a number of needy cases. Currently the organization sponsored three girls and one boy in secondary schools. Considering that we target children from disadvantaged backgrounds, orphans and vulnerable children, our effort is just a paltry four against the overwhelming hundreds and thousands of needy cases. It is our timely appeal to other development partners to support us in meeting this noble commitment.
At NEWI, we believe in the power of mentorship and volunteerism, and are passionately working with girls, teachers & Community leaders.
NEWI Kenya offers volunteer opportunities to both the youth and adults.