Core to our vision is the belief that education empowers youth to make informed decisions and become leaders of thriving communities.
As our students prepare to enter the adult world, we begin preparation for “life beyond the classroom.” Innovative programs such as the Leadership Incubator where students participate in a series of workshops that include but are not limited to entrepreneurial, health and leadership skill-building have made an immediate impact on students. An integral part of Asante Africa Foundation’s program is challenging young adults to “pay it forward” into their communities.
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Leadership & Entrepreneurship Incubator
The Leadership Incubator began in 2010 to address the growing needs of our students to think about their futures, create a plan for achieving their dreams and gain exposure to life skills and critical thinking skills that can be applied beyond the classroom. Since then, the program has gained momentum, and demonstrates our belief that every student has the potential to become a thoughtful, innovative leader within his/her community. The program has evolved to include financial literacy and entrepreneurship development workshops. Learn More…
The Girls’ Advancement Program
A strategy for keeping girls in school and developing health, economic and social assets to help girls build stable futures.
Why Build Economic Assets?
In the developing world, financial literacy skills are often neglected both in the classroom and at home. This skills gap is particularly stark for women who, without financial security, are often at the mercy of the men in their lives. This is even more evident for women in rural areas. Financial dependency has been identified by Population Council as a barrier to translating health knowledge into safer sexual behavior. Moreover, according to Population Council, “girls [in East Africa] without safe, planned places to store their savings have been robbed; suffered harassment by family members, boyfriends, husbands, and others in their communities; and become targets of sexual violence.”
Why Build Social Assets?
The Girls’ Advancement Program trains young women to mentor girls and rise up as local role models in their communities. Girls who they impact go on to educate their peers, siblings, parents and grandparents about health, finances and saving. By seeding sustainable structures of peer support such as “Wezesha” school clubs that have resulted from the program, girls gain the confidence to refuse unwelcome sexual advances and manage menses at school, improving class attendance and learning.
The project has three components:
- Participatory workshops conducted in a “Safe Space” at school training groups of primary and secondary girls in financial education, savings habits, sexual maturation, reproductive health and rights.
- Practice of saving in group savings clubs and/or through the opening of individual savings accounts at Kenya Women Finance Trust. The format varies depending on age group and availability of required documentation to open an account.
- Mother-daughter meetings to describe the program, respond to parents’ concerns and discuss beliefs and cultural practices that limit girls’ opportunities.
Mapped dreams and plans to attain education, entrepreneurial and career goals
Primed for paying it forward
Along with deeper program growth, Asante Africa Foundation is witnessing the emergence of a new generation of change agents in our alumni. Lepilali and Sylviah are just two of our alumni who are already transforming the worlds in which they live.
Raised by his brother who was a motorcycle taxi driver, Lepilali struggled to complete primary school because he could not afford the school fees. Lepilali was later awarded an Asante Africa Foundation Scholarship, allowing him to finish secondary school at the top of his class. Soon after, he attended the Leadership Incubator and was inspired. He shares his experience on how it has changed his perspective on his future. Read More…
Sylviah on her own accord took the knowledge given to her at Leadership Incubator Camp and she applied it for 65 little girls from her home village area. She is one of the many amazing young leaders developing in Kenya and Tanzania. …Read More…