Ubuntu Update for March
March is turning out to be a big and exciting month for So They Can!
Our 2023 1HumanRace is well underway, with over $28,000 raised so far — a big shout out to everyone enduring the challenge. We’ve also launched our ‘So They Can Sydney Party’ event, taking place on Friday 26th May. And of course, above all our teams in Kenya and Tanzania have continued to make big steps towards our 2030 goal, welcoming 5 new schools into our Education Program!
Scroll down to learn more about these exciting updates and more — but before you do, check out these great photos from the big #1HumanRace running event that took place on Wednesday in Baringo County, Kenya. Our CEO, Cass is currently in the region visiting our projects and had the pleasure of running with the ‘Champions for Children’ Running Team — a group of elite Kenyan Runners — together with 100 students from some of schools we support.
These talented athletes are on a mission to raise as much as they can to support girls in their own communities and put an end to gender-based violence, including female genital cutting and child marriage. If you’re not taking part in this year’s 1HumanRace but have the capacity to give, please consider donating to their page.
Enjoy these good news stories from our global community…
Welcoming 5 new school communities…
Thanks to your continued support, we have welcomed 5 new schools to our Education Program in Kenya, bringing the total of schools supported in county to 18.
Our Education Team has already begun implementing a number of projects including My Voice, which exists to educate children about their rights. Here’s Lilian, one of our Social Workers, running an interactive and engaging session at one of the schools last week.
International Women’s Day celebrations in Kenya and Tanzania…
Our communities came together in force on 8th March to mark International Women’s Day and in particular, this year’s theme ‘Embrace Equity’.
In Tanzania, So They Can collaborated with the Babati District Council, bringing together various stakeholders, including government leaders, teachers, students, community, and other organisations to celebrate.
On the day, the attending government leaders called upon stakeholders, the community and teachers to cooperate together in standing up against gender-based violence, as well as violence against children.
Sydney, dancing shoes at the ready…
The news is out! We’re going back to our roots and throwing the party of the year in Sydney. We’d love to see as many of you there as possible, so be sure to get in quick before tickets sell out — they are already flying out the door!
We don’t want to give too much away before the big night, but a few things you can expect include bubbles on arrival, great music, a lot of dancing, and of course some special African touches to make it a night to remember! Click here for tickets.
P.s. In New Zealand? Keep your eyes on your inbox as we’ll be dropping by with an exciting (and long-awaited) announcement next week…
Champion Fathers on a mission to support children’s rights in Tanzania…
Our Champion Fathers in Tanzania have continued their active roles in the community to ensure all children are safe and protected at school and at home.
Issa, one Champion Father has been working to ensure school environments continue to develop with child protection and safety in focus — while Peter, another Champion Father has become the ‘go-to’ safe and respected person to approach for girls at risk of child marriage.
Boni meets The Australian High Commissioner in Kenya…
Our Kenya Country Director, Boni had the pleasure of meeting The Australian High Commissioner in Kenya, Luke Williams and his wife, Helen Williams, at The Australian Day Reception in Nairobi this month.
Boni told us that Luke was excited to hear of our recent milestones as an organisation and looks forward to visiting our projects in country soon.
So They Can is accredited by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), responsible for managing the Australian Government’s development program. So They Can receives support through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP).
A new chapter for students in Kenya…
Last month marked the beginning of a new journey for 25 students in Kenya, as they join Form 1 in various secondary schools across the country.
Out of the students, 8 are young mothers returning to school and will be supported through our Keeping Girls in School project. We’re delighted to see these girls continue to chase their dreams and work hard towards their futures in the face of adversity.
Chain Reaction do it again!
Congratulations to this year’s Chain Reaction Sydney riders who completed a challenging 7-day ride through New Zealand’s South Island to support So They Can. The funds raised through this year’s challenge will go on to have a huge impact through education in our communities, helping to break the stubborn cycle of poverty, support girls’ rights and empower students for years to come. To all of the riders and our team sponsors, thank you for your commitment, endurance and support.
Bike Ride Africa in August for So They Can…
Ready to take on your own challenge for So They Can in 2023? We’d love you to join us in Africa this August for a once-in-a-lifetime gravel ride through Kenya and Tanzania.
Ride with us to experience the most extraordinary gravel cycling adventure and raise funds along the way to help us break the poverty cycle for children living in the regions you will cycle through.
As we wrap up today’s Ubuntu Newsletter, we’d like to thank you for your loyal and life-changing support — we hope you realise the incredible difference you are making through education in East Africa.
As always, you can stay up to date with the impact your support is having on a daily basis by following us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.
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