We Build

Her confidence

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Mission Statement

Elimu Girls empowers Her to become community leaders and entrepreneurs ensuring financial freedom, self-worth, and equality.

Know the Facts

We are based in the coastal region of Eastern Kenya.

Our girls are from small rural villages in Kilifi County.

The Sewing College is in Malindi which is the largest city of the Kilifi County (pop. 1.5 million)

On the city’s outskirts, farmers and rural people live in thatched-roof huts with incomes of less than $1 USD a day.

Local Challenges

Poverty

Sex Tourism

Child Marriage

Female Genital Mutilation

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73% of Kenyans live in rural areas. (GIRLS NOT BRIDES)

70% of the population in extreme poverty are women and girls. (UN MDG 2010 REPORT)

45% of children under the age of 18 experience poverty. (UNICEF, KENYA 2017)

33% of girls are married before the age of 18 in developing countries. (ICRW, INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR RESEARCH ON WOMEN)

22% of girls aged 15-19 years in Kilifi County have begun childbearing; a higher percentage than the national average. (UNICEF ANNUAL REPORT KENYA 2017)

A Day In Her Life

No voice

Being vulnerable

Obligated to work at age 7

Fear of early marriage

Fear of FGM

Men choosing her husband

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Fetch water + firewood

Plant and harvest fields

Prepare and clean up meals

Care for smaller siblings

Clean her mud home

The impact we make on Her will break the cycle for future generations.

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“I shaved my hair to avoid being forced into marriage”

Help us empower Her by donating today.

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Our Team

Elimu Girls USA

Elimu Girls is part of Elimu-USA 501C3. We are an international development organization that runs projects in Kenya to help children live life to the fullest through access to education and a healthy living environment.

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Cindy Rodriguez

Founder, Elimu Girls
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Nina Chung

Founder, Elimu International

USA Board

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Shannon Ashford

Advisory Board

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Courtney Stuart-Alban

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Gisele Gauthier

Elimu Kenya Staff

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Kamotho

Co-founder and CEO
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Jonah

Program Director
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Diana

Entrepreneurship Director
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Wambui

Social Welfare Director
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Maina

Media Director
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Pauline

Education Services Director
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Ian

Administrative Assistant

Sewing College

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Lucy Chengo

Owner
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Madame Linette

Head Instructor
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Madame Grace

Instructor