WLA works with our on-the-ground partners in Africa to execute projects that will make a significant and sustainable difference in children’s lives.
There are 20 million orphans and vulnerable children on the continent of Africa who have lost one or both parents to the AIDS pandemic. These children have no hope for a better future without the basic necessities of healthcare, food, clean water and education. And WLA is there to help provide for those needs.
Primary school enrollment in Africa is among the lowest in the world, so WLA provides school fees, uniforms, basic supplies, and teacher education to help provide a better quality education and make a more satisfying life possible for Kenyan children.
The goal of our work in Kenya is to improve the lives of the orphans and vulnerable children in rural Maasai villages and urban slums.
Our support has included:
- Providing children with school fees and scholarships.
- Supplying school desks for children in the rural villages of Oldonyonyokie, Wasare and Kosogo.
- In addition, WLA has provided school fees, uniforms and a dormitory furnished with beds, linens and mosquito nets for 64 girls, helping encourage the girls to stay in school longer and obtain better scores on their examinations so they can attend secondary school. Last year, students achieved their best results ever with a record number of girls taking the exam. We are now preparing to refurbish the dorm — please click here to make a donation.
- Providing clean drinking water and hand-washing stations for children in the village of Wasare and in the slums of Mathare, Kangemi and Kawangware.
- Funding the Mathare Scholars program to develop study skills for hundreds of children, helping them further their education.
- Refurbishing the Kibera Preschool, providing extra space, books, learning toys and teaching tools.
- Supporting the Women's Equality Empowerment Project (WEEP). This program helps HIV-positive mothers become healthy, educated and able to earn a sustainable living so that they can raise their children. Last year, WLA remodeled the WEEP Resource Center in Nyakach, provided sewing machines to help WEEP women learn trades and provide for their families and donated jewelry-making supplies and beads to support WEEP women businesses.
Working with our partner Heart for Africa, WLA built and furnished a preschool and kindergarten for the growing number of abandoned children who have found a loving home, extraordinary care and an amazing education at Project Canaan in Swaziland. Work continues as we fund the first primary school classroom for the Emsemi Campus, which will include housing and education until the children reach adulthood.
The schools funded by WLA sit on a 2,500-acre farm that employs over 200 adults and provides a home for a growing number of orphans. WLA has also provided transportation for some of the workers who would otherwise have to walk 2 to 3 hours to work. Project Canaan anticipates providing housing, food and education for over 270 children by 2020.