For the past five months, schools worldwide have been closed with no hope of reopening in the near future. It is a pity that children have been left helpless and hence resorted to the unavoidable behaviors. The situation is becoming more volatile and unforgiving to them.
This is an uncertain time for all of our children, especially when it comes to their education and what school will look like in the months ahead. Sadly, for many girls around the world, the question isn’t when they will return to school—it’s if they will return at all. Even before COVID-19 struck, more than 98 million adolescent girls worldwide were not in school. Now, due to ripple effects from the pandemic, millions of more girls of secondary school age could remain out of school—not just this year, but possibly forever.
We can’t let that happen—and why, as the world determines how to continue educating students in the months ahead, we must ensure that adolescent girls have a chance to learn, to stay healthy, and to stay safe.
NGO leaders in the Support Innovations for Peace and Education-NGO are working tirelessly to continue to support girls during this challenging time through the COVID-19 Socio-Economic Stimulus Program in the county of Kakamega—Just like professor Fabrizio Fantera, Fausta Cotone, students of Liceo Morgagni University, parents, relatives, Renato and many more Italian friends and wellwishers we have decided to stand up and be counted. We have managed to deliver foods and basic foodstuffs to the widows, orphans and neglected family, we are delivering learning materials and free internet data for girls and boys to access education while at education when the hopes of schools reopening are running dry and we have also organized on social empowerment program that equips our girls and boys with mentorship, guiding and counseling services, hygienic materials like sanitary pads, talent incubation through leg ball and soccer, life skills incubation and many more life changing initiatives. We must say NO to early pregnancies, teenage girl prostitution, drug abuse, joining of outlawed groups, and many more social ills as a resuot of COVID-19 pandemic. We do not know when this hyena will disappear.
I hope you’ll learn more about this remarkable work and join me in this caravan to support these leaders through the Support Innovations for Peace and Education Fund.
I paraphrase Michelle Obama strong touching statement to the world that What we choose to do now will echo throughout the lives of these girls, their communities, their countries, and our entire world. We owe it to them—to all of us—to support them in this critical moment.
Kudos to Prof Fabrizio, Fausta Cotone , Renato, students of Liceo Morgagni school and the entire caravan. You started the journey without fear but full of bravery and resilience.
I stand to be counted as the founder of the support Innovations for Peace and Education.
Founder and Executive Director
Support Innovations for Peace and Education(SIPE)- Sipeafrica.org
Support Innovations for Peace and Education - SIPE-NGO had a great day yesterday, Wednesday, 1st September 2021, when we were hosted by the principal Shinamwenyuli Secondary School, Mr. Samuel Ogolla for our school fees cheque issuance ceremony. During this ceremony, new students were ushered in the Educational Sponsorship Project. Cheques, Stationery and hygiene materials were issued to both our new and old students. The students came from Shitsitswi Secondary School, St. Beda's Bukaya Secondary School and Buchifi Secondary School and the host Shinamwenyuli Secondary School.
The occasion was graced by our founder and Executive Director, Andrew Habel Odongo. We are sincerely grateful to Mr. Samuel Ogolla, Principal Shinamwenyuli Secondary School, the teachers, the students and the parents. This school has been a day school that has emerged as a centre of excellence in Kakamega county. Truly thankful to the county community administrator, Nicholas Juma who is also a pioneer of the school, he was a real inspiration. We are sincerely indebted to our Diaspora team under the captainship of our able protagonist Professor Fabrizio and our great mum, Fausta Cotone, the entire donor community in Italy, Norway, Turkey and many more.
We lack words to describe our appreciation towards your sacrifice and selflessness in ensuring that a smile is brought to an African child. Education is a universal right but unfortunately many have been denied this chance. Tordny, Edi, Walter, Paolo Masini, Renato, Liceo Morgagni school, I can't list all of you but you hold a special part of our heart. As Mother Theresa said "If you can't feed a hundred families, you can feed just one".
With SIPE, we don't do great things but we do small things with great love. Everything in the world is moving very first, monuments will not remain, we shall one day be lifeless and we shall not therefore be counted by the monuments or property we owned but how many life we changed. We must be the change we want to see in the world.
Aluta continua!!!! With much love.