After conducting a pilot program of GALS last year, WCI is back in Kenya to kick off our first full GALS (Girls Advocacy and Leadership Series) Kenya program!
In 2017, the Founder of Women in Sustainable Enterprises (WISE)-Kenya, Caroline Odera, stayed with WCI during her professional development experience component of the Mandela Washington Fellowship. In 2018, WCI's Executive Manager, Brynn MacDougall, traveled to work with WISE as an awardee of the Reciprocal Exchange component of the Fellowship.
Using our signature Training-of-Trainers (ToT) model, WCI is continuing our partnership with WISE this year by working with their staff to revise and adapt our core GALS curriculum to meet local needs. Over the next nine weeks, WISE-Kenya trainers will be facilitating workshops to develop participants’ sense of personal power through focusing on increasing health literacy, discussing global issues affecting women and girls, and building life skills in order for them to advocate for themselves and their communities.
We can’t wait to keep you posted as we receive updates from our partners in Kenya. Stay tuned!
Meanwhile, check out some of the results from our pilot program last summer:
“[Because of GALS] I can believe in myself to stand firm, both in my words and my thoughts, without fearing anyone.
I have confidence in myself.” - Odongo, 16
There’s more! We connected some of our Kenyan gals with our gals in Philadelphia to initiate cross-cultural friendships via pen-pal letter writing! We’re working on expanding this program in 2019 to connect more girls with new friendships.