Celebrating International Women’s Day
Manasprings welcomed 40 amazing women to Nairobi for three empowering days. Mana women travelled from across Nairobi and as far as Kisumu, Siaya, Machakos, Taita, Narok and Kakamega. It was a time to CONNECT, INSPIRE and LEARN from one another. Our special thanks to the Australian High Commission for their funding that enabled women in community leadership to gather together.
The women attending the Manasprings Community Leaders Events are directly supporting orphans and vulnerable children within child protection, child-care, child health, and education (early childhood, primary, secondary and vocational). Some of the women leaders are assisting the most at risk girls, young girls who have been sexually violated and abused. Many have their own registered children’s homes and community schools, all working at the grassroots within communities. Women were also represented in the development areas of peace and reconciliation, directly working with women as the ‘carriers’ of the peace and reconciliation message. Manasprings also invited women leaders directly supporting single mothers and older, disadvantaged women. Then there were women leaders who assist youth living on the streets, people with disabilities – the hearing impaired, and communities in remote regions of Turkana.
“Manasprings has been my role model. I have been strengthened and I am now a different leader. I would love Manasprings to have its own Leadership Centre so that we can reach more women leaders both within and outside the villages across Kenya.” Beatrice
“I learnt how to present well; to have a short persuasive speech given to potential donors. In the past, we have missed many chances simply due to the lack of skill.” Lucy