KE 21 – ADULT EDUCATION FOR A BETTER LIFE
The project is carried out in Adu, a small village located not far from the coast of Kenya overlooking the Indian Ocean. It is a mission opened a few years ago, where the population is mainly Giriama who lives on subsistence agriculture, mostly corn cultivation.
In recent years in this area the rain is increasingly scarce, putting the population in difficulty because the cultivated fields cannot reach full maturity. With the lost harvest, families find it increasingly difficult to look after their children and parents are moving further and further away to find small expedients to survive.
This project is especially dedicated to mothers who have not had access to education. This happens because culturally when a woman marries, she belongs to her husband's family and will not give any help or support to the family of origin.
The project offers 50 women from the mission of Adu and surrounding areas the opportunity to learn to read and write in Swahili, English and to learn mathematics for better management of their small savings. The training also includes elements of hygiene and disease prevention, managing situations of personal conflict and sharing faith. There are four groups of women, the classes are held every day for two hours from Monday to Friday.
At the end of the year they will have the opportunity to apply for the national adult examination to obtain a certificate that is equivalent to primary school. The sister who follows the project is busy all week visiting the various groups, giving help and suggestions to the teachers and helping them, on Saturdays, to prepare the lessons of the following week.
For this reason, a small salary has also been included in the cost items for the sister in charge of the project. She will act as a bridge for communication between the women's group and the government office of education.
- To reduce family poverty by lowering the level of illiteracy among women
Direct: 50 women
Indirect: families and the local population of the Giriama people
Referent sister of the project: Sr. Isabel Gomes