International Day of the Girl in Kibera!

Last week, our Kibera School for Girls (KSG) commemorated International Day of the Girl, and celebrated their recent success at the Kenya Music Festival. The day consisted of several performances by the students, moving speeches from staff about the value of girls, a delicious lunch, and an afternoon of movies! 

Some highlights:

  • Fourth grade students kicked off the celebration with a rendition of the Kenyan National Anthem
  • Since the theme of this year’s Day of the Girl was adolescent girls, 6th graders, Eunice Akoth and Beldin Atieno, performed individual poems they each wrote about their dreams for the future.
  • Several girls recited poems from the Kisumu Music Festival, such as Paka Wetu, a solo performance by first grader Cynthia Atieno, and “Break Time,” a sign language poem, which won first place in Kisumu.
  • Zahara, a caseworker from the Gender Department and parent of a KSG 3rd grader, spoke about the challenges girls face in Kibera and ways that they can look out for one another.  
  •  Students watched the movie "Akeelah and the Bee," about a young girl from an underprivileged school district with a passion and talent for spelling. The group responded so enthusiastically to the film that they now wish to hold a spelling bee at KSG!