Save The Elephants Scholarships, Northern Kenya Girls Win

Edina Dararo and Flavia Mwena come from poor villages in northern Kenya, where they face lives of considerable hardship. Flavia’s parents both died of AIDS-related illness, leaving her in the care of her grandmother. Edina’s family is destitute, having lost most of their livestock to severe drought. Thanks to WorldWomenWork’s support of a scholarship fund created by Save the Elephants and Elephant Watch Safaris, these promising young women are able to attend secondary school.

Singer has leveraged a close personal relationship with powerhouse Oria Douglas-Hamilton to achieve such targeted assistance. Not only are the girls receiving a quality education but also hands-on training in environmental awareness and elephant conservation. Students are encouraged to become cultural ambassadors, and graduates of the program are now involved in conservation and Eco-tourism.