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The Mama Simba Are Inspiring The World
As the sole sponsor of this program run by the Ewaso Lions in Kenya, We are so proud that the Mama Simba are able to do truly amazing things with our funding. Since 2013, this organization has engaged women all over northern Kenya in educational programs, environmental campaigns, and lion conservation. This year, the Mama Simba expanded their educational program from class instruction one day a week to four days a week. The ladies even built their own school equipped with blackboards, pens and all the books they need.
In 2017, in addition to training women to create beaded crafts, the Mama Simba are planning to start a new recycling program that will teach the women how to make new products out of recyclable materials. The project is based on an initiative started by the Zingira in western Kenya. You can read about our Mama Simba coordinator's experience at a product development workshop with the Zingira in this blog post. We will also give funding to send a prospective teacher to college, purchase a new safari vehicle and to send another teacher to driving school.
If all of these efforts go as planned, the Mama Simba have proposed to organize an official training center, where women from around the region can come to learn from the Mama Simba.
It is not just WorldWomenWork who gushes over these women, the BBC just published an article in August that highlights the Mama Simba program. Read it here.