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Nyanza Initiative For Girls Education and Empowerment – NIGEE

Kisumu, Kenya
Joined January 2018

I work at NIGEE as the Programs Coordinator My role in designing in partnership with girls’ interventions and campaigns to enhance education & empowerment and Overall coordination of NIGEE’s projects



Presence in: Kenya
Focus: Economic Empowerment, Education, Gender-based violence, Health

NIGEE is a young Kenyan-based organization registered in May 2011 with a goal of returning back to school girls who dropped out mainly due to early pregnancy, child marriage, Female Genital mutilation (FGM/FGC) and poverty. We work in four counties of Nyanza: Homabay, Migori, Kisumu and Siaya.

  • NIGEE’s mission is to leverage community resources to equip girls with knowledge and skills for productive and fulfilled adult life.
  • The Initiative identifies and taps into community resources to support girls’ education and training as a foundation for self-reliance and self-determination in and beyond basic needs.
  • The key function of NIGEE is to provide a second chance to girls who dropped out of school, mainly due to teen pregnancy, female genital mutilation (FGM) or child marriage, an opportunity to resume schooling and improve their chances of living a fulfilled adult life.
  • We believe in giving girls a platform where their voices can be heard and their rights claimed; NIGEE considers a right to education as a bridge to other rights, as education gives young women choices and the power to decide over their own lives and bodies.
  • Currently, NIGEE is implementing a girl-led multi-component advocacy program with the aim of empowering girls to claim their rights and facilitate sustainable community-owned educational model to enhance school re-enrolment, retention, attendance and learning outcomes by girls who resume school after dropping out.
  • By giving the girls a second chance to education, NIGEE recognizes that education and sexual health entitlements are basic human rights and robbing girls of them is a violation.

We are members of 2 international advocacy bodies: Girls Not Brides: The Global Partnership to End Child Marriage and The Girl Generation, a global movement against FGM. Under Girls Not Brides network I’m a (Godfrey) member of the interim coordinating team of GNB Kenya National partnership,

 

People Associated With This Organization

Godfrey Okumu

Kenya  
Nyanza Initiative For Girls Education...
Joined January 2018
Interests: Access to Information, Economic Empowerment, Education, Gender-based violence, Governance, Women's Rights
Godfrey is a self-motivated social change advocacy expert with a vision to serve girls, youth and the general community and agitate for their rights. Godfrey is a social change advocate with over 14 years of experience in Kenya, Zambia and other parts of the world. Godfrey previously worked for US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Kenya Medical Research Institute on a youth program, where he was part of the team adapting evidence-based interventions for health and rights. He holds a diploma in Community Development and Project Management and an advanced diploma in Creative Arts and Theatre Production.
Godfrey Okumu is the network champion (main point of contact) for Nyanza Initiative For Girls Education and Empowerment – NIGEE.

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