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Keeping Girls in School Kenya and Tanzania

So They Can

Supported beneficiary groups within Women & Girls
Age Demographic
Children - aged 6 to under 15
Project Focus
Project Area

Project Description

Keeping Girls in School (KGiS) project addresses the issue of declining school attendance and increasing drop-out rates of primary school girl students as they reach puberty, start menstruating and often become pregnant. The goal of the projectl is for girls to have access to quality education and to be able to complete primary and transition to secondary and higher education. The project, implemented in all three communities we work with – Nakuru and East Pokot in Kenya and Babati District in Tanzania – educates girls and their families on the importance of education for girls. It provides guidance, counselling and empowerment workshops to girls and women to build their self confidence. Lack of sanitary products means that 74% girls miss 4-5 days of school per month. So They Can supports school going girls with washable sanitary products which leads to 100% attendance among the girls who received them. KGiS raises awareness about the importance of educating girls and the risks of Female Genital Cutting (FGC)and child marriage, cultural practices that continue in the communities So They can works with. The project builds the capacity of loca communities representatives to become Champion Mothers, Fathers and Grandmothers and to help spread the word. In East Pokot, one of these communities, 85% girls aged 9-13 years old are subjected to FGC and early marriage. By ensuring these girls receive an education, So They Can helps to protect them from these outdated cultural practices

Expected Outcomes

The planned outcomes, and outcome indicators, of So They Can’s KGiS project are:
1: Girls have improved access to safe and affordable sanitary products measured by:
Number and percentage of girls with access to sanitary products
2: Girls have improved school attendance measured by:
Number and percentage of girls with period absenteeism
School attendance rates for girls with periods at partner schools
3: Girls transition from primary to secondary schools Increased measured by:
Number and percentage of girls transitioned into secondary school
4: Girls have improved academic performance measured by:
Number and percentage go girls demonstrate improvement in their academic performance as a result of Days for girls Kits
5: Girls and mothers have improved adolescent health and women’s health knowledge measured by:
Number and percentage of
girls with high self-rating of knowledge in adolescent health and women's health
mothers with high self-rating of knowledge in adolescent health and women's health
6: Girls and mothers are empowered and confident to advocate for and exercise girls’ rights to
health and education measured by:
Number and percentage of:
girls with high self-rated self-esteem
mothers with high self-rated self-esteem
girls with high self-rated self-advocacy
mothers with low self-rated self-advocacy
7: Teachers are empowered and confident to deliver curriculum and provide mentorship on adolescent and women's health

Project Data & Lessons

So They Can collects information about delivery of Keeping Girls in Schools throughout the year and compares actuals against annual project plans to monitor the progress towards achieving annual targets.
So They Can uses a variety of data collection methods/tolls including:
•Keeping records of washable sanitary pads distributed in each participating schools
•School attendance records and academic performance records (to evaluate change of attendance rate and performance for girls equipped with sanitary pads against baseline data and transition to secondary schools)
•Each Champion Monther and Father keeps track of training and community sensitisation sessions and number of attendees
•Through Champion Mothers and Village leaders monitoring trends for FGC and child marriage and early pregnancy
•Direct interviews with girls participating in the project to understand how gaining understanding of their rights, access to sanitary pads and raised awareness within the community contribute to their self-esteem and general wellbeing
Information collected by So They Can project staff in Kenya and in Tanzania is compiled into monthly reports to So They Can in Australia. So They Can posts regulars update including success stories on our social media and our website blog. So They Can sends updates to our donors and supporters in form of project updates, acquittal reports, newsletters and once a year we publish an Annual Report which is also shared on or website.

Project Dates

Keeping Girls in School is an ongoing initiative. it is a component of So They Can's Education Program in Kenya and in Tanzania. The project is gradually rolled out into the 42 program participating schools each year working with Standard 4 - 7/8 girls and their mothers and teachers.

Funding Details

Funding Needed
Current Funding
Total Project Costs
Approved Tax Deductability Status
Approved Tax Concession Charity
Other Funding Sources
Individual donors and a family foundation via Mutual Trust
Other Support Opportunities
In-kind contributions

Organisation Details

So They Can
ABN: 91 138 063 475


Rita Reichel
Phone: 0299665225

About So They Can

The mission of So They Can is to work with local communities and governments to provide quality education to children in Africa living in poverty through improved learning conditions, teacher training and development, and inclusive partnerships with the community and country government. We are currently empowering 27,000 children in Kenya and Tanzania through our core Education Program that includes 42 primary and secondary schools and our Mamire Teachers’ Training College. So They Can takes a holistic approach to ensure overall wellbeing of the children we support and their communities. So They Can recognises that improved Education system by itself is not going to achieve sustainable outcomes – improved health, access to water and sanitation and economic development are all necessary to poverty eradication and sustainable development. Therefore, our Education Program is supported by our three Enabler Programs: Women’s Empowerment, Child Wellbeing and Community Health and Support all of which contribute towards holistic child development. So They Can’s work focuses on promoting and protecting the rights of girls and women as they are often those more disadvantaged when it comes to access to employment and education, decision making and allocation of resources.So They Can’s vision is to change the future for 36,000 children in Africa who, through no fault of their own, are living in poverty. We believe Education is the best route to sustainable change for children.

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