Ilhan and Jackline (one of the girls in A2A’s program)
Ilhan Omar spent a good portion of her childhood living in a refugee camp in Kenya. When she was 14 years old, she had the opportunity to move to the United States and later, receive a college education.
On November 6, 2018, Ilhan Omar became the first Somali American elected to the United States Congress, one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress, the first Muslim refugee to be elected to the House of Representatives, and the first woman of color to serve as a U.S. Representative from Minnesota.
What does this have to do with Action Two Africa? While Ilhan was never a part of any of our programs during her time in Kenya, she is a model of just how incredible the achievements of young, educated women can be. With her recent election, she has shown us, and the thousands of young women living in poverty in Kenya, that there is no obstacle that can’t be overcome, no achievement that can’t be won, no dream that can’t be realized by young women in Kenya.
Ilhan is now over 8,000 miles away from the refugee camp where she lived in Kenya, but 8,000 miles isn’t a distance that her influence and inspiration can’t reach across, and remind us that, if given the right opportunities, young women everywhere, no matter their background, are capable of great things.
We are happy to inform you that the children in our Child Sponsorship Program are excelling in school this year, and are already talking (with excitement) about how much they are looking forward to going back to school next year. But, we need your help to make this happen! As we get closer to the […] Continue reading →
Numbers and statistics are great, but today, I want to tell you a story. When Christina and I were in Kenya, working in the Kiambiu slum, the issue of HIV and AIDS came up a lot. It was my understanding that they were the cause of hundreds of thousands of deaths in Africa each year. […] Continue reading →
Tears streamed down Godfrey’s cheeks as he explained how, one day, he wanted to become a teacher. His eyes averted, he struggled to summon the words to explain just how passionate he was about arming the next generation with the most powerful weapon of all: education. It’s been over two years since Godfrey and his […] Continue reading →
Women are powerful, and we have the desire and drive to improve the world around us, but sometimes our voices and actions go unheard or are never developed because of a lack of opportunity. Sometimes that opportunity is taken away because of culture, sometimes because of socioeconomic status, and sometimes because of a lack of […] Continue reading →
We here at Action Two Africa (A2A) are saddened to let you know that our office in Kiambiu, Kenya, is now closed due to a lack of funding. Over the last few years, we have not received adequate donations to support the office space that Humphrey previously worked out of, and where children could come […] Continue reading →
As many of you know, last year I (Christina) hiked the Appalachian Trail (AT). It was one of my dreams to complete the entire trail. The AT is a 2,190 mile trail that passes through 14 states. I endured unbearably cold weather, hot weather, poisonous snakes, bears, injuries, and the occasional lack of food and […] Continue reading →
What does education really do for young women in Kenya? While education is important for everyone, it is an essential area of empowerment for young women in Kiambiu, Kenya. Education provides stability. Being in school helps to provide a consistent schedule, stable meals and housing, and the chance to grow and flourish in a healthy […] Continue reading →
Our most recent project, “Empower Kenyan Girls through Education” aims to provide girls in Kiambiu with the opportunity to pursue the education that they’re constitutionally guaranteed. Mercy is one of the young women benefitting from this project, and her story is a testament to the motivation and passion that characterizes the youth in her community. […] Continue reading →
Living in the slums outside Nairobi presents residents with a unique set of challenges. Crime, poverty, and drug abuse, even by children, continue to rise in these communities. These are in many ways, inevitable challenges that come with living in an insecure environment such as this. One challenge that we shouldn’t have to expect though, […] Continue reading →