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2013 Women’s Human Rights Education Institute, Ontario, Canada PDF Print E-mail



March 29, 2013



2013 Women’s Human Rights Education Institute, Ontario, Canada
My name is Karambu Ringera from Meru, Kenya. Since I am the Founder and President of International Peace Initiatives which works to mitigate the impact of HIV/AIDS, violence, and poverty in the lives of women and children, I have been accepted for the Six-week Women’s Human Rights Education Institute workshop in Ontario, Canada from May 22 to June 28th, 2013.  This is a great opportunity for me to hone my women’s human rights skills in the context of HIV/AIDS and violence against women in general but also in the context of general elections.

In Kenya, women are negatively affected by HIV/AIDS in many ways, in particular, when their husbands die and their property rights are violated by extended family members. Violence against women is also rampant, and many women do not know where to go for help. Rape of women and girls as young as 5 years is on the increase in my country and continent and something must be done about it. In Kenya, women who seek public office face many hurdles, in spite our new constitution that mandates 30% women representation at all levels of decision-making.  This training will help sharpen my skills to work with women in Kenya to address these issues more effectively and efficiently.

The cost of the course is $12,000 broken down as follows:

  • Tuition: $5,000
  • Deposit for course: $1,000
  • Airfare: $2,000
  • Food: $1,550
  • Accommodation: $1,600
  • Travel within Ontario: $250 (airport transfer, etc)
  • Incidentals: $600 (insurance, medical, stationery, etc)
  • TOTAL: $12,000


Amount raised so far: I have raised $1,000 so far. I have received full tuition waiver of $5,000. Total amount raised: $6,000.

Amount fundraising for: I am thus looking for $6,000 to cover travel, food and accommodation.

I feel that this course will greatly enhance my skills to work with women in Kenya to address issues of their rights in the context of Kenya’s new constitution, HIV/AIDS, violence against women, among other areas of need.  I thus am requesting financial support to enable me attend this important course. IF YOU HAVE FREQUENT FLYER MILES YOU CAN OFFER ME, THAT WILL GREATLY HELP WITH MY TICKET.

Please contact me via email: ringerambu@yahoo.com for more information.

Thank you FOR SHARING IDEAS AND SUPPORTING THIS CAUSE!!!
Karambu

 
Support a desperate girl to complete school… PDF Print E-mail



November 8, 2011

We get many requests for help from desperate girls. Currently I have 5 girls who desperately need to complete high school but their guardians want them to drop out of school because they say they have no money to pay their school fees. If you are able to, kindly please support these girls. For more information, please write Dr. Karambu Ringera at ringerambu@yahoo.com

- Example of Letter that Dr. Karambu often gets from many girls:

Dear Madam,

Let me first thank you for calling me. May the good Lord Almighty do you good. I hereby affirm that all I will write about my life is nothing but the truth. I wish to speak to you not only as a donor but also as a mother and a sister. I was born in 1990 as an only child to Mercy Kajuju and Iqbal Hussein. However my mum brought me up as a single mother and life was not a piece of cake. She had to struggle hard to give me a normal life like other kids. She often sold food on streets to earn a living. We lived from hand to mouth. She worked hard and enrolled me in a primary school. Times were hard and we would sometime ask around for help. Years of desperation went by and all we could do is hold on to life. In the year 2001 i returned home to find mum had taken ill in our small rented room in Makutano. I knew this was not going to be easy since i was only eleven and we had no money. Few weeks later my mum passed on at Meru general hospital where she was taken by good samaritans.

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International Peace Initiatives - IPIPrisca Kagendo,B.A. Teaching (Science) & Counseling, Kenya Methodist University (KEMU), 2011
September 10, 2011:


I wish you could have heard the joy in Prisca’s voice on the day of her college graduation! Prisca’s life has been transformed through education. A “total orphan” (both parents passed) since age 15, she was forced to leave high school to support her three sisters and one brother. IPI helped Prisca complete high school, then we sent her to KEMU. Her story is featured in the film, Education Is Hope! (see below). Prisca now teaches science at a prestigious girls’ high school. She supports her youngest sister in high school, her brother going to electrician school, another sister and the sister’s child. She is applying for a master’s degree in environmental science. Prisca would like to study in the U.S. Meantime, she counsels young women like her to work hard and pursue their dreams. Ann & Mark Kessel helped sponsor Prisca.


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