During her annual visit to Kenya in June, 2011, Kenya Keys’ Director, Rinda Hayes sought an opportunity to meet with young girls to discuss their needs, their concerns, and their ideas for solving the challenges they and the other girls in Kenya face on a daily basis. As is so often the case, she was amazed by the response she got. Expecting only a few girls who would feel comfortable speaking their minds on sensitive issues, Rinda was delighted to instead have 16 girls in attendance, all of whom were eager for the chance to speak their minds.
But these girls wanted more than just to share their thoughts, they wanted to be part of a solution. Encouraged by Rinda Hayes and a local secondary school teacher, Grace Kariuki, Miriam and the other girls in attendance formed the Save Our Sisters (SOS) group. They wrote organizational goals and objectives, they elected officers, and they started implementing specific projects to benefit the girls in their schools and communities.
In the years since the SOS group was formed, they have accomplished much and they regularly report to Kenya Keys on their activities. You can learn more about their efforts and what they have accomplished by reading their inspiring stories. Read the profound, inspiring, and often heart-breaking thoughts and insights of these girls in the “From the Girls” section.