#inmercy Phase 2: A New Classroom
Now it’s time for Phase 2, which means a new classroom for the women of Mercy House Kenya. This phase is very important to me as a professional educator turned homeschool mom. Education is a priority for us, and I know it means a lot to the moms and babies at Mercy House Kenya.
Here’s a bit of information from Kristen Welch, founder of Mercy House, about the importance of education for women:
“We know from study after study that there is no tool for development more effective than the education of girls and women.” (Kofi Annan)
Education is a fundamental right for all people, women and men, of all ages. Unfortunately in Kenya and many countries like it, education for girls still lags behind education for boys.
When girls are given the opportunity to learn, it not only changes their lives, it changes the world (facts based on research at womendeliver.org):
1. Educating girls raises lifetime incomes for them, their families and their countries. In particular, girls with secondary education have an 18% return in future wages, as compared to 14% for boys.
2. Educating girls and women fosters democracy and women’s political activity. Educated women are more likely to resist abuses such as domestic violence, traditions like female mutilation, and discrimination at home, in society or the workplace.
3. Educating girls and women saves children’s lives. Each additional year of schooling for girls reduces infant mortality for their offspring by up to 10%. Also, mothers provide better nutrition and health care and spend more on their children: girls and women spend 90% of their earned income on their families, while men only spend 30-40%.
Please help us reach the Phase 2 goal as quickly as possible! How can you help? Pray, give, and share this post and posts by other (in)Mercy bloggers with your family, friends, and social media connections.
Thank you for everything you’re doing to support the women of Mercy House Kenya and their precious little ones!
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