East Africa Global Advocates are part of a new generation of social entrepreneurs with a vision for change in their own region. Their energy is in demand and we are looking to harness it and grow it.
East Africa is bursting with young minds, looking to improve the lives of their own communities in innovative ways. After the huge success of it’s Global Advocate Program,
Mama Hope has now adapted its unique model to train East African social entrepreneurs. These passionate individuals take part in an immersive training, being placed with the visionary leaders of Mama Hope’s partner organizations in the region, where they are together developing impactful programs that will enable both the advocates and communities to thrive.
Each advocate spends a year with one of Mama Hope’s Community Based Organizations, developing programs and providing support to grow the impact of their work. Throughout the year, the advocates take part in trainings as well a making visits to other impactful organizations around East Africa to grow their knowledge and help them become more effective community leaders.
“I always knew that I wanted to make a difference in the lives of my community, but I never had a clear idea about how to effectively do it. Now, because of this program, and the things that I have learnt, I know what I have to do”. — James Kirima
Aika has a strong passion and years of experience working in girl’s education, with a focus on menstrual health. She is working with St.Timothy’s School and the Queen Elizabeth Academy, in partnership with Femme International, to develop and bolster girls education programs to ensure that no girl in either of these communities should miss school again because of their period.
James is a passionate supporter of his local community. As a teenager, he started his own project to bring water to his village and this dedication to social change has never left him. James is working with the staff of St.Timothy’s School in Moshi, Tanzania to develop a strong system to track the holistic development of each supported child at the school, to build out their income generating projects and to strengthen their monitoring and evaluation systems.
Mercy is now working with the Queen Elizabeth Academy in the village of Mlali, Tanzania on a variety of projects, including education and microfinance for caregivers. In partnership with Femme International, she is focussing particularly on developing relationships with girls at the school and in the community. Hand in hand with the girls and local women leaders, Mercy will develop a program to help the girls develop self-confidence and bright visions for their own futures.