Empower HER Initiative is a nonprofit organization that empowers women and girls to become agents of social and economic change.
It was founded in 2014 at Maseno University, Kenya to create solutions to identified challenges faced by female students in the University.
This simple act of responsibility has consistently grown over the years to a non-profit organization that impacts the lives of women and girls in the larger Western Kenya region with the Head Office in Milimani , Kisumu.
The Mothers in School Support Programme
A student in the university – a young woman herself – becomes pregnant. With limited places to turn to, few people to turn to, or lean on, these young mothers can turn to Empower HER’s Young Mothers Support Program.
We offer nonresidential educational, mental health and medical support for new and prospective young mothers who do not have internal support systems to help them. With the care and assistance of our nurturing staff, and dialogues with respective stakeholders the young mothers are able pursue educational and personal goals while learning how to care for their infants and toddlers.
Leadership Training and Development
In a bid to raise a critical mass of women leaders we nurture, Incubate and mentor young women from Primary Schools to Colleges and Universities to become solution oriented leaders.
Research has proven that most students who participate in student leadership eventually occupy leadership positions in different spaces from corporate companies, government institutions, religious institutions, politics and many other avenues. We believe that setting a firm foundation of leadership is the first step in creating sound leadership.
Empower HER Initiative has nurtured and still nurtures a breed of women leaders who create lasting solutions to the problems faced by their respective communities.
Investing in women’s economic empowerment sets a direct path towards gender equality, poverty eradication and inclusive economic growth. Women make enormous contributions to economies, whether in businesses, on farms, as entrepreneurs or employees, or by doing unpaid care work at home.
This program seeks to provide women with direct support, tools and resources to live a safe, self-sustaining and empowered life.
We do this through capacity building programs in small business, vocational training and ultimately incubation.
Gender Based Violence
Gender-based violence has adverse psychological, economic and health consequences. Intimate partner violence is one of the most common forms. Young women and girls are also disproportionately victims of sexual violence and harassment, human trafficking, female genital mutilation, and child marriage, among other types. Gender-based violence can happen anywhere: in the home, at school, in the workplace, hidden, and in plain sight.
School related GBV is also a very real phenomenon that often prevents children from learning and thriving. Boys are more likely to be absent from school as a result of bullying, and girls are more likely to be absent from school as a result of sexual violence.
We are working to transform attitudes that perpetuate gender based violence.
Empower HER Education Fund is designed to provide scholarships to academically gifted girls from disadvantaged backgrounds from Kenya to pursue High School Education.
This we do in partnership with Individuals and Institutions that are of interest.