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About Us

Who We Are

The Self-Help Organization for vulnerable Women and children in need (SHOWN) is a not-for-profit organization incorporated since 2019. SHOWN was established to improve access to education, health, and social and economic empowerment opportunities, especially for women and children in need across sub-Saharan Africa. Although, the organization was initially started to provide direct support to Girls’ Soccer clubs, orphaned children, and people living with HIV/AIDS, more needs have been identified and scope expanded to comprehensively help lift poor families, young people, and children stuck in a life of misery. In partnership with local organizations and leaders, SHOWN targets beneficiaries identified in poor communities. At present SHOWN is implementing activities in Kenya, mainly in Nyamira County and to some extent in Kisii County. Our major program activities include school fees payment for children from poor households to access secondary and post-secondary education; girls’ empowerment programs through sports and sexual health education; free health clinics in rural communities; and livelihood programs.  SHOWN is managed through a Board of Directors to ensure that the organization operates within its internal policies and US government laws for not-for-profit organizations.

Education Program

Providing Bursaries to Students

Over 1,000 students in secondary schools and colleges from Nyamira County have received bursaries through our local partner organization, Marwanga Foundation and community leaders towards their education. The students from poor households that meet set selection criteria for support are identified by local leaders and verified with the help of school administrators before tuition is paid. The beneficiary students are mostly supported to attend national and other regional secondary schools, and colleges until they complete their schooling.

Students Received Bursaries
Students Targeted in the Program

Providing Access to Healthcare and Proper Sanitation

Access to health services especially for preventative care is lacking in vulnerable communities, which limits early detection of health problems and diseases for proactive care and treatments. To address these issues, our programs provide free clinics in the communities for dental, vision, diabetes, high-blood pressure, and other health conditions check-ups and treatment. We also provide medical equipment including wheelchairs and walkers to those that need them for mobility.

Nyamira Queens

Supporting Local Girls' Soccer Team

We have supported Nyamira Queens, a girls’ soccer team with uniforms, housing, and food during training and during soccer matches. Also, we have provided travel allowances to various soccer match competitions. The sporting activities have been used to improve the girls’ physical fitness, learn emotional and social skills, understand value of competitiveness and teamwork, prevent teenage pregnancies, mentor the girls academically, and discourage drug and substance abuse.   

Empowering Socio-economic and People's Livelihood

Farmers Groups

Our programs currently support farmers’ groups with agricultural inputs including animal feeds, seeds, trainings, and linkages to markets for their seedlings and produce.

Brick Making Groups
Our programs also support youth groups involved with brick making by providing inputs such as land leases and wood for firing the bricks.