The U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec hosted a reception for a scholarship and empowerment program, the Global Give Back Circle, on May 15. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) partners with Kenya Community Development Foundation (KCDF) and several Kenyan private sector entities to provide scholarships for close to 600 at-risk Kenyan youth. The program provides opportunities for girls and boys from disadvantaged backgrounds to escape the cycle of poverty with the expectation that they will be committed to applying their education and skills to help the next generation of youth in their communities.
During the event at the Ambassador’s residence, guests engaged in conversations with the Global Give Back Circle scholarship recipients. These young women, many of whom are orphans or come from impoverished homes, have gained poise and confidence through a unique combination of education, mentorship, lifeskills and ICT trainings.
The Global Give Back Circle serves as a model scholarship program in Kenya. It brings together the government, private sector, non-governmental organizations and individuals. Through these partnerships, the program secures both funding and mentors for the scholars.
“This program is much more than a scholarship program. It is an investment in Kenya’s youth, its future workforce, and leadership. The United States Government is dedicated to supporting youth empowerment across Kenya,” said Ambassador Godec.
The Global Giveback Circle complements the U.S. Government’s commitment to Africa’s youth. Recently, as part of the President’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), the U.S. Government selected 46 participants from Kenya who will join 450 other outstanding young Africans in the United States for six weeks of academic course work and training in American universities.
The ambassador concluded his speech by introducing the founder of the Global Give Back Circle, Linda Lockhart. With the phrase, “it takes a village to raise a child” Linda thanked the mentors, members of the private sector, the government and the local community that made it possible to change the destiny of the girls in Kenya. USAID/Kenya supports girls from all 47 counties in Kenya with a reach of 550 girls.