Second-ever Annual Celebration

Our second-ever annual celebration was held in early January, marking the completion of high school for 14 scholarship recipients, and welcoming 13 new young people to the SYEF community. Following a morning of unusually strong rainfall that delayed the celebration for a few hours, a meeting hall full of youth, family members, SYEF donors and…

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SYEF & Unity Women’s Village

Prior to Fall 2015, SYEF worked together with a group of Samburu women from Unity Village to sell their beaded work now and then at a few locations and events in the United States when a decent opportunity emerged to do so.  Unity Village is located in the same community where all of SYEF’s scholarship…

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December holiday break community assistance

Many of SYEF’s scholarship recipients spent two days during their December holiday break improving the home of a local elderly woman whose hut was literally falling apart.  The students spent the first day deconstructing her current hut and salvaging parts that could be reused in the new structure. The ensuing hours and day involved digging…

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SYEF’s local advisory

SYEF’s local advisory consists of five members from the local community who give tirelessly and with tremendous hope and care for our youth.  They’ve come a long ways from where we started in December 2010. For decades, non-profits in the Samburu region approached their development work with a “we know best” strategy, a strategy that…

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Congratulations to our 2015 Graduates

Our second-ever cohort of students completed high school in mid-November and are now among the small percentage of people in their community with a secondary school education. Congratulations to these 7 girls and 7 boys for this BIG achievement.  Among this group are students who were regularly ranked in the top five of their class…

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We have holiday events

We have holiday events on the calendar this season to sell Samburu beaded items that support SYEF’s scholarship program as well as the women artisans at Unity Village in Samburu, where two of our students come from.  Unity Village is a group of women we know well, and they are proud to be able to…

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Annual Harambee Fundraiser

Our annual Harambee fundraiser is scheduled for Thursday, October 29, once again at the Agave Room above the Rio in Fort Collins (143 West Mountain).  Join us from 7-10pm for celebrating successes of the past year and raising the funds for the next!  Silent auction, food, no-host bar, and all of the good vibes of…

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Join us in Samburu in January!

In January 2016 we plan to celebrate the 16 SYEF scholarship recipients who will complete high school in December 2015. The festivities include a formal ceremony followed by a reception with SYEF families and students, and a day of outdoor fun with our graduating students the following day. In partnership with Uso Africa Safaris, the…

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The first group of SYEF recipients…

The first group of SYEF recipients – 10 youth who received their scholarships in January 2011 – completed high school and received their diplomas in December 2014.   On January 4, SYEF sponsored a ceremony and reception with our 63 SYEF recipients to-date, family members, community elders and more than a dozen SYEF donors who traveled…

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