Shukuru helps girls invest in their own education.

High school is the road less traveled for a girl in Africa.

International Women’s Day

Today marks the annual celebration of International Women’s Day. Every year on March 8th, the international community leverages the day to bring attention to the ongoing struggle for an equal, just, and safe world for women everywhere. This year’s theme, ‘Equality for Women is Progress for all,” reminds us that global peace and prosperity depends on the extent to which … more

A Bigger Year for Shukuru Girls!

In recent years, the plight of adolescent girls has garnered the attention of leading philanthropists like Bill and Melinda Gates and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon. Their emphasis on girl-child rights is proof that girls are indeed becoming more of a priority in policy-making and development. But there is still work to be done. In the recent article, “How to … more

SEASON’S GIVING: Young Entrepreneurs & Rising Scholars

“Education means everything to me. I want to study hard to become a lawyer and help mothers and women obtain their basic rights.” – Rozi Judika, 12 Mark this season with a gift that supports underprivileged girls like Rozi in their efforts to self-finance their own secondary education. In Tanzania, where 75% of girls are unable to attend secondary school, their potential is … more

Shukuru’s Eggs a Sensation!

Last Saturday, Shukuru participated in the local farmers market in the city of Arusha, Tanzania, organized by Oikos East Africa. Field staff Haggai Nkini and Carley Kwiatkowski spent the day selling out on the over 320 eggs raised by 3 promising Shukuru entrepreneurs: Margaret Ernest (11), Rozi Goodluck (13) and Miriam Elias (13). Shoppers were keen to buy the eggs, … more


“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” – … more

Congratulations To The Shukuru Girls!

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE SHUKURU GIRLS! A look at their accomplishments and the future’s unfolding As one exciting part of the Shukuru Girls’ journey ends, another begins! With the last of the Girls’ chickens sold in August, the first cycle of our project – and the first chapter of the Girls’ journey towards a self-financed education – was brought to a gratifying and … more

JoAnne’s #38for38 birthday wish

Last December, Shukuru was launched to help 38 adolescent girls realize that SHE is the solution in a society that marginalizes girls’ education. How? By self-financing her own secondary school fees. The past 11 months have begun to prove this message. This year I’m dedicating my birthday to our 38 Shukuru Girls. My birthday wish is that these young girls … more

“We want to be heroes…” – Celebrating International Day of the Girl Child

Shukuru paid tribute to the United Nation’s International Day of the Girl Child with the Shukuru girls in an interactive workshop that echoed the message broadcast throughout the world: Girls, you can fulfill your potential! It was a memorable day for all of us, punctuated by the insightful contributions of the Shukuru girls. The girls’ ability to articulate the significance of … more

Shukuru Girls make their first field trip

On March 28th, the Shukuru Staff took the 39 girls currently in the pilot program for their first field trip.  They visited Meserani Snake Park in Arusha, Tanzania.  The Shukuru staff (JoAnne, Shukuru’s Executive Director along with the the amazing field staff members Priyam, Dennis, and Haggai) were joined by Donna, a friend of Shukuru.  Donna was wonderful enough to write us … more

Shukuru’s pilot in Tanzania is enabling girls to go to school
Sjukuru works with microfinance to enable girls to get an education

Welcome to Shukuru’s first newsletter!  If you are getting this, you are part of the Girl Revolution that is building a world where all girls get an education. Girls want an education and are fighting globally for it.  They know it is so important for their future, that it will let them grow up and earn a good living, be … more

Twitter Updates

A statement from our founder regarding the next step forward for Shukuru…
R friend, Dr. Trent inspires our dreams. Her new bk- a must read, The Girl Who Buried Her Dreams in A Can. Buy now:
Thanks @Redwoods1 for your donation and your support. Its always nice to meet more people that believe in what we are trying to do...
It was an amazing two day workshop. The girls learnt so much. Go to our Facebook to see more photos of the two days.
Our girls just completed a Sexual & Reproductive Health workshop with NAFGEM. Go to Facebook to see more photos.
Another sale for 3 of our girls and another happy customer. They manage the sale and the paperwork. A great day.
A new flock of chicks have been delivered to some of our Shukuru girls. Look at those smiling faces..

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