With educated mothers and girls, amazing things start to happen.
While the world focuses only on educating children, we are cognizant of the fact that mothers are the core foundation for a brighter future and education for children. We also believe that a combination of both secular and Islamic education are strong foundations in bringing up an empowered future generation of women.
Unfortunately, for centuries, girls have been prevented on seeking further islamic education due to early marriages and cultural barriers, and in more rennet contemporary history, girls have also faced limitations in accessing a secular education as well.
Where we are
Tchundwa Village, where the institute is located, is a small poor farming community in Lamu, Kenya. Lamu is an Archipelago off the Coast of East Africa which has a majority Muslim community, and a rich history of trade dating as far back as the 8th century. The region has been declared the best preserved living Swahili settlement in East Africa. The Swahili community are some of the oldest known practicing Muslims in East Africa who have been Muslims since the 8th century and are famed for their rich Islamic heritage sites and monuments.
We initiated this project to to help the women and girls overcome financial and cultural barriers that keep them from getting an education and fulfilling their potential. Ikhlas Foundation is seeking support for two major projects to help promote education of women in the area:
1. To sustain Islamic education of women and girls at the first women-only learning institution on the island. We have donated land and supported the construction of a new permanent home for Madrassatul Ikhlas, a women-only institute with female-only teachers in Tchundwa village. The institute will give the women and girls fa more suitable learning environment that they are comfortable to be free to reach their maximum potential. We started with 15 students in 2016, and currently have 43 students and three female teachers. The students get a free education in the institute which were are looking to sustain through support from well wishers.
2. To provide scholarships for further education of girls and women in both secular and Islamic education. There are currently no scholarships for further education in Islamic studies for women and girls. Furthermore, there level of education in Tchundwa is very low, as such many young girls miss out on national scholarships and bursaries to help them advance in secular education. Our aim is to address both by giving financial support to those seeking to advance their education in both secular education and Islamic studies.
We encourage people of goodwill around the world to support our campaign so that they can make a significant impact in creating better opportunities for them to have a positive impact in society. The future of our world is only as bright as our women and girls.
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