“Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement and success have no meaning.

—Benjamin Franklin

The late actor and comedian, Robin Williams said that “Spring is nature’s way of saying ‘Let’s Party!” We celebrate growth during the first week of Spring with the graduation of 136 women from our Nairobi program. Now that’s a reason to party!

On February 18, 2019, 136 women from Nairobi gathered at Uhuru Park. A fitting location as it is Kenya’s Independence Park. Their graduation included the women of Pangea, honored alumni, scholarship students, a group of female entrepreneurs with us from our partner, Tribu Travel, and Pangea’s own Good Will Ambassador, Will Forte.

The Pangea Network’s leader, Nicole Minor, was there to celebrate the day with this impressive group of graduates. She, along with Dorothy and Will, spoke at the ceremony. Nicole shares, “It is rewarding to see the hard work pay off in the form of new or more efficient businesses and women who are confident in the path forward because they are more educated and equipped.” In fact, over 50% of the graduates are mothers or guardians of children with HIV, making their daily challenges quite intense. The feeling from the women is true empowerment; they can contribute to their communities and families in positive, new ways through their education.

All of the women received their certificates and celebrated with lunch and entertainment. They even did a little dancing with Will! We included a video from Jane Njoki Thiono from the Lea Toto Dagoretti Women’s Group. She sums up the day perfectly!

Dorothy and the team are now working on the next group for 2019. We continue to gain momentum through our partnerships as they bring us more program candidates. Future growth is exciting and we look forward to sharing more stories of these amazing women accomplishing dreams…all because of your generosity! We can never thank you enough.