Girl’s empowerment program

The project aims to support weak, poor out-of-school and in school marginalized girls, to access quality education and vocational skills relevant for improving the quality of their lives. More specifically: Sixty poor and weak out-of-school girls will be enrolled at the Gentiana Primary School to acquire basic primary school education; Ten bright urban marginalised girls will be sponsored through secondary school; Fifteen marginalised girls with below average grades from primary school and young single mothers who are uneducated or school dropouts; 8 bright marginalised girls university sponsorship (school fees, accommodation, transport, stationery and other expenses).

The Gentiana Development Networks is a Swiss registered NGO, founded in 2005. It is responsible for the Gentiana primary school and technical college at the Kabira slum to improve the life chances of urban marginalized youths.




January 2019 - March 2024


Nairobi / Kenya

With whom

Gentaina Development Network





49.7 million (2017)

Per Capita Income
USD 1,460/year (2017)

Poverty rate *
36% (2015)

Literacy rate
79% (2016)

Human Development Index
142nd out of 189 countries (2018)

Kenya’s macro-economic conditions have progressed over the past decade, improving the welfare of its population. However, a quarter of its population lives in urban informal settlements, arid and semi-arid rural areas and remain vulnerable to poverty, conflict, structural underdevelopment and disease. Even though national absolute poverty has declined overall, it remains high compared with neighbouring countries. Primary school enrolment has reached 100%. Access to household services such as electricity, improved drinking water and sanitation has steadily increased, even though coverage remains low (23%, 47% and 33% respectively). Youth unemployment and vulnerability to climate change remain key challenges.

Sources: World Food Program, UNICEF, World Bank, 2016 Human Development Report, Human Development Indices and Indicators (2018 Statistical Update)

*The percentage of the population living below the national poverty line.