Viola Sang

2021 Fellow from Kenya

Viola Sang has more than five years of experience in women's empowerment and peacebuilding projects in rural Kenya. Viola is a project coordinator at Keymar, a community-based organization that empowers women and girls who face violence, female genital mutilation, and extreme poverty. Through the Chama Initiative, she has helped women save money to secure loans for projects. Viola volunteers with the Kenya Ministry of Education by helping struggling primary school learners improve their English and Kiswahili skills. She has also worked as a brand activator for M-Kopa Kenya and as a constituency monitor during the Kenyan general election. Viola is committed to elevating the voices of girls and women by working with like-minded people to eliminate illiteracy, poverty, and violence. Viola holds a bachelor's degree in Disaster Mitigation and Sustainable Development from Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology and is pursuing a master's degree in Public Health from Moi University. On completion of the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, Viola plans to continue her work in gender equity with a focus on Chama advocacy and capacity-building to improve the lives of the rural poor. She hopes to see Africa achieve gender equity and social inclusion.

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