Tewa is the latest educational project that has been established by Kianda Foundation in Kuruitu , Kilifi District, one of the poorest districts in Kenya.The Centre was inaugurated on 2nd February 2010 by Hon. Bendict Gunda, M.P. Bahari Constituency. Tewa is a Swahili name for one of the popular fish which is a delicacy for the people in the area.
The main problems of the area where Tewa has been set up are poverty, poor nutrition due to lack of food and ignorance, that leads to a high level of child mortality and lack of opportunities of training to capacitate the girls for employment and self-employment. Level of education for women is too low (their level of literacy in the district is 30% only).
The overall objective of the programs in Tewa is to reduce the level of poverty in Kilifi District, by training young girls and women for employment or to establish their own small industries. The priorities are to improve the food security and a sustainable development which can be achieved by professional formation and education of girls and also to train women in establishing some Income Generating home industries.
In addition, to meet the growing needs of the tourism industry in the Coastal Region, Tewa’s mission is also to teach to secondary leaver girls professional skills in the hotel and restaurant area.
This project has been made possible with the help of the European Union – , IECD – Institut Européen de Coopération et de Développement (European Institute of Cooperation and Development, a French NGO. Other partners are the Safaricom Foundation.