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Kenya’s Wonder Women

Janet Allen

By Jon Sievert

At this week’s Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Service, Janet Allan relates her experience as a teacher in rural Kenya with three remarkable women who established a primary school to provide a superior education for underprivileged children.

UU Service
By Janet Allan
Kenya’s Wonder Women
Sun, Jul 12, 10:30am
La Posada de la Aldea
Ancha de San Antonio 15

Ms. Allan will tell the story of how a mother and her two daughters from Limuru Town, a rural area of hills and farms two hours outside Nairobi, realized their vision of St. Steven’s Memorial Academy, a primary school that for 17 years has provided the preparation for hundreds of children to succeed in the British system of education.

The story includes personal examples of the obstacles these women overcame in order to create the high-achieving school with literally no money. They did it with a vision and a 22-acre farm with sheep and goats which, by Kenyan standards, made them rich. Janet taught at the school and lived with the family on four occasions for two months each, experiencing the everyday examples of strength, motivation, courage, and vision of these women. You can discover more about this remarkable school at

Prior to retirement, Ms. Allan served as a community health nurse in rural Alaskan villages and urban Portland, Oregon, focusing on women’s health, substance abuse programs for pregnant women and their children, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome prevention, and cross-cultural issues in health programs.

The UU Fellowship meets every Sunday at 10:30am at La Posada de la Aldea, Ancha de San Antonio 15, and welcomes people of all ages, races, religions, sexual orientation, and gender identity. Visitors are invited to attend the service and then join the UUs for coffee and snacks. The room is wheelchair accessible. For more information, visit our website at


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