Basic Organization Information
PASTORALIST CHILD FOUNDATION
- Physical Address:
Glen Ridge, NJ
- Web URL:
- NTEE Category:
B Educational Institutions
B12 Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution
R Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy
R24 Women's Rights
O Youth Development
O50 Youth Development Programs
- Year Founded:
- Ruling Year:
The mission of Pastoralist Child Foundation is to eradicate female genital mutilation and forced childhood marriages in rural communities in Kenya, Africa. We replace harmful practices with alternative rites of passage and sponsor girls' education at the primary and secondary school levels.
Sayydah Garrett is originally from Montreal, Quebec, Canada. From childhood, she saw her parents set a good example of helping the less fortunate people in their community. This instilled the lifelong passion Sayydah has for helping others, whether it’s watching over elderly neighbors in her town, contributing to her favorite charities or fostering orphaned elephants in Kenya. Her personal mission statement is, "Tell me what you want and I'll help you get it."
Sayydah has 10+ years of experience in the corporate sector as an Executive Assistant at American Express Bank in New York, and 10 years in the non-profit sector as an Executive Assistant, Development Assistant and Grant Writer for an agency that assists the homeless population in New Jersey.
Sayydah is fluent in English, French and Russian, and speaks conversational Spanish. She loves learning languages and meeting people from all over the world, especially when they share food with her! She has traveled to over 25 countries and visited Samburu, Maasai Mara and Nairobi, Kenya for the first time in August, 2012. While on safari in Samburu, Sayydah met Samuel Siriria Leadismo, a Samburu Warrior who shared his dream and vision of starting an organization to help marginalized children in rural Kenya. Sayydah and Samuel co-founded Pastoralist Child Foundation. Sayydah is honored and excited to work with Pastoralist Child Foundation and making a difference in the lives of Kenyan children.
Sayydah holds a Bachelor of Arts, Honours in Russian Language & Literature from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada.
We are fully dedicated to eradicating harmful practices such as FGM (Female Genital Mutilation) and forced early marriages in the Samburu and Maasai Mara communities in Kenya. We are incorporating safe alternative rites of passage for girls and sponsoring girls' education at the primary and secondary school levels.
Board of Directors
Officers for Fiscal Year
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Highest Paid Employees & Their Compensation
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- Population Served:
Female Children ( 5 - 14 years)
Female Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)
We provide educational sponsorships for girls to attend primary and secondary boarding schools in Samburu and Maasai Mara, Kenya. The fees pay for tuition, examinations, boarding, meals, uniforms, shoes, school supplies, bedding (pillow, sheets, blankets, mattress), iron lock box, and personal toiletries.
Program Long-Term Success:
* increased literacy
* alleviate poverty
* better health
* lower infant mortality rates
* increased income
* healthier & better educated families
* knowledge about access to health services, improving nutrition and sanitation
* reduction in maternal mortality
* participation in local political discussions, meetings and decision making
Program Short-Term Success:
* increased literacy
* share new knowledge with family/friends
* learning discipline
* students encourage others to go to school or stay in school
* girls not afraid to stand up for themselves and resist violence
Program Success Monitored by:
Pastoralist Child Foundation Directors, Teachers, School Administrators, Mentors, Volunteers, Families
Program Success Examples:
* Girls are getting good grades
* One of our students won a poetry contest
* Girls are safe at school
In the short amount of time since our founding in September, 2012 we have provided educational sponsorships for 6 girl students at the primary and secondary school levels in Samburu and Maasai Mara, Kenya. Our sponsorships provide tuition, boarding, healthy meals and snacks, transportation, medical, bedding (mattress, sheets, pillow, blankets), school uniforms and shoes, school supplies, iron lock box. Parents and guardians of the girls we sponsor promise not to circumcise the girls before, during or after they receive educational sponsorships from us.
For more in-depth information about this organization's impact, view their Charting Impact Report