Win prizes for KEEP

Win fabulous prizes while supporting girls’ education! KEEP will be raffling off nine amazing prizes at our Women’s Paddle Tennis Tourney on Tuesday, April 26th. 

You do not need to be present to win!  

  • Donate $5 for 1 ticket
  • Donate $20 for 5 tickets
  • Donate $50 for 20 tickets

Simply send an email to info@keepgirlsinschool.org with the number of tickets you’d like to allocate to each prize. After that, make your donation for the number of tickets you’ve ordered.

As always, your donations are fully tax-deductible, and 100% of your contributions fund scholarships for at-risk girls at the Kakenya Center for Excellence in rural Kenya.

Prize #1: Cask Fine & Rare Wines Gift Certificate

Cask Fine & Rare Wines in Katonah offers a world-class selection of wine and spirits, with a friendly and incredibly knowledgeable staff. Come choose a few bottles to pair with your favorite dishes, toast a special occasion, or just celebrate the arrival of spring! Online ordering and shipping are also available.
Retail Value: $100

Prize #2: Deborah Ann’s Sweet Shoppe Gift Certificate

This favorite destination in Ridgefield delights all who enter with a wide selection of award-winning homemade chocolates, fudge, candies, gifts, and delicious ice cream – handmade with fresh, local ingredients! Deborah Ann’s will also ship their gourmet chocolates and candies anywhere in the country.
Retail value: $100

Prize #3: College Admissions Counseling Session with InterviewMama

Lynn Elting Siegel will work one-on-one with you and/or your student via Zoom to help organize and clarify your college admissions process and strategy. After your two-hour coaching session, Lynn will provide, in writing, suggested next steps to help you achieve your college admissions goals. Lynn has been coaching corporations and individuals both locally and internationally for 25 years. She is a results-driven college advisor and career coach dedicated to your success.
Retail Value: $600

Prize #4: Jaipore Royal Indian Cuisine Gift Certificate

Jaipore Royal Indian Cuisine in Brewster is known for its modern interpretation of classic dishes and its insistence on using only high-quality, fresh ingredients. Dine in or order a takeout feast and enjoy Jaipore’s delicious Indian cuisine!
Retail value: $100

Prize #5: Private Barre Classes with Jenny Gold

Barre is a full-body workout technique inspired by elements of ballet, yoga, and Pilates. It is appropriate for all ages and fitness levels. With over nine years of experience as a barre instructor, Jenny will teach you how to perform low-impact, high-intensity movements to strengthen and tone your muscles while improving your flexibility and balance. Prize includes three 45-minute private and/or small group classes (up to 4 people) to be scheduled at a mutually convenient time at Jenny’s home studio in Katonah.
Retail value: $300

Prize #6: Tease Hair & Beauty Bar Gift Certificate & Mini Iron

Tease Hair & Beauty Bar is one of Katonah’s best beauty hot spots. Whether you’re looking for a completely new style or want to enhance your existing look, the expert stylists at Tease will tailor their approach to your specific needs. This $75 gift certificate can be used toward any hair service – and you’ll also receive a mini straightening/curling tool!
Retail value: $125

Prize #7: Katonah Reading Room Gift Certificate

The Katonah Reading Room is a full bookstore and coffee shop with a gourmet takeout menu, soft serve ice cream, candy, books, gifts, and art supplies. Come by for your next great read, a thoughtful gift, or a delicious treat!
Retail Value: $50

Prize #8: Pedigree Ski Shop Gift Certificate

With over 50 years of experience serving sports enthusiasts, Pedigree will help you find the perfect gear and clothing to suit your skiing, snowboarding, tennis, and swimming needs. Pedigree’s top-of-the-line products from leading industry brands can also be shipped anywhere in the country!
Retail value: $50

Prize #9: Fancy Cake Delivery from Katonah Cake

Pastry chef extraordinaire and JJHS student, Zachary Bertin, started his specialty cake business to rave reviews. The members of KEEP’s board can attest to the superb quality of everything that Zachary bakes! Choux Au Craquelin? Luscious Lemon Tart? Not Your Grandma’s Gingercake? Win this prize and select one of Katonah Cake’s made-to-order treats delivered to your door.
Retail value: $50

For your chance to win one or more of these terrific prizes, simply send an email to info@keepgirlsinschool.org with the number of tickets you’d like to allocate to each prize. After that, make your donation for the number of tickets you’ve ordered.

Thank you for supporting girls’ education by entering our raffle! 

We will contact the lucky winners on Tuesday, March 29th.

Good luck everyone!

With gratitude,
Cynthia Braun, Celeste Crosby, Elizabeth McGoldrick, Ruthie Rosenberg, and Elena Rover

It’s back! The 5th Annual KEEP Paddle Tennis Tournament

Please join us for our 5th Annual Paddle Tennis Tournament!

The Carriage House at Waccabuc Country Club 

90 Mead Street, Waccabuc, NY 10597 (click for directions)

April 26th   10am – 12:30pm

Rain date: April 27th


We’re heading back to the fabulous Waccabuc Country Club for the KEEP paddle tennis tournament. We’ll have a morning filled with round robin play, delicious refreshments, conversations by the fire, fantastic raffle prizes — and awards for the players who rack up the most points!  

Participants will be grouped by ability. All levels welcome! 

Registration donation:  $60   

Raffle tickets:

  • 1 for $5
  • 5 for $20
  • 20 for $50

As always, 100% of your fully tax-deductible donation supports tuition for the girls in the eighth-grade class at the Kakenya Center for Excellence.

See you on the courts!

Questions? Email us at info@keepgirlsinschool.org

Crossing the Finish Line

We did it! On November 22, 111 trekkers completed the KEEP 2 Kenya Challenge! These intrepid walkers, hikers, and runners collectively logged a whopping 9,782 miles over a six-week period, easily covering the distance between KEEP headquarters in NY and the Kakenya Center for Excellence in Kenya. 

All teams and individual participants truly outdid themselves. A special shout-out to the top three teams: 

  • To Lou’s and Back (2,457 miles) – a group of college friends motivated by memories of late-night donuts at a favorite off-campus diner.
  • Bookin’ It (1,019 miles) – a book club that hopes all girls worldwide will one day achieve universal literacy and share in the joy of reading.
  • Step It Up, Jeeves (752 miles) – three generations of the Butler family who put their best foot forward, from a 17-year-old grandson to a 79-year-old grandmother.  

A huge thank you to each and every participant who made this event such a success! Trekkers and Boosters together donated an incredible $9,588, funding 22 annual tuition scholarships for the girls at the Kakenya Center for Excellence!

Log your miles!

Thanks for joining the KEEP 2 Kenya Challenge.

We hope to collectively log 7,624 miles by November 22nd. That’s a lot of miles! Every step you contribute can help us reach our goal.

Here’s how to log your miles:

It’s that easy.

You’ll use the same form every time you log new miles. Just fill in the start date and end date along with you’re miles. Your entry gets added to our mileage tracker automatically. And you’ll get an email with the info, too.

If you count steps, about every 2,000 steps adds up to 1 mile.

We’ll send an email each week reminding you to log your miles, but you can fill out the form anytime.

Girl Scout Gold Supports KCE

Inspired by KEEP, local Girl Scout Kaylie Singhal hosted a Cartwheel-A-Thon in August to raise funds for a new health clinic that’s being built at the Kakenya Center for Excellence.  Kaylie also made first aid kits for the classrooms at KCE.

Here’s how Kaylie describes her inspiration and results:

I chose this project to make the world a better place by supporting KEEP in their goal of helping girls at KCE who are at risk for childhood marriage, teen pregnancy and FGM, as well as helping [the girls] get a high school education and quality healthcare from their new health center!

COVID-19 presented many challenges but finally, the girls received the first aid kits in Kenya. The total donation value for all the first aid kit supplies was $1,245! This allowed me to make 8 classroom first aid kits and 2 central first aid kits. There are also extra supplies that were donated to replenish the kits.

The Cartwheel-A-Thon event raised $3,612 for KEEP to donate to The Kakenya Center for Excellence health center. 

After presenting her project, Kaylie earned the Girl Scout Gold Award.

Kaylie Girl Scout Gold Award
Kaylie receives her Girl Scout Gold Award and two thumbs up from KEEP board members Ruthie Rosenberg (right) and Cynthia Braun (left)

We couldn’t be more impressed with her efforts to improve the health of the whole KCE community!

Join the KEEP 2 Kenya Challenge!

WHAT: Together, we will walk, hike, or run the distance from Katonah, NY, to the Kakenya Center for Excellence in Kenya – a total of 7,624 miles! Each participant will contribute their own mileage toward this communal goal.

WHEN:  The challenge will kick off on the International Day of the Girl on October 11th. We have set a goal of reaching Kenya in six weeks – by November 22nd. You can sign up any time.

WHY: To raise money for girls’ education. Educating at-risk girls is one of the most powerful ways to fight economic and social inequality. And we’ll get some exercise too!  

It’s easy to participate:

Register, make your donation, and add your miles to our collective goal.

  • You decide if you want to walk, run, or hike.
  • You decide how much to do. The suggested registration donation is the same no matter how many miles you decide to do. And every step counts, whether you meet your goal, don’t quite get there, or exceed your own expectations.
  • There is no requirement to solicit sponsors (but you can ask for donations if you want to boost your impact).
  • You get a cool t-shirt if you participate.
KEEP 2 Kenya Challenge 2021

Lace up your sneakers and KEEP fit, KEEP connected and KEEP girls in school!

Here’s what to do:

How: Sign up as an individual or grab some friends and register as a team. Choose your own mileage goal and log your miles each week. 

Be sure to post on Instagram to share your progress and tell more people about our event! #KEEP2Kenya

Donate: $50 per person.

As always, 100% of your fully tax-deductible donation supports tuition for the girls in the eighth-grade class at the Kakenya Center for Excellence. 

Boost Your Impact: Raise additional funds by asking others to support your trek. Adding boosters to your profile puts you in the running (pun intended) for winning prizes! 

Share your Progress: Add your miles to the shared tracker. Just go to the mileage form and fill it out. Feel free to click the button to get a copy emailed to you. That’s the only way you can keep track of what you’ve submitted.

Use the same form each time you want to log your miles. Each time you fill out the form, add your name, the dates you’re submitting for an your miles. All your info will automatically get added to our master tracker. We’d love to collect your miles every week, but you can enter them any time – daily, bi-weekly, or whenever you have a free moment.

Finish Line:  When we collectively reach the Kakenya Center for Excellence, all participants will receive a KEEP 2 Kenya Challenge T-Shirt to commemorate this tremendous accomplishment! 

Thanks so much for adding your foot-power to our KEEP 2 Kenya Challenge! Every step counts.

Play some paddle, do some good!

Please join us for our fourth annual Women’s Paddle Tennis Tournament!

Katonah Memorial Park Paddle Tennis Courts
April 12 – 16 (eight players per day)
10:00 – 11:30am

Covid may have altered the format but not the fun!  We’ll play in groups of eight per day for safety (masks required). Refreshments for all and prizes for the paddlers who rack up the most points!  

To register, please go to our online registration form.

Participants will be grouped by ability and assigned one day to play based on player availability. All levels welcome! 
Suggested donation:  $60   

As always, 100% of your fully tax-deductible donation supports tuition for the girls in the eighth-grade class at the Kakenya Center for Excellence. 

Space is limited. Please register ASAP but no later than Friday, April 2nd.

Hope to see you on the courts!

If you have questions, please email info@keepgirlsinschool.org.

Covid update

November 10, 2020

Many of you have asked how the pandemic has been affecting the girls we support at the Kakenya Center for Excellence. Thank you for your concern!

After meeting recently with Kakenya by videoconference, we have terrific news:

Each and every one of the KEEP-supported girls returned safely to the KCE campus in mid-October. Because of the amazing work of Kakenya and her team, ALL of the 42 eighth graders have been protected from FGM, child marriage, and pregnancy.

When the Kenyan government closed schools in mid-March, KCE students returned to their villages. In this part of rural Kenya, the teen pregnancy rate is 40% and gender-based violence is prevalent. Aware of these dangers, Kakenya’s staff made regular visits to each village. They checked in on every student and delivered essentials such as learning materials, food, and soap, as well as the solar lights and radios that you, our generous KEEP donors, provided for them last spring.

An eighth grader with her supplies (see solar light and radio at left)

In October, the Kenyan government announced that all fourth, eighth, and twelfth graders would return to school, prioritizing these grades because of required national exams. Thrilled to be back at school, the KEEP-supported eighth grade girls are following strict COVID protocols as they resume their studies. COVID testing is not available in this part of Kenya, but students and staff remain on the self-contained campus. We are hopeful they will stay safe.

KCE students back on campus

Although the pandemic has increased operating expenses, KCE has been able to keep all staff on full salary as teachers, administrators, and program staff continue to care for students whether on campus or at home. Of all the important work Kakenya shared with us, we’d like to highlight two exciting new initiatives. This fall, Kakenya’s Dream launched the Linda Dada (“Protect a Sister” in Swahili) Campaign, which aims to combat rising rates of teen pregnancy by developing local leaders’ commitment to girls’ health through discussions, focus groups, and radio broadcasts.

Local chiefs discuss girls’ health

Plans are also underway to build the community’s first youth-friendly health clinic next year! The clinic will deliver comprehensive healthcare, including contraception, to KCE students and local youth. We are pleased to report that friends of KEEP with expertise in this area are advising Kakenya on this project.

As a KEEP donor, you are in good company. Michelle Obama and Melinda Gates recently applauded Kakenya’s work on CNN. Obama and Gates emphasized that we must prioritize adolescent girls’ wellbeing during the pandemic: “When girls are given the chance to learn and thrive, poverty drops, economies grow, families get stronger and babies are born healthier. The world, by every measure, gets better.”

Please consider supporting all this good work with a donation. As always, your donation to KEEP is fully tax-deductible, and every penny supports the eighth grade class at the Kakenya Center for Excellence.

Wishing health and happiness to you and yours!

We did it!

Hurrah!! We did it!! Because of your generosity, boosted by the matching grant, every eighth grade girl at the Kakenya Center for Excellence will receive a solar light and a solar radio! Thank you for your amazing response to our appeal!

Your outpouring of kindness and compassion touched us deeply. We love this image from KEEP supporter Kristen Dorta, whose children created a special jar for KEEP.

This jar of spare change funded lights and radios for 2 girls!

Your gifts are potentially life changing for the KCE girls. The photo at the top of this post is the home of a KCE student, which can give you an idea of the need. With radios, the students will be able to listen to government broadcast instruction while doing their chores. With lights, they will be able to study after sundown.

Continuing to learn while Kenyan schools are closed is especially important for the eighth graders. This fall, their scores on a competitive national exam will determine their placements in high school.  

KCE continues to pay teachers and staff their full salaries as they deliver care packages of food, supplies, and books to each student. Quite a few students did not have a safe home to return to, but Kakenya and her staff managed to arrange secure living situations for all of them. This dedication to the welfare of each and every girl is just one reason we love our partnership with KCE!

The KEEP community has gone above and beyond to help the KCE girls through this crisis. Thank you for rising to the challenge! You are a shining beacon of hope during a difficult time.

Stay well everyone!

Almost there!

We’ve had an amazing response to our recent appeal for the girls at the Kakenya Center for Excellence!  Your generosity, boosted by a matching grant, has enabled us to fund solar-powered lights and radios for 33 of the 42 eighth grade girls!

The home of a KCE student who will receive a solar light and radio to enable learning

We need to raise just $270 more in order to provide these simple yet potentially life changing devices to each and every eighth grader.

Let’s give these girls the opportunity to prepare for their national exams even while they are away from KCE due to the pandemic.

A donation of $30 will be matched to provide a light and a radio for one girl.

Donations of any amount are always appreciated, and all donations are fully tax-deductible.

Thank you for your tremendous generosity during this challenging time!