Class room teacher resigns to empower women and girls in the society

Christine Barasa in her coffee plantation
Christine Barasa in her coffee plantation

It is a pure story of passion, compassion and a dream to help the society change for better. Resigning her work as a teacher to fully involve her time in helping and mentoring girls and young women exploit their potential.

Christine Nasimiyu Barasa, a teacher by profession was teaching Agriculture, Home Science and Physical Education in a number of secondary schools in Trans-Nzoia County and Koru Girls in Nyanza from 1989 to 2012 and resigned to vie for a Woman Rep seat in 2013 but did not manage to clinch the seat.
She did not go back to teaching but decided to manage the out of school project that she had started in her former site house. In 2013, she joined Research Triangle Institute as a Teacher Support and Training Consultant in Primary Reading and Maths Initiative (PRIMR) a pilot program for Tusome Early Grade that led to Competence Based Curriculum CBC. She co-ordinated school reading exhibitions, hosting program partners and stakeholders among other responsibilities. She was a city manager in Mombasa but resigned in December 2014 because she felt she needed to be in the community.
Christine joined Women Education Researchers of Kenya (WERK) in January 2015 a professional association of professional researchers in Social Science particularly education. The vision of the association was to promote a society that values the centrality of knowledge for creation of a humane, equitable and prosperous society. She was the city manager whose responsibility was to train and support coaches who trained teachers on Alternative Providers of Basic Education Training Institutions APBET/ Community schools an activity funded by USAID.
In 2019 she left to go settle and work with the society. Since that time to date, she has been working as a secretary for community driven development committee both at the zonal and Ward level for NARIGP projects, a World Bank funded project.
She has a lot in her basket. She is a life member of Maendeleo ya Wanawake, a leader of Kenya Girl Guides Association in Trans-Nzoia. She also belongs to the Kenya Environmental Education Teachers Association and Community Outreach and Indigenous Nutrition Extension Network – COINEN. Having great knowledge and experience in different aspects of life, she has several groups she is supporting.
She has had several training to acquire the knowledge that has helped her in her daily chores to impact the lives of young girls and women around her. She had one in 2007 on women poverty eradication. This has helped her encourage women to work hard and be independent. Had training in 2010 in Israel on Organic and Eco-friendly Agriculture and Rural Development.

Women training on tailoring led by Christine Barasa
Women training on tailoring led by Christine Barasa
She started a tailoring project for teenage mothers and girls in Trans-Nzoia County called Trans-Nzoia West Trefoil Guild. A project that is under Senior Girl Guides. She sponsors them but says it’s so challenging because she does not have financial muscle.
“Am happy with what am doing but it’s so challenging in terms of finances. I have many girls that need support and I have less production materials. I have also rented a place for the projects so if I can get well-wishers we can push this thing far.” She said
“I also have a few volunteers to train the girls. They need something to motivate them. This work needs a lot of commitment and although I feel like I have done enough I can’t quit.”She added

Christine Barasa while training girls
Christine Barasa while training girls
Apart from tailoring, she trains women on farming i.e. coffee farming, banana farming and also handcraft i.e. making shaggy mats not forgetting cooking. She heads different women groups and community groups where they are involved in different projects. She is a leader of Solid Women in coffee in Trans-Nzoia County.
“The price of success is hard work, determination and dedication and it does not matter whether one wins or loses, what matters is the smile that is seen on the face of people you have impacted.” Mrs. Barasa’s parting word.