Tepesua Community Based Organization (CBO) was founded in 2015 by Ms. Hellen Nkuraiya. It is situated approximately 49 km from Narok town along Mai-Mahiu- Maasai Mara Road towards Sekenani Gate.
The organization was formed with an aim of promoting education, empowering women (Widows and vulnerable women) as well as promoting community development. It entails educational institutions which are Tepesua School and Enkiteng Lepa School, Tepesua cultural eco camp and a village for widows and vulnerable women.
Women and girls are empowered through: Bead work, crocheting, sewing, permaculture farming and livestock ownership.
About the founder
Ms Hellen Nkuraiya was born and raised in Narok-Kenya. She was advantaged to be among the children in her village to be taken to school. Unfortunately, at age of 9, she was dropped out of School and underwent Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). At the age of 11 years she was married off to an old man in exchange of cows as dowry payment.
Fortunately, a Good Samaritan (catholic nun) intervened and rescued her. The catholic nun educated her. With the help of the catholic nun, she was able to complete her primary and secondary education where she performed well and was eligible for college studies.
Upon joining college, she trained as a primary school teacher and her college fees being catered by the well-wishers and local government through bursaries.
After completing her two years training as a primary school teacher, she was employed by the Kenyan government where she taught for some years. Seeing young girls dropping out of school at a very tender age then being married off in exchange of cows, she opted to resign and started a movement to fight against girls being traded for cows, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and early marriage. She founded Tepesua Community Based Organization (CBO) with the help of other partners so as to accomplish her movement objectives.