About Us

Friends of Jane Adeny Memorial School for Girls is a not-for-profit charitable organization incorporated in the State of Illinois and exempt from federal income tax under 26 U.S.C. Section 501(c)(3).

Our purpose is to raise awareness, friends, and funds for the Jane Adeny Memorial School for Girls (JAMS) in rural western Kenya. Our vision is to educate girls and transform the world.

Jane Adeny Memorial School for Girls provides an education “good enough for the richest and open to the poorest.” Some of the students have parents who can pay at least some of their school fees; however, most JAMS students would not be in school if not for the support of generous donors. Some of these students are orphans, others desperately poor. By addressing the financial barriers that would normally keep girls from attending a secondary school, JAMS is answering the recommendation by the [1]Global Campaign for Education to address financial issues to allow for greater gender equity in education.

Jane Adeny Memorial School also aims to model excellence in education for Kenya and East Africa. While the high school curriculum is set nationally by the Ministry of Education, JAMS enriches the standard curriculum with entrepreneurship and leadership training. Teachers at JAMS use teaching methods shown to promote active, hands-on learning so that the girls learn to take initiative and apply what they are learning to situations they face in their own lives and communities. The school also incorporates themes of tolerance, justice, participatory democracy, sustainability, technology, and global awareness to better prepare the students to be leaders in their country.

[1] Global Campaign for Education. 2005. “Girls Can’t Wait: Why Girls’ Education Matters and How to Make It Happen Now: Briefing Paper for the UN Beijing +10 Review and Appraisal.” Reproductive Health Matters 13(25): 19-22. 


Our Logo

The POT is not only a cultural phenomenon in African households for its myriad functions, it is also symbolic of womanhood. Imbued with deep cultural significance and impacts on the lives of women and girls in African society, the pot is a metaphor for hard work and nurturing life.

The stages in the process of making a pot are in themselves parallel to the stages of development into womanhood from childhood. For its beauty, functional values, versatility, and utilitarian roles, the pot was central to the livelihood of traditional African families, just as education is in today’s modern African families. Pots were made with intentional precision and used by women to sustain life in the African traditional family; today books and education are the tools by which young women are empowered to sustain life in the modern African family.

At JAMS, the pot symbolizes the hard work of our mothers that we are building on through education. The pot is our root and education our fruit.

–Teresa Wasonga, Founder