43% of the population of Kenya is under the age of 15, which makes obtaining an education very expensive for families. If children are lucky enough to graduate from high school, their options beyond that are limited if they are unable to afford to go to university. Primary School is grades 1-8, and the fees are typically around $50-200 annually, depending on the type of school and location. Secondary School is typically in a boarding school, and the fees jump to $550-1000 depending on the school and location. Because of that difference, many students stop attending school after 8th grade. In some communities, that is the time when girls undergo Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and are sold for a dowry into marriage, often to a man who is substantially older with multiple wives.
How We Create Positive Change:
We help sponsor students in Secondary School, who otherwise would be at risk. Six of our students are girls who ran from home to escape FGM and early marriage. When they aren’t in school, they stay at a rescue centre so they can be safe. The goal is to support them in school, while the rescue centre team works with the family to allow them to finish their education.
We also sponsor students with a goal of providing the skills for them to be able to work with us on our garden and sewing teams. Several of our graduates are leading the teams, and earning an income from working with 100 Humanitarians International.
So far, we have sponsored 34 students, and have had 10 graduate from high school. It has made a big difference in their family, and they are able to help pay school fees for their younger siblings.
How You Can Help:
We are looking for partners, both one time and monthly, who will donate to this project to help move it forward. We look for people with the ability to sponsor students for a year. The average sponsorship is $675 or $60/month.
You can also join us on an expedition, where you can meet the students we are helping, experience the beautiful culture of Kenya, and go on an epic game drive in the #1 safari destination in the world!
When we first visited the Rescue Centre, we met four girls who had just run from their homes, and were needing sponsors in order to finish school. We agreed to sponsor them starting in 2018. Over the years, we have watched the girls grow, visiting them during the school holidays, and receiving notes from them every term. They are beautiful girls, and we are excited that they are now in their final year of school.
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