Blessing Reson was a child bride. She was forced by her father to marry a 50-year-old man when she was just nine. Her father does not believe in educating girls. Blessing and three of her sisters were all forced to leave school at early ages to be circumcised and married to much older men. With the intervention of female local Maasai activists and the chief of her village, Blessing was removed from her husband’s home early in 2012 and brought to MGEF’s partner rescue center at Kajiado Adventist School to join her half-sister, Nashipae. Nashipae had been rescued a few months prior, just before she, too, was to be forced to marry at age 10. Both girls now attend school with MGEF scholarships, and Blessing is happy to be with her sister again and in the company of other rescue girls, who unfortunately share similar life experiences. Having been removed from preschool to be married, Blessing returned to school as a preschooler in January 2012 and continues to make amazing progress.
Date of Birth: 01/01/2002
Started Program: January 2012
Start Grade: Preschool
Current Grade: 9th Grade (Form 1)
School: Kajiado Adventist